Summit High School baseball notches best season ever with all-conference honors |

Summit High School baseball notches best season ever with all-conference honors

Thomas DeBoneville hits a home run during a game against Grand Junction High School in 2013. The senior shortstop was named to the 4A Western Slope First Team All-Conference team this season with a .488 average and 19 stolen bases, a leagure record.
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It was a banner season for Summit High School baseball.

Shortly after the season wrapped up on May 2, four SHS players were named to the 4A Western Slope All-Conference team. Shortstop Thomas DeBonville, starting pitcher Luke Egging and fellow pitcher Mitchell Gray were named to the First Team All-Conference. Center fielder Ricky Seltzer earned a spot on the All-Conference Honorable Mention list.

“We are very pleased to announce that four of our senior players this season were recently selected to the WSL 4A All-Conference Team,” SHS head coach Tom Looby said. “All four of these guys had terrific seasons for us this year and really deserve this recognition.”

And, the accolades are well deserved. SHS baseball relied on a strong corps of seniors to notch its best season as a 4A team, finishing with a 12-6 overall record and an 8-6 league record.

“To our knowledge this is the best record we have had in baseball since becoming a 4A high school nearly 15 years ago,” Looby said. “It will now be up to the younger guys to carry on this winning record.”

Tiger elite

DeBonville was the Tigers’ starting shortstop for three years and led his team in batting this season with a whopping .488 average. He had seven doubles, four triples and three home runs. He also had 24 RBIs and scored 27 runs, but his wheels proved a hidden weapon, leading the league in stolen bases with 19.

Egging was easily the Tigers’ ace with a 7-1 record this season — yet another SHS all-time record. He also led the league with a 2.85 earned run average, striking out 30 batters in league play and 40 batters overall for the season. His seven wins broke a single-season record, while his 10 career wins tied a school record.

But wait, there’s more: When Egging wasn’t pitching in the past three years he was on the other side of the plate as starting catcher. He held a .396 batting average this season.

Gray also had a very strong season on the mound. He maintained a 3.07 ERA and matched Egging’s strikeouts with 30 Ks in league action 40 Ks overall. He also led the Tigers’ pitching staff at the plate and on the grass with a .425 batting average and a .929 fielding percentage.

“All three of these guys have an opportunity to play in college,” Looby said. “We are very proud of their accomplishments in the SHS baseball program.”

As All-Conference players, all three seniors took the field for the annual 3A-4A Western Slope All- Conference All-Star game in Rifle on May 26.

Center fielder Seltzer earned All-Conference Honorable Mention on the strength of his field. He notched a perfect season in the outfield — not a single dropped fly or bungled grounder — and posted a .293 average at the plate.

SHS baseball also had four players named to the Academic All-State team. Zane White, Ben Hull and Gray received First Team Academic All-State awards for GPAs higher than 3.6. DeBonville earned Academic All-State Honorable Mention for holding a GPA above 3.3.

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