June 25, 2010
1st team spots for four locals
Four local players were selected by league coaches to be Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball first-team all-stars.
Dryden High seniors Colby Gee and Pat Perkins were selected to the North Large School Division first-team, while Groton Central senior Nick Conway and Marathon Central senior John Robinson were named North Small School Division first-team all-stars. Gee and Robinson were selected as infielders while Perkins and Conway were picked as pitchers.
Joining the Purple Lions duo on the North Large first team were T.J. Cretney, Nate Martin, Harrison Herzog, Anthony Fiorelli, Nolan Milliman and Nick French from Lansing; Kevin Rich and Keith McMillen of Trumansburg, plus Whitney Point’s Nate Florezy Kowski.
Rounding out the North Small Division first-team all-stars are Dillon Langtry, Will Olszewski, Greg Pasho, Dylan Powers and T.J. Powers from Moravia, plus the Union Springs duo of Jim Burns and Justin Lyndaker.
South Large Division first-team all-stars were Kevin Coleman, Mason Parmelee, Ryan Meagher, Troy Scheiss and Bryant Craft from Newark Valley; Elmira Notre Dame’s trio of Joe Thurber, Kevin Minchin and Kris McQuay; Tyler Bauman, Kevin Gorman and Niqalas Sinsabaugh of Waverly; plus Watkins Glen’s Jesse Rappley.
South Small Division first-team all-stars selected were Zach Levanduski, Zac Bellinger and Chuck Gublo from Elmira Heights Edison; Tioga’s Patton Taylor, David Ulrich and Tommy Ferguson; Max Addy and Niko Nunez of Newfield; Sean Byrne and Ryan Bunce from Spencer-Van Etten; Candor’s Seth Standinger and Kyle Bailey from Odessa-Montour.
Honorable mentions, locally, were Groton senior Logan Wannall, Marathon sophomore Eric Barry and Dryden junior Joel Whitmarsh.
Other honorable mentions were Moravia’s Jordan Mahunick, Alex Gatch of Trumansburg, Trevor Bronson from Whitney Point, Newark Valley’s Ryan Darcy, the Union Springs trio of Jared Bretherton, Eric Guyle and Nick Shrimpton, Tioga’s Nick Bailey and Scott Faust, Tyler Ungerland and Chris Coughlan from Elmira Heights Edison, Spencer-Van Etten’s Ryan Harrison and Tim Roche, Ryan Hurley and Hunter Thomas of Elmira Notre Dame and Dylan Gutierrez and Bodee Nicholas from Waverly.
Commenting on their first-team all-stars are Dryden High’s Frank Raponi, Groton’s Gary Giroux and Marathon’s Dick Barry.
Raponi on Gee: “Colby was outstanding defensively at shortstop with two errors all season and with the stick (1.423 OPS).”
Gee hit .533 with nine doubles, one triple, five home runs and 26 RBIs, all team highs. He also led the team in hits (32), slugging percentage (.829) and runs scored (29) while being second on the team in stolen bases (8).
Raponi on Perkins: “Pat had a lot of trouble throwing strikes this year with almost a walk per inning, but he’s been a hiding an injury for two seasons. His strikeout numbers are terrific.”
Perkins posted a 6-2 record with a 3.69 ERA. He struck out 90 batters in just 54 innings of work and his WHIP was a respectable 1.57. Perkins kept his bat hot, hitting .433 with two doubles, one triple, four home runs and 14 RBIs while crossing the plate 26 times.
Giroux on Conway: “Nick was our work horse and a fierce competitor. He had good mound presence and we usually knew we would win when his was pitching. Nick didn’t have as good a year at the plate as he did concentrate on his pitching more.He has pitched with a separated AC joint. It wasn’t real sore and he was determined to pitch with it.”
Conway recorded a 5-2 mark on the mound with a 2.15 ERA. He pitched 46 innings and had 46 strikeouts to go with 15 walks. At the plate, Conway hit.314 with three doubles and 10 RBIs.
Barry on Robinson: “John had a great season. He was one of our captains and certainly was one of the key players on our team. He played his best games against of division opponents so the other coaches knew what he could do and they honored him for that hard work. John never gave up and always played hard each game.”
Robinson hit .420 and played third base defensively for most of the season. He also could pitch and was able to play multiple positions, even catching a little bit.
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