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It should be no surprise that six of the 24 athletes picked from the Treasure Valley are from Rocky Mountain. The one-two punch in the middle of the Grizzlies order, Bryce Feist and Mason Smith, were both selected to the team, but Feist may have to fight for some playing time because Fruitland's Joe Martarano is the other 3rd baseman on the roster which will feature two of the best all around players in the state at the same position.
There is a plethora of pitchers on the Treasure Valley team which features the ace of staff from five different teams in the SIC. Among a few of the pitchers will be Rocky's Richie Kyro, Eagle's Brandon Brown, Timberline's Cody Price, Capital's Shawn Powers and Vallivue's Shane Doke. Two pitchers from 4A Skyview will be on the squad as well a hidden gem in Mountain Home's Alex Rodriguez.
The two catchers are so talented offensively and defensively in Fruitland's Daulton Blackwell and Rocky's Luke Holloway and they both have handled solid pitching staffs all year long. At first base, Rocky's Stephan Zanoni has not had the best year offensively but still finds his spot on this years team and Skyview's Gunner Pancheri will play there as well.
The middle infield is absolutely stacked with Rocky Mountain's Isaac Anderson and Eagle's Skyler Souza. Anderson is heading into the State Tournament leading the Grizzlies with a .491 batting average and Souza has been a vacuum at shortstop this year.
Lastly, the outfield features four players from the 5A SIC that have had stellar seasons. Rocky's Mason Smith and Blake Thoren made the squad along with Capital's Logan Staudt who had a breakout season hitting nearly .500 and the lone sophomore on the Treasure Valley team, Mountain View's Branson Trube who is hitting over .400 and might be the fastest player in the SIC.
Tune into the show today for a breakdown of the rosters as well as more State Tournament talk from 4-6 PM on 630 The Fan.