Athlete of the Year
Ben Stewart, Kennard-Dale
An excellent player for Kennard-Dale, and one that must be rewarded following the Rams’ standout season. Stewart played last year at Calvert Hall in Maryland before returning to the Rams for his senior season. Standing at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he was lights out on the mound (7-1 record, 0.94 ERA, 32 strikeouts and just seven walks in 52 innings of work) and dangerous at the plate (.392 batting average, two home runs, 17 RBI). All this for a Rams team that finished the year with a 15-3 regular season record and a 12-2 mark in the YAIAA after moving down to Division III. He’ll play next year at Messiah College.
Bryant Holtzapple, Dallastown
An absolute beast behind the plate, Holtzapple shined defensively and also in handling a pitching staff that was without standout Nick Parker for much of the regular season. Offensively, Holtzapple hit .325 with 22 RBI. Catch him next year at George Washington University.
Tyler Stabley, Red Lion
This tough, left-handed competitor led the Lions pitching staff with a 5-2 record and a 1.79 ERA. Stabley picked up wins over postseason programs Dallastown and Gettysburg this season.
Tye Golden, Dallastown
One of the top players in the league for a long time. During his four-year career, Golden played second base, third base and shortstop for the Wildcats. This year he also batted leadoff, finishing the year with .304 average, 22 stolen bases and 33 runs scored. He will take the field next year at Old Dominion University.
Jonathan Sager, Spring Grove
A great hitter for Rockets over recent seasons. Sager finished the year batting over .400, as head coach Kevin Stiffler said the shortstop finished virtually every contest with multiple hits. Sager was also a key member of the Spring Grove pitching rotation.
Zach Gettys, West York
It was an absolutely sensational year for this senior right-hander who’s headed to Penn State-Harrisburg. The Bulldogs rarely if ever lost when Gettys took the mound, as he held an 8-0 record and a 1.36 ERA during the regular season. He also had 76 strikeouts in 51 innings of work. Gettys was also a solid leadoff hitter for West York, recording a .477 batting average, one home run and 14 RBI.
Brandon Knarr, Eastern York
An absolute stud. Knarr, a Notre Dame commit, fired 107 strikeouts in 51.1 innings of work. He also recorded all five of the Golden Knights’ wins this season. On a better team, Knarr wouldn’t have lost. As a matter of fact, he may not have given up a run.
Joe Capobianco, Dallastown
Excellent at the plate and in the field at second base, Capobianco hit .367 with one home run and 19 RBI as the Wildcats’ senior cleanup hitter. Baseball is also in his blood: Capobianco’s younger brother, Peter, was a standout freshman for the Wildcats this past year.
Hunter Sentz, Susquehannock
Excellent on the mound and in the field as the Warriors’ starting shortstop. Sentz hit .355 on the season in the middle of the Warriors’ batting order. On the hill, he won four games and clocked in with a 1.18 ERA.
Ethan Ketterman, Gettysburg
The senior second baseman hit .371 for the Warriors, led the team with 14 RBI and also was a consistent clutch performer throughout the season. The Warriors finished the year as YAIAA Division II champions and played for the league championship.
Coach of the Year
Greg Kinneman, Dallastown
All the Wildcats did after a 3-4 start was go on a 20-game winning streak, win their second-straight YAIAA championship, capture the program’s first-ever District 3 title and finish as state runner-up in Class 6A. Kinneman, in his second year with Dallastown, got a talented collection of players to compete as a solidified unit while guiding the program to new heights. Equally as impressive was how the team carried itself throughout its postseason run – always playing together and keeping a positive approach. That’s a reflection of its leader.
Bren Taylor, Eastern York
Alex Weakland, Dallastown
Cameron Czerwinski, Red Lion
Chase Summers, Susquehannock
Zach Ketterman, Gettysburg
Michael Tempel, Gettysburg
Dillon Hippensteel, York Catholic
Wil Fentrow, Dover
Landon Ness, Central York
Carson Holsinger, York Suburban
Cody Small, Fairfield
Trevor Bean, South Western
Mike Reisinger, Central York
Colton Kubicki, West York
GameTimePA presents the YAIAA's top baseball players for spring 2017. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
YAIAA ALL-STAR WEEK
It's YAIAA All-Star Week at GameTimePA.com! Each day, look for a new set of all-stars from the York-Adams spring sports season, both online and in the print edition of the York Daily Record and Hanover Evening Sun. Here's the schedule:
Boys' track and field
Online | In YDR June 25 | In Evening Sun June 25
Girls' track and field
Online | In YDR June 26 | In Evening Sun June 25
Online | In YDR June 27 | In Evening Sun June 27
Online | In YDR June 28 | In Evening Sun June 28
Online | In YDR June 29 | In Evening Sun June 29
Online | In YDR June 30 | In Evening Sun June 29
Online | In YDR July 1 | In Evening Sun July 2
Online July 1 | In YDR July 2 | In Evening Sun July 2
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