July 2, 2013


Hughes 1st team All-State

Among 15 locals on elite diamond squad

HughesBob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High senior Brian Hughes was named to the Class A all-state first team off a Purple Tigers squad that captured a Section 3 title this season.

Senior pitcher-first baseman Brian Hughes from Section 3 Class A and OHSL Freedom American Division champion Cortland High is a first-teamer on the 2013 New York State Sports Writers Association’s Class A Baseball All-State squad.
Hughes went 5-2 this season pitching against the Purple Tigers’ toughest opponents with a 2.38 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 50 innings.
At the plate, he led CHS in batting average (.400), on-base percentage (.494), slugging percentage (.754), doubles (seven), triples (two), home runs (four), total bases (49), runs scored (24), sacrifice flies (four) and stolen bases (15), and was second in RBIs with 18.
Other Class A honorees include Homer Central junior pitcher-outfielder Jake Casey, third team; Cortland senior pitcher-outfielder Justin Sidebottom, fourth team; Homer senior pitcher-infielder Peyten Boice, fifth team and Cortland junior shortstop Zach Whelan, seventh team.
In Class D, McGraw Central senior shortstop Nick Cowen made the second team for the sectional finalists. Marathon Central had senior pitcher-first baseman Jeff Contri on the third team and senior shortstop-pitcher Kody Barry the fourth team. The fifth team includes McGraw senior center fielder Aaron Hitt and senior catcher Wayne Buerkle and, from Marathon., senior catcher Andrew Gillette and junior center fielder Daniel Lincoln.
Class B honorees from Dryden include junior catcher Brian Colbert, fourth team; junior third baseman-pitcher Bruno Bugliosi, sixth team and junior shortstop Derek Wilson, seventh team.
Junior pitcher-outfielder Jack Piekos from state champion Bayport-Blue Point of Section 11 is the Class A Player of the Year and Bayport-Blue Point’s Jim Moccio is Coach of the Year. Joining Hughes on the first team are Watertown senior catcher Josh Belch and Queensbury senior pitcher Charlie Peltz, both CHS post-season opponents, along with Piekos, Beacon junior pitcher first-baseman Tony Romanelli, John Jay-Cross River senior pitcher-outfielder Sam Mines, Amherst senior catcher Jonah Heim, senior shortstop-pitcher Anthony Martelli from Valley Stream North, senior pitcher-first baseman Nate Tomlinson from Red Hook and Sayville senior catcher Rob McCauley.
Senior outfielder Chris Lenish from Jamesville-DeWitt and Maine-Endwell senior first baseman-pitcher Carter Austin made the Class AA second team. Casey (.421, 11 doubles, 25 RBIs, 17 runs eight stolen bases; 7-2, 1,76 ERA, 72 strikeouts in 51 2-3 innings) made the third team, along with sophomore second baseman-pitcher Jarrod Bellinger from Watertown and junior pitcher-outfielder Nick Wegmann from Vestal.
Included on the third team are Sidebottom (.326, four doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, 13 runs, three stolen bases; 5-0, 0.92 ERA, 41 strikeouts in 38 innings), J-D senior catcher Nick Austin and Vestal senior shortstop-pitcher Troy Wilson. Boice (.388, six doubles, one triple, one homer, one stolen base, 22 RBIs and 20 runs; 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 40 innings) made the fifth team, along with Maine-Endwell senior second baseman Zack Kollar.
Among the sixth-teamers are J-D junior shortstop-pitcher Chris McGee, New Hartford senior pitcher Tory King and Vestal senior outfielder Casey Kies. Whelan (.355, six doubles, two homers, nine stolen bases, 22 RBIs and 15 runs) and junior outfielder Mike Trasolini from Syracuse CBA were sixth-team selections.
Cowen was joined on the second team by senior catcher Dan Buehler of Oriskany and Elmira Notre Dame senior shortstop-pitcher Hunter Thomas. First-teamers include junior pitcher Zach Vennaro and senior catcher J.T. Ross from New York Mills and, from Hancock, senior shortstop-pitcher Tyler Phillips, junior pitcher-infielder Ryan Smith and junior catcher Eli Holton.
State champion Fort Ann supplied both the Player (senior pitcher George Lehoisky) and Coach (Dane Clark) of the year.
