Five Rifle High School baseball players were selected to receive all-conference honors by the league’s baseball coaches.
First team honors went to junior Derek Wagler and seniors Randy Starks and Eddie Medina. Senior Wyatt Warfel and junior Levi Warfel each received honorable mention honors.
The five players helped the Bears improve from a 6-13 record a year ago to a 14-9 record and a return to the district playoffs for the third time in the last four years.
Wagler set a school record for hits in a season with 42 breaking the previous record of 37 set by Owen Madison in 2002. He also set a school record with 10 triples in a season breaking Danny Bartel’s record of 7 set in 2013. His .545 batting average, 32 runs scored, 36 RBI’s, and 50 assists fell just short of the school records in those categories.
Starks also set a new school record for walks in a season with 28, besting the record of 20 set by three players: Bryce Enewold (2004), Luke Buss (2011), and Nate Schilt (2012). In addition Starks scored 32 runs, had a .981 fielding percentage, a 3.93 ERA, and only allowed one passed ball all season.
Medina tied a school record with 5 sacrifice flies on the season. Offensively he scored 25 runs with 33 RBI’s, and 21 stolen bases. He had a .947 fielding percentage and a 5-1 record as a pitcher.
Levi Warfel led the team with 22 stolen bases on the season, never getting thrown out once. He showed his speed while tracking down balls in centerfield recording 37 putouts on the season.
Wyatt Warfel manned first base for the Bears, collecting 111 putouts while making a number of excellent defensive plays throughout the season.
Wagler, Starks, and Medina will all get a chance to showcase their talents one more time this season by playing in the 3A vs. 4A Western Slope League All-conference game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.