Player of the Year
Shane Marshall a tough out in lineup, all-round asset
He was not always the feared hitter in the lineup, not always the guy opposing coaches walked intentionally because of the damage he could inflict with the bat.
“When I was younger my hitting wasn’t very good,” said Shane Marshall, who recently finished his junior season at Webster Schroeder. “I usually hit ninth; the speedy kid at the end of the lineup.”
Now he’s one of the very best in Section V when it comes to the complete game. Marshall provides a combination of track-down-everything defense, steal-at-will base-running and potent line-drive hitting.
A lot of swings in the batting cage — at school, at Diamond Pro Baseball and in the one right in his backyard — turned the light-hitting Marshall into a guy who drives fastballs to the gaps and gets on base one of every two times he steps into the batter’s box.
His ability to get on base, drive in runs and scoot home, plus his outfield defense and pitching, are why Marshall earned the All-Greater Rochester Baseball Player of the Year.
Marshall hit .494, going 42-for-85. He drove in 27 runs, scored 29, collected 11 extra-base hits and stole 22 bases. He was never caught stealing.
Which is one of the reasons he didn’t emphasize hitting for power when he was at the plate. He was quite content with making solid contact, getting on base and then running.
“With my speed, base hits are fine because I can steal a base,” he said. “I like to hit the gaps.”
Marshall, who turns 17 in mid-July, has played on the Schroeder varsity for three seasons, and the 2016 season was the most rewarding. The Warriors won the Section V title, defeated Lancaster in the Far West Regional and slipped past top-rated Ketcham in the state semifinals before losing a heartbreaker, 7-6, to Shenendehowa in the Class AA championship game.
As a freshman, Marshall played right field. As a sophomore he played second base. This season he patrolled center field and did some pitching. In summer ball with the U17 team from Diamond Pro, he plays third base and shortstop.
And, yes, he has caught before; that was also during summer ball with his American Legion team.
“I like doing everything,” he said.
He had played basketball in the past but is now concentrating on baseball year-round, though he finds plenty of time to fish, hunt and hike. And he plays a little golf with older brother, Corey, a member of the golf team at SUNY Oswego.
His ultimate goal: play baseball in college. He has already spoken with coaches from Binghamton University, the University at Buffalo and Canisius College.
“A scholarship is the goal,” he said, “and if I’m fortunate enough for that to happen, then I just want to ride it all the way until I can’t play anymore.”
Jordi Agosto, East
Sophomore shortstop helped East (20-3) become the first city school to reach a Section V final since 1980 as the Rochester City Athletic Conference all-star batted .486 with 27 RBI and 44 runs. His favorite player is former Yankee Derek Jeter.
Justin Bunting, Greece Athena
After converting to shortstop his senior season, the Monroe County all-star hit.408 with a .500 on-base percentage in his third varsity season. The Monroe Community College-bound player also collected 15 RBI and scored 20 runs
Alex Canty, Batavia
The Monroe County Division IV and Section V Class A2 Player of the Year led the Blue Devils to the sectional final. The senior shortstop, who had a 4.0 GPA, hit .507 with a slugging percentage of .851. He was also homecoming king.
Tanner Cooper, Canandaigua
MVP of the Section V Class A1 tournament after winning three games to help the Braves claim their first sectional title since 1995, the junior pitcher/shortstop struck out 91 batters in 69 innings and was 7-3 with a 1.11 ERA. He is a two-time league all-star.
Kenny Cruz, School of the Arts
This Rutgers-bound RCAC Player of the Year played four positions (SS, 3B, OF, P) and hit .449 with 33 stolen bases. He only struck out three times all season. Will study exercise science and wants to be a strength and conditioning coach.
Connor Ewing, Fairport
Monroe County all-star finished with a 5-1 record and a 1.55 ERA for Fairport, striking out 32 batters in 31 innings. He plans to play at RIT. His favorite player is National League MVP Bryce Harper, but named his black Lab Jeter.
Dan Freese, Greece Arcadia
Section V Class A1 Player of the Year and co-Monroe County Division IV Player of the Year, third baseman helped Titans win division title, batting .439 with 30 RBI. Two-time team captain and National Honor Society member plans to play at Cazenovia College.
Justin Graham, Webster Schroeder
Warriors’ shortstop was nearly impenetrable, posting a .967 fielding percentage on more than 120 chances for the Class AA state runner-up. Team captain and four-year starter hit .400, including a home run in the state tournament. Will play baseball at St. John Fisher.
Jack Hartnett, Penfield
In his fourth varsity season, the first baseman/designated hitter batted .385 with 15 RBI. A two-time Monroe County all-star was also an AGR selection at linebacker and will play football at John Carroll. Volunteers at Buddy Olympics and Special Olympics.
Mitch Henshaw, Brockport
Team captain played catcher, pitcher and shortstop. Two-time Monroe County all-star led team with 30 hits, including 3 home runs, as Brockport won division title. The school’s third-leading all-time scorer in hockey headed to Potomac State College to play baseball.
