By JOHN LIKANJE
Paul Byrne lifted his team to a sectional title. Connor Gresens and Brendan Kane led their respective squads to the sectional semifinals. Bryce Tyndell paced the Brockport pitching rotation. Michael Whelehan was the leader of a Hilton squad which sported the best record in Monroe County and its respective classification.
The two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore were named the Players of the Year as announced by Monroe County coaches.
Whelehan led the Cadets in batting average (.458), plate appearances (85), base knocks (33), runs scored (26) and stolen bases (18) to earn Division I Player of the Year honors. The junior infielder finished second in on-base percentage (.541), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.069), drawn walks (12) and doubles (five) as well. Whelehan added a .527 slugging percentage and six RBI.
Of his 20 contests played, Whelehan recorded 12 multi-hit games, including five in which he compiled three-plus base knocks. His best regular season game was on April 19th against Boardman (Ohio) when he accumulated a trio of singles, including one which drove in a pair of runs for a 5-3 lead the Cadets didn’t relinquish, and crossed the plate three times in a 9-3 victory in Myrtle Beach. Whelehan’s other four three-hit games were on April 11th in a 4-3 win over Webster Schroeder, May 2nd in a 5-1 win at Penfield, May 5th in a 2-1 win over Penfield again and May 9th in a 9-6 win over Fairport. In the May 5th win over Penfield, the senior infielder ignited the key two-run third inning with a leadoff double and crossed the plate.
Whelehan led the Cadets to a 17-4 record, a Monroe County Division I title and the top seed in class AA.
Teammates James Capellupo and Carter Clark joined Whelehan on the Division I All-County Team. Capellupo was the team ace, posting a 4-1 record and 0.56 earned run average in seven appearances. The junior pitcher compiled 51 strikeouts and only allowed three earned runs in 37 1/3 frames as well. At the dish, Capellupo batted .312 (20 hits in 64 at-bats) with 16 runs scored, 14 RBI, 13 swiped bags, a team-high seven doubles, one triple, one homer, a .405 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. Clark collected 22 base knocks in 54 at-bats (.407 batting average). Seven of his hits were for extra bases (three doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs) as he crossed the plate 12 times. Clark had team-highs of 18 walks, a .562 on-base percentage and a .648 slugging percentage along with 15 runs batted in (tied for second). The senior infielder paced the pitching staff with nine appearances and a pair of saves. Overall, Clark finished with a 3-0 record, 1.33 earned run average and 32 punchouts in 21 innings.
Jack Cannon, Luke Pagano and Michael Salina were named on the Division I First Team for Webster Schroeder. Cannon posted an efficient .299 batting average, including four triples, two doubles and a pair of homers, along with 23 runs scored and eight RBI. The right-hander went 3-2 on the mound with an ERA of 2.43. Pagano recorded a .303 batting average with 15 RBI, 14 runs scored and five doubles. Salina was the Warriors’ ace with a 4-2 record and 1.36 earned run average. The senior pitcher was solid at the dish as well with a .271 batting average, collecting 10 RBI, three doubles and one triple while crossing the plate 12 times.
Evan Brock and Tobey Wright represented Rush-Henrietta on the Division I First Team. Brock hit .397 for the Royal Comets with an on-base percentage of .494 and an OPS of 1.067. The junior collected five doubles, two triples, a home run, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored. The junior finished 3-2 on the mound with six saves and an ERA of 1.95. Wright went 4-3 on the hill with a save. The Monroe Community College commit fanned 60 and walked 24 over 50-plus innings of work. The senior scored 21 runs and drove in 11.
Carter Fink and Cooper Loyal made the Division I First Team for Victor. Fink, a Niagara University commit, posted a 5-3 record on the mound with 67 strike outs and an ERA of 2.89 for the sectional finalist, Victor. The junior collected 24 hits at the plate including four doubles. He drove in 15 runs and scored another 13 with a batting average of .333. In 23 games played, Loyal racked up a .394 batting average, .551 on-base percentage, 26 hits, including three doubles and two triples, 22 walks, 21 runs scored, eight RBI and four stolen bases.
