PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Position: Shortstop, closing pitcher
Vital stats: Capturing the Player of the Year award for small schools given out by the Dutchess County Baseball Coaches Association, Etts secured a .507 batting average, an on-base percentage of .615 and a slugging percentage of .760. He collected 13 extra base hits with a home run, eight doubles and four triples. On the bases he was perfect, stealing 30 bags in 30 attempts. With a good eye, he drew 19 walks and in the field was just as solid, finishing with a fielding percentage of .986. On the mound he saved five games for the Spartans, tossing 16 innings, posting an earned run average of 1.75 and striking out 16 batters. Etts is playing Division I baseball next year at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Quotable: “He’s a five-tool player,” Spackenkill coach Don Neise said, “who can take over any game at the plate or in the field. Tremendous talent and work ethic. The nice thing about Justin — and I take this phrase from Tom Bell — when your best player is your hardest worker, you’re going to have a good season. Justin was that. He was our offense and defensively I don’t think I saw a better shortstop fielding his position. He’s a terrific player.”
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s a well-rounded player,” Rhinebeck coach Nick Nikolatos said. “If you want to call it five tools, he’s got five tools. As far as I see, he’s a team player. And he’s a powerful hitter, a hard hitter to get out.”
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Roy C. Ketcham
Position: Starting pitcher
Vital stats: If a team needed to win a big game this season, the pitcher it would least want to face would be Tim Zehnbauer. The right-hander pieced together a 10-0 record with an earned-run average of 0.33. He struck out 62 batters against eight walks, and earned Section 1 Pitcher of the Year and the Dutchess County Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year honors. Over a stretch of 42 1/3 innings, Zehnbauer did not allow a run. Next year he will pitch in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for Siena.
Quotable: “Timmy is the best pitcher in New York State,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said. “I can go into all the details of why, but he only pitched against the best competition. It’s mind-boggling, the numbers he put up. Incredible.”
“The times I saw or read about him, he was a dominating pitcher,” Spackenkill coach Don Neise said. “Throughout the last couple years, he’s been dominant on the mound. I thought he was worthy of Pitcher of the Year.”
Coach of the Year
Vital stats: Two years ago, Webutuck won just one game. Under the direction of McEnroe, the Warriors came back to win 15 games this season, while only losing three times. What’s more, Webutuck appeared in the Section 9 Class C final, although it lost to Chester.
Quotable: “He rescued that program,” Millbrook coach Mike Setaro said. “He brought those kids along for three years, kept bad attitudes at bay.”
Position: Center fielder
Vital stats: With his .357 batting average and .382 on-base percentage, Assenza earned all-county, all-league and all-section honors. He drove in 17 runs, scored 13 more and collected 25 hits over the course of the season. In the field he didn’t commit a defensive error.
Quotable: “Joe batted third in our order against a very competitive schedule,” Arlington coach Darrell Flynn said. “He saw all the tough pitches and still had a terrific season. He was also dynamite in center field with 34 total put-outs and zero errors. He was one of our captains and was a great leader.”
Position: Pitcher, shortstop
Vital stats: On the mound this season, the SUNY New Paltz-bound Frost pitched to a 1.10 earned-run average. In 51 innings, he finished with a 4-2 record, throwing seven complete games. He struck out 40 batters and notched 11 pick-offs. He was an all-league, all-county and All-Section 1 choice. Offensively, he batted .333 with 28 hits, 24 runs scored, seven doubles and 26 stolen bases.
Quotable: “Ryan became the stud No. 1 (pitcher) that every team dreams of having,” said Beacon coach Bob Atwell. “He filled the large shoes left by our exiting seniors of 2014 and dominated opponents.”
Position: First base, pitcher
Vital stats: Granuzzo, who will be playing for Clarkson next year, batted .342 this season with an on-base percentage of .510. He drilled eight extra base hits, including three home runs, four doubles and a triple. On the mound he finished with a 5-2 record, striking out 52 batters in 42 2/3 innings. His ERA was 2.10, and he picked off six runners.
Quotable: “I believe he was the best pitcher in the league,” Millbrook coach Mike Setaro said. “He pitched three complete games and 7 2/3 innings, throwing over 150 pitches and two rain delays while holding top seeded Marlboro to two earned runs and beating them on their home field to move on to sectional semifinals. He was also an outstanding defensive first baseman.”
School: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Position: Second base, pitcher
Vital stats: A team captain, Grega was named Player of the Year for large schools by the DCBCA and also garnered all-county honors. At the plate he batted .403 with an on-base percentage of .486. He doubled eight times, drove in 15 runs and scored 14. As a pitcher, Grega tossed 46 2/3 innings, striking out 70 batters while issuing 16 walks. He tossed two complete games, finished with a record of 5-1 and an earned run average of 1.50.
Quotable: “Will has an amazing work ethic and a great attitude,” Roosevelt coach Kory VanZandt said. “Because he is one of our best pitchers and offensive players, Will is our team’s Most Valuable Player. In our section semifinal game, Will gave up one run in nine innings while striking out 10.”
