Five locals make All-State in New York
Five local baseball players earned All-State honors from the New York Writers Association Monday.
Class B Section IV champions Waverly had three players make All-State while Class D runners-up Notre Dame earned two.
For the Wolverines Patric Bronson made Second Team, Cody Marchese made Sixth Team and Dylan Perry earned a Seventh Team nod.
Bronson did most of his damage on the mound, going 8-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 105 strikeouts. He also chipped in at the plate with a .293 average and 26 RBI.
Marchese hit a team high .473 with 44 hits and 41 runs scored to go along with 12 stolen bases. Perry hit .410 with an on base percentage of .520. He had five doubles, five triples and drove in 36 runs. He also notched 12 steals.
For the Crusaders Hunter Thomas made Second Team while Aaron Carson earned recognition on Third Team.
"A great day for Hunter and Aaron," Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said. "I talked to them today and they are very, very pleased."
He was especially pleased to see Thomas be recognized.
"I think Hunter is one of the best shortstops in the area," Hopkins continued. "He can play at any level around here in high school and be the best in my opinion. He's got tremendous baseball/athletic instincts. He understands plays and what needs to be done. He's a very instinctive baseball player, a very instinctive shortstop and our leading pitcher. And he hit .479...very, very deserving."
As for Carson, this is his recognition for his improvement from last season to this year.
"We had several people that improved as the season went on and from last year his was tremendous," Hopkins remarked. "He had power in the four spot, hit over .400 for us. A very reliable number four hitter, second on the team in steals, second on the team in hitting, second on the team in RBIs. He had a great year."
The coach also believes Carson's passion for the game was a factor for his improvement.
"He loves it," Hopkins said. "Aaron tailed off last year at the end of the year and finished around .280, this year he hit over .400."
This recognition comes after these players put in the extra time in the off season.
"The time they spend on a baseball field playing against good competition, getting themselves ready to go for our season," Hopkins remarked. "I thought we could have had a chance for one or two others. I'm really proud of the guys, particularly Aaron and Hunter."
As for next season, he believes it will only motivate to do better.
"I know Hunter is going to have a solid year next year," Hopkins explained. "Parker May, he's just a sophomore, he has a good chance to make the state level next year. A few other sophomores could get there next year with a good year."
Also, team success leads to individual success.
"The fact that we went to the sectional finals has a lot to do with recognition," Hopkins remarked. "I always told the kids you really don't achieve great things individually without team success. It's so true in most sports."