2013 Sun All Area Baseball Teams
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:47 p.m.
P — Kirby Snead, Santa Fe, senior: The UF commit posted a 1.30 ERA in his final season with the Raiders. Finished with a 4-4 record fueled by 77 strikeouts and just 13 walks.
P — Trent Johnson, Williston, junior: Tied for an area-high 10 wins with three losses this season for the Class 4A regional semifinalist Red Devils. Tossed six shutouts and had 48 strikeouts behind a 0.57 ERA.
P — Phoenix Sanders, Buchholz, senior: The Daytona State College signee closed his career for the Class 7A Bobcats with a 7-2 overall record, 68 strikeouts and 0.55 ERA.
C — Case Harrison, Gainesville, senior: Missed 15 games in March but revitalized the Class 6A regional quarterfinalist Hurricanes' lineup upon his return with a .409 average, 27 stolen bases, 15 runs and seven RBIs.
INF — Cody Gamble, Suwannee, senior: The first baseman batted .383 for the District 2-5A champion Bulldogs with 17 runs, 18 RBIs, six doubles and a homer.
INF — Justin Forsythe, Williston, senior: The Red Devils shortstop hit .444 with 25 runs, 25 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Also had five doubles, three triples and three home runs.
INF — Jackson Reddish, Bradford, junior: Led the Tornadoes at third base with a .429 batting average, 16 runs, 11 RBIs and 12 steals.
INF — Brooks Morgan, Buchholz, senior: The University of Central Florida signee batted .333 with 16 runs, 17 RBIs and a homer.
OF — Trey Owen, Suwannee, senior: Powered the 17-7 Bulldogs' offense on a .435 batting average with 26 runs, 18 RBIs and nine extra-base hits.
OF — Sean Kamhoot, Buchholz, senior: The Naval Academy signee hit .319 with 10 runs, 19 RBIs and a pair of homers.
OF — Wyatt Jackson, Suwannee, sophomore: Stole a team-high 18 bases and hit .412 with 24 runs, 22 RBIs and six doubles.
DH — Willie Carter, Fort White, sophomore: Split time as designated hitter and first baseman with team-high 14 runs and 12 RBIs on .343 batting average. Also smacked two home runs and had four doubles.
UTIL — Austin Langworthy, Williston, freshman: Went 5-0 and had two saves on the mound with a 1.04 ERA and 69 strikeouts. Also played in the outfield and hit .387 with 23 runs, 22 RBIs, nine doubles and four home runs.
UTIL — Kevin Dupree, Fort White, senior: Played catcher, third base and pitcher for the Indians before being named FACA District 4-4A Player of the Year. Hit a team-high .353 with 22 RBIs and four homers. Recorded a 4-2 record on the mound with a 1.26 ERA and 44 strikeouts.
P — Lane Pendergast, Fort White, senior: Posted a 1.32 ERA in 42.1 innings pitched and had 42 strikeouts for the Class 4A regional quarterfinalist Indians.
P — Clint Duke, Santa Fe, junior: Went 5-4 as the Raiders' No. 2 starter with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA
P — Robbie Howell, Fort White, senior: Racked up 95 strikeouts in 61.2 innings for the Indians. Finished the season with a 7-3 record and 1.59 ERA.
C — Javin Mitchell, Interlachen, senior: Brought home a team-high 20 RBIs on .353 batting average. Also spent time at third base and had 11 runs, four doubles and three triples.
INF — Dustin Driver, Suwannee, junior: The Bulldogs second baseman hit .329 with 23 runs, 21 RBIs, five doubles and two triples.
INF — Chad Stockdale, Santa Fe, junior: The shortstop batted .329 with 18 runs and 13 RBIs for the Raiders. Had team-best 11 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, two triples and a home run.
INF — Will Whitlock, Gainesville, junior: Played first base and third base, hitting .328 with seven runs, nine RBIs and 12 walks. Also belted four doubles and a triple.
INF — Loren Henrickson, Eastside, junior: The third baseman led the Rams on .362 hitting with 12 runs, four RBIs and a homer.
OF — Dakota Turner, Buchholz, senior: The center fielder batted .310 with 19 runs and 10 RBIs for the Bobcats.
OF — B.J. McNeal, Bradford, senior: Stole 20 bases while hitting .305 with 19 runs and nine RBIs.
OF — Kody Moniz, Fort White, senior: The left fielder hit .312 with 13 runs, five RBIs and five doubles for the Indians.
DH — Zach Cronin, Gainesville, senior: The Hurricanes' designated hitter had a .333 batting average with 14 runs, 11 RBIs, six doubles and a home run.
