Wyoming Valley West
Smoothly stepped into the role of the Spartans ace as an underclassman. Boasted an ERA at or below 1.00 most of the spring. Struck out 42 with just eight walks in the regular season.
Came through in big spots time and time again as a leader with the state champs. Hit .343 with a division-best 13 RBI in the regular season and added six more in the playoffs.
Two-time all-star was one of the most effective leadoff men in the WVC and was aggressive on the bases. Led the Warriors in hits and covered plenty of ground in center field.
Led the WVC during the regular season with 18 RBI — five more than anyone else in the league. Added 18 hits (six for extra bases) while working with the Royals’ strong pitching staff.
Finished near .400 to lead the Royals in hitting for the second straight regular season. Added seven doubles and 10 RBI while combining with Tucker Ell in the middle of the infield.
The Royals’ clean-up hitter made an impression at the plate and in the field. A .385 hitter in the regular season for the state runner-up, he also played strong defense at third base.
The two-time all-star once again led the Mohawks in hitting and pitching. Topped off a very good staff with a 1.38 ERA on top of hitting .415 with 12 RBI in the regular season.
Led his pitching staff with a 2.10 ERA and 31 strikeouts. Clean-up hitter who neared .400 and gave the Tigers a talented top of the lineup along with Nick Reposa and Matt Goodwin.
Came through as the Patriots’ top pitcher and hitter, turning in a 1.74 ERA with an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 33-4 in the regular season. Led team in average and RBI.
Emerged not only as the Mounts’ leading hitter (.372 regular season) but stepped up as the No. 2 pitcher, winning the state quarterfinals. Big triple helped seal the state championship.
A workhorse who started six of seven postseason games, going 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 26 strikeouts, saving his best for a win in the state finals. Also hit .381 in districts and states.
One of the biggest impact relievers in recent WVC history. Took the mound in each of the final 10 games of the season and had 1.31 ERA in playoffs, winning the D2 final and state semifinal.
Important, versatile piece in a very balanced Comets lineup that won the division title. His 14 hits tied for team lead while turning in a 1.35 ERA and playing first base and left field.
The Bulldogs’ top arm threw as many innings as anyone in the league and recorded a 1.28 ERA with 50 strikeouts to just six walks in the regular season. Led team with eight RBI.
The WVC batting champ for the second straight season hovered near .600 in the regular season and added 11 RBI. Showed off a cannon in right field and occasionally as a reliever.
Wyoming Valley West
Two-time all-star hit .425, was excellent behind the plate and led the Spartans in most categories. Maryland recruit became Valley West’s first MLB draft pick in more than 30 years.
COACH OF THE YEAR
A state championship — only the second in WVC history — would be impressive enough. But consider that the Mounts also had to deal with injuries to key seniors all while rallying from a 2-6 start, winning 13 straight to earn the crown.
— Compiled by Derek Leavarse