PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE YEAR — SETH LAMANDO, ROY C. KETCHAM
Vital stats: The Coastal Carolina-bound Lamando is the Journal’s Pitcher of the Year for a third consecutive season and the Player of the Year for a second consecutive year. Lamando was named Player of the Year by Section 1 and Conference 1 League A and was named Large Schools Player of the Year by the Dutchess County Baseball Coaches Association. Hitting third, Lamando batted .441 with two home runs, 18 RBI and 22 runs scored for the Conference 1 League A-champion Indians, who finished the season 18-5 . Lamando sported a .780 slugging percentage and a .593 on-base percentage and received 14 intentional walks. Lamando, who was not eligible to win Pitcher of the Year by Section 1 or the DCBCA, completed the season with a 7-1 record and a 0.95 ERA. He struck out 76 batters in 51 innings with 14 walks.
Quotable: “It’s been a time that I will never forget. Coaching Seth for the last four years has been nothing but a pleasure on and off the field,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said. “He’s a very targeted player. Everyone game plans around him. Everyone knows what he can do on the mound. He went out every day and flat out competed and beat everybody with the big ‘X’ on his back. He’s a remarkable young man. It was an honor to coach him. Anywhere you put him, he found a way to succeed.”
“With his strikeout-to-walk ratio and his ERA, he is obviously the best pitcher in the area,” Arlington coach Al Hammell said.
Position: First base
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, Boland suffered a hand injury late in the regular season and did not play in any games in Arlington’s run to its first sectional title since 1987, but played a big role in getting them there. Boland batted .439 (25 for 57) with four home runs, 23 RBI and 19 runs scored out of the cleanup spot. He had a .772 slugging percentage. Boland is on the Journal first team for a second consecutive season. Arlington finished the season with a 17-8 record.
Quotable: “In the regular season, he was a team leader and drove in a bunch of runs for us,” Arlington coach Al Hammell said. “He’s been here for four years on varsity and once he got injured, he was a nice presence in the dugout and I felt he played a big part in our success.”
School: John Jay
Position: Right field
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, Calabro batted .355 with 21 RBI and 25 runs scored out of the No. 4 spot in the batting order. Calabro had a .581 on-base percentage and a .565 slugging percentage for the Patriots (19-5).
Quotable: “Adam’s a quiet, hard-working kid,” John Jay coach Tom O’Hare said. “Pound for pound, he was one of the strongest kids we have and he’s not a big guy. As a No. 4 hitter, he wasn’t a traditional No. 4 power hitter. He was happy to draw a walk and let the guy behind him do it. Adam was in the top three in eight of our 10 offensive categories.”
Vital stats: An All-County and all-league selection, Camastro was the most valuable player of the Section 1 Class AA tournament, going 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored in the 6-4 win over John Jay in the title game. Camastro hit .400 with 10 extra-base hits, including nine doubles, 19 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Quotable: “Robbie had a great season as a senior and picked it up late. He turned it on toward the postseason,” Hammell said. “He hit third for us when (Boland) was out. He was the MVP of the Section 1 tournament, which says a lot about the way he finished.”
Vital stats: A second-team Journal All-Star a year ago, Curtis was the top hitter for this year’s Mid-Hudson Athletic League champion Iron Dukes (18-2). Curtis batted .429 with 17 RBI and 28 runs scored and struck out only four times out of the No. 3 spot in Marlboro’s batting order. Curtis was named to the MHAL coaches all-league team.
Quotable: “He’s probably our MVP and he pretty much did it all quietly,” Marlboro coach Dave Onusko said. “He would adjust to pitchers. He had a reputation, so they’d stay away from him a lot. In the field, he had an outstanding year with great range and a super arm.”
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, Forlow batted .451 with 12 RBI and 22 runs scored out of the leadoff spot for the Section 1 Class C champion Blue Devils, who made it to the state title game before falling to Lansing. Forlow had a .576 on-base percentage and had seven errors in the field all season. Despite Cold Spring being located in Putnam County, Forlow was named the Small Schools Player of the Year by the DCBCA.
Quotable: “Teams hated pitching to the kid,” Haldane coach Tom Virgadamo said. “Not too many pitchers can blow the ball by him. A lot of teams intentionally walked him, and he got hit seven times. Lucky enough for me, he is only a junior.”
Vital stats: A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Jenkins was named Small Schools Pitcher of the Year by the DCBCA. He was 7-1 with a 1.30 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 18 walks in 48 1/3 innings for the Spartans (17-5), who successfully defended their Section 9 Class B championship. Jenkins batted .333 with 20 RBI and had a .449 on-base percentage. In the Section 9 title game, Jenkins picked up a 4-2 victory and was 3 for 4 with four RBI. Jenkins was a MHAL coaches all-league selection.
