Northern Lebanon's Wyatt Beakler and Jordan Nichols share a lot in common.
Both are soon-to-be high school graduates. Both are left-handed hurlers. And each served as a leading starter in the Vikings' rotation this season.
Now the duo can add one more to their long list of shared titles: 2015 Lebanon Daily News All-County team honoree.
Alongside junior catcher Chase Dubendorf, Beakler and Nichols helped Northern Lebanon top all schools with three selections on this year's all-county team. The Vikings finished 13-7 behind their senior southpaws, while Dubendorf regularly mashed extra-base hits from the team's cleanup spot. Northern Lebanon was the last team left out of the District Three Class AAA tournament, despite beating eventual district champion Donegal 1-0 late in the season.
Beakler tossed a complete game three-hitter that afternoon and struck out 10 Indians, not long before Nichols went the distance in the Vikings' season finale against rival Elco.
Palmyra, one of Donegal's district tournament victims, had two players make all-county, senior pitcher/first baseman Bobby Dorta and junior Evan Hallowell. Dorta twirled a two-hitter in the Cougars' 1-0 upset of No. 2 West Perry in the bracket's first round, his best performance of the year. Hallowell served as a key cog in the middle of the Palmyra order and in the outfield.
Annville-Cleona also produced a pair of all-county players in brothers and battery mates Colton and Hunter Long. Colton, the Little Dutchmen's ace this spring, threw complete games in four of his eight starts and hit a team-best .373 at the dish. Hunter slugged three home runs and had 24 hits from the cleanup spot, both tops on Annville-Cleona.
Cedar Crest, Lebanon and Elco were all represented by a single player. Falcons freshman Joseph Carpenter burst onto the county scene with a .422 average and 12 RBIs, marks that surpassed all teammates by a wide margin.
Serving as the Cedars' best pitcher and catcher, sophomore Cody Kissinger left his own mark on the L-L League that is sure to last. Behind Kissinger and other young talents, Lebanon posted an 8-12 record, its best in more than a decade.
Raiders shortstop Travis Zimmerman, a 2014 all-county honoree, spearheaded a surprising 2015 campaign from a young Elco club. The junior's big stick was matched only by his slick glove and strong throwing arm from shortstop. He opened the season with a 3-RBI performance against Hamburg.