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Irrigon’s Zack Henrichs is
the All-EO Player of the Year
after a successful season on
the mound and at the plate.
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Haguewood | Coach
Henrichs | P/INF
Stahl | P
Duso | C
Field | INF
Sater | OF
Beers | INF
Umbarger | OF
Covarrubia | OF
Carter | INF
Irrigon’s Zack Henrichs was a force on the mound,
at the plate and in the ﬁ eld for the Knights
By ANNIE FOWLER
ack Henrichs fell in
love with the game
of baseball the ﬁ rst
time he picked up a
changed over the
years for the recent
Irrigon High School graduate. He
honed his game and was one of the best
players in Eastern Oregon this spring.
Henrichs was a ﬁ rst team all-league
pitcher and inﬁ elder, and earned 3A
ﬁ rst-team all-state honors as a pitcher.
Along the way, he threw a perfect
game, a no-hitter and was named the
East Oregonian’s Player of the Year.
“That feels great, it really does,”
Henrichs said of the honor. “There are
a lot of good players in our area. I’m
glad to even be in the conversation. To
get it means the world to me.”
Joining Henrichs on the ﬁ rst team
are teammate Lino Covarrubia, Tanner
Sater of Weston-McEwen, Heppner’s
Tyler Carter, and Pendleton’s Ryan
Stahl, Justin Duso, Ty Beers, Kyle
Field, and Gabe Umbarger.
Pendleton’s TJ Haguewood, who
took the Bucks to the 5A state cham-
pionship game, was named Coach
of the Year.
“We had a great group of kids, and
this is not a one-man show,” Hague-
wood said. “My assistant coaches do a
great job. It’s more of a coaching staff
The Knights won the Special Dis-
trict 5 regular-season title with an 11-1
record. They also won the district title
before dropping a 5-3 game to Taft in
the ﬁ rst round of the 3A state tourna-
ment. They ﬁ nished the season 20-5.
“I’m so proud of the guys,” Hen-
richs said. “It’s not how we wanted it to
end, but there wasn’t a time we weren’t
having fun. It was my favorite baseball
season I have ever had.”
Numbers don’t lie
During the season, Henrichs was
10-0 on the mound with a 1.42 ERA.
He struck out 89 and walked 20 in 53
innings of work. At the plate, he hit
.478 with 12 doubles, 29 RBIs and 32
runs scored. He also led the team with
25 stolen bases.
“He is an easy kid to coach,” said
Irrigon coach Randy Henrichs, who
also is Zack’s grandfather. “He’s a
student of the game. We would come
home and talk about a game, and he
would bring up things I missed.”
See Baseball, Page B3
Player of the Year: Zack Henrichs, sr.,
Coach of the Year: TJ Haguewood,
Pitchers — Ryan Stahl, sr., Pendleton;
Zack Henrichs, sr., Irrigon.
Catcher — Justin Duso, sr., Pendleton.
Inﬁ elders — Ty Beers, so., Pendleton;
Tyler Carter, sr., Heppner/Ione; Zack
Henrichs, sr., Irrigon; Kyle Field, so.,
Outﬁ elders — Gabe Umbarg-
er, sr., Pendleton; Tanner Sater, sr.,
Weston-McEwen; Lino Covarrubia, sr.,
Pitchers — Cooper Roberts, jr., Pendle-
ton; Chris Large, sr., Pendleton.
Catcher — Matthew Moreno, jr., Irrigon.
Inﬁ elders — Anthony Rodelo, sr.,
Riverside; Michael Connell, jr., Stanﬁ eld/
Echo; Payton Smith, jr., Irrigon; Andrew
Wilson, sr., Umatilla.
Outﬁ elders — Jordan Ramirez, sr.,
Hermiston; Tanner Sweek, jr., Pendleton;
Matt Demianew, sr., Pendleton.