WASILLA — A handful of Valley players and a pair of coaches have been recognized by Alaska Legion Baseball.
Wasilla head coach Ken Ottinger and Palmer skipper Matt McLaughlin were among three named Alaska Legion Baseball Coach of the Year. Juneau’s Joe Tompkins was also honored.
Ottinger, who led the Wasilla High program to its first state title in state history during the prep season, also led the Wasilla Road Warriors to the legion state title game. McLaughlin led the current era of Palmer legion baseball to the state tournament for the first time in its five-year stay.
Palmer outfielder Luke Guggenmos also made history, becoming the first Pioneers player to be named to the Alaska Legion Team of Excellence first team. Jacob Gilbert was one of four Wasilla players to earn first-team honors, and gained recognition at two positions. Gilbert was named first-team as an outfielder and relief pitcher. Wasilla infielder Clayton Boyett, starting pitcher Austin Robertson and utility player Taylon Ottinger were also named first-team.
Palmer’s Zach Satterly was named an honorable mention as both an infielder and starting pitcher. Palmer infielders Owen Hayes and Bryant Marks, and utility player Carson McLaughlin were also named honorable mention. Wasilla infielder Clancey O’Donnell was named honorable mention for the Road Warriors.
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