Andrew Belfiglio, Penncrest
The senior righthander went 6-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 521/3 innings. From the leadoff spot, Belfiglio, who doubled as a leftfielder for the Lions, hit .383 with 24 runs and 13 RBIs. He helped Penncrest to a 13-7 record and a berth in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
Kenny Koplove, Penn Charter
The versatile senior, a Duke signee, sparked the Quakers as a shortstop and hard-throwing righthander. With a fastball clocked in the low-90-m.p.h. range, Koplove went 9-2 with a 2.22 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 562/3 innings. From the No. 3 spot in the order, he batted .340 with 23 runs, 20 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.
Corey Baiada, La Salle
Batting cleanup for the PIAA Class AAAA state champions, Baiada hit .480 with 31 RBIs, 25 runs, 10 doubles, and a homer. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior backstop was selected as the Catholic League Red Division's most valuable player. He will continue his career at Bloomsburg.
John LaPrise, Devon Prep
A four-year starter for the Tide, LaPrise batted .481 with 22 RBIs, 18 runs, 12 stolen bases, and 4 home runs this season. For his career, the Virginia-bound senior totaled a school-record 96 hits, 92 RBIs, and 10 homers. He was voted most valuable player of the Bicentennial League's Independence Division.
Dan Hoy, Germantown Academy
From the leadoff spot, Hoy, a powerful senior shortstop, batted .447 with 52 runs and 31 RBIs. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder earned first-team all-Inter-Academic League honors. Hoy, who also competed for GA's soccer team, will play baseball at Princeton. He chose the Tigers over Harvard, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Duke.
Will Dougherty, Roman Catholic
For the Cahillites, the smooth-fielding shortstop and leadoff man hit .558 with 19 RBIs and 12 runs. Dougherty, a senior and first-team all-Catholic League Red Division pick, had seven doubles, six stolen bases, and a .611 on-base percentage. He is ticketed for Northeastern.
Joe DeCarlo, Garnet Valley
A powerful hitter with an above-average arm, the Jaguars shortstop batted .465 with 25 runs and 15 RBIs. The senior was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. He has signed with the club.
Brian Donnelly, Council Rock South
As a savvy centerfielder and righthanded pitcher, Donnelly spurred the Golden Hawks' run to the PIAA Class AAAA state final. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior, a Rider signee, went 10-1 with a 1.82 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 802/3 innings. From the No. 2 spot in the batting order, he hit .371 with 30 runs and 21 RBIs.
Augusto Ortega, Frankford
While helping the Pioneers repeat as Public League champions, the senior centerfielder hit .547 with 38 runs and 17 RBIs. In the league final against GAMP, Ortega ripped a three-run double to spark an 8-3 win. He is headed to Salem Community College in Carneys Point, N.J.
Nick Bateman, Malvern Prep
Bateman, a senior centerfielder and four-year starter, earned first-team all-area honors for the second straight year. The 6-foot, 185-pounder batted .464 with 37 runs and 32 RBIs as the Friars repeated as Inter-Ac League champions. He will play at Winthrop, a Division I program in Rock Hill, S.C.
Joey Casselberry, Methacton
The senior infielder and righthanded pitcher helped the Warriors advance to the quarterfinals of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs. Casselberry hit .419 with 18 RBIs, 16 runs, 16 walks, 8 doubles, and 2 homers. On the mound, he was 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 432/3 innings.
Joey Gorman, Neumann-Goretti
Gorman, a St. Joseph's recruit, was again a two-position catalyst for the Saints. On the mound, the senior lefthander, tabbed as the Catholic League Blue Division's most valuable player, went 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 61 innings. Doubling as a leftfielder, he hit .396 with 27 runs and 15 RBIs.
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