Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Announce All District Teams
Thirteen players from the Stark County area have made the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-District First Team.
Green’s Jacob Rollyson, Lake’s Connor Campbell, Jackson’s Garrett Wright and Hoover’s Nick Vardavas were the Division I first team; the Louisville duo of Anthony Warner and JT Popick and the Marlington duo of Drew Denham and Tommy Skelding made the Division II first team; Central Catholic’s Ryan Turner, East Canton’s Chase Vacco, Manchester’s Owen Canter and Tuslaw’s Liam McCollister were the Division III first team; and Lake Center’s Matt Warder was the first team in Division IV.
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Rollyson was the Federal League Player of the Year after going 6-2 with a 0.66 ERA for the Bulldogs. The Malone University rookie, a senior right-hander who also played first base, added a .308 batting average with seven doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs.
Campbell, a right-handed pitcher and Mount Union rookie, went 6-2 with a best 0.46 ERA as a senior for the Blue Streaks.
Wright hit a Federal League-best .405 as a junior catcher and never struck out in 74 at bats in leading Jackson to the league title. The Bowling Green rookie had four doubles, two triples, 22 runs, 10 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Vardavas led the district-champion Vikings in batting average (.378), doubles (nine), triples (two), home runs (three) and RBIs (25) as a senior outfielder. The southpaw, a Miami RedHawks rookie, also went 6-3 with one save and a 1.79 ERA at the mound, striking out 64 in 47 innings.
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Warner went 9-0 with one save and a 1.01 ERA in helping lead the Leopards to a district championship and a regional final. The senior right-hander, a Mount Union rookie, led the region in wins and strikeouts (90 in 62.1 innings).
Popick, a shortstop, broke a team-best .448 out of first place for Louisville as a senior and had a team-high 20 stolen bases. The University of Akron rookie added 26 runs and 14 RBI.
Denham, also a shortstop at bat out of the No. 1 spot, was third in the region in batting (.455) and first in runs (35) as a junior for the EBC champion Dukes. He added five doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
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Skelding, a junior first baseman, earned Player of the Year honors for Repository Stark County and the EBC as a Marlington junior. The University of Kentucky rookie led the region in RBIs (32) while finishing in the top 10 in batting (.415, seventh), home runs (two, tied for sixth), pitching wins (eight , second), ERA (1.15, seventh) and strikeouts (68, third).
Turner, a junior first baseman, broke a team best .369 with 18 runs, 11 RBIs and eight steals for Central. He also posted a 2.68 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched.
Vacco, a senior receiver directed to Malone University, hit .312 with 23 runs, nine RBIs and 24 steals (tied for second in the region) for the Hornets. He also went 2-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 43.2 innings on the mound.
Canter, an infielder and junior pitcher, produced one of the best all-around seasons in the region, ranking in the top 10 at bats (.426, sixth), home runs (four, tied for second ), RBIs (19, tied for ninth), ERA (1.06, fifth) and strikeouts (71 in 46 innings, second) for the Panthers.
McCollister, a junior wide receiver, led the batting area .532 — 44 percentage points better than the closest player — while ranking top-10 in home runs (four, tied for second) and runs products (21, eighth) for Mustangs.
Warder, a sophomore outfielder, hit .384 with 23 runs and 15 RBI as Lake Center reached a district final.
Mike Parker of Massillon and Tyler Whitlatch of Louisville were the Division I and Division II District Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.
Stark County Area Winners in 2022 NEOBCA All-District Teams
First team: Jacob Rollyson, green, P; Connor Campbell, Lake, P; Garrett Wright, Jackson, C; Nick Vardavas, Hoover, UTL.
Second team: Jaxon Clark, Jackson, P; Ryan Bruni, Alliance, C; Shea White, Jackson, INF; Luke Senften, GlenOak, INF; Sam Suba, GlenOak, DE; Tyler Hackenbracht, Massillon, DE; Brady Rollyson, Green, UTL.
Honorable mention: Christian Marsh, Massillon; Matt McGeorge, Massillon; Tommy El Faye, Glen Oak; Caleb Collins, Lake; Christian Ivanic, Perry; Mason Champagne, lake; Nate Martinez, McKinley; Nemo Toles, Perry; Cashe Gaut, Perry; Drew Elliott, green.
Assistant Coach of the Year: Mike Parker, Massillon
First team: Anthony Warner, Louisville, P; JT Popick, Louisville, INF; Drew Denham, Marlington, INF; Tommy Skelding, Marlington, UTL.
Second team: Garret Odey, Marlington, P; Tyler Ogozalek, Northwest, INF.
Honorable Mention: Trevor Szekely, North West; Cole Miller, Louisville; Karson Siegfried, Louisville.
Assistant Coach of the Year: Tyler Whitlatch, Louisville
First team: Ryan Turner, Central Catholic, INF; Chase Vacco, Eastern Township, C; Owen Canter, Manchester, P; Liam McCollister, Tuslaw, C.
First team: Matt Warder, Lake Center, DE.
Second team: Wyatt Fether, Lake Center, C; Dylan Maninga, Lake Center, INF.