Vasquez, Bautz end BL careers with All-State recognition

Vasquez, Bautz end BL careers with All-State recognition

The Friar baseball team depended on two particular players during the 2018 season, so it came as no surprise when they picked up TAPPS All-State honors earlier today.

Seniors Gabe Vasquez and Blake Bautz were the team leaders at the plate and on the mound, respectively, and took home the top two selections.

Vasquez – a 2nd Team All-State pick a year ago – was a 1st Team selection this time, leading the Friars in more than 10 offensive categories, including average (.405), home runs (3), RBI (22), hits (34), runs (30), stolen bases (14), doubles (8) and triples (4).

Bautz put together a dominant senior campaign to earn 2nd Team All-State, with the third-best single-season strikeout total in BL history with 87. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs signee posted an 8-5 record with an earned run average of 2.90, tossing 62.2 innings and surrendering 26 earned runs, 38 hits, and a .176 opponent batting average.

Bautz and Vasquez each were named 1st Team All-District as well. 

Junior catcher Matt Johnson received Academic All-State recognition as well as a 2nd Team All-District selection. Johnson had a big year, hitting .375 with 33 hits, 13 RBI, seven doubles, two triples and 13 runs. He also put together a .974 fielding percentage behind the plate.

Westin Walls repeated his 2nd Team All-District honor from a year ago after going 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA and .173 average against. He struck out 64 while allowing just 22 hits in 38 innings. Walls also slugged three home runs and hit .315 for the Friars.

Seth Torres (.357 average, 25 hits, 14 stolen bases) and Aaron Hunter (35 putouts, 17 hits) received All-District Honorable Mention.