Vital stats: In the heart of the Marlboro lineup, Mooradian batted .479 this season with 22 runs scored, 14 RBI, six doubles and 10 stolen bases. He proved to be a patient hitter, drawing nine walks. In the field he was just as valuable, committing just one error all season.
Quotable: “He played his best baseball against the best competition, and in pressure situations,” Marlboro coach Dave Onusko said. “Defensively he made all the routine plays and exceptional plays when the opportunity presented itself.”
School: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vital stats: An all-county honoree, Myers put up a .443 batting average with 35 hits, knocked in 20 runs and scored 24 more. He slugged one home run, with 10 doubles, and three triples. Myers finished with an on-base percentage of .500.
Quotable: “Tyler’s offensive numbers were better than any other player in the area,” VanZandt said. “He’s an outstanding athlete with a great desire and passion for the game. No one wants to succeed more than Tyler.”
School: John Jay
Position: Center fielder
Vital stats: A team captain, Pragana batted .391 this season and proved to be a force on the basepaths, swiping 18 bases. Pragana scored 22 runs, doubled three times and tripled twice, collecting all-county, all-league, and all-Section 1 honors along the way. He also showed his ability to make contact at the plate, as he did not strike out during a single plate appearance during the regular season.
Quotable: “He’s our leadoff hitter, our sparkplug and playmaker in the outfield,” John Jay coach Eric Frink said. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT “He made one of the greatest catches I have seen in a high school game in the sectionals against Ketcham.”
School: Roy C. Ketcham
Position: Third base
Vital stats: An all-county, all-league and all-Section 1 choice, Simmons batted .323 this season. He also put up a slugging percentage of .617, the highest among the Indians. He was named Conference I League C player of the year.
Quotable: “There was a stretch of 10, 11 games in the middle of the season where he put the team on his back and carried us. He was one of the few guys in the lineup that could drive the ball,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said. “Defensively he was a gem over at third base all year. He was consistent with glove.”
Position: Center fielder
Vital stats: Capturing an all-county nod and the team Most Valuable Player award, Thrasher batted .521 for the Warriors. He clubbed two home runs, drove in 21 runs, collected four triples, six doubles, and scored 28 times. He also stole 23 bases on 24 attempts and smashed a game-tying home run in Webutuck’s Section 9 Class C final against Chester.
Quotable: “LeShawn’s stats speak for themselves, but he was much more to this team,” Webutuck coach Tim McEnroe said. “He set the tone for our offense by always running hard; kind of like the Pete Rose approach, beating out infield hits. When he hit the ball in the outfield gap he was not thinking a double he was looking for a triple! He also had the ability to get a big hit whenever needed.”
Position: Starting pitcher
Vital stats: Valentino made nine starts this year and finished with a record of 6-2. He struck out 53 batters in 53 2/3 innings pitched, claiming an ERA of 2.61. Opponents hit .233 against him, and he nearly no-hit Spackenkill in Highland’s Section 9 Class B final win.
Quotable: “I can’t begin to describe the value Vinnie Valentino brought to our team,” Highland coach John Buonamano said. “His presence on the mound physically and mentally brought a tremendous amount of confidence to our team. His devotion to his craft set a great example for the younger guys. I believe his bulldog mentality and competitive drive will leave a lasting impact on our returning players.”
Arlington: Marc Barbieri, Steve Gerringer, Ryan Quinn, Dan Schweitzer
Arlington B: R.J. Brideau, Jimmy Egan, Dave Fendrich, Austin Grossman, Will Jackson
Beacon: Jason Antalek, Alex Callaway, Brendon Malouf
Dover: Andrew Anderson, Russell Bradshaw
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Brandon Greenspan, Alex Marinelli, Isiah Nugent, Nick Rand, Cory Simmons, Kyle Zigner
Highland: Mike Doxey, Corey Garcia, Paul Hansut
John Jay: Peter Demeglio, Jack Matero
Marlboro: Kyle Cherubini, Nick Mongelli, Cole Nicolis, Scott Oliver, Xavier Oliver
Millbrook: Kyle Cioli, Tyler Gangloff, Matt Kyle, Brogan Revay
New Paltz: Stevie Branche, Taylor Digilio
Our Lady of Lourdes: Devin Bower, Taylor Howlett, Thomas Masella
Pine Plains: Peter Ducillo, Matt Funk, Matt Pelletier, John Wheeler
Poughkeepsie: Lucas Ramos, Treyvon Stokes, Mark Weaver
Red Hook: Nick Carlson, Connor Christensen, A.J. Coolbaugh, Greg Karpinski, Pat Troy
Rhinebeck: Hunter Brandt, Chris Cassens, Ryan Euell, Spencer Hutchins, Sean Martin, Matt Montero
Roy C. Ketcham: Jon Cepeda, Dylan D’Anna, Jeremy Lopez, Justin Squarzini
Spackenkill: Joe Arcuri, Mike Hovermill, Joe Oppedisano, Josh Rosario
Webutuck: Hunter Coulthard, Kyle Emmons, Tom Ford, Ethan Lounsbury, Chris Reed, Nick Reilly, Andrew Thrasher