Over the last several weeks, we've looked at Northern Nevada's all-time high school football team (offense, defense, special teams and coaches), its all-time boys basketball team and all-time girls basketball team. This week, we moved to the diamond to break down Northern Nevada's all-time high school baseball team. As a reminder, we are considering each player's accomplishments both in high school as well as college and the pros, with equal weight being given to pre-college and post-college accolades. We've previously published our 20-person position player group. Today, we release our 13-player pitching staff.
Pitcher: Shawn Estes, Douglas: The best pitcher in Northern Nevada history, Estes was the first local player to win Nevada Gatorade state player of the year, doing so in 1991 when he had a monster season. He struck out 141 batters in 185 recorded outs that season, which remains a large-class state record. He pitched to a 0.79 ERA, which is ninth in state history, and had a state-record 20-strikeout game and an 18-strikeout game. Committed to Stanford, Estes was the No. 11 pick in the 1991 MLB draft and turned pro. He reached the big leagues in 1995 and logged 13 seasons in the majors, making the All-Star team in 1997. In 283 big-league games (281 starts), Estes went 101-93 with a 4.71 ERA.
Pitcher: Darrell Rasner, Carson: The last North player to win the Gatorade state player of the year award was a Rasner, although it was Jake (Darrell's cousin) in 2005. While Darrell never won that honor, he was a star for the Senators, which reached the state tournament in three of his four seasons at the school (he also struck me out with the bases loaded and my team down one to end a game in 1999). A high-level recruit, Rasner stayed home to pitch for the Wolf Pack and went 14-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 2000 while earning freshman All-American honors. He left Nevada as the program leader in wins (28) and strikeouts (302) and was the No. 46 pick of the 2002 draft. He pitched in four big-league seasons, going 9-15 with a 5.00 ERA before a five-year career in Japan.
Pitcher: Shawn Boskie, Reno: Born in Hawthorne (one of two to make the list with a Hawthorne tie along with Rob Richie), Boskie played his high school ball for Reno High. He led the Huskies to back-to-back state championship games, securing a title in 1984 over Bonanza. Boskie then went to Modesto Junior College and became the 10th pick of the 1986 January secondary draft. He reached the big leagues in 1990 and had a nine-year career with six teams, posting a 49-63 record with a 5.14 ERA. His 870.1 innings are the third most in the big leagues by a local player. Boskie also was the starting pitcher for the Angels when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played at 2,130 (Ripken homered off him in the game).
Pitcher: Donovan Osborne, Carson: Northern Nevada had an explosion of talent in the late 1980s when it produced big-leaguers like Matt Williams, Rob Richie, Shawn Boskie and Osborne, who led the Senators to the state title game during his senior season in 1987. A ninth-round draft pick, he opted to go to college and was a three-time first-team All-American who was UNLV's career wins leader and top 10 in several other categories before being the No. 13 pick in the 1990 draft by the Cardinals. In 1992, he went 11-9 with a 3.77 ERA and finished fifth in the NL rookie of the year voting and had a nine-year big-league career (49-46, 4.03 ERA) despite battling a number of injuries.
Pitcher: Rod Scurry, Hug: Perhaps the most purely talented pitcher in Northern Nevada history, Scurry led Hug to the 1974 state tournament, which remains the only team in Hawks history the school won the Northern region and played in state. As a senior, Scurry posted a 1.13 ERA and allowed just 28 hits in 74 innings while striking out 137 batters (second most by a large-class player in state history). He also led the team in hitting with a .295 average and five homers. The No. 11 pick in the 1974 draft, Scurry pitched in 332 big-league games, largely out of the bullpen, and finished his eight-year career with a 3.24 ERA despite battling a drug addiction throughout his career.
Pitcher: Kevin Jepsen, Bishop Manogue: As we've noted, Las Vegas has dominated the Nevada Gatorade state player of the year award, winning all but seven of those awards since they began in 1985. But the North had a great run from 2001-05, winning five in a row. The most incredible win in that period came by Jepsen in 2002 since he played at the Class 3A level. He led Manogue to three state titles, going 9-1 with a 0.84 ERA his senior season while allowing just 15 hits and striking out 116 batters in 58.2 innings while tossing five no-hitters (two solo; three combined). A second-round pick in 2002, Jepsen was a member of Team USA's bronze medal-winning team in the 2008 Olympics and pitched 10 big-league seasons out of the bullpen (18-33, 4.00 ERA, 27 saves).
