After winning its first state title, TFA gets big honors in this year’s All-Area baseball teams.
A year after the season was shortened by COVID-19, local high school teams took to the diamond and made the 2021 baseball season one to remember.
From big plays to big games to a first-time champion in The First Academy, the season offered us a lot in the way of entertainment and excitement. This week, we honor the best in baseball with the Observer All-Area teams.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Ben Barrett, TFA
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Scott Grove, TFA
Noah Sullivan, Dr. Phillips, senior
Stats: .357, 14 runs, 23 RBIs, 17 walks, 11 doubles; 56.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, 5-2, 80 strikeouts
Quick hit: As a dual threat for the Panthers, Noah Sullivan led the team in multiple categories.
Isaac Sewell, TFA, junior
Stats: 87 IP, 1.13 ERA, 14-0, 112 strikeouts
Quick hit: Isaac Sewell dominated on the mound for TFA and led the area in both record and strikeouts.
Braden Holcomb, Foundation, sophomore
Stats: .431 average, 35 runs, 33 RBIs, 12 extra-base hits (eight home runs), 19 stolen bases
Quick hit: Braden Holcomb led the Lions in every big category at the plate.
Jayden Colon, Legacy, junior
Stats: .552 average, 32 runs, 32 RBIs, 13 extra-base hits, 26 stolen bases
Quick hit: The only hitter to average over .500 on the season, Jayden Colon was among the best at the plate in the area.
Greg Pettay, TFA, junior
Stats: .396 average, 34 runs, 33 RBIs, 11 extra-base hits (led team in batting), 17 stolen bases
Quick hit: Greg Pettay was one of the few players to snag more than 30 runs and 30 RBIs.
Will Ross, West Orange, junior
Stats: 61 IP, 0.57 ERA, 6-2 in 12 appearances, 89 strikeouts
Quick hit: One of the most dominant arms anywhere, Will Ross was the go-to guy for the Warriors.
Ben Barrett, TFA, junior
Stats: .333 average, 27 runs, 27 RBIs, eight extra-base hits; 60.2 IP, 1.62 ERA, 10-1, 101 strikeouts
Quick hit: The Observer’s Player of the Year did everything for the Royals, and his seven innings of shutout baseball handed the Royals their first state title.
Colby McClure, Legacy, junior
Stats: .313 average, 31 runs, 18 RBIs, seven extra-base hits, 23 stolen bases; 31.2 IP, 3.25 ERA, 3-1, 56 strikeouts
Quick hit: Colby McClure played a big role with his work at the plate and on the mound in helping the Eagles to a 16-8 season.
Max McClusky, West Orange, junior
Stats: .301 average, 25 runs, 22 RBIs, 13 extra-base hits, 13 stolen bases
Quick hit: Max McClusky was one of the Warriors’ most consistent forces at the plate, leading the team in multiple categories.
Dallas Davis, Dr. Phillips, junior
Stats: .329 average, 22 runs, 11 RBIs, 10 extra-base hits, 20 stolen bases
Will Ford, Foundation, sophomore
Stats: .333 average, 22 runs, 23 RBIs, six extra-base hits, 10 stolen bases
Trent Kelly, TFA, sophomore
Stats: .354 average, 30 runs, 23 RBIs
Tyler Blanchard, Dr. Phillips, junior
Stats: 46.1 IP, 0.91 ERA, 52 strikeouts
Khadin Bastian, TFA, senior
Stats: .389 average, 17 runs, 26 RBIs, eight extra-base hits
Ricky Reeth, West Orange, senior
Stats: .397 average, 24 runs, 21 RBIs, 10 extra-base hits
Jack Bellah, Windermere, senior
Stats: 50 IP, 1.40 ERA, 5-2, 42 strikeouts
Titan Kamaka, West Orange, junior
Stats: .342 average, 25 runs, 18 RBIs, 11 extra-base hits
Jadyn Fielder, Windermere Prep, junior
Stats: .344 average, 20 runs, 11 RBIs, 11 extra-base hits
Jaden Oyola, Legacy, junior
Stats: .342 average, 19 runs, 26 RBIs, seven extra-base hits
Fabian Romero, Olympia, junior
Stats: .314 average, 18 runs, 12 RBIs
Justin Lewis, Olympia, senior
Stats: .303 average, 11 runs, 22 RBIs, nine extra-base hits
Adonis Stewart, Legacy, junior
Stats: .343 average, 17 runs, 18 RBIs; 38 IP, 3.68 ERA, 3-3, 47 strikeouts
Riley Parker, TFA, junior
Stats: .309 average, 10 runs, 33 RBIs, 15 extra-base hits
AJ Goytia, West Orange, sophomore
Stats: .312 average, 18 runs, 15 RBIs, five extra-base hits, 11 stolen bases
Ryan Taylor, Windermere, senior
Stats: 318 average, 18 runs, 15 RBIs, eight extra-base hits
Julian Arana, Legacy, sophomore
Stats: .386 average, 12 runs, 10 RBIs
Nico Banez, Olympia, junior
Stats: .362 average, 23 runs, six RBIs