Fri Jul 1st, 2022
Special to the Drum
Tags: 1A Player-of-the-Year, 2A Player-of-the-Year, 2A/1A San Juan Basin League, Bill Percy, BOBCATS BASEBALL, Brady Rockwell, Brayden Magallon, Carson Gardner, Class 2A State Champion, Coach-of-the-Year, Coach-of-the-Year Logan Tharp, Colorado High School Activities Association, Colorado Springs St. Mary’s, Dove Creek, Holly, Honorable Mention All-1A, Honorable Mention All-2A distinction, ignacio high school, Jacob Gallegos, Jarret Sinks, Julian Terrazas, Limon, nucla, Ryan Jarmon, Second Team All-1A, Steele Arnold
Already named the 2A/1A San Juan Basin League’s top baseball player for 2022, Ignacio’s Jacob Gallegos recently added another honor to his developing diamond résumé.
Following a lengthy process including nominations from leagues and then a vote of head coaches, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced on Tuesday, June 21, its All-State teams, with the shortstop/pitcher Gallegos receiving Honorable Mention All-2A distinction.
He was one of 33 players so honored.
Limon senior Brady Rockwell was named 2A Player-of-the-Year after helping undefeated LHS repeat as Class 2A State Champion. Colorado Springs St. Mary’s skipper Bill Percy was chosen as Coach-of-the-Year, after his Pirates (19-9 overall) nearly upset the Badgers (26-0) in the grand finale but couldn’t hold a 2-0 first-inning lead in losing 3-2.
Reaching the State Tournament’s ‘Sweet 16,’ Ignacio ended up 15-8 in 2022, including a SJBL-winning 4-2 mark.
Also recognized from the San Juan Basin League as All-Staters were Nucla seniors Carson Gardner and Jarret Sinks. Both were named Second Team All-1A, while Steele Arnold, a sophomore, was an Honorable Mention All-1A pick along with senior Brayden Magallon.
Dove Creek wasn’t left out either; senior Ryan Jarmon was voted Honorable Mention All-1A.
Junior pitcher/infielder Julian Terrazas was named 1A Player-of-the-Year after helping Holly (20-4 overall) reach the State Championship. The Wildcats, however, then fell 4-3 in ten innings to Merino (24-2 overall), guided by Coach-of-the-Year Logan Tharp, a 2014 Holyoke grad.
The Rams had reached the State Tournament semifinals in 2021, losing to Holly, the eventual State Champion.