Payson High School Slugger Named To All-State Second Team

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Payson High School junior Westin Gibson has been chosen to the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State second team as a designated hitter.

He is the only Payson player named to the All-State team.

From the East, Blue Ridge had three players — Ty Webster, Nick Johnson and Nick Williams — chosen first team.

Snowflake’s Robby Martindell was named second team.

Those were the only five East players chosen to either the 24-person first or second teams.

Chino Valley’s Andrew Bailey was named 3A Player of the Year and Cougar coach Bruce Nesbitt was selected Coach

of the Year. Both helped the Cougars win the 3A state championship on May 15 with an 8-2 win over Empire. Chino was 4-0 in the state tournament.

In voting for Gibson as a designated hitter coaches had evidence of his prowess at the plate in his .495 batting average, which was the third best mark in the East.

Not only was he a good contact hitter with only seven strikeouts, he also showed good power, swatting 13 doubles, four triples and six home runs.

He also hit in the clutch driving in a team-high 39 runs.

His selection to the All-State team comes on the heels of him being named last week to the All-East first team.

As a sophomore, Gibson was also All-East and was All-State on two teams — Arizona Baseball Coaches Association and Arizona Republic.

Gibson has been a three-year starter for the Longhorns, but most fans are expecting 2011, his senior year, to be a bust out season for the young player. He has shown flashes of being able to play on the next level or in the pro ranks.

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