Connor Sackett (Fairport) and Alex Young (Penfield) rounded out the Division I First Team. Sackett was a do-it-all catcher for the Red Raiders, leading the offense with a .381 batting average (24 hits in 63 at-bats), .458 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage, 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, six walks, six stolen bases and five doubles. Behind the backstop, the senior catcher sported a .982 fielding percentage and threw out nine baserunners. Young hit .345 for Penfield with an on-base percentage of .493. He drew 16 walks, stole six bases, scored 14 runs and drove in another 10. The junior catcher threw out 47 percent of would-be base stealers.
Gresens spearheaded an Eagles’ offense which averaged 6.8 runs per game by pacing the squad in batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.662), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.168), plate appearances (91), base knocks (35), RBI (27), doubles (10) and home runs (two) to earn Division II Player of the Year. The junior catcher finished second on the team in singles (22), third in on-base percentage (.505), tied for third with one triple, tied for fourth in walks (eight) and fifth in runs scored (13).
Of his 22 contests played, Gresens recorded 11 multi-hit games, including five in which he compiled three-plus base knocks, and 15 matches in which he collected an RBI. His best regular season game was on March 31st at Webster Schroeder when he legged out a pair of doubles, singled and drove in four runs. Not only were all three of his hits run-scoring base knocks, the junior catcher’s second double drove in a pair to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Gresens’s four other three-hit games were on April 5th in a 10-0 victory over Greece Odyssey/Olympia, April 21st in a 15-4 victory at Eastridge, May 11th in an 8-1 victory over Gates-Chili and May 12th at Victor. In the win over Eastridge, the junior catcher amassed four base knocks: a pair of doubles, a triple and a single along with a walk.
Defensively, the junior catcher recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage in 157 total chances, posting 132 putouts and 25 assists. In 141 1/3 innings behind the dish, Gresens caught nine baserunners stealing and added a pickoff. Finally, he led the pitching staff to a 3.05 earned run average. On the mound, Gresens whiffed 14 batters in 13 2/3 frames and only allowed one earned run in six appearances. Gresens’s strong season resulted in a 13-9 record, a Monroe County Division II title, the No. 3 seed in class A1 and a sectional semifinals berth for the Eagles.
Teammates Brody Froman, Carraig Jones, Tino Tiermini and Brian Tisa joined Gresens on the All-County Division II Team. Froman led the Eagles in runs scored (33), singles (26), walks (12) and triples (three). The junior center fielder finished second on the team in both batting average (.438), on-base percentage (.556), slugging percentage (.562) and base knocks (31) and tied for fourth in RBI (nine) as well. Froman added 19 stolen bases. Tisa contributed with 28 base knocks (third on the team), including 20 singles (third), six doubles (second), one triple and one home run, 22 runs scored (second), nine RBI (fourth), five walks, a .424 on-base percentage (fifth) and .513 slugging percentage (third).
Joshua Campbell, Zack Minor and Cooper Romich made the Division II First Team for Churchville-Chili. Campbell raked with a .364 batting average, .486 on-base percentage while scoring 22 runs and swiping 15 bags. Minor led the Saints with his arm and bat. On the mound, he posted a 4-1 record with a 2.70 earned run average. At the dish, Minor batted .312 with 20 runs scored, 14 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .483 on-base percentage. Romich accumulated a .412 batting average, .529 on-base percentage, 1.043 OPS, 27 runs scored, 11 RBI, 11 swiped bags and was hit by eight pitches.
