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 hit .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.
Lancaster had two players receive all-state Class AA honors with junior outfielder Legium Castillo earning fourth-team laurels. Pitcher/infielder Joe Preziuso was named to the seventh team. Niagara Falls pitcher Justin Beyer earned fifth team all-state. University at Buffalo-commit Andrew White earned eighth team honors at catcher. Kenmore East senior infielder Luke Simmons is on the ninth team.
I know Ken East is a Class A-size school and not Class AA. It’s likely a clerical error on the state’s part but until further notice, he’s on the big-school all-state team.
In another mid surprise, Canisius-commit Nolan Hunt of Westfield earned a second team spot, not a first-team one, on the All-State Class D team. Hunt, a lefty who throws in the upper 80s and a dangerous hitter, carried the Wolverines to the state final, where they lost to Section II's Smithtown Christian, 8-5. Hunt tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the state semifinal win over III-Oriskany.
Those from the Monsignor Martin Association to be recognized as All-State picks include junior infielder Dan Dallas of Canisius, junior infielder Will Frank and senior outfielder Bryce Donovan of St. Joe’s, and St. Francis’ Jacob Victor, a junior outfielder, and Michael DeLeo, a senior pitcher.
Others to receive honors from the state include:
Second team: junior pitcher Evan Threehouse (Olean) and senior catcher David Edie (Hamburg). Third team: Sophomore outfielder Lawson Bailey (Lew-Port). Fourth team: senior catcher Brian Wasilewski (West Seneca East) and junior infielder Jake Cavana (Olean). Fifth team: senior infielder Andrew Schaefer (Iroquois). Sixth team: sophomore outfielder Garrett Boldt (Olean). Seventh team: senior DH Matt Glowny (Iroquois). Eighth team: senior catcher Billy Hartford (Williamsville South). Ninth team: junior infielder Griff DeMayo (Hamburg).
Second team: senior infielder Cale Byczkowski (JFK). Third team: senior pitcher Kyle Crotty (Springville), senior outfielder David Baskerville (Eden). Fourth team: junior pitcher Jarod Burmaster (Fredonia). Fifth team: senior pitcher Jason Hellwig (Medina). Sixth team: junior infielder Noah Thompson (East Aurora). Seventh team: junior infielder Kyle Warner (Springville). Eighth team: senior outfielder Jack Wolff (East Aurora). Ninth team: junior catcher Andrew Czubaj (JFK).
Second team: sophomore infielder Matt Kruszka (Gowanda). Fifth team: junior pitcher Joe Kruszka (Gowanda). Sixth team: junior outfielder Jacob Lewis (Silver Creek).
Simmons moved to Class A team by state brass as expected.
Also, JFK's Cale Byczkowski hit .630 for the Bears.