Warwick, MC land three on ‘Sweet 16’ squad

By on June 15, 2016

 

Second baseman Tyler Martin batted an impressive .465 for the Warriors this spring. (Lititz Record file photo)

Second baseman Tyler Martin batted an impressive .465 for the Warriors this spring. (Lititz Record file photo)

The Lancaster-Lebanon League All-League “Sweet 16” Baseball Team (as voted on by the coaches) was announced Monday evening.

Warwick, fresh off a 16-5 season, had two players named to the squad, catcher Justin Smith and second baseman Tyler Martin, while Section Three champion Manheim Central added one in third baseman Kevin Starner.

The following is a listing of the entire team:

Catchers

Justin Smith, Warwick, Sr., Catcher – batted .470 with five doubles and three triples; Coach’s Scouting Report: “Outstanding catcher – managed Warwick’s pitching staff very well and controlled the running game. One of the best offensive players in Section One, hitting for power and average.”

Infielders

Tyler Martin, Warwick, Sr., Infielder – batted .465 with eight RBI. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Table setter for Warwick; excellent defense in the field with a great ability to get on base. One of the leading hitters in Section One.”

With catcher Justin Smith behind the plate, Warwick won a combined 34 games the past two seasons. (Lititz Record file photo)

With catcher Justin Smith behind the plate, Warwick won a combined 34 games the past two seasons. (Lititz Record file photo)

Angel Colon, Hempfield, Jr., Third Baseman – batted .441 with a .630 on base percentage; 10 runs scored; 15 RBI and six steals. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Above average defender at third base and is deserving of consideration based on outstanding all around season. Batted in the middle of the order all year.”

Brock Kauffman, Garden Spot, Jr., Shortstop – batted .489 with 15 runs scored, eight RBI, seven doubles, one home run. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Brock currently has three offers from Division Two schools, was All-League last year, and is on pace to break every offensive record at Garden Spot.”

Nate Fassnacht, Ephrata, Sr., Shortstop – batted .444 (20-for-45) with 11 RBI, two home runs, scored 22 runs and stole 15 bases. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Five-tool player who could do it all for us… hit two key home runs in league play, came in to relieve and save games, was consistent at shortstop all season, big arm, quick feet, aggressive on the bases. A player who could change the game at any moment… will be hard to replace.”

Manheim Central third baseman Kevin Starner helped the Barons overcome an 0-5 start this season to capture the Section Three crown. (Lititz Record file photo)

Manheim Central third baseman Kevin Starner helped the Barons overcome an 0-5 start this season to capture the Section Three crown. (Lititz Record file photo)

Outfielders

Brenden Keller, Hempfield, Sr., Outfielder – batted .465 with 15 runs scored and seven steals. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Excellent table setter; did a great job in the outfield as well – made many difficult catches look easy. Outstanding overall player deserving of the All League Team.”

Michigan Daub, Northern Lebanon, So., Outfielder – hit .479 (23-for-48) with seven doubles, two triples, one home run with 17 RBI. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Michigan did a great job for us with his bat this year with a lot of key and clutch at bats. He also pitched and played some infield. He played well defensively where ever we put him on the field.”

Adam Schwartz, Ephrata, Jr., Outfielder – hit .340 (18-for-53) with one home run, 12 RBI and a .407 OBP. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Adam was huge reason for our success this season after moving from a corner OF position to centerfield. He essentially anchored our OF and strengthened us up the middle. He demonstrated one of the strongest arms from the OF that I’ve seen at this level and covered a lot of ground in a big ballpark. On the mound, he added considerable depth to our staff and was both a middle reliever and closer before becoming a starter in the post-season.”

Designated Hitter

Kevin Starner, Manheim Central, Sr., Third Baseman – batted .422 with 12 RBI, 14 runs scored and five doubles. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Kevin was the only senior that started both offensively and defensively. He carried a group of young men through leading by example, encouragement, and showing a will to win that caught fire. After an 0-5 start, he rallied the team to win its first section title in 22 years. Without Kevin as the core and centerpiece of our team, we would not have had as much success.”

Utility Player(Dual-Threat Pitcher/Position Player)

Cole Miller, Elco, Jr., Pitcher/Catcher – batted .400 (18-for-35) with three doubles. Coach’s Scouting Report: “From behind the plate Cole only allowed one successful base stealer during league play (one steal in 15 attempts). On a bigger note, he also became our closer, going 3-for-3 in save opportunities. This kid is a pure bulldog and any coach in the league would take him in a heartbeat if you spent one practice/game with him.”

Dillon Marsh, Lancaster Catholic, So., Pitcher/First Baseman – batted .512 (22-for-43) with 20 runs scored, 20 RBI and nine walks; went 6-0 on the mound (40 innings pitched) with 65 strike outs 10 walks and just 12 hits allowed. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Dillon’s numbers speak for themselves. He is our three hitter and our ace.”

Pitchers

Michael Deleon, Lebanon, Sr., Pitcher – went 4-0 in 34 innings of work with 47 strikeouts while allowing just three earned runs. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Michael was the ace of our pitching staff. Our team knew that when Michael was on the mound, we only needed a run or two to win.”

Brady Thomas, Solanco, Sr., Pitcher – compiled a 3-2 record with an ERA of 0.96 in 48.1 innings; struck out 55 and walked 24. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Brady was never soft and we did not score many runs for him. His two worse outings were vs Ephrata. Take those out and his ERA is silly.”

Nate Vuchovich, Manheim Township, Sr., Pitcher – went 4-4 with a 1.04 ERA with a pair of shutouts. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Team Captain; had four total wins, of a team that won nine games.”

Dillon Good, Ephrata, Sr., Pitcher – went 5-1 with a 0.92 ERA in 38 innings; struck out 38 and walked just 13. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Was our work-horse… only loss in league play came vs. Warwick (one bad inning). His season and stats speak for themselves. Seemed to get stronger as the game went on, got tougher as the situation became more tense, and seemed to pitch his best in the biggest games.”

Jeff Taylor, Penn Manor, Sr., Pitcher – went 4-1 in league play with an ERA of 0.74; collected one save and struck out 46 in 37.2 innings. Coach’s Scouting Report: “Outstanding left-handed pitcher, dominant in his starts for Penn Manor. Excellent command of his pitches, gave Penn Manor a great chance to win every time on the mound. One of the top pitchers in the league.”

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