|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S SWEET, ROCKWELL SHARE BASEBALL 'PLAYER OF THE YEAR' HONORS; SAYRE'S VANDUZER, WAVERLY'S SINDONI ALSO HONORED (2018-06-18)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY Seniors Nate Sweet and Jordan Rockwell led Sayre to the Class A state semifinals and will share the 2018 Valley Sports Report baseball Player of the Year honors.
The "Dynamic Duo" of Sweet and Rockwell, who are cousins, combined to pitch and catch every inning in the postseason for the Redskins. Both have exceptional baseball IQs and were coaches on the field.
Sweet posted a 6-3 record, including three wins in the postseason, with a 3.04 ERA on the mound. He fanned 44 and walked 16 in 46 innings. Opposing batters hit .262 against him this season.
Sweet hit .419 (26 hits in 62 ABs) with nine doubles, one home run, 27 RBI, and 14 runs scored. He walked 19 times and had a .561 on-base percentage, along with a .613 slugging percentage for a 1.174 OPS.
Behind the plate, Sweet did not commit an error in 123 defensive chances. He threw out two runners stealing, and picked one off first base.
Sweet also earned "Defensive Player of the Year" honors.
Rockwell posted a 5-2 record with a 1.84 ERA. He allowed 27 hits in38 innings, while striking out 48 and walking 23. Opposing batters hit .182 against him this season.
Rockwell hit .333 (22 hits in 66 ABs) with three doubles, six stolen bases, 18 runs scored, and 19 RBI. He walked eight times and had a . 408 on-base percentage, and did not strike out this season in 76 plate appearances.
Behind the plate, Rockwell committed just one error, threw out four runners attempting to steal, and picked off two runners.
Longtime assistant coach Jamie VanDuzer took over the Redskins shortly before the season started under difficult circumstances, and led them to their second consecutive District 4 title, as well as the programs first-ever state playoff wins, earning 2018 Coach of the Year honors.
Waverly junior Colby Sindoni was a standout at the plate and on the mound for the Wolverines in his first varsity season and is the 2018 Newcomer of the Year.
Sindoni hit .370 (27 hits in 73 at-bats) with three doubles, nine RBI, 14 stolen bases and 24 runs scored. He also walked 11 times and had a .476 on-base percentage.
Sindoni was 3-1 with a 3.85 ERA. He struck out 27, allowed 17 hits, and walked eight in 20 innings, and opposing batters hit .215 against him.
The remainder of the All-Valley Super 7 are:
Pierce Hendershot, junior, Tioga: A slick-fielding shortstop with a high baseball IQ, Hendershot hit .514 (38 hits in 74 ABs) with six doubles, six triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 47 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.
He also drew 23 walks for a .640 on-base percentage, a slugging percentage of .878, and an OPS of 1.518.
Hendershot was 5-2 on the mound with a 1.62 ERA. He allowed 32 hits and walked 11 in 39 innings, while striking out 61.
Zach Sherwood, senior, S-VE: A good defensive catcher, Sherwood hit .420 (21 hits in 50 ABs) with seven doubles, one triple, six RBI, 13 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases.
Sherwood was 3-5 with a 1.17 ERA. He allowed 35 hits and walked 13 in 42 innings, while striking out 69. Opposing batters hit .198 against him.
Connor Hanafin, senior, Sayre: Playing the second half of the season with an elbow injury, Connor Hanafin batted .379 (22 hits in 58 ABs) with seven doubles, three triples, and one home run, 24 runs scored, 27 RBI, and six stolen bases.
Connor Hanafin also drew 21 walks and had a .543 on-base percentage to go along with a .655 slugging percentage for an OPS of 1.198.
Before tweaking his elbow, Connor Hanafin pitched nine innings in four games, with an ERA of 0.78. He struck out seven and walked four.
Quinn Hanafin, sophomore, Sayre: Possessing tremendous bat speed, Quinn Hanafin hit .403 (27 hits in 67 ABs) with 14 doubles, one triple, 18 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 26 runs scored.
Quinn Hanafin drew 18 walks and had an on-base percentage of .563. He also had a slugging percentage of .654 of a 1.217 OPS. He struck out just three times in 71 plate appearances.
Mitch Taylor, senior, Tioga: Taylor hit .446 (33 hits in 74 ABs) with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 23 RBI, 35 runs scored and seven stolen bases. He drew 12 walks for a .523 on-base percentage, and had a slugging percentage of .649 for a 1.172 OPS.