UTIL — Brett Sellers, Interlachen, sophomore: Owned a 2.02 ERA on the mound in 59 innings pitched and had 64 strikeouts. Also played first base, where he hit .352 with seven runs and 13 RBIs.
UTIL — Adam Bryan, Keystone Heights, senior: Batted .301 with 11 RBIs while splitting time as an outfielder and pitcher. Tossed 50 strikeouts for a 6-3 record and 2.71 ERA.
Honorable mention: Bradford: Zach Dewitt (Jr., Util.), David Hall (Jr., C); Buchholz: Quinlan Washington (Jr., OF), Fowler Brown (Sr., P), Chris Stinson (Sr., 3B); Columbia: Sam Bass (Sr., INF/P), Levi Hollingsworth (Jr., DH/1B); Eastside: Clint Wolcott (So., SS); Fort White: Rhett Willis (So., P), Trace Wilkinson (So., C); Keystone Heights: Hunter Shannon (Sr., 1B), Tucker Bracewell (Sr., OF), Robbie Davis (Sr., SS), Morgan Bass (Jr., P); Santa Fe: Lake Hart (Sr., C), Daniel Drageset (So., OF), Tim Deen (Jr., OF), Tyler Barron (So., 2B), Drew Williams (Jr., OF), Nate Pelham (Jr., 3B), Justin Sullivan (Sr., P), Austin Burritt (So., P), Casey Brooks (Jr., OF); Suwannee: Braxton Hicks (Sr., C), Will Shanahan (Sr., 1B/OF); Williston: Haydn Cano (So., C).
Coach of the Year
Scott Hall, Williston
Coming off their most successful playoff run since 1923, the Red Devils continued their winning ways in the postseason under the second-year coach. Despite losing Division I signees Christian Morris and Max White off last season's regional finalist squad, Williston (20-6) advanced to the FHSAA regional semifinals for the fifth time in the last eight years. The District 5-4A champion Red Devils also rode an eight game win streak into the playoffs before losing to eventual Class 4A state runner Ocala Trinity Catholic.
P — Fletcher Simmons, P.K. Yonge, sophomore: The converted catcher flourished on the mound this season with a 10-1 record, including one save, and a 0.22 ERA — the lowest among area pitchers. Tossed 91 strikeouts and allowed just two earned runs all year for the Class 3A regional semifinalist Blue Wave. Also batted .495 at the plate with 28 RBIs, eight doubles and six triples.
P — Jonathan Ward, Trenton, junior: The Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year helped lead the Tigers to their first state title with a 9-0 record and 0.35 ERA this season. The right-hander also struck out 54 batters.
P — Dustin Hersey, Union County, senior: Led the Tigers on the mound with a 2.14 ERA in 49 innings pitched. The 2012 Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year went 5-4 and struck out 62 batters in his final season at Union County.
C — Clif Bryant, Trenton, senior: The Winthrop University signee led the area with 44 RBIs and tied for an area-best five home runs this season. Batted .494 with 34 runs and threw out eight base runners attempting to steal.
INF — Tim Reidy, Chiefland, senior: The shortstop hit .430 with 21 RBIs and 31 runs for the Class 1A runner-up Indians. Also had 10 doubles and a pair of triples.
INF — Stephen Smith, Trenton, junior: Scored an area-best 45 runs for the Tigers' potent offense on a .453 batting average. Tied with Bryant for area-high five home runs and had 33 RBIs.
INF — Chris Starling, Union County, junior: Led the Tigers (13-11) at the plate with a .432 batting average, 27 runs, seven doubles and four triples.
INF — Clayton Smith, Chiefland, senior: The third baseman compiled 16 runs, 24 RBIs, five doubles and a triple while batting .370 for the Indians.
OF — Hunter Parrish, Trenton, senior: The center fielder led the area with a .509 batting average and also had 26 runs and 32 RBIs. Signed in May to play football for Maryville (Tenn.) College.
OF — Cole Parks, Chiefland, senior: Helped guide the Indians to the Class 1A state title game on .373 hitting with 31 runs and 24 RBIs. Also had 10 doubles, five triples and two homers to go with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
OF — Jonathan Smith, Trenton, senior: The West Point football signee showed off his speed with an area-best 37 steals this season. Also batted .312 with 38 runs and 14 RBIs while starting as the Tigers' left fielder.
DH — John Rowe, Bell, senior: Hit .429 for the Bulldogs with four doubles, three triples and three home runs.
UTIL — Kyle Shealy, Union County, senior: The right-hander went 5-1 overall with a 2.65 ERA and 35 strikeouts. Led the Tigers with a team-high four homers along with 17 runs and 29 RBIs.
