Garduno, Pettet Tapped To All-East First Team


With Fountain Hills clinging to the 3A state championship trophy and the prep baseball season at an end, it's time for individual honors to be doled out.

The first of those accolades are the annual all-region teams named this week in a voting of high school coaches from the four prep divisions.

Laurels continue Sunday when members of the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association meet at Sunnyslope High School to select players for the North and South teams that will clash in this summer's all-star game.

The celestial showdown will be held June 2 at Grand Canyon College.

Only graduating seniors are eligible to participate in the game.

Among the All-East Region players chosen were six from Payson High School's team that finished the season last week with a 16-11-1 record.

Scotty Garduno and Tyler Pettet were chosen first team. On the second team were Ky Bradley and Waylon Pettet. Cory McRae and Steve Williamson were tapped honorable mention.

Pettet, the son of PHS coach Teddy Pettet, wrapped up his high school career as the Horns' front-line pitcher with a 6-3 record and a 4.03 ERA. In 49 innings, he struck out 33 and issued 18 walks.

When not pitching, Pettet manned third base. His .381 batting average was second-best among the Longhorn regulars. He was the team leader in walks (21) and on base percentage (.529).

Garduno, a four-year starter, led the team offensively with a .447 average. His 38 hits and 31 RBIs were also tops among the PHS players.

With two home runs, two triples and eight doubles, he was one of the power hitters on the squad.

Because they are seniors, both Garduno and Pettet are eligible to participate in the ACA All-Star game.

Bradley is a junior and Waylon Pettet a sophomore, so both must wait until next year to participate in the all-star clash. But as East second-teamers, both turned in stellar years.

Bradley was the Horns' team leader in home runs (4) and one of the top offensive threats with a .347 batting average. He finished with six doubles and 27 RBIs. As a pitcher, he put together a 4-4 record.

Waylon Pettet in his first full year as a varsity starter hit .347, batting second in the order. Among his hits were four doubles and two home runs.

He also led the team in stolen bases (13) and was second in runs scored (33) and base hits (30).

As an honorable mention athlete, McRae the Horns' first line catcher every game this season finished with a .338 average that included six doubles, two triples and two home runs. He also chipped in with 27 RBIs.

An honorable mention second baseman, Williamson compiled a .313 overall batting average. His .349 average in East games made him one of the region's better hitters.

"That (East average) is probably the reason he was chosen honorable mention," coach Pettet said..

After finishing third in the East regular season standings, the Horns advanced to the state tournament, where they knocked off North two-seed Tuba City 13-2 in the first round.

In the quarterfinals, however, the Horns saw their season come to an end in a 10-0 loss to eventual state champion Fountain Hills.

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