Three players from state Class AA baseball semifinalist Orchard Park received all-state honors in a list released by the New York State Sportswriters Association on Wednesday. While the Quakers didn’t place anyone on the first team, a surprise considering they were ranked first in the state for most of the season, there still was a Western New York presence on the first team.
Speedy Boston Red Sox prospect and ex-Lockport outfielder Nick Hamilton earned first team all-state after a season in which he batted .440 with 22 runs, 12 stolen bases and four home runs out of the leadoff spot. Others who earned first team honors in other classifications include Hamburg pitcher Cameron Ringo (Class A), Fredonia pitcher Cam Voss (Class B) and Maryvale senior infielder Joel Krywcun (Class B).
A total of nine players earned spots on the all-state Class AA team, which went nine-teams deep. Section VI landed one player on each of those teams.
Prep Talk Awards Player of the Year and Canisius College-commit Andrew Sipowicz earned second team honors to lead the honorees from Orchard Park. He hit .481 out of the cleanup spot during the regular season with 17 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Including postseason, he recorded a 1.83 earned run average in helping the Quakers reach their first state semifinal since 1988. Senior classmate Brandon Nicholson, who hit .513, earned third-team laurels. Junior outfielder Jake Woodrich claimed a spot on the sixth team.