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June 30, 2009

 

Handful of Dryden, Groton all-stars

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

On the heels on their Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I and overall league championship season, Dryden High had five players earn league all-star baseball status.
The Purple Lions ( 9-1 Division I, 17-5 overall) shared five-player honors with Division III champion Newfield and Gary Giroux’s crew from Groton Central.
Representing Dryden High on the Division I All-Star squad were junior shortstop Colby Gee, junior third baseman-pitcher Pat Perkins, senior second baseman Cory Goodenough, senior first baseman-pitcher Matt Colbert and senior outfielder Devin Cross.
Other Division I all-stars include Kevin Minchin and Ryan Hurley from Elmira Notre Dame; Matt Ford, Justin Payne and Josh Rodgers of Lansing; Trumansburg’s Hank Newman and Ethan Mosier; Tyler Bauman and Zach Hugg from Waverly, plus Newark Valley’s Bryant Craft.
Groton saw senior third baseman Logan Randall, junior pitcher Nick Conway, senior shortstop-pitcher Pete Jackson, junior catcher-designated hitter Matt Hinman and senior centerfielder-pitcher Josh Senter lead the IAC Division III all-stars.
Joining this distinguished group on the Division III list are Nick Dwyer, Greg Pasho and Dillon Langtry from Moravia; Marcus Dunham, Max Addy, Nikko Nunez, Dylan Pakkala and Tyler Edwards of Newfield; Jared Bretherton and Justin Lyndaker, Jim Burns and Andy Klock from Union Springs; plus Southern Cayuga’s Joe Rocker.
Division II all-stars were led by champion Elmira Heights’ trio of Zach Levanduski, Zac Bellinger and Zak Kelley.
Joining the Spartans are the Candor trio of Cody Rose, Jorden Updyke and Jake Tubbs; Steve Taylor and Brandon Kreagle from Odessa-Montour; David Ulrich, Patton Taylor and Zeth Henneman of Tioga; Shane Absalom and Ryan Frisk from Watkins Glen; plus Spencer-Van Etten’s Ryan Bunce.
Following are comments by Dryden coach Kim Brown and Coach Giroux on their all-stars:
Brown on Gee: “Colby received the “Offensive Player of the Year Award” for the team, leading the team im batting average (.541), total hits (33), singles (23), tied for home runs (3), and led the team in runs scored (31). He is an outstanding baseball talent. Colby has been our starting shortstop since his freshmen year, and was an IAC 1st team all-star last year. As a player, Colby has the complete package. He is a 5-tool guy who hits for power and average, has A-plus arm and plus speed at the high school level, and is very good defensively. Next year he is going to be counted on for leadership, as we lose six seniors from this year’s team.”
Brown on Perkins: “After receiving honorable mention status last year as a sophomore, Pat earned first-team all-star status this year. As our two-hole hitter, Pat hit .373 (25 total hits) this year with two doubles, two triples, and two home runs on the year. He also scored 21 runs. Pat was our number two starter in our rotation. He pitched 26 innings, allowing five earned runs (1.35 ERA), while striking out 32. Pat had a solid year for us as the number two starter. He has a plus arm, and will be counted on for his leadership next year as he will be our number one starter.”
Brown on Goodenough: “Cory received the “Defensive Player of the Year Award”. He has been the lead-off hitter for the varsity team for the past three years. This year, Cory hit .388 (26 total hits) with eight doubles, one home run and 22 runs scored. As a tri-captain, Cory was the unequivocal silent leader of this team. His work ethic and passion for the game are endless. We are certainly going to miss his presence at the top of our line-up and his defensive talents at second base, which he demonstrated the past few years. His performance in this year’s IAC semi-final ignited us offensively and defensively.”
Goodenough plans on playing baseball at RPI.
Brown on Colbert: “Matt was this year’s MVP. He hit .426 (26 total hits), with 12 doubles (team-high), two triples, 20 runs scored and 31 RBIs (team-high). Matt also pitched 56 innings, allowing five earned runs with 94 strikeouts and a 0.63 ERA. Matt has been an incredible player for us the past few years. His hard work and dedication to the game of baseball has definitely paid dividends. We counted on him to lead our pitching staff every time he took the mound. Matt pitched most of the big games and put us on his back at times. He’ll be tough to replace as he meant so much to this team offensively, defensively and on the mound.”
Colbert will continue his baseball career at Southern Connecticut (Division II) where he received a full baseball scholarship.
Brown on Cross: “Devin is a first-time IAC All-Star and a three-year starting leftfielder. He hit .424 (25 total hits) with four doubles, three triples (team high), two home runs, 17 runs scored, 17 RBIs and 20 steals (team high). Devin has been an amazing outfielder for the past three seasons. His athletic ability allows him to run down most fly balls and his arm strength keeps runners from advancing. In a phrase, he is a complete outfielder. Offensively Devin had a solid, consistent year for us. He was. without a doubt, the one who kept our team loose.We’re going to miss his presence in the outfield and his production at the plate.”
Giroux on Randall: “Logan is a good, solid player on defense. He has an accurate arm and could pick up any ball hit to him. Logan hit .424 this season and led the team with 14 stolen bases.”
Giroux on Conway: “Nick hit .424 this season, but he was also a good bunter. He was also our number-one pitcher and appeared in all the big games for us.”
Giroux on Jackson: “Pete was a four-year varsity player and a nice solid leader as a senior. He hit .377 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs. Pete had good power for a little guy.”
Giroux on Hinman: “Matt was our starting catcher, but broke his thumb and finished the season as our DH. He hit .418 with three double and he led the team with 16 RBIs. Matt got a lot of our big hits when we needed them.”
Giroux on Senter: “Josh hit .426 with six doubles and 12 RBIs, but his biggest contribution was in the outfield. He had a very accurate arm and, with his good speed, ran down many of the flyballs in the gaps.”