Thu Jun 7th, 2018
Special to the Drum
If he made good contact against your pitch, the ball was probably going a long way.
If you made good contact against one of his pitches, that ball would probably fly just as far.
That was Kai Roubideaux this spring in a nutshell.
And that, along with his ability to play either infield corner position and his leadership in general, was more than enough for the now-graduated Ignacio senior pitcher/infielder to be named First Team All-San Juan Basin League ending the 2018 season.
In the voting, Roubideaux garnered 25 of 30 possible points – trailing only Dolores senior infielder/pitcher Justin Purkat (30 out of 30) and Nucla freshman infielder Tyler Wytulka (26/30), and finishing ahead of Dove Creek sophomore infielder/pitcher Ty Smith (24/30).
DCHS senior Derek Kibel and NHS senior Cord Colson shared First Team All-League catcher honors, with DHS’ Brennan Hite, DCHS’ Kieron Huskey and NHS’ J.D. Brantingham the First Team outfield trio, DHS’ Tel Hamilton the all-around ‘utility’ player, and IHS senior shortstop Trace Lovelace a First Team designated hitter (along with Dolores’ Neil Farias).
First Team pitchers were Dove Creek freshman Hayden Gray and Nucla junior Will Gabriel.
Ignacio junior outfielder Joe Herrera was named Second Team All-SJBL along with Dolores catcher David Schmittel, infielders Dakota Smith (DHS) and Tristen Jarmon (DCHS), and pitcher Cameron Chavez (DHS), while IHS senior catcher Nate Herrera and sophomore infielder/pitcher Ian Weinreich (as a ‘utility’) were also recognized.
Purkat, Kibel and Gabriel shared Athlete-of-the-Year, while Dolores’ Rusty Hamilton was voted Coach-of-the-Year after the Bears went 5-1 during regular-season league work and finished 9-12 overall.
“It feels good, you know?” said Hamilton. “My kids wanted to, you know, smash the ball instead of using their smarts and batting like they should. But yeah, I thought … we were good.”
Under COY contender Curtis Garver, Dove Creek finished 10-10 after losing a 17-14 shootout to Nucla in the 1A-District 1 Tournament finale. Unable to defend the 2017 Class 1A State Championship, but still earning the chance to do so, NHS (11-11) also broke even this spring after falling 5-2 to Iliff-based Caliche (16-9) in the grand finale played at All-Star Park in Lakewood, Colo.
After posting a 3-3 SJBL record – matching DCHS, against whom they won 14-4 and later lost 6-2 – the Mustangs had eliminated Westminster Cornerstone Christian in the eight-team tournament’s quarterfinals and Peetz in the semis to then battle the Buffaloes, previously tops in the District 4 Tournament.
IHS finished 4-16 overall and 1-5 in league.