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Four Pioneers earn all-state

Seth Gilmore was named an all-state performer for the second year for the Powell Pioneers. Gilmore led the team in batting average this summer and was a fixture at shortstop defensively. Seth Gilmore was named an all-state performer for the second year for the Powell Pioneers. Gilmore led the team in batting average this summer and was a fixture at shortstop defensively. Tribune photos by Randal Horobik

Beuster, Gilmore each placed on first team

Four members of the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team earned all-state recognition for their play this summer. Shortstop Seth Gilmore and pitcher/first baseman Jake Beuster were tabbed as first team all-state selections.

Frankie Vogt and Josh Cragoe were both named to the second team.



Gilmore finished with the Pioneers’ leading batting average for the second consectuive summer. The left-handed batter, who will be attending Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont., this fall, finished the year with a .539 average. It marked the second year that Gilmore finished above the .500 mark batting.

Despite missing more than two weeks of the season with injury, Gilmore tied for the team lead in home runs, smacking eight balls out of the park this summer. He finished second on the team in runs batted in, with 46, and doubles, with 15. In the field, Gilmore, who was named one of Wyoming’s top players by ESPN prior to the start of the season, also dazzled in the field with both his range and his arm strength from shortstop.

Beuster, who will be entering his second season at Williston State College, a popular destination for many former Pioneers, finished as the team’s pitching ace, going 9-2 for the summer season. Beuster pitched a team-high 59.1 innings and fanned 62 batters. He carried a 1.70 ERA into the postseason.

Offensively, Beuster started the summer strong, momentarily raising his batting average to .600 at the Cody tournament in June. He finished the year with a .431 average with three home runs, 11 doubles and 37 RBIs.

On the second team, Josh Cragoe, also recognized by ESPN during the preseason, finished with a .409 batting average with 45 runs scored and 35 runs driven in. Cragoe also earned a 4-1 record on the mound and demonstrated his diversity on defense by catching and playing in center field at various times during the summer. Cragoe missed a chunk of the early part of the Pioneers’ season due to his participation in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl and his subsequent nomination for the Milward Simpson award as one of Wyoming’s top senior student-athletes, keeping his totals for the season down.

Frankie Vogt was another second team all-state selection for Powell and he really blossomed this season. Vogt, the only one of Powell’s all-state selections eligible to return to the team next summer, set himself up nicely going into 2013 by batting .456 this year and leading Powell in at-bats (171), runs (65), hits (78), RBIs (80), doubles (22) and triples (5). Vogt also tied with Gilmore for the team lead this summer with eight home runs.

All four of Powell’s all-state selections were also named to the all-district first team in the North. Named a second-team selection for the North district was Hayden Cragoe.

The younger Cragoe compiled a 4-1 record on the mound for the Pioneers and also manned both middle infield positions throughout the summer. Cragoe finished with a .377 batting average that included 58 runs scored, 40 RBIs and three home runs.

The Pioneers finished the year with a 36-15 overall record.

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