Keller, Brown earn all-region honors
When it came to the Douglas High baseball team’s lineup card this season, it was a case of the same name with different spellings. Either way, Haden Keller and Haydn Brown presented mutual concerns for opposing pitchers who faced the Tigers.
Keller and Brown, senior veterans for the Tigers, were rewarded for their performances with first-team berths on the Northern 4A all-region team, which was announced this week. Keller, a four-year varsity player, was honored as an outfielder and Brown, who played three varsity seasons, was selected as a first baseman.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Brown ranked among the region’s top-10 in four hitting categories for Douglas (12-15 overall, 9-13 league): .441 batting average (eighth in league), 24 RBI (10th), 17 walks (fifth) and eight stolen bases (fourth). He also posted a .660 slugging percentage in league play.
The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Keller, who committed to Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho) in April, hit better than .400 through much of the season and was a defensive mainstay in center field all season. The right-hander also emerged as the ace of the Tigers’ pitching staff this season, as he finished third in the conference in innings pitched (42) and fourth in strikeouts (43).
By the way, Keller gave an indication of things to come in his varsity debut as a freshman in 2014 when he came off the bench and in his first career at-bat, delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning to close out a 10-0 preseason tournament win over Truckee at Tiger Field.
Other Tigers who received all-region recognition were Riley Wilkinson as a second-team designated hitter and Jayden Foster as an honorable mention shortstop.
Reno’s Christian Chamberlain was honored as Player of the Year for a season in which he led the league in home runs (9), RBI (32) and stolen bases (14), and on the mound, led the league in strikeouts (91 in 39.2 innings) and shared the lead in wins (6). Chamberlain was also a key player for the Huskies’ region champion basketball team.
Galena’s Tim Lichty was named Offensive Player of the Year (led the league in hitting at .521), Carson’s Bryce Moyle was Pitcher of the Year (three-time first-team selection) and McQueen shortstop Nelson Padilla was Defensive Player of the Year.
Looking at the first-team list, Spanish Springs catcher Josh Prizina has signed to play for the Nevada Wolf Pack and Casey Miller has signed to pitch for UNLV. Miller was credited with four wins and an 0.00 ERA in league this season.
Reno finished as the regular season champion and Galena won the region tournament then went 1-2 at state.