LAUGHLIN — Despite coming up short in the 2A NIAA South League playoff tournament, the work that the Laughlin High School baseball team did to get there did not go unnoticed. Five Cougars were mentioned making all-league teams and three earned all-state recognition.
All voting for these teams was by league coaches.
“I am very proud of this group of kids,” Laughlin head coach Tony Petrik said. “They played the game hard, the way it is supposed to be played.”
The Cougars ended their season at 18-6 overall and finished second in the league standings at 11-3.
All-league first-team honorees were shortstop/
pitcher Diego Trujillo, pitcher/infielder Tyrell Gonzalez and infielder Malik Ksouri.
Trujillo led the Cougars in batting average at .568 and accumulated seven home runs and 40 RBI this season. On the mound, he was 6-1, collecting 81 strikeouts.
Gonzalez was the squad’s second heavy hitter, averaging .517 at the plate with five home runs and 47 RBI. He reached base 21 times this season by getting hit by a pitch, a school record.
On the mound, he was 6-3 and registered 75 strikeouts.
Ksouri was this year’s leadoff hitter and batted .367. He doubled five times and scored 34 runs.
Named members of the second-team All-South League squad were catcher/pitcher Tyreece Gonzalez and infielder/pitcher Robert Anderson.
Tyreece Gonzalez hit .367 and held a pitching record of 3-0 this season. Anderson was 1-1 on the mound and was the ace of Petrick’s rotation, registering a 3.78 ERA.
Named honorable mention were first baseman/pitcher Dann Perry and designated hitter Ben Garganera.
Perry was 1-1 as a pitcher and hit .311 this year. Garganera’s batting average was .386.
“This was a fun group to work with and be around every day,” Petrik said.
Trujillo was named to the first team 2A Nevada all-state team. Ksouri and Tyrell Gonzalez earned spots in the all-state second team.
All three are juniors and Petrik will have the opportunity to coach them again next year.
Petrik was named coach of the year in the Southern League.
Sam Kaplan from The Meadows School was named Most Valuable Player in the Southern League.
Kaplan pitched his way to 10 strikeouts while giving up only one hit against Laughlin in the losers’ bracket final in the Southern League tournament on May 11 for a berth in the 2A state tournament.