The 2014 Ohio high school baseball season concluded on June 7 with the crowning of four state champions in Columbus. The Jackson Polar Bears brought championship hardware back with them to Northeast Ohio by winning the Division I title.
As a nod to the season that was, USATODAYhss.com/Cleveland would like to highlight the best players in Northeast Ohio. We’re excited to unveil our American Family Insurance All-USA Northeast Ohio Baseball Team.
The honorees listed below were selected by USATODAYhss.com/Cleveland staff members as the best players in the region this spring.
North Royalton senior pitcher Frank Frate – The All-Northeast Ohio River Division selection posted a 9-0 record on the mound while helping the Bears advance to the Division I title game.
Independence senior pitcher Mike Martin – The Division III All-Ohio first-teamer posted a 7-0 record in seven starts while maintaining a .477 ERA. Martin boasted a .489 batting average.
St. Edward sophomore infielder Joe Weisenseel – Weisenseel batted .383 and recorded a .475 on-base percentage in 24 games. The underclassman recorded 27 runs scored and 13 RBIs.
Midview senior infielder Cody Callaway – The second-team Division I all-state pick batted .280 while recording 25 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Walsh Jesuit senior infielder Nate Romans – An integral member of the Warriors’ 26-1 squad, Romans boasted a batting average above .480 while serving as one of the team’s top run scorers and producers.
Keystone senior infielder Tyler Gullett – The Division II first-team all-state selection posted a .500 batting average while tallying 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
Jackson senior infielder Kyle Mottice – From his leadoff spot, Mottice boasted a team-best .488 batting average while scoring 32 runs for the Division I state champs.
North Royalton senior infielder Bryan Bielak – Bielak compiled a .396 batting average while collecting 27 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Canton South junior outfielder DJ Wilson – The Division II first-team all-state pick boasted a .506 batting average while striking out only once in 28 games played.
St. Ignatius senior outfielder Nick Fabian – Fabian, who also took the mound for the Wildcats, posted a batting average above .350 and tallied a double-digit walk total.
Compiling a list of all-stars is a subjective task that often sparks debate. Share the names of other players deserving of recognition and the reason why in the comments section.
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