Taylor was 2-1 with a 1.19 ERA. He allowed 21 hits and 18 walks in 29 2/3 innings, while striking out 53.
The 2018 All-Valley Baseball Team:
Catcher Nate Sweet, senior, Sayre: See above.
First Base Connor Hutchinson, senior, Tioga: Hutchinson enjoyed an all-star season after not having played since 8th grade. He hit .459 (34 hits in 74 ABs) with a team-high nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 26 RBI and 30 runs scored. He drew nine walks for a .529 on-base percentage, and had a .649 slugging percentage for a 1.178 OPS.
Second Base Sam Wheeler, senior, Sayre: A good defender at second base and a table-setter at the top of the line-up, Wheeler hit .390 (30 hits in 77 ABs) with eight doubles, two triples, 13 RBI, 33 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. He also had a .545 slugging percentage with a 1.000 OPS.
Shortstop Pierce Hendershot, junior, Tioga: See above.
Third Base Connor Hanafin, senior, Sayre: See above.
Outfield Colby Sindoni, junior, Waverly: See above.
Outfield James Esposito, junior, Sayre: A good defender in center field, Esposito hit .349 (22 hits in 63 ABs) with two doubles, 12 runs scored, 12 RBI, and two stolen bases.
OF Ethan Witherow, junior, Athens: Witherow hit .328 (20 hits in 61 ABs) with two doubles, one triple, nine RBI, eight stolen bases, and 19 runs scored. He also drew eight walks and had a .431 on-base percentage.
DH Quinn Hanafin, sophomore, Sayre: See above.
UT Joe Parshall, junior, Athens: Parshall was a key player for the Wildcats on the mound, and at the plate. He posted a 3-2 record with one save, and a 1.84 ERA. He allowed just 30 hits in 45.2 innings, while striking out 52 and walking 21. Opposing batters hit .179 against him this season.
Parshall hit .327 (18 hits in 55 ABs) with four doubles, seven runs scored, nine RBI, and five stolen bases.
Pitcher Mitch Taylor, senior, Tioga: See above.
Pitcher Jordan Rockwell, senior, Sayre: See above.
Pitcher Zach Sherwood, senior, S-VE: See above.
Pitcher Bradey Roney, junior, Waverly: A hard-throwing righty, Roney posted a 3-3 record with one save, and a 2.65 ERA. He allowed 31 hits and 21 walks in 39 2/3 innings, while striking out 46. Opposing batters hit .208 against him.
Honorable Mention: Athens senior Cory Stivason, Athens junior Nate Kennedy, S-VE senior Jacob Grier; Tioga junior Derrick Barto, and Waverly senior Jason Morales.
2018 All-Valley Super 7 Newcomers
Colby Sindoni, junior, Waverly: See above.
Scotty Woodring, sophomore, Waverly: A good defender at first base, Woodring committed just one error in 53 chances for a .981 fielding percentage. He hit .400 (14 hits in 35 ABs) in 13 games this season, and had eight RBI and seven runs scored.
Woodring was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA on the mound. He struck out 20, allowed 17 hits, and walked nine in 16 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .250 against him.
Keegan Rude, sophomore, Athens: Rude had a 3-3 record with a 3.44 ERA. He allowed 39 hits and 19 walks in 40 2/3 innings, while striking out 61. Opposing batters hit .225 against him.
Mason Booser, sophomore, Tioga: Booser hit .346 (27 hits in 79 Abs) with five doubles, one home run, 21 RBI, and 23 runs scored.
Brady Worthing, sophomore, Tioga: A good defensive outfielder with very good range, Worthing was also a solid defender at shortstop when Hendershot was on the mound. He hit .323 (21 hits in 65 ABs) with four doubles, 17 runs scored, 11 RBI, and six stolen bases. He drew 12 walks and had an on-base percentage of .436.
Zach Moore, freshman, Sayre: Moore hit .353 (12 hits in 34 ABs) with a double, two RBI, and seven runs scored.
Thomas Cook, sophomore, Tioga: A clutch hitter, Cook hit .323 (20 hits in 62 Abs) with one double, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored.
Honorable Mention: Tioga freshman Derrick Gage, Sayre freshman Jake Burgess, and Waverly sophomore Jalen McCarty.
IN PHOTO: Sayres Nate Sweet (left) and Jordan Rockwell (right).
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