Jackson Giants baseball

Matt Ellingson huddles with his team between innings during a game against Mountain View earlier this season. Ellingson, Quentin Bruno, Seth Christiansen, Nate Fairbanks and Anthony Bleggi were announced as all-state players last week.

Following the best finish in Jackson’s six-year history in AA American Legion baseball, five Giants players earned all-state nods to put a bow on a 36-22-2 season.

Nate Fairbanks and Anthony Bleggi were first-team selections, with Quentin Bruno, Seth Christiansen and Matt Ellingson landing on the second team.

Manager Jason Huggins was named the AA Head Coach of the Year.

Wyoming AA American Legion baseball coaches made the all-state selections.

Fairbanks finished the year with a .368 batting average, 63 hits and 47 runs scored. He recorded nine doubles and five triples and finished with an on-base percentage of .444.

Bleggi, the team’s ace pitcher, hit .313 with 42 hits, nine doubles, five triples and one home run. From the mound he finished with a 5-3 record, pitched 50 innings and struck out 70 against 28 walks.

Christiansen hit .340 on the season with 64 hits, nine doubles, a triple and a home run. He notched 41 RBIs. From the hill he went 5-5 with 65.1 innings pitched and recorded 43 strikeouts.

Bruno worked as both a pitcher and catcher through the season, though his bread and butter came from calling games, where he spent 260 innings. From the plate he batted .303 with 46 hits, 20 doubles, two triples and two home runs. He went 5-1 from the mound, pitching 36.2 innings with 21 strikeouts.

Ellingson batted .275 with 30 stolen bases, 46 hits, seven doubles, five triples and one home run.

The Giants came up just shy of winning the first AA state title in program history last week in Gillette. After dropping its first game of the tournament Jackson responded with three win-or-go-home victories before falling on championship day to the Casper Oilers.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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