Quotable: “He’s a tall, lanky right-hander who’s starting to come into his own,” Spackenkill coach Don Neise said. “We needed him on the mound and we knew we would get a solid game out of him. He was able to pound the zone and did a great job. He was able to keep us in most games.”
School: John Jay
Vital stats: A second-team Journal All-Star last season and the two-time Journal Ice Hockey Player of the Year, Laffin had a breakout year on the diamond for the Patriots. Laffin batted .455 with 19 RBI and 31 runs scored. An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, Laffin had a .611 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage.
Quotable: “Mike is a tremendously mature kid for his age,” O’Hare said. “He has great athleticism, knows his strengths and plays to his strengths. He might not have as strong an arm as other shortstops, but he charges the ball and has fast hands. Offensively, he was our most consistent hitter. He had only two strikeouts all year. He is so coachable, and respected and loved by his teammates.”
School: Roy C. Ketcham
Position: Left field
Vital stats: An All-Section 1 honorable mention, All-County and all-league selection, Paskowski hit .403 with 23 RBI and 19 runs scored. Paskowski had a .552 slugging percentage, a .578 on-base percentage and led the Indians in hits with 27 hits out of the cleanup spot.
Quotable: “(Lamando) was intentionally walked 14 times this year, and Billy drove him in six times with an extra-base hit,” Mealy said. “That was a little fuel for him. He came up with a little vengeance each time .”
School: New Paltz
Position: Second base
Vital stats: A MHAL coaches all-league selection, Pesavento batted .512 with 15 RBI and a .600 on-base percentage.
Quotable: “Eric was the leader of our team every year,” New Paltz coach Sam Phelps said. “He has a great glove and an even better bat. He was just overall one of the best players around.”
Vital stats: A 6-foot-2 left-hander, Romanelli, an All-Section 1 and all-league selection, was named the Large Schools Pitcher of the Year by the DCBCA and is a Journal first-team all-star for a second straight year. After allowing three earned runs in three innings in Beacon’s 11-2 season-opening loss to Spackenkill, Romanelli did not allow an earned run for the rest of the season. Romanelli was 6-3 with an 0.41 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 innings pitched. He hit .343 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored.
Quotable: “He had a great season as a freshman, so the expectations were pretty high to begin with,” Beacon coach Bob Atwell said. “He throws strikes, he throws three pitches for strikes, he has great movement on his fastball, and his changeup is maybe his best pitch. His velocity is good and it’s only going to get better.”
Position: Left field
Vital stats: An all-county and MHAL coaches all-league selection, Speranza batted .438 with 25 RBI and 20 runs scored for the Spartans out of the cleanup spot. One of only two senior starters on a young squad, Speranza had a .494 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage.
Quotable: “Dan is just a tremendous hitter at the plate for us,” Neise said. “He was an RBI machine. He was really difficult to keep off the bases and he hit to all fields. He has a nice compact swing. He gave leadership in the dugout to a team that’s still quite young. Dan understands the game. Players were able to bounce questions off him and he gave really good advice.”
Position: Second base/pitcher
Vital stats: An All-County and all-league selection, Bruno finished with a 6-0 record with a 1.89 ERA, and 19 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings, picking up Section 1 tournament wins over Mamaroneck and John Jay. At the plate, he hit .333 with 22 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Quotable: “Tyler’s so valuable on the infield and he’s just a very clutch guy on the mound,” Hammell said.
Vital stats: Choate was 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA and allowed nine walks all season. He tossed complete games where he threw less than 75 pitches three times.
Quotable: “He was a nip-and-tuck type guy, who induced a lot of ground balls for outs,” Onusko said.
School: John Jay
Position: Pitcher/first base
Vital stats: An All-County and all-league selection, DiMarzo batted .344 with a .553 on-base percentage, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored. On the mound, DiMarzo was 5-2.
Quotable: “Ryan’s total contributions between pitching, defense and hitting made him a well-rounded kid,” John Jay coach Tom O’Hare said.
Position: Right field
Vital stats: Gemmell hit .400 with 20 RBI for the Iron Dukes out of the cleanup spot.
Quotable: “He was pretty much the silencer once teams knew he had that arm in the outfield. It cut down the running game,” Onusko said. “Pitchers pitched around him a lot too.”
Position: Pitcher/third base/second base
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, Golembiewski batted .379 with 15 RBI and 10 runs scored. On the mound, Golembiewski was 5-1 with a 1.71 ERA, striking out 25 batters in 32 2/3 innings.
Quotable: “He’s a kid that kept on improving, slowly but surely, in the middle of the lineup,” Atwell said. “This year, from the beginning of the year to the end, he was a dominant pitcher and would have been No. 1 on most team’s staffs.”
