LINCOLN CITY — Taft High School baseball standouts Tyee Fisher and Eli DeMello were named to the 2019 3A Oregon All-State Baseball Team after a statewide poll of the division’s coaches.
Head baseball coach Matt Hilgers, recently named athletic director at Taft High School, said the selections to the Oregon dream team were well deserved.
“Tyee Fisher was great for us, both in the outfield and at the plate,” said Hilgers of the 2019 graduate who earned a scholarship to Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. “Since coming on as a freshman, he’s the player who has showed the most growth, both mentally and developing his athletic talent.”
Hilgers said Fisher was on the winning West team at the All-State football game, an all-around player and “good guy” who even went to the mound where his lank physique powered intimidating fastballs.
“He’s going to be the guy we miss around here,” asserted Hilgers.
Eli DeMello, a junior, was another multi-talented performer on the 2019 Tiger team, 17-11 overall and 11-4 in league.
“He’s the first kid in Tiger memory to play all nine positions,” Hilgers recalled, saying DeMello, a three-sport athlete with varsity stripes in cross country and basketball, was at the top of the stats as the No. 2 hitter and No. 1 pitcher. “Defensively, offensively, pitching and the way he came on in batting this year give him tremendous potential. All the other coaches respect him. Thank goodness we get him for another year.”
Cody Knott, who also graduated in May with a wrestling scholarship to Corbin University in Sakem, earned a spot on the All-State Second Team.
“He’s another guy we’re going to miss a lot,” said Hilgers. “He was one of the hardest workers we had in our program in a long time.”