Ryan Marketell, Webster Thomas
Pitcher/first base was team MVP, striking out 41 batters in 38 innings while posting a 1.66 ERA. Monroe County all-star had .353 batting average and 2 home runs. Plans to play baseball at MCC and major in communications/sports broadcasting.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Marshall, Webster Schroeder
Section V Class AA Player of the Year helped the Warriors win sectionals and reach the state final. Outfielder/pitcher hit.875 in the postseason (14-for-16) and.494 overall his junior season with 27 RBI. Stole 22 bases without getting caught.
Dominic Palma, Hilton
The Monroe County Division III Player of the Year hit .481 with a .667 on-base percentage. The catcher also drew 26 walks and struck out only once. Committed to play at Manhattan College. Plans to study exercise science and kinesiology.
Max Troiani, Pittsford Mendon
Senior third base, who enjoys math and has a 3.9 GPA, earned Monroe County Division II Player of the Year honors as Vikings had a 10-game win streak. Two-time league all-star batted .514. He likes to fish and go boating.
Reid Vanscoter, Livonia
Two-time AGR selection pitched and played center field while batting third in the lineup, for the Section V Class B champs. Left-hander struck out 115 batters and walked 13, posting a 0.23 ERA. Also a two-time sectional tournament MVP.
Jack Zielinski, Pittsford Sutherland
Junior pitcher/outfielder, a Monroe County all-star, recorded a 4-2 with a 0.79 ERA that included back-to-back shutouts for the league’s Division II co-champions. Recorded two saves as a reliever. Hit .333. Member of National Honor Society enjoys playing golf.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Knight, Webster Schroeder
Knight guided the 20-6 Warriors to a Section V championship and to the Class AA state final. A science teacher who has 21 years overall in the classroom, he has recorded a 200-148 record. His mother, Judi Knight, was former athletic director at Edison.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Kyle Crandall, East High
Guided East (20-3) to a third straight RCAC tournament title, becoming first city team to advance to a Section V tournament final since 1980. A city school district teacher for 18 years, the Lyons graduate has a 222-105 record.
Monroe County Division I:
Nick Lawlor (Webster Schroeder), TJ Lucey (Fairport), Steve Hendrick (Rush Henrietta), Ryan Simmons (Victor), Jake Rugaber (Fairport), Stephen Edgett (Webster Thomas), Sean O’Neill (Webster Schroeder).
Monroe County Division II:
AJ Gartland (Irondequoit), Alec Vaules (Pittsford Sutherland), Cody Cooper (Canandaigua), Tim Brown (Brighton), Michael Ryan (Pittsford Sutherland), Sam Cestra (Pittsford Mendon), Jason Tisa (Irondequoit), George Gines (Pittsford Mendon), Sean Mannion (Irondequoit).
Monroe County Division III:
Shaye Bartnick (Brockport), Billy Sanborn (Churchville-Chili), Josh Gillette (Spencerport), Austin Perry (Brockport), Dominic DiStefano (Greece Athena), Trevor Layne (Greece Athena), Scott Neu (Churchville-Chili), Ben Martin (Churchville-Chili), Riley Emmerson (Brockport).
Monroe County Division IV:
Mike Ciccarone (Greece Odyssey), Bryan Rivera (Greece Arcadia), Jeff Wilson (Greece Odyssey), Neale McMullen (Greece Arcadia), Brian Withers (Greece Olympia), Kevin Blum (Greece Arcadia), Austin Westrich (Greece Odyssey), Dwayne Fonda (Batavia).
John Segarra (East), Frankie Santiago (Franklin), Victor Torres (Monroe), Angel Segarra (East), Bryan Hernandez (NE/NW College Prep), Yesel Mercedes (Monroe), Darnell Patterson (East).
Finger Lakes East:
Jesse Kabat (Mynderse), Gordon Leone (Wayne), Jon McKay (Penn Yan), Austin Locke (Wayne), Matt McCarthy (Geneva), Michael Baroody (Geneva), Ben Cowles (Newark), Jake Jones (Mynderse), Anthony Mashewske (Newark), Brett Anderson (Mynderse), Zach DeVito (Newark), Nick Webb (Waterloo), Luke Kornbau (Newark). Brady Adair (Waterloo).
Finger Lakes West:
Bobby Strait (Dundee), Ryan Sprague (Dundee), Max Yale (Honeoye), John Vieira (Honeoye), Alex Arsenault (Naples), Andrew Fleischman (Naples), Conrad Rathbun (Naples), Parker Smith (Marcus Whitman), Dylan Howell (Marcus Whitman), Burlin Allen (Marcus Whitman), Tyler Gardner (Red Jacket), Daniel Colasurdo (Red Jacket), Riley Rasmussen (South Seneca), John Zajac (South Seneca), Spencer John (South Seneca).
Livingston County Division I:
Maddux Minton (Livonia), John Smith (Livonia), Sebastian Bosch (Livonia), Connor Strong (Bath), Elliott Hillman (Bath), Andrew Doran (Hornell), Jack Henby (Hornell), Anthony Kanaval (Dansville), Derek Wampole (Dansville), Alex West (Dansville).