School: New Paltz
Vital stats: LaMark hit .387 with seven RBI, 17 runs scored and a .673 on-base percentage.
Quotable: “He was the fastest player in Section 9, going 18 for 18 in stolen bases,” Phelps said. “He had an amazing on-base percentage and was good defensively.”
Position: First base/second base/outfield
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, the Hofstra University-bound Sablinski batted .383 with three home runs, 18 RBI and 27 runs scored out of the leadoff spot.
Quotable: “He’s an unselfish player,” Atwell said. “He could literally start at any infield or outfield position. He’s a fabulous all-around ballplayer and just a great kid.”
Vital stats: An All-County and all-league selection, Schetter batted .443 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Quotable: “Patrick’s fabulous,” Atwell said. “I thought we had a legitimate shot at getting four players on the All-Section 1 team (with Romanelli, Golembiewski and Sablinski).
Position: Second base
Vital stats: Out of the Iron Dukes’ leadoff spot, Schoonmaker batted .410 with 30 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. He struck out only four times all season.
Quotable: “He was kind of our spark,” Onusko said. “He was a major contact hitter in terms of getting the bat on the ball. There were less than a handful of games where he didn’t get a hit. He was really solid in the field too, turning double plays with (Curtis) all year long.”
Position: Third base
Vital stats: An All-Section 1, All-County and all-league selection, the Rensselaer Polytechnic-bound Scocozza batted. 380 with 22 RBI, 27 runs scored and a .485 on-base percentage.
Quotable: “Mike stepped up as a senior leader this year and helped lead us to the Section 1 Class AA championship,” Hammell said. “He was a steady producer who hit in clutch spots and played a solid third base all year long.”
School: Roy C. Ketcham
Position: Pitcher/right field
Vital stats: The Section 1 Conference 1 League A Pitcher of the Year, Todd was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 16 walks in 34 innings pitched.
Quotable: “Matt had an exceptional year on the mound for us,” Mealy said. “He would have been a No. 1 pitcher on any team without Seth Lamando. He was extremely dominant for us and was a nice answer behind Seth.”
School: Red Hook
Position: First base/pitcher
Vital stats: Tomlinson batted .397 with one home run, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored. On the mound, he was 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
Quotable: “He always competes every game, plays hard and is a clutch player,” Red Hook coach Ron Coon said. “He hardly strikes out and hits for power.”
Arlington: Matt Horton, Danny Lowndes, Drew Lugbauer, Rob Michael
Beacon: Billy Boyle
Dover: Chase Beebe, Sean Escaravage
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Jonathan Bixby, Chris Osterman, Cody Perotti, Matt Steigerwald, Tom Theysohn
Haldane: Kenny Doxey, Dan Kinnaird, Ryan Koval, John Rotando, Stephen Zalys
Highland: Matt Hart, Charlie Merget, Chris Ranalli, Chris Tozzi
John Jay: Jason Coscio, Ryan Kaplan, Tyler Kardas, Matt Lisella, Chris Pinto, Jon Repetto
Marlboro: Anthony Petralia, Riley Stong, Matt Tamburri, Mike Tamburri
Millbrook: Kyle Cuomo, Evan Jacques, Connor Kyle, Ryan Storey
New Paltz: Ricky Drosdowich, Chad Wells
Our Lady of Lourdes: Tom Costigan, Robert Meyers
Pawling: Matt Bellucci, Austin Dapolito, Brandon Olivieri
Pine Plains: Nolan Harpp, Austin Miller, David Steward
Poughkeepsie: Matt Rahemba, Hector Reyes, Dylan Tully, De’Quan Ward
Red Hook: Ryan Jantzen, Jake Moir, Derek Pitcher, Kirby Roeder, James Simmons, Brendon Tator
Rhinebeck: Will Burns, Tyler Eighmy, Sean Fitzpatrick, Josh Hanaburgh, Sullivan Staires
Roy C. Ketcham: Jordan Bishop, Gabe Felix
Spackenkill: Kenny Herrera, Marc Horvath, Blake Kawalski
Webutuck: Nick Barnes, Tommy Nethercott
COACH OF THE YEAR — TOM VIRGADAMO, HALDANE
Vital stats: Reeling from a defeat in the previous season’s Section 1 Class C final to Tuckahoe, Virgadamo helped lead the Blue Devils to a Section 1 final win over Tuckahoe, 7-4. The Blue Devils did not stop there, making it all the way to the state title game, where they lost 5-3 to Lansing. Haldane finished the season at 20-4. The squad won the Section 1 Conference I League D title, its first league title since 2003. Despite Cold Spring being located in Putnam County, the Dutchess County Baseball Coaches Association named Virgadamo the Small Schools Coach of the Year.
Quotable: “I thought he had a tremendous year with a good group,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said.