It’s time for post-season recognitions for high school baseball, and some players on the Parker Broncs baseball team have been recognized by the coaches of the 2A West. They have been named to the 2019 All-Region First and Second Teams or have received Honorable Mention.
The Broncs, the region champions, dominated the top four awards. Richie Archuleta was named Region Player of the Year. Estie Andrade was named Region Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Harley Hazel was named Coach of the Year.
Trivium Prep’s Caedin Craft was named the Region Defensive Player of the Year.
The follow is a list of the recognitions the Broncs received:
2A West All-Region First Team
Carlos Torres, pitcher
Taylor Aspa, catcher
Estie Andrade, position player
Kyle Dyer, position player
Emanuel Alaniz, position player
Richie Archuleta, position player
2A West All-Region Second Team
Danny Durham, position player
Steven Lucas, position player
Estevan Moreno, position player
2A West Honorable Mentions
The season saw the Broncs go 7-1 against their 2A West opponents and take the Region title. They were 10-3 against other 2A opponents, and 13-6 overall.
Even though they won their final game of the season, the Broncs saw their ranking in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points drop from No. 8 to No. 12. By the end of that week, the Broncs were up to No. 11
This meant the Broncs had to play a state tournament “play-in” game before they could go to the state tournament. They defeated the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions, 11-1, in a play-in game April 30 in Parker.
The season came to an end in the first round of the state tournament, when the Broncs, who were seeded No. 11, lost to the No. 6 seed, the Alchesay Falcons, 5-2. The game was played May 3 at the Goodyear Baseball Complex.
Hazel praised his players for a great season. He said they worked well together as a team, they were willing to work hard, and they obviously loved to play baseball. He added he enjoyed coaching them.
“It’s been a pleasure to be your coach!” he said.