Livingston County Division II:
Josh Laurie (LeRoy), Cody Fitzsimmons (LeRoy), Brandon Gingher (Avon), Jonny Ceneviva (Avon), Zak Loomis (Avon), Dalton Willette (Letchwroth), Jason Hoffman (Letchworth), Jeff Uveino (Perry/Mount Morris), Sean Kelly (Geneseo), Mitchell Walton (Geneseo), Brian Linton (Geneseo), J.J. Dalheim (Geneseo).
Livingston County Division III:
Austin Galton (Keshequa), Brock Allen (Keshequa) Colton Davis (Kehsewqua), Connor Mann (Keshequa), Tanner Butler (Warsaw), Arik Wittenberg (Warsaw), Tommy Standern (Warsaw), Mike Galton (Warsaw), Nicholas Lemley (Caledonia-Mumford), Ian Lenhardt (Caledonia-Mumford), Cody DuBiel (York), Jake Trasher (York), Dylan Cote (Pavilion).
Jared Wren (Sodus), Andrew Chilelli (East Rochester), Luke Gerstner (North Rose-Wolcott), Joe Dapolito (Clyde-Savannah), Cody Hill (Gananda), Dimtri Georantonis (East Rochester), Tim McClare (Gananda), Peyton Notebaert (Sodus), Alex Steurrys (Williamson), Travis Caton (East Rochester), Nick Schrader (Clyde-Savannah), Jackson Hauser (East Rochester), Jaret Murray (Clyde-Savannah).
Derric Busch (Alexander), Nick Donnelly (Alexander), Dane Heberlein (Alexander), Jake Wozniak (Alexander), Owen Thompson (Attica), Dylan Hillabush (Holley/Kendall), Collin Papaj (Holley/Kendall), Nick Passarel (Holley/Kendall), Jacob Hoffee (Lyndonville), Dawson Joy (Lyndonville), Eric Heace (Lyndonville), Mike Wells (Lyndonville), Tyler Prospero (Notre Dame), CJ Suozzi (Notre Dame), Jordan D’Alba (Oakfield-Alabama), Dan Dinsmore (Oakfield-Alabama), Mitchell Hale (Oakfield-Alabama), Zach Vonkramer (Pembroke).
Jayson Faynor (Lima Christian), Brandon Allen (Lima Christian), Conell Christiansen (Lima Christian), Shane Hake (Bishop Kearney), Ian Pawluckie (Bishop Kearney), Matt DeRoller (Bishop Kearney), Matt Weiner (Webster Christian), Matt Goodwin (Webster Christian), Wesley Gerace (Finney), Patrick Medeiros (Northstar), Takashi Sen (Northstar), Kranzy Gonzalez (University Prep)
Steuben County Division I:
Gehrig Allen (Addison), Adam Chilson (Addison), Ryan Madigan (Addison), Duncan Allen (Alfred-Almond), Aidan Looney (Alfred-Almond), Justin Hendrickson (Canisteo-Greenwood), Parker May (Canisteo-Greenwood), Dakota Gurnsey (Campbell-Savona), Geoff Hargrave (Camplbell-Savona) Quinn Littell (Campbell-Savona), Jordan Allen (Addison).
Steuben County Division II:
Gabe Lewis (Arkport), Josh McDaniels (Arkport), Dalton Steiner (Arkport), Jordan Wood (Arkport), Tyler cornish (Avoca), Seth Maldonado (Avoca), Will Roote (Avoca), Marcus Hopkins (Avoca), Jeff Gilbert (Prattsburgh), Garrett Socola (Prattsburgh), Gary Whitney (Prattsburgh), Matt Chadwick (Avoca).
Allegany County Division I:
Lewis Pettit (Bolivar-Richburg), Andrew Walters (Bolivar-Richburg), Hunter Evingham (Bolivar-Richburg), Josh Pomeroy (Cuba-Rushford), Zach McGraw (Cuba-Rushford), Jake Jones (Cuba-Rushford), Cooper Weinman (Genesee Valley), Jon Morse (Genesee Valley), Evan Nugent (Fillmore), Kylen Zengerle (Andover), Allen Murphy (Bolivar-Richburg).
Division II: Aleric Stewart (Friendship), Seth Snyder (Whitesville), Connor Nolan (Scio), Johnny West (Belfast), Jacob Erdmann (Whitesville), Hunter Watkins (Canaseraga), Hunter Nichols (Canaseraga), Adam Enders (Belfast), Ethan Blocho (Belfast), Austin Gustason (Belfast), Robert Townsend (Canaseraga).
Allegany County Division II:
Aleric Stewart (Friendship), Seth Snyder (Whitesville), Connor Nolan (Scio), Johnny West (Belfast), Jacob Erdmann (Whitesville), Hunter Watkins (Canaseraga), Hunter Nichols (Canaseraga), Adam Enders (Belfast), Ethan Blocho (Belfast), Austin Gustason (Belfast).