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FIREBIRDS BASEBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
FIREBIRDS BASEBALL ALL-TIME LINEUP
2B – Steve Shcolnik, 1976
A starter on the national championship team at Yavapai College, where he holds records for runs scored in a season. Before two Big Eight championship seasons at Oklahoma State, he was a three-time starter at Chaparral stealing over 30 bases in each of two seasons.
1B – Ike Davis, 2005
A three-time starter at Arizona State, and a first-round pick of the New York Mets, he is currently with the Texas Rangers. A four-year varsity letterman, he was clutch at the plate for the Firebirds, showing off power and flash with the glove, as well as a fierce presence on the mound.
C – Paul Konerko, 1994
Player of the Year his senior year, Paul would go on to play 16 seasons for the Chicago White Sox. He loved hitting in the 3-hole for the Firebirds. He was a great gap hitter with power with a tremendous eye at the plate.
DH – Dylan Cozens, 2012
A first-round draft supplement pick of the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school, he played only one season for Chaparral. But, what a season. He holds the school’s single-season home run record.
RF – Jeff Van Houten, 2001
Still in the University of Arizona record books in hitting categories, Van Houten was taken by the Marlins in the major league draft.
LF – Dan Ducusin, 1983
A three-year starter at Chaparral, Ducusin played at Mesa Community College, Arizona State, and Grand Canyon University.
CF – Aaron Gardin, 1993
A two-time Scottsdale Player of the Year and two-time, all-state performer, Aaron was a member of the USA Junior National team. An injury shortened a promising career. He started four seasons on Chaparral’s varsity squad.
3B – Matt Abram, 1999
After three years starting for the Firebirds, he played at the University of Arizona before being drafted and signed by the Minnesota Twins.
SS – Jake Schlander, 2007
Another three-time Chaparral starter who started three seasons at Stanford and was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.
Utility – Austin Yount, 2005
Nephew of former Milwaukee Brewers great, Robin Yount, Austin was a four-year varsity starter at Chaparral, playing third base, shortstop, and pitcher. He pitched and played second base at Stanford before signing with the Dodgers as a catcher.
RHP – Charles Brewer, 2006
A three-year starter at Chaparral, Charles pitched at UCLA before being drafted by the Diamondbacks. He made big-league appearances for the D-Backs.
LHP – Dan Columbe, 2008
He played at USC and Texas Tech before being drafted by the Dodgers, appearing in major league games. He averaged two strikeouts per inning during his junior and senior seasons.
Reliever – Brian Bannister, 1999
The right-hander signed with the Mets and had a six-year major league career between the Mets and the Kansas City Royals. He started and relieved for Chaparral and USC. He is currently the director of pitching analysis and development for the Boston Red Sox.