Contri (.358, seven doubles, one triple, 17 RBIs, 17 runs) was named to the third team, along with Brookfield junior catcher-pitcher Cody Beeching, Hamilton senior infielder Noah Fry and Elmira Notre Dame junior outfielder Aaron Carson. Barry (.313, five doubles, one homer, 15 RBIs, 14 runs; 3-4 with a 4.60 ERA and 51 strikeouts), made the fourth team, along with Hamilton senior third baseman Ben Yacavone, New York Mills senior utility player Shawn Kula and Edmeston junior pitcher Mike Clark.
The fifth team includes Hitt (who batted .508), Buerkle, Gillette (.316, four doubles, one triple, one HR, 18 RBIs and nine runs) and Lincoln (.214, one double, one triple, 24 runs, 25 stolen bases), along with Brookfield junior shortstop-pitcher Jake Cowen.
Colbert (.355, seven doubles, two triples, four homers, 29 RBIs, 22 runs) was named to the fourth team along with Westhill junior infielder Juan Carlos Pena. Bugliosi (.403, seven doubles, one homer, 10 RBIs, 31 runs; 3.87 ERA, 47 strikeouts in 34 1-3 innings) made the sixth team, along with Clinton junior catcher Andy Taft and Waverly senior shortstop Cody Marchese.
Wilson (.443, six doubles, one homer, 20 RBIs, 27 runs) and Waverly senior pitcher-utility player Dylan Perry are among the seventh-teamers.
Senior outfielder Nick Hart and Vince Gullo from state champion Fredonia are the Class B Player and Coach of the year, respectively. Among the first-teamers are Clinton senior pitcher Anthony Rizzo and Oneonta senior outfielder Chris Pindar. Westhill senior pitcher Ben Walsh and Waverly senior pitcher-first baseman Pat Bronson were included on the second team, and making the third team were Vernon-Verona-Sherrill senior shortstop Alex Saville, South Jefferson senior shortstop-pitcher Marcus Shelmidine and Chenango Valley senior outfielder Chris Ruffo.
The fifth team includes senior outfielder Zane Smith from Utica Notre dame, Clinton senior second baseman Austin Bouse and Norwich senior first baseman Colby Griffin.
Senior pitcher Scott Blewett from state champion Baldwinsville is the Player of the Year, while Coach of the Year honors went to Bees head man Dave Penafeather. Blewett and Horseheads senior pitcher-infielder Dylan Manwaring are among the first-teamers.
The second team includes Baldwinsville junior pitcher Pat Merriweather, Cicero-North Syracuse senior infielder Brian Hamilton and Horseheads junior first baseman Brett Wieland. C-NS junior catcher Justin Tague and Union-Endicott junior shortstop C.J. Krowiak were third-team picks, with Baldwinsville senior catcher Gabe Levanti and Corning junior shortstop Zack Sullivan named to the fourth team.
Among the fifth-teamers are Rome Free Academy senior pitcher Jeff Cooke and Corning junior pitcher Nathan Grant. The sixth team includes Syracuse East senior infielder Frank Vigilotti and Horseheads senior pitcher David Yorio.
Binghamton Seton Catholic-4 won the state championship behind Coach of the year Jim Miller and Player of the year Michael Korchak, a senior pitcher-first baseman. Korchak made the first team along with, among others, teammate Patrick Gosney, a senior pitcher; beaver River senior pitcher-infielder Sam Widrick; South Lewis junior pitcher-shortstop Jason Martin and Lansing senior shortstop-pitcher Eliington Hopkins.
Little Falls senior pitcher Luke Godlewski, Bainbridge-Guilford senior pitcher Austin Bauerle and Sidney first baseman-outfielder Damian Zimmer were named to the second team, while the third team includes Pulaski junior infielder-pitcher Tom Taplin, Lansing junior second baseman-pitcher Sam Currie and Unatego senior infielder-pitcher Quinn Barnhart. Among the fourth-teamers are Fabius-Pompey junior pitcher-infielder Ben Rotondo, Bishop Grimes junior pitcher-shortstop Chris Schad and Sidney junior shortstop Bill Kozar.
South Lewis junior infielder Lucas Kelly made the fifth team, along with Cooperstown senior pitcher Ethan Bliss and Seton catholic senior outfielder-designated hitter Connor Ligeikis. The sixth team includes Little Falls senior first baseman-pitcher Tyler Baumeister, Elmira Heights Edison senior catcher Nate Jurusik and Unatego junior pitcher Kellen Komenda.


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