GameTimePA.com baseball all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2016 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
Meet the all-stars
First-team all-stars capsules, Player and Coach of the Year, and honorable-mention list
Introducing the YAIAA first-team all-stars for the 2016 season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Riley Hamberger, Dallastown, sr.
Hamberger was the ace of a strong Dallastown pitching staff that helped the Wildcats win the YAIAA title and finish the regular season ranked fourth in District 3 Class AAAA. He went 6-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 59 strikeouts on the mound while hitting .313 with 16 RBIs. The right-hander also threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against South Western on April 6.
Bryant Holtzapple, Dallastown, jr.
The George Washington commit was a rock behind the plate for Dallastown, as only 11 runners attempted to steal on him all season. He was also among the Wildcats' strongest offensive players, batting .438 with a .565 on-base percentage and 14 RBIs.
Connor Hood, Susquehannock, sr.
The Seton Hall commit was one of the best shortstops in the league, batting .429 with a .519 on-base percentage, 27 hits and 12 RBIs. He also went 3-1 with two saves and didn't allow an earned run in 15 innings on the mound.
Brenden Kennedy, York Catholic, jr.
The shortstop and pitcher was the backbone of a team that won Division IV and reached the District 3 playoffs. Kennedy batted .458 with a .540 on-base percentage and was perfect on steal attempts (10-for-10) while providing terrific defense at short. He also struck out 44 batters and walked only four with a 2.31 ERA while pitching in the team's biggest games, according to head coach Joe Gurreri.
Brandon Knarr, Eastern York, jr.
The Notre Dame commit formed a terrific 1-2 combo with Shimmel, going 4-3 with a 1.18 ERA and 77 strikeouts on the mound. He was also a strong run producer, hitting .359 with a .455 on-base percentage and 24 RBIs.
Thomas Merkle, York Suburban, sr.
Merkle helped keep the Trojans in Division III contention all season, batting .403 with 27 hits, 18 runs and 10 RBIs. He also posted a 1.54 ERA in more than 13 innings on the mound.
Nick Parker, Dallastown, so.
Another sharp pitcher out of Dallastown, Parker went 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA and threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Central York on May 10. He also started at shortstop and hit .377 with a .468 on-base percentage. In the Wildcats' 4-3 victory in the YAIAA title game, Parker was the winning pitcher, picked up an RBI and scored the winning run to beat Northeastern.
Kody Reeser, Northeastern, sr.
One of the top pitchers in the league, Reeser went 6-2 with a 1.19 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 53 innings as the Bobcats won Division II and reached the league title game. The Towson commit also hit .307 with a .373 on-base percentage and 15 RBIs.
Colby Shimmel, Eastern York, sr.
The top player on the Division III champion Golden Knights, Shimmel went 7-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 89 strikeouts on the mound while hitting .475 with a .597 on-base percentage. On March 25, he struck out all 15 batters he faced in a five-inning no-hitter against Columbia.
Michael Tempel, Gettysburg, jr.
Tempel was the Warriors top offensive player and pitcher this season, batting .483 with 28 hits and 16 stolen bases while posting a 1.23 ERA. He helped Gettysburg nearly reach the District 3 playoffs after starting 0-4.
COACH OF THE YEAR
John Ridge, Fairfield
In his first year back at the helm, Ridge led Fairfield to the first double-digit win total season in school history. The Green Knights finished 11-8 and defeated York Catholic, 3-2, for their first District 3 playoff win.
Biglerville: Noah Ayers. Dallastown: Eric Morrison. Delone Catholic: Austin Kuntz. Fairfield: Darian Mort, Coleman Sachs. Gettysburg: Ethan Ketterman. Kennard-Dale: Ben Lowe. Littlestown: Russell Livesay. New Oxford: Corban Czap. Northeastern: Devin Blymire, Adam Kipp. Red Lion: Wyatt Tyson. South Western: Jey Yeater. Spring Grove: Caleb Ruth. York Catholic: Dillon Hippensteel, Matt Knauer.
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