Colby Wilson, Garett Wilson and Nathan Zicari represented Webster Thomas on the Division II First Team. Colby Wilson and Garett Wilson both led the Titans with 31 base knocks apiece. Garett Wilson paced the squad with an OPS of 1.026, 27 RBI and a pair of triples. The senior infielder added a .383 batting average, 15 runs scored, five doubles and a pair of homers. Colby Wilson finished with a team-high .573 slugging percentage and three home runs. The senior infielder amassed a .378 batting average, 26 RBI, 16 runs scored, five doubles and a triple. Zicari powered the Titans’ offense with a .433 batting average (26 hits in 60 at-bats), 12 runs scored, seven RBI, six stolen bases, a pair of doubles, a .541 on-base percentage and .466 slugging percentage.
Matthew Howe (Brighton), Nolan Krautwurst (Greece Odyssey/Olympia) and Vincent Lucyszyn (Gates-Chili) rounded out the Division II First Team. Krautwurst stepped up to lead Greece Odyssey/Olympia with a .385 batting average, .494 on-base percentage, 26 base knocks, 22 runs scored and 10 RBI. He posted 46 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched as well. Lucyszyn led the Spartans with a .391 batting average, 19 runs batted in, 18 runs scored, 15 swiped bags and five doubles. Howe struck out 39 while logging an ERA of 2.38 and WHIP of 1.432 over 44 innings pitched. He also finished with a .306 batting average, .386 on-base percentage, seven RBI and 11 runs scored for the Bruins.
Kane tallied a team second-best batting average of .387 to earn Division III Player of the Year for the Vikings. The senior collected 29 hits in 75 at-bats while driving in 16 runs, recorded an on-base percentage of .506 and added two doubles, two triples and one home run. The centerfielder crossed home plate 25 times and swiped 15 bags. Kane locked down the outfield for the Vikings, totaling 60 putouts on the season. Kane’s strong end to his career resulted in the Vikings amassing a 15-7 record, a share of the Monroe County Division III title, the No. 2 seed in class A2 and a sectional semifinals berth.
Teammates Cameron Blauvelt, Collin Clark, Eric Krowl, Noah Lerner-Morelle, Daniel Mariani and Daniel Palumbo joined Kane on the All-County Division III Team. Blauvelt sparked the Viking offense all year long from the leadoff spot. The senior ended the season with an on-base percentage of .473 while scoring a second-best 27 times. He finished with a .387 batting average with 29 hits including three doubles. The middle-infielder plated 14 on the year. Krowl led Mendon with a .406 batting average. The senior also paced the Vikings with eight doubles while adding a triple and a home run. He drove in 19 while crossing home plate 21 times. Palumbo helped pace the Mendon offense with a second-best 22 RBI. The senior finished with a .324 batting average and scored 19 runs. He appeared on the mound 10 times over the course of the season and posted a record of 3-1 with two saves and an ERA of 3.13. He struck out 17 in 22.1 innings pitched.
Joshua Barnes, Sam Boock, AJ DeBalso and Matthew Pawlicki made Division III First Team for Canandaigua. In 73 plate appearances, Barnes accumulated 16 hits, including 12 singles, a trio of doubles and a triple, 13 runs scored, 10 walks and eight RBI for a .286 batting average, .394 on-base percentage and .375 slugging percentage. Boock hit .340 with four doubles, two triples and two home runs. The senior finished with an on-base percentage of .485 and slugging of .620. DeBalso led the Braves with 74 plate appearances, 21 base knocks, including 19 singles and two doubles, and seven stolen bases. The senior crossed the plate 11 times, added seven runs batted in, drew six walks and recorded a .323 batting average, .405 on-base percentage and .354 slugging percentage. On the mound, DeBalso recorded a pair of saves and 12 strikeouts in 8 2/3 frames. Pawlicki paced the team by legging out five doubles. Overall, the junior collected a .258 batting average (16 hits in 62 at-bats), .343 on-base percentage, .339 slugging percentage, 12 runs scored, seven RBI, seven swiped bags and six walks.