UTIL — Trevor Castell, Chiefland, freshman: Went 5-3 on the mound with a 1.24 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 56.3 innings of work for the Indians. Also hit .345 with 22 runs, 27 RBIs and three home runs.
P — Tim Gibson, Bronson, senior: Had an area-leading 98 strikeouts and 2.40 ERA for the Class 1A regional finalist Eagles. Went 8-7 overall and also had two saves.
P — Scott Dobbins, Newberry, senior: The Panthers' ace compiled 79 strikeouts in 62 innings this season. Finished with a 6-5 record and 2.47 ERA.
P — Corbin Wiggins, Trenton, senior: The right-hander went 9-0 for the Class 1A state champion Tigers with 27 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.
C — Gabe Miller, P.K. Yonge, senior: Batted .321 in his first season at catcher for the Blue Wave with 11 RBIs, five doubles and a homer.
INF — Kyle Wiggins, Trenton, junior: The second baseman hit .329 with 28 runs and 30 RBIs for the Tigers.
INF — Chad Hause, Oak Hall, senior: The Eagles shortstop batted .357 with 18 runs, nine RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Also had 2.31 ERA on the mound in 52 innings of work.
INF — Kendall Walters, Bell, senior: Hit .358 with 14 runs and eight RBIs in his final season for the Bulldogs.
INF — Ozie Parrish, Trenton, junior: While batting .384 for the Tigers, the first baseman scored 30 runs and had 19 RBIs.
OF — Alex Wilkins, Newberry, junior: Led the 17-8 Panthers on .359 hitting with 24 runs and 19 RBIs. Also stole 13 bases and had five extra-base hits.
OF — Cedric Stokes, Trenton, senior: An Adrian (Mich.) College football signee, the right fielder hit .353 with 25 runs, 17 RBIs and 15 steals.
OF — Alex Akridge, P.K. Yonge, senior: Stole a team-high 24 bases for the Blue Wave, while hitting .277 with 16 runs.
DH — Payton Parnell, Chiefland, junior: The Indians first baseman batted .366 with 25 runs, 20 RBIs, three doubles and two triples.
UTIL — Ty Barber, Bronson, sophomore: Splitting time at shortstop and pitcher for the Eagles, Barber hit .375 with 16 runs, 18 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Also went 3-3 on the mound with 21 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA.
UTIL — Evan Wilder, P.K. Yonge, senior: Started at first base for the Blue Wave, where he batted .389 with seven RBIs and five doubles. Also posted a 4-3 record with a 2.69 ERA as a pitcher with 38 strikeouts.
Honorable mention: Bell: Cody Ellinger (So., OF); Bronson: Landon Smith (Jr., C); Chiefland: Richard Cabeza (Jr., DH), James Miller (Jr., OF), Kyle Weeks (Jr., 2B/SS), Grayson Gerhard (Jr., C), James Corbin (Jr., OF); Cornerstone Academy: Jamison Wyatt (Jr., SS); Dixie County: Hunter Robson (Sr., CF), Jamie Lord (Jr., P/1B), Jordan Barden (Sr., C); Hawthorne: Stephen Cassels (So., C/OF), Trey Szot (Fr., Inf.), Jeremy Cicio (Sr., Inf.); Newberry: Austin Montmarquette (Fr., C), Spencer Coleman (Jr., P), Adonis Graham (Fr., P); Oak Hall: Quinton McNitt (8th, 2B), David Hicks (Sr., P/CF), Richie Guile (Sr., C), Nicolas Samarkos (8th, C), Aaron Thomas (Sr., P); P.K. Yonge: Jeremy Johnson (Sr., OF), James Lightner (Sr., Inf.), Van Turner (Sr., P/3B), Cody Reeves (Sr., P/Inf.), D'Karas Fields (Sr., CF); St. Francis Catholic: Hunter Williams (Sr., P), Jimmy Jones (Jr., C), Blaise Maris (So., C/3B), Austin Tucker (So., SS/2B); Trenton: Michael Smith (8th, 3B); Union County: Dylan Allen (Sr., 1B).
Coach of the Year
Todd Bryant, Trenton
The Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Coach of the Year guided the Tigers to their first state title in school history, capped by an 11-1 win over Chiefland in the championship game. Trenton — which also claimed the District 6-1A title — reeled off 21 straight wins to the open the season and finished 27-1 overall. The Tigers closed their campaign with four players leading the area in individual offensive categories, including batting average, runs, RBIs, home runs and steals. Behind a perfect record on the mound, senior pitcher Jonathan Ward was also named Class 1A's top player by the Florida Dairy Farmers.
Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by John Boothe and high school sports editor Larry Savage with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to repeated emails sent to the school requesting information.