|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: TIOGA'S PARKER HENDERSHOT LEADS ALL-VALLEY TEAM AS "BASEBALL PLAYER OF YEAR" — TIOGA'S MANUEL, PIERCE HENDERSHOT, SAYRE'S WILLIAMS ALSO HONORED (2016-06-20)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Junior Parker Hendershot posted another incredible offensive season to help Tioga to its second consecutive Section IV championship, earning him the 2016 Valley Sports Report “Baseball Player of the Year.”
Tioga senior Jesse Manuel is the “Pitcher of the Year,” while Sayre junior Matt Williams is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” and Tioga freshman Pierce Hendershot is the “Newcomer of the Year.”
Parker Hendershot collected 48 hits (one shy of last year’s school record) and hit .539 on the season with 42 runs scored, 16 doubles, six triples, two home runs, and 36 RBI — all team-highs and improvements on last season.
He also stole 10 bases and walked 11 times for an on-base percentage of .590, coupled with a slugging percentage of .950 for an astronomical OPS of 1.440.
On the mound, Parker Hendershot pitched in just three games, posting a 2-1 record, including a one-hitter against Lansing in the Section IV, Class C championship game. He posted an 0.82 ERA, allowing two hits and one walk in 11 innings, while striking out 10.
Manuel had a season for the ages on the mound for the Tigers. He registered a 5-1 record with a 0.19 ERA. He allowed just 25 hits and nine walks in 48 innings of work, while striking out 78.
Pierce Hendershot played in a handful of games at third base in the postseason as an 8th-grader. He stepped up this season and was a major contributor for the Tigers
A strong and smart defender at the hot corner, Pierce Hendershot hit .482 (41 hits in 85 ABs) with 36 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, two home runs, 29 RBI and a team-high 21 stolen bases. He also walked 13 times for an on-base percentage of .554, coupled with a slugging percentage of .630 for an OPS of 1.184.
On the mound, Pierce Hendershot was 3-0 with a save and a 1.90 ERA. He allowed 11 hits and 12 walks in 23 2/3 innings, while striking out 25.
Williams is a tremendous defensive first baseman and a general on the field for the Redskins. He had a team-best .993 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 151 total chances.
Parker Hendershot, junior, Tioga: See above.
Jesse Manuel, senior, Tioga: While he enjoyed an historic season on the mound (see above), Manuel also contributed as an outstanding defender in center field and at the plate. Manuel hit .373 (25 hits in 67 ABs) with 19 runs scored, five doubles, 16 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Luke Newman, junior, Athens: Newman was a terror at the plate for NTL pitchers this season, displaying light-tower power. He led the Wildcats in nearly every offensive category, batting .500 with 32 hits, 21 runs scored, 18 RBI, eight doubles, one triple, and five home runs. He also walked 14 times for a .595 on-base percentage, which coupled with his .891 slugging percentage gave him a 1.486 OPS on the season.
Matt Williams, junior, Sayre: Williams led the Redskins with a .403 average, 27 hits, eight doubles and 26 runs scored. He also had 19 RBI, eight stolen bases in eight attempts, and two triples. With 11 walks, he also had a team-high .488 on-base percentage.
On the mound, Williams was 3-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA. He allowed eight hits and three walks in 15 2/3 innings, while striking out 28. Opposing batters hit just .131 against him this season.
Brendyn Stillman, junior, Waverly: A speedy outfielder with a strong arm and a lightning-quick bat, Stillman led the Wolverines in nearly every offensive category — batting average (.537), hits (36), doubles (12), triples (four), home runs (five), runs scored (31), and RBI (26). He also stole 10 bases.
Stillman, who only struck out twice in 82 plate appearances, walked 12 times for a .622 on-base percentage, which coupled with a 1.060 gave him an astronomical 1.682 OPS.
Tanner Folk, senior, Tioga: An outstanding defensive backstop and field general, Folk hit .455 (35 hits in 77 ABs) with 18 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, 27 RBI and five stolen bases. He also walked six times and was hit by pitches four times for an on-base percentage of .541.
Cody Jennings, junior, Athens: Jennings enjoyed another strong season on the hill, and was one of the most improved hitters at the plate in the area.
On the mound, Jennings was 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA. He allowed 27 hits and 11 walks in 41 1/3 innings pitched, while striking out 49. Opposing batters hit .179 against him this season.
Offensively, Jennings hit .415 with 22 hits, including five doubles, one triple and one home run, a team-high 18 RBI, and four stolen bases. He walked 10 times and was hit by a pitch three times for a .515 on-base percentage, which coupled with his .604 slugging percentage earned him an OPS of 1.118.
2016 All-Valley Team
C- Tanner Folk, senior, Tioga: See above.
1B- Matt Williams, junior, Sayre: See above.
2B- Jake Evanek, senior, Tioga: A strong defender in the middle infield, Evanek hit .347 (25 hits in 72 ABs) with 25 runs scored, four doubles, 19 RBI and five stolen bases.
SS - Parker Hendershot, junior ,Tioga: See above.
3B — Pierce Hendershot, freshman, Tioga: See above.
OF — Brendyn Stillman, junior, Waverly: See above.
OF — Jesse Manuel, senior, Tioga: See above.
OF — Luke Newman , junior, Athens: See above.
UT — Matt Collins, junior, Athens: Collins spent time at several different positions and was a solid defender at each one of them.
Offensively, Collins hit .350 with 21 hits, 15 runs scored, 10 RBI, and eight stolen bases. He walked 12 times and had a .459 on-base percentage.
He was especially effective on the mound with an 8-1 record and a 2.62 ERA. He allowed 40 hits and 15 walks in 44 2/3 innings, while striking out 40. Opposing batters hit .235 against him this season.
DH — Nate Sweet, sophomore, Sayre: Sweet earns his spot on this year’s team as the designated hitter, but he is an outstanding defensive catcher, and had a good year on the mound.
Sweet hit .391 with 27 hits, two home runs, six doubles, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. With his nine walks, he had an on-base percentage of .481.
P — Jesse Manuel, senior, Tioga: See above.
P — Cody Jennings, junior, Athens: See above.
P — Jordan Rockwell, sophomore, Sayre: Rockwell was a key cog in Sayre’s march to the District 4, Class A championship game. He was 6-2 on the season with with one save and a 1.23 ERA.
He started eight of the 10 games he appeared in, allowing 40 hits and 12 walks in 45 2/3 innings with 54 strikeouts. Opposing hitters batted .229 against him on the season.
P — Mitch Taylor, sophomore, Tioga: Taylor had a break-out season on the hill for the Tigers with a 5-0 record and a 1.69 ERA. He allowed 18 hits and only five walks in 32 innings, while striking out 39.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Parker Hendershot. IN PHOTO 2: Tioga’s Jesse Manuel. IN PHOTO 3: Tioga’s Pierce Hendershot. IN PHOTO 4: Sayre’s Matt Williams. …. VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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