VALLEY — Picking the Valley-area’s baseball player of the year was nearly as easy as picking softbal’s top player.
When a guy hits .548 with some pop, steals bases and has an ERA of 1.11 from the pitching rubber, those are some pretty good props.
Tioga’s Pierce Hendershot did that and more to earn the nod for the Morning Times Player of the Year.
For Hendershot, getting on base and into scoring position was key to his team’s success. He added 25 walks to his 34 hits for an on-base average of .681. His hits included 11 doubles and a homer to push his slugging percentage to .774 which gives him an OPS of 1.456. Hendershot had 22 singles and 17 stolen bases which means that most of his singles were as good as doubles.
The St. Bonaventure-bound Hendershot was also the ace of the Tigers’ pitching staff, logging 75 2/3 innings with 96 strikeouts and just 18 walks.
As good as Hendershot was on the mound, he wasn’t the area’s top pitcher. The Times’ Pitcher of the Year is Athens’ Keegan Rude. Rude posted a rather insane ERA of 0.231 with a 1.022 WHIP. In 30.1 innings, Rude allowed 18 hits and 13 walks with 32 strikeouts. He could also play his position, posting a .975 fielding percentage.
The Times’ Offensive Player of the Year, Quinn Hanafin, was also a terror at the plate. Hanafin posted a .508 batting average with six doubles, a triple, and two home runs among his 30 hits. Put a .663 on-base average with a slugging percentage of .746 and you get an OPS of 1.409. Hanafin had 32 runs and 24 RBIs.
Waverly’s Montana Davis will take home the Times’ Defensive Player of the Year. Good at the plate with a .313 batting average, 20 RBIs and 18 runs, Davis gets his nod for posting a .983 fielding percentage with just two miscues in 120 chances.
Looking at our list, we had to add a Rookie of the Year award for Sayre’s Brayden Horton. Horton hit for average with a .323 batting average and had some pop with eight doubles and three triples. His 23 RBIs was second only to Hanafin and his 17 runs was third on the Redskins’ squad. An on-base average of .452 and a slugging percentage of .538 gives the freshman a .991 OPS. He could also play defense, posting a .976 fielding percentage.
Rounding out our All-Star team for 2019:
Nate Kennedy: .384 batting average; six doubles, one home run; 21 RBIs; 24 runs; .438 on-base average; ,507 slugging percentage; .994 OPS; .818 fielding average.
Ethan Witherow: .419 batting average; seven doubles, one triple; 11 RBIs; 27 runs; .550 on-base average; .565 slugging percentage; 1.115 OPS.
Zach Moore: .347 batting average; eight doubles; eight RBIs; 18 runs; .453 on-base average; .458 slugging percentage; .911 OPS.
Brady Worthing: .357 batting average; three doubles; one triple; 11 RBIs; 12 runs; .397 on-base average; .429 slugging percentage; .826 OPS.
Mason Booser: .343 batting average; four doubles; one triple; 18 RBIs; 15 runs; .425 on-base average; .425 slugging percentage; .850 OPS.
Derrick Gage: .324 batting average; four doubles; two triples; 13 RBIs; 14 runs; .350 on-base average; .432 slugging percentage; .782 OPS.
Jalen McCarty: .356 batting average; five doubles; six RBIs; 28 runs; .466 on-base average; .425 slugging percentage; .891 OPS; .841 fielding percentage.
Ethan Stotler: .318 batting average; four doubles; two triples; .416 on-base average; .439 slugging percentage; .855 OPS; ,921 fielding average.