Trio Of Phs Ball Players Tapped For All-Region


Grand Canyon baseball coaches have voted a trio of Longhorn players to all-region teams.

Ashton Shewey was chosen first team, Donnie Wilbanks named to the second team and Dustin Hacker selected honorable mention.


Ashton Shewey (22) was named to the Grand Canyon all-region first team in a voting of coaches held at the conclusion of the season.

Region coaches voted for the players they believed earned the honors at the conclusion of the regular season.

During the 2004 campaign, Shewey compiled an 5-6 record as the Longhorns first line hurler. The senior lefthander finished with a 3.84 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 47 walks in 65 innings.

His offensive performance might have been what convinced GC coaches to select him first team. During the year, he compiled a .450 batting average that included eight home runs and nine doubles. He also had 42 RBIs and scored 29 runs.

Wilbanks, the starting third baseman, hit at a .347 clip. He also had 19 RBIs, 23 runs scored and swiped 10 bases. At the hot corner, he was one of the better defensive players in the region.

Hacker compiled a 3-2 pitching record striking out 32 opposing batsmen in 32 innings. He also finished with a .455 batting average and tied Shewey for the team lead in doubles with nine.

Senior Ryan Thiel led the team in hitting with a .512 average but only played in 16 games.

He was sidelined early in the season by a shoulder injury suffered in a snowboarding accident.

Had he played all season, Thiel would have been a strong candidate for post season honors.

For the senior members of the team, all that's left of the campaign is to await the selection of players for the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association annual North vs. South All-Star game. That announcement will be made next week.

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