All-league selectionsAMANDA PARK - The Pacific League all-league teams in baseball and softball, as selected by the league coaches, were just announced by Keith Samplawski of Lake Quinault High School. Two Naselle girls made the first all-league softball team, as well as their coach being chosen as Coach of the Year, and one of the Comets made the first team in baseball.
Naselle girls selected for the first team in softball were Toni Abbott and Brittanie Vaughn. Naselle softball coach Chris Clark was honored as softball "Coach of the Year." Derek Johnson was the only Naselle player selected on the baseball first team.
Naselle players receiving honorable mention honors included - Softball: Kellyn Pakenen, Katie Klinger, Marijane Mobley and Chera Anderson. Baseball: Aoy Marion, Doug Wise and Richard Smith.
Young Comets team completes 2004 baseball seasonNASELLE - The Naselle Comets baseball team had the misfortune of having a very young inexperienced team at the same as they were playing in a very tough league as was proven by the district playoffs and the high finish at the state tournament by one of those teams.
The Comets baseball coach Pete Donlon said, "We were only blown out of two games - one with Northwest Christian and one with Oakville - both of which were quality teams. Our league (Pacific B) was a good league as was shown by the District playoffs where Wishkah did O.K. against a strong Cathlamet team and Lake Quinault went all the way to the final four where they finished second in state, losing only to champion DeSales."
"We will only lose two players to graduation, one of which, Derek Johnson, was our MVP and Dan White. There are some of our returning players who have good chances to be topnotch players if they continue to work at improving. Aoy Marion, Richard Smith and Doug Wise are the experienced players and freshman Matt Chavez and Jeremy Ray will also be called on to contribute."
Of the Comets eleven players, four of them finished with a batting average over .300 led by Derek Johnson's .348 average. Johnson also led the team with 8 RBIs. Marion hit for a .322 average and tied for the team lead in runs scored with six. Chavez and Smith each had a .307 hitting average with each having the greatest number of at bats (35) and hits (13) on the team. Smith also led the team in doubles with three and tied for the runs scored lead with six.
Derek Johnson was the Comets workhorse on the mound where he had a 2.74 ERA and 67 strikeouts in seven decisions. Marion, Smith and Wise also pitched for the Comets.
Donlon expressed optimism for the future with the return of nine of this year's players as well as the development of of the young players who are involved in the youth baseball program. He said, "It is encouraging to see all the young players down at the ball park in either tee-ball, Little League, or Babe Ruth League games, all going strong. We have lots of coaches putting in lots of hours with some new young coaches coming into the program. One can go down to the Lions Park on any given day and see two Little League teams having a game, the babe Ruth team playing on the high school field and other teams using the batting cage. The new batting cage at the high school id completed and will begin being used soon.
"The team and the coaches want to thank Ed Engelson who maintains the best playing field in the league and his wife Liz who runs the concession stand at every game and to Barbara Donlon and Marilyn Strange who volunteer many hours to keep the program going.
"With all of the influx of young baseball players and volunteer coaches, the future is bright," Donlon concluded.
Naselle Summer Basketball CampNASELLE - From June 22 through 25, students in grades K-11 will be able to take part in a summer basketball camp in the Naselle High School Gym. Interested participants may contact Bob Torppa or Marilyn Strange. The cost is $25 for grades K-3 & $35 for grades 4-11 and one-half price for the 2nd child in a family. The price of a T-shirt is included in the fee.