From left, Kyle Treadway, Justin Bohn and Kameron Kaufman have helped Phoenix achieve a No. 6 ranking at the 4A level. - Jamie Lusch

Phoenix's Triple Threat

PHOENIX — When Hank Munn took over as the baseball coach at Phoenix High in 2009, he heard through the grapevine about three sophomores who should immediately move into his varsity lineup.

Kameron Kaufman was destined to be his catcher, Kyle Treadway would fill a corner infield spot and Justin Bohn was the kind of athlete you could put anywhere and he would shine.

Flash forward to 2011 and those sentiments have certainly played out.

"They've just been the heart and soul of the club for three years," says Munn. "We go as they go. You have to have a supporting cast, for sure, but they're my leaders. They're special kids. They have absolutely helped make my coaching career here at Phoenix."

All three have started for Munn since Day 1 and hit among the top five spots in the batting order throughout their standout careers as Pirates. The seniors have been a driving force behind Phoenix (10-7) opening a solid lead atop the Skyline Conference at 7-1 heading into Saturday's noon doubleheader against Mazama at Kiger Stadium.

"Me and Kam and Justin have been playing together since we were in Little League," says Treadway, who plays first and third base. "We know each other and how each other plays and I guess we've all just been building up for this senior year. It feels good to have played a part in this program for so long."

Treadway is batting a team-best .455 with 20 RBIs and only one strikeout in the cleanup spot, while shortstop Bohn is hitting .373 in the leadoff spot and leads the team in home runs (four) and is tied for the most runs scored (16) with Treadway. Kaufman has had to overcome a broken finger suffered earlier this season, but the catcher has an on-base percentage of .535 thanks in large part to 16 free passes in the No. 3 spot.

Juniors Tim Keith (.438, 21 RBIs) and Joey Keith (.318) have also been integral to the team's success, along with seniors Albert Reynoso (.282, 11 RBIs) and Christian Adam (.383 on-base percentage).

"We're looking forward to the rest of the season, for sure," says Munn, whose team is No. 6 in the coaches' poll and No. 17 in the Class 4A power rankings. "I think we have good things happening right now."

Besides their hitting and defensive duties, Phoenix's main trio also shoulders the load on the mound, with Bohn sporting a 3-0 record, Kaufman at 3-1 and reliever Treadway 1-0 with two saves and a 0.78 ERA.

Bohn, Kaufman and Treadway were right in the thick of things last Saturday when Phoenix pulled off the improbable, rallying from 7-1 deficits in each half of a doubleheader against Henley to score a pair of walk-off victories.

In the opener, Bohn reached base and was followed by Adams reaching safely. Bohn was then thrown out on a close play at third but his teammates picked him up as Kaufman drew yet another walk and Treadway followed with a double. Reynoso then helped set the stage for a dramatic finish by reaching first, and Tim Keith put a final stamp on matters with a walk-off grand slam.

"In that situation, you've just got to have the mentality that the game's really not over," says Kaufman. "We just had to wake up."

The snooze button was back in play during Game 2, but the Pirates again had the top of the lineup ready to go in the bottom of the seventh with a one-run deficit.

"We came in with 1-2-3-4 in the lineup again and we were convinced we could get it done again," says Treadway, who nearly had the game-winning double but Kaufman was thrown out on a close play at home.

With one out, Reynoso stepped up with a hot shot to left-center that plated Treadway to complete the sweep.

"To walk-off somebody once in a day is something, but twice? That never happens," says Munn. "These kids showed me a lot of heart and I was extremely proud of them."

As Treadway notes, making something like that happen involves the kind of confidence and chemistry one only gains through years of service together.

"We just know each other so well," he says. "That's the good thing about going to a 4A school like this, you know each other and have confidence in each other no matter what sport you're playing. We just all know what each other can do and we all mesh together very well."

Competitive drive is a common trait of Phoenix's triple threat, but their personalities run the gamut. Treadway is the most vocal of the bunch, with Bohn the quietest and Kaufman somewhere in between.

Munn calls Bohn the team's "quiet assassin" who leads by example and doesn't take a day off.

"Justin talks and jokes around, but when it comes to game time, he's pretty serious," says Treadway. "That kind of focus really helps him play. You expect him to do good and that's just what he does. He performs. He's that guy you can count on to get outs on the mound even if he doesn't have his best stuff."

When it comes to Treadway, Munn says no one serves as more of a ring leader than the 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior, and no one has the capability of carrying a team more than him.

"Kyle and I were always the best lefty hitters growing up and he's just a really good first baseman and can really hit the ball," says Kaufman. "I depend on him a lot because I always get walked so it's almost like he's hitting for me, too, sometimes."

Kaufman's no-nonsense approach to the game and the presence he provides behind the dish or at the plate has left Munn impressed with the 5-11, 180-pounder, who is able to set the tone in many ways.

"He's a mean-mugging kind of kid," says Treadway. "He plays hard and you'll get that every game from Kam. Nobody intimidates him, that's just the way he is. He comes up to the plate expecting to hit the ball hard every time, and that's what he does."

Kaufman says he and Bohn got a great jump-start to their senior season by being members of the American Legion Medford Mustangs last summer.

"We're playing way different than last year," he says. "Playing for the Mustangs just made us have a better mental game because it's more serious and there's more talent with the guys you're facing and playing with who are pitching and hitting."

All three players are trying to spread that mentality throughout the ballclub in hopes of an extended run in the upcoming postseason.

"We can do more," says Treadway. "I feel like our guys are peaking at the right time right now, we've just got to keep it going."

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