Stark’s Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Ohio Players
The Louisville duo of Anthony Warner and JT Popick, Marlington’s Drew Denham, Tuslaw’s Liam McCollister and Sandy Valley’s Kaiden Mastri won the Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Ohio Second Team this week of State.
Hoover’s Nick Vardavas, Marlington’s Tommy Skelding and Manchester’s Owen Canter all earned honorable mentions in Divisions I through III, respectively.
Warner and Popick are part of the Division II second team after leading the Leopards to their first district championship since 2009 and their first regional final since 1988.
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Warner led the zone in wins and strikeouts as he went 9-0 with one save and a 1.01 ERA. The senior right-hander, a Mount Union rookie, struck out 90 in 62.1 innings. Opposing batters hit just .150 away from him.
Popick, a senior shortstop, led Louisville in batting (.448) and stolen bases (20). The University of Akron rookie had four doubles, three triples, one homer, 14 RBIs and 26 runs out of first place.
Denham was also part of the Division II second team. He was the junior shortstop and leadoff hitter for the EBC champion Dukes, who went 20-5 overall and won the league by three games at 10-2. Denham hit a team-high .455 and scored a region-best 35 runs. He also had five doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
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McCollister and Mastri made the Division III second team.
McCollister, a junior catcher, broke a .532 record with nine doubles, four home runs, eight stolen bases, 21 RBIs and 19 runs for the Mustangs. He has only struck four times in 95 plate appearances.
Mastri, a senior pitcher, first baseman and outfielder, led the region with five homers and was the IVC South Division Player of the Year. The Ashland University rookie batted .366 with six doubles, one triple, 27 runs and 25 RBIs. He also went 2-3 with one save and a 3.12 ERA in eight appearances on the mound. He struck out 59 batters in 33.2 innings.
Vardavas, a rookie from Miami, Ohio, led Hoover to his first district championship since 2013. The senior southpaw went 6-3 with one save and a 1.79 ERA. He struck out 64 batters in 47 innings. An outfielder when not throwing, Vardavas hit .378 with nine doubles, two triples, three homers, 16 runs and 25 RBIs.
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Skelding, the EBC Player of the Year and a University of Kentucky rookie, went 8-1 with a 1.15 ERA for Marlington. The junior right-hander struck out 68 in 55 innings. A first baseman when not throwing, Skelding led the zone in RBIs (32) while batting .415 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 21 runs.
Canter, a junior pitcher-shortstop, hit .426 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 22 runs for Manchester. He also went 5-3 with a 1.06 ERA at the mound, striking out 71 batters in 46 innings.
Ohio’s Player of the Year in each division was Brenden Garula of Mason in Division I, Landon Beidelschies of Canfield in Division II, Jack Vogele of Cincinnati Christian Hills in Division III and Landon Price of Lincolnview in Division IV. Coach of the Year in each division was Chris Kaczmar of Walsh Jesuit in Division I, Tom Held of Defiance in Division II, Tony Schulz of Cincinnati Christian Hills in Division III and Nolan Crabtree of Lucasville Valley in Division IV .
For complete All-Ohio teams, visit the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association website.