|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S SWEET, ROCKWELL TOP BOYS SUPER 7 'CO-ATHLETES OF THE SPRING' (2018-06-21)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY —Seniors Nate Sweet and Jordan Rockwell led the Sayre baseball to unchartered territory in 2018 — the PIAA Class A state semifinals, and are the 2018 Valley Sports Report Boys “Co-Athletes of the Spring.”
The "Dynamic Duo" of Sweet and Rockwell, who are cousins and shared Baseball “Player of the Year” honors, 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.
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.
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. He also also earned "Defensive Player of the Year" honors.
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.
The remainder of the “Super 7 Boys Athletes of the Spring” are:
Isaac Chandler, sophomore, Waverly: Waverly has had four state champion pole vaulters, and five runners-up, but Chandler became the first to qualify for States before his junior season. He was the VSR Boys “Track & Field Athlete of the Year.”
Chandler finished second at the Section IV State Qualifier with a vault of 14-feet, 6-inches, which topped the state standard, to earn his first trip to outdoor States. Last year, he cleared 13-feet at the state qualifier.
Chandler, who also finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Section IV State Qualifier, finished ninth at the New York State Championships at 13-feet, 6-inches.
Chandler won the 100-meter hurdles, and was second in the pole vault at the Section IV, Class B Championships. At the IAC Championships, he won the 110 hurdles, and was second in the pole vault.
Sam Taylor, sophomore, Tioga: A three-time state qualifier, Taylor finished first at the IAC Small School Championships, and was sixth at the Section IV, Class C Championships.
Taylor finished seventh at Section IV Medalists Tournament to earn third straight trip to New York State Championships.
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.
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.
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.
IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Nate Sweet (left) and Jordan Rockwell (right).
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