Pitcher: Joe Wieland, Bishop Manogue: Between Jepsen's tenure with the Miners and Wieland's tenure, Manogue made the jump to the large-class division, but it made no difference to Wieland, a two-way high school star. Leading Manogue to the state tournament, Wieland had a stellar senior season in which he held batters to a .166 average while striking out 115 (fourth all-time in the state). He also had a state-record 76 RBIs, which led the nation, and was named state player of the year. A fourth-round pick in the 2008 draft, Wieland moved quickly through the minor-league system (he threw a no-hitter in Double-A) before debuting in the big leagues in 2012. He pitched in 12 big-league games over four seasons (1-6, 6.32 ERA) before stints in Japan and Korea.
Pitcher: Charlie Kerfeld, Carson: One of eight Senators to reach the big leagues, Kerfeld was born on Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri but moved to Carson at age 9. He was a three-sport star who was an all-state linebacker and won all-state honors in baseball twice. He led Carson to the 1979 state title and was drafted three times, signing with the Astros in 1983. The 6-foot-6 Kerfeld, known for his colorful personality, went 11-2 with a 2.59 ERA with Houston in 1986, finishing fourth in the NL rookie of the year voting (ahead of Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin and Will Clark). Kerfeld's career ended after four MLB seasons. He eventually became a minor-league manager, including a stint with the Reno Blackjacks.
Pitcher: Randy Messenger, Sparks: At 6-foot-6 with a huge heater, Messenger was a Nuke LaLoosh-like character in high school (I played against him, and the goal was to not get hit by a pitch). He was an 11th-round draft pick out of high school and signed with the Florida Marlins in 1999. After seven seasons in the minor leagues, Messenger made his big-league debut in 2005 and pitched parts of five seasons in the big leagues out of the bullpen. He went 4-12 with a 4.87 ERA and two saves in 173 games before finding more success pitching overseas in Japan where he went 98-84 with a 3.13 ERA in 263 games (179 starts) in 10 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Pitcher: Christian Chamberlain, Reno: The most recent addition to our list, Chamberlain was a two-way star at Reno High where he went 17-1 with a 0.96 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 111.2 innings in his last two seasons with the Huskies while hitting .465 with 15 homers and 62 extra-base hits. He played his college ball at Oregon State where he won a national championship as a freshman, setting a record for strikeouts in a relief appearance in a College World Series game, before becoming an All-American as a junior after going 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA in four starts with 34 strikeouts and a .086 batting average against in 22 innings. Chamberlain was the No. 105 pick in the 2020 MLB draft and will make his pro debut next season.
Pitcher: Fred Dallimore, Reno: Considering by many the first true star in Northern Nevada baseball, Dallimore was the standout pitcher on Bud Beasley's state championship baseball team at Reno High in 1962. He played his college ball at Nevada and was the Wolf Pack's first All-American while being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1981. After his playing career, Dallimore became an assistant coach at UNLV before taking over in 1974. Over 23 seasons with the Rebels, he went 794-558-2, averaging nearly 35 wins per game, while leading his team to seven NCAA Regionals. He produced 11 All-Americans, often stealing the North's top players, and is not only in UNLV's athletic Hall of Fame but also has his No. 13 retired.
Pitcher: Jake McGee, Reed: Reed High has had a lot of great pitchers, including Joe Bales, Ken Riley and Mark Nowaczewski, but McGee is the best of the bunch. A 2004 Reed graduate, McGee was a hard-throwing lefty who won all-state honors. His potential led him to being a fifth-round draft pick in 2004 and he was a top-100 prospect in the minors before Tommy John surgery in 2008, which pushed him to the bullpen, where he's been an above-average reliever for a decade. In his 11th big-league season, McGee has a 28-23 record with 45 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 546 appearances, including a 2.66 ERA with the Dodgers this season. McGee also won gold in the 2017 World Baseball Classic with Team USA.
Pitcher: John Savage, Reno: There were a lot of options for this last spot, including some Gatorade players of the year (Jake Rasner, Jeff Schoenbachler, Joe Bales), some big-leaugers (Dusty Bergman, Bob Ayrault) and some high draft picks (Russ Garside, Jason Rogers, Marc Kaiser, Kyle Smit, Nate Yeskie), but I'll go with Savage, who is best known for his coaching career at UCLA. Before that, he was a star pitcher for Reno High in the 1980s, whose 26 wins rank third among large-class pitchers. His 242 career strikeouts rank seventh all-time in the state. He was a sixth-round pick in 1983 but opted for college at Santa Clara. He eventually played three minor-league seasons (he was on a Salt Lake team that set a pro record with 29 straight wins in 1987) before becoming a coach. Between UC Irvine and UCLA, Savage is 640-446-2 and won the 2013 national title with the Bruins.