June 17, 2008
DeRuyter, McGraw have pair of first team all-stars
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
DeRuyter Central’s Brandon Meacham, pitching here this season for the first place Rockets, was named to the CCL all-star first team.
By TANEY BEAUMONT
League champion DeRuyter Central and McGraw Central each placed two players on this season’s All-Central Counties League baseball all-star first team.
The Rockets, who went undefeated in league play, are represented by seniors Dave Revette (infield-pitcher-outfield) and Brandon Meacham (pitcher-infield-outfield), while seniors Brad MacLean (infield-pitcher) and Tyler Stiles (infield-pitcher) are McGraw’s first-teamers.
Also making the first team were David Cerasani and Brian Graham from Otselic Valley, Dan Plows and Corey Cowen of Brookfield, Madison’s Spencer Staring and Tanner Bluewolf from Stockbridge Valley.
The second team consists of DeRuyter juniors Matt Stevens (catcher-outfield-infield), Brandon Chapman (second base-outfield) and Josh Weaver (pitcher-third base-outfield), McGraw sophomore infielder-pitcher Chris Torres, Otselic Valley’s Taylor Duell and Chris Olin, Brandon Davies from Brookfield, Henry Luetters from Madison and Stockbridge Valley’s Brandon Johnson and Matt Clark.
Earning honorable mention were DeRuyter junior pitcher-outfielder Mike Harris, McGraw senior infielder-catcher-pitcher Anthony Powell and junior catcher-first baseman Josh Shepard, Cincinnatus junior pitcher-outfielder-catcher Chris Merchant, Eric Wentworth and Brad Wentworth from Otselic Valley, Brookfield’s Brandon Kelly, Madison’s Brandon Neff, Trevor Relf, Andrew LoPata, Ryan Ingalls, Brian Klein and Mike Hall and Stockbridge Valley’s Kyle Rood.
DeRuyter coach Chad Newton had these comments on his first teamers:
On Dave Revette: “Dave hit very well for us this year (.470, 32 hits, 31 RBIs, 33 runs). Whenever we needed a big hit he was there for us. He made the transition to third this year and was most likely the league’s best third baseman. He also pitched some innings (10) this year (2-2 wih 13 strikeouts and a 4.15 ERA) and improved every time out. More importantly, he worked hard all season, hitting the weights, extra time in the batting cage, and overall was a good example for the underclassmen. He always kept a positive attitude even when the team was down. Dave will be playing for Clarkson next year. The team will miss his dedication and upbeat attitude.”
On Brandon Meacham: “Brandon Meachem did everything we asked of him this year. Meach is probably the best all-around player in the CCL. The way he pitched this year (6-1, 61 strikeouts, 2.75 ERA in 44 innings) combined with his hitting and running, he was the total package for us. Every big game we had, Meach took the mound and was successful. One game he had consecutive home runs (.400 on the season, 22 hits, 21 RBIs, 25 runs, 25 stolen bases) to bring us back and eventually getting the win. The talent Meach has is incredible. He plans on playing for TC3 next year. With hard work and dedication, look for him to have an impact at the college level. We will miss Meach’s presence at the plate and on the mound next year.”
McGraw coach Abe Johnson’s comments on his first-teamers:
On Brad MacLean: “Brad was our best hitter all year. He led our team in average (.653), hits (32), doubles (12) and RBIs (25). His presence in the middle of the line-up will be missed next season.”
MacLean also scored 20 runs and had 12 doubles, two triples and five stolen bases.
On Tyler Stiles: “Tyler was a calming influence all season. He never got rattled when things weren’t going our way and he always remained focused. Tyler hit .535 and led our team in runs scored (21). His leadership will be missed next season.”
Stiles had 23 hits, six doubles and seven RBIs, with seven stolen bases.
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