Aleksandar Englert, Jaden Madrid and Connor Osier earned Division III First Team honors for Greece Athena. Englert led the Trojans with a .449 batting average (31 hits in 69 at-bats), 22 runs batted in, 19 walks, 12 doubles, six hit by pitches, .583 on-base percentage and .739 slugging percentage. Madrid paced Greece Athena to the Class A2 sectional title game with his arm and bat. The junior right-hander struck out 45 in 38 innings and finished with a 3-0 record while having an ERA of 2.95. At the plate, Madrid drove in 15 while scoring 25. He finished his junior campaign with a .345 batting average alongside six doubles, one triple one home run and 31 stolen bases. Osier blasted three home runs at the dish and recorded four saves and 65 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings throughout a team-high 13 appearances on the mound.
Jacob Tsymbal (Greece Arcadia) rounded out the Division III First Team. The senior led the Titans with a .344 batting average, .468 on-base percentage, 21 base knocks and 18 runs batted in.
Byrne and Tyndell shared Division IV Player of the Year honors. Pittsford Sutherland captured the Class A2 crown and Byrne played a large part. The sophomore right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.17 ERA. He struck out 67 while walking 18 and gave up 35 hits in 53 2/3 innings pitched. Byrne flashed a 0.99 WHIP and .178 opponents’ batting average. The sophomore sprinkled 13 hits and 11 RBI at the plate. Tyndell worked as the ace for Brockport with a team-high 39 innings pitched. The senior recorded a 2.69 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 53 strikeouts while compiling a 2-2 record. Tyndell also hit for a .333 average and got on base at a .487 rate. Tyndell also added 22 RBI thanks to six doubles, two triples, and three home runs. He also managed to draw 13 walks on the season.
Teammates Jacob Fekete, Tyler Mullin, Cole Pringle and Jackson Zawacki joined Byrne on the All-County Division IV Team. Mullin collected team-highs of 30 runs scored, 29 base knocks, including 27 singles and a pair of triples, 17 walks and 15 stolen bases. The senior outfielder finished with a .429 slugging percentage and .943 on-base plus slugging percentage. Fekete led the Knights with 32 RBI and six doubles, tied for first with two triples, was second on the team with 26 hits, 14 stolen bases and a pair of homers and third with 16 runs scored. On the mound, the senior infielder compiled 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 frames and collected two wins and a pair of saves.
Teammates Jacob Cole, Cooper Hassall, Zachary Richards and Brayden Scaccia joined Tyndell on the All-County Division IV Team. Hassall led the team with a .371 batting average and an on-base percentage of .423. He drove in 25 runs and scored 20 himself. Hassall tallied 26 hits on the year including four doubles, one triple and two home runs. The senior added a 3-2 record on the mound. Hassall had a 3.29 ERA and struck out 36 in 27.2 innings pitched.
Vincent Grazioplene and Jesse Reinhart made the Division IV First Team for Batavia. Grazioplene led the Blue Devils with a .431 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, .569 slugging percentage, 28 base knocks, including four doubles and one triple, 18 runs scored and 12 swiped bags. Reinhart guided the team with 79 plate appearances, 12 walks and three triples. Overall, the senior produced a .348 batting average (23 hits in 66 at-bats), .456 on-base percentage, .485 slugging percentage, 17 runs scored, 12 RBI, five stolen bases and three doubles. Reinhart posted a 3-2 record, 2.83 earned run average and 45 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings as a pitcher.
Xavier Carbonel and Michael Principe earned Division IV First Team honors for Honeoye Falls-Lima. Carbonel contributed to the Cougars offense with a .347 batting average (17 hits in 49 at-bats), .441 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage, 14 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight walks, four doubles and one triple. The senior infielder was efficient on the mound with three victories and 53 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. Principe led the team in triples (two) and stolen bases (seven) while delivering season totals of a .340 batting average (17 hits in 50 at-bats), .407 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, 14 runs scored, 10 RBI, seven walks, two doubles and one home run.
Thomas Bareham (Eastridge) rounded out the Division IV First Team. The senior infielder posted a .384 batting average, .430 on-base percentage, 28 base knocks, including three doubles and two triples, 15 runs scored, 10 swiped bags and five RBI.