The top-baseball talent from around the Observer-coverage area shined despite the shortened season.
Although the season has not been officially canceled by the FHSAA, as the days pass, it seems more unlikely that spring teams will take the fields again this year.
Despite the disappointment, it doesn’t mean their hard work should go unnoticed.
That’s why the Observer is presenting its series of All-Area teams. This week, we’re honoring the best in baseball.
Jacob Worley, Legacy Charter, senior
Stats: .389 Avg, 18 RBIs, four extra-base hits; 1.05 ERA, 3-0 record, 33 strikeouts
Quick Hit: Worley was an all-around solid player for Legacy, leading the team in multiple categories at the plate and on the mound.
Isaac Sewell, TFA, sophomore
Stats: .000 ERA, 13 IP, 2-0 record, 22 Ks
Quick Hit: Through 13 innings of work this season, Sewell was largely untouchable as he dominated on the mound for the Royals.
Cooper Mills, Dr. Phillips, senior
Stats: .485 Avg, 12 RBIs, two extra-base hits
Quick Hit: Mills put up the highest average at the plate for the Panthers, making him an offensive threat.
Braden Holcomb, Foundation Academy, freshman
Stats: .611 Avg, 17 RBIs, 10 extra-base hits
Quick Hit: On a talented Foundation squad, Holcomb proved a threat at the plate as he picked a whopping .611 average and 17 RBIs.
Carson Montgomery, Windermere High, senior
Stats: .370 Avg, .452 OBP, six RBIs, two runs / 1.80 ERA, 11.2 IP, 1-0 record, 1.20 WHIP, 23 Ks
Quick Hit: Ever the 1-2 threat, the FSU commit’s season saw the senior do what he always does — dominate on the mound and at the plate.
Pablo Delgado, Windermere Prep, senior
Stats: .619 Avg, 11 RBIs, led team in hits, seven extra-base hits
Quick Hit: Delgado holds the highest batting average among players in the area.
Jack Bellah, Windermere High, junior
Stats: .42 ERA, 16.2 IP, 1-0 record, 18 strikeouts
Quick Hit: On the mound, Bellah dominated for the Wolverines as he pitched a team-best .42 ERA in a team-high 16.2 innings pitched.
Justin LaGasse, Legacy Charter, senior
Stats: .429 Avg, 13 RBIs, six extra-base hits, 12 stolen bases
Quick Hit: One of Legacy’s three outstanding seniors, LaGasse was not only a threat at the plate, he also wreaked havoc on the base paths, picking up 12 stolen bases.
Mitch Harding, Olympia, senior
Stats: 1.72 ERA, 3-0 record, 31 strikeouts
Quick Hit: Fewer pitchers got off to a hotter start than Harding before the season was suspended. He led his team in strikeouts and record.
Derek Arroyo, Dr. Phillips, senior
Stats: .345 Avg, 14 RBIs
Dylan Rose, Foundation Academy, sophomore
Stats: .464 Avg, six RBIs, one extra-base hit; 1.31 ERA, 2-0 record, 12 strikeouts
Adonis Stewart, Legacy Charter, sophomore
Stats: .500 Avg, nine RBIs; 1.91 ERA, 10 strikeouts
John Petit, TFA, senior
Stats: 0.61 ERA, 11.1 IP, 1-0
record, one save, 16 strikeouts
Ricky Reeth, West Orange, junior
Stats: .400 Avg, five RBIs, 10 runs
William Ross, West Orange, sophomore
Stats: 1.47 ERA, 1-0 record, 21 strikeouts
Jason Grant, Windermere High, senior
Stats: .387 Avg, .525 OBP, .548 SLG, five RBIs, 13 runs
Justin Lewis, Olympia, junior
Stats: .360 Avg, 12 RBIs
Alex Gonzalez, Legacy Charter, junior
Stats: .367 Avg, 12 RBIs, five extra-base hits
Brandon Fields, Dr. Phillips, senior
Stats: .379 Avg, eight RBIs, four extra-base hits
Matt Campina, TFA, senior
Stats: .389 Avg, .600 OBP, nine RBIs, seven runs
Jimmy Duncan, West Orange, senior
Stats: .375 Avg, 11 RBIs, led team in hits
Austin Tanner, Windermere Prep, senior
Stats: .500 Avg, five RBIs,
second on team in hits
Jacob Pacheco, Windermere Prep, junior
Stats: 3.46 ERA, 2-0 record, one game saved, 22 strikeouts
Keenan Milroy, CFCA, junior
Stats: .378 Avg, .430 OBP
Gaven Book, Olympia, junior
Stats: 1.56 ERA, 1-2 record, 18 strikeouts
Andrew Birko, Legacy Charter, senior
Stats: .333 Avg, four RBIs; ERA 0.00, 10 strikeouts
Nico Banez, Olympia, sophomore
Stats: .423 Avg, four RBIs, five stolen bases
Logan Wirt, Dr. Phillips, sophomore
Stats: 3.82 ERA, 0-2 record, 18 strikeouts
JJ Paulsen, Dr. Phillips, junior
Stats: 3.39 ERA, 2-1 record, 10 strikeouts
Zale Lugo, Ocoee, freshman
Stats: .320 Avg, four RBIs
Brandon Merrill, Ocoee, senior
Stats: 2.98 ERA, 1-2 record, 17 strikeouts
Alex Britton, Olympia, senior
Stats: .360 Avg, seven RBIs, one homer, three stolen bases
Matt Barrett, TFA, senior
Stats: 4.35 ERA, 17.2 IP, 1-2
record, one save, 16 strikeouts
Tracy Mitchem, West Orange, junior
Stats: .286 Avg, seven RBIs
Blake Cyr, Windermere High, sophomore
Stats: .300 Avg, five RBI, seven runs
Damian Goulart, Windermere High, junior
Stats: .296 Avg, nine RBIs, eight runs
Adam Matthews, CFCA, senior
Stats: .328 Avg, .395 OBP
Ivan Vanbeverhoudt, Dr. Phillips, senior
Stats: 2.94 ERA, 2-2 record, 15 strikeouts