June 14, 2013


Seven local stars make first teams

Staff Writer

There were some great efforts this season by the three local Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball teams during the 2013 season. On the heels of those efforts, seven players earned first team all-star recognition from the league’s coaches.
Dryden High and Marathon Central each had three first-team all-stars.
The Purple Lion junior trio of Brain Colbert (catcher), Bruno Bugliosi (pitcher-infielder) and Derek Wilson (shortstop) were named to the North Large School Division First Team all-star roster.
Joining then were senior infielder/pitcher Ellington Hopkins, junior second base man Sam Currie, senior infielder Troy Osterman and junior second baseman Alex Shutz from division champion Lansing, Whitney Point senior pitcher Chris Ellerson and the Trumansburg junior duo of pitcher Cam Lueder and infielder Colin Fellows.
The North Large School coaches did not name honorable mentions.
It was a senior trio from Marathon that led the North Small School Division First Team all-stars. Pitcher/shortstop Kody Barry, pitcher/first baseman Jeff Contri and catcher Andrew Gillette received recognition for the division champions along with junior centerfielder Daniel Lincoln.
Joining them as first-team all-stars were Union Springs juniors Jake Turner (pitcher-infielder), Alex Thorton (infielder) and Zack Siracus (pitcher/outfielder), plus the Moravia senior duo of second baseman Dylan Powers and pitcher/first baseman Sam Allen.
North Small honorable mentions went to junior outfielder/third baseman Tyler Hoellerer and freshman shortstop Ryan Tillotson of Marathon, Groton sophomore outfielder Trevor Cooper; Union Springs sophomore shortstop Chandler Coleman and senior catcher Ben Giancola; plus senior pitcher Brian Stoydl, freshman outfielder Ridge Walker and sophomore shortstop Cole Johnson.
Dryden coach Kim Brown and Marathon coach Bryan Hoyt offer their thoughts on the first-team all-star selections.
Brown on Colbert: “Brian had a solid year for us this year. He struggled to begin the season, but carried us the last few weeks. As our clean-up hitter, he led us with 13 extra base hits, 29 RBIs, seven doubles, two triples, and four home runs. He also struck out the fewest number of times, four. At our post-season banquet, Brian was named team MVP. Brian took a giant step forward in regards to his leadership abilities this year. His peers look up to him due to his baseball abilities, and it was nice to see him accept and flourish in a leadership role. I have the utmost confidence in Brian behind the plate as he sacrifices his body game-after-game to ensure that baserunners do not advance. I look forward to coaching Brian during his senior season as I expect him to be a dominant force offensively and defensively for Dryden.”
Brown on Bugliosi: “Bruno had a very good year for us this year. He is your prototypical two-hole hitter who can do several things well with the bat. His .403 average was second on the team, his .598 OBP was third on the team and his 31 runs scored and seven doubles led our team. On the mound he faced our most difficult competition game-in and game-out. His 47 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched led our team. His 3.87 ERA is admirable considering the competition he faced. If Bruno can cut down on the free passes he will have an even better year on the mound during his senior season. I look forward to coaching Bruno during his final baseball season as I expect him to have an even better year.
Brown on Wilson: “Derek had another outstanding year for us. He led us with a .443 batting average, was second in runs scored with 27, doubles with six and on-base percentage (.642), while also finishing third in RBIs with 20. He also struck out the least number of times, four. At this year’s post-season banquet, Derek received the Most Outstanding Offensive Player award. Derek is an absolute pleasure to coach as he keeps his emotions in-check no matter the outcome. This demeanor allows him to experience success defensively at shortstop and in the batter’s box. Derek may be a quiet individual, but his presence on the field and in the dugout allows him to lead by example. I look forward to coaching Derek during his final baseball season next year, and I expect to have another outstanding season offensively and defensively.”
Hoyt on Barry: “Kody was a rock for our team. He batted 3rd in the line up and performed at a high level. As a pitcher he was our ace. I tried to match him up against our toughest opponent each week and he was solid all year on the mound. He has been great all three years of his varsity career. Kody hit .313 with a .441 on-base percentage plus 15 RBIs. He had a 3-4 pitching record with 51 strikeouts.”
Hoyt on Contri: “Jeff was awesome this year. He was Mr. Consistency for our team. You knew everyday what you were going to get from him and he delivered. He had some late game heroics and on the mound he pitched great. Jeff had a team-leading .358 with 17 RBIs, 17 runs scored and a team-leading seven doubles. He was 3-2 as a pitcher with one save, 47 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA.”
Hoyt on Gillette: “Andrew was our clean up hitter this year and he did a heck of a job at that. He lead the team with 18 RBIs and hit .316. Pitchers pitched him carefully, but he was still able to have great success at the plate this year. He also did an amazing job for us behind the plate this year. I called him the “man of steel” because he took a beating back there and never complained just shook it off and it never effected his play.”
Hoyt on Lincoln: “Daniel was our lead off batter and he did an excellent job for us this year. He put a lot of pressure on the opposing pitchers with his speed and base stealing ability. He stole a total of 25 bases and scored 24 runs this season, partial because he drew 15 walks. He was also tremendous in the outfield for us. He made so many outstanding plays look routine because of his speed. He also has a cannon for an arm and made some beautiful throws for putouts.”


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