All three Warren County baseball clubs had first-team region all-stars representatives when selections were released earlier this week.
The Region 7 co-champs and District 10 Class AAA runner-up Warren Dragons had three first-team all-stars in Region 7 while District 10 Class A runner-up Eisenhower boasted a pair and Youngsville had one of its own. Four other players were named to the second-team, including two from Warren and one each from the Eagles and Knights.
In addition to being a first-team Region 7 all-star at both pitcher and shortstop, Warren sophomore Tanner Stanz was named as the region's pitcher of the year. Stanz compiled a 7-1 record for the Dragons during their 15-6 campaign. Stanz's ERA in 2013 was an impressive 1.79
Warren’s Tanner Stanz
Offensively, Stanz batted .388 (26-for-67) with one homer and a team-high 20 RBI.
Joining Stanz on the Region 7 first-team were teammates Austin Schwanke and Collin Fantaskey. Schwanke, a junior outfielder, made several sterling plays in centerfield for Warren in 2013 and his bat began to heat up as the season progressed as well. He finished with a .344 batting average with one homer and 13 RBI.
Fantaskey, also a junior, was chosen as the first-team utility player and led the Dragons in batting average at .429 as well as in hits with 33. He belted a team-high three home runs and was second on the team in RBI with 15. On the mound, Fantaskey compiled a 4-2 record for Warren.
The Dragons' second-team all-star selections included first baseman Jason Stanton and Fantaskey at the pitching position. Stanton batted .250 for Warren and was responsible for driving in 11 runs.
After a disappointing regular season, the Eisenhower Knights advanced all the way to the District 10 Class A title game before falling to Cochranton. The team's two Region 4 first-team all-stars - freshman Casey Vincent and senior Coty Cantrell - were a big reason why.
Vincent had an impressive first season at the varsity level and was named a first-team all-star at both shortstop and pitcher. Offensively, Vincent batted .333 with six RBI. He also had a double and a triple.
On the mound, Vincent was 5-3 overall with an ERA of 1.65. He struck out 64 batters and walked only eight. He also was credited with a save.
Cantrell, selected as a second baseman, started slow but came on strong at midseason. The senior finished the year with an average of .281 with seven RBI and a pair of doubles.
The Knights' last all-star pick was senior outfielder Jeb Fedorchuk. Fedorchuk batted .308 for the Knights with five RBI.
For the Eagles, junior centerfielder Jake Marino was a Region 4 first-team all-star. Marino was Youngsville's leadoff man for the majority of the season and finished the year with a .279 batting average with three RBI.
Despite missing much of the season with an injury, senior Caleb Linkerhof was a second-team selection at shortstop. Linkerhof led Youngsville with a .407 batting average and was second on the team with seven runs despite playing in just over half of the teams games.
Here are the Region 4 and Region 7 all-star teams for the recently completed 2013 season:
Region 4 All-Stars
(Position, Name, School, Year)
C- Jayce Corklin, Titusville, 12
1B- Mike Yokoff, Iroquois, 11
2B- Coty Cantrell, Eisenhower, 12
3B- Ryan Madden, Franklin, 11
SS- Casey Vincent, Eisenhower, 9
SS- John Finke, Iroquois, 12
OF- Jay Bleday, Titusville, 9
OF- Nick Emerson, Franklin, 12
OF- Jake Marino, Youngsville, 11
DH- Justyn Roda, Iroquois, 12
U- Chris Kahle, Franklin, 12
P- Adam Bleday, Titusville, 12
P- Casey Vincent, Eisenhower, 9
C- Nate Cardy, Franklin, 11
1B- Zach Horn, Titusville, 12
2B- Ryan Major, Iroquois, 10
SS- Caleb Linkerhof, Youngsville, 12
OF- Adam Bleday, Titusville, 12
OF- Clayton Maxon, Franklin, 11
OF- Jeb Fedorchuk, Eisenhower, 12
OF- Ryan Schwab, Titusville, 12
U- Colton Edinger, Iroquois, 12
P- Nick Emerson, Franklin, 12
P- Dylan Carpin, Iroquois, 10
Region co-champions: Franklin, Titusville
Region player of the year: Adam Bleday, Titusville
Region pitcher of the year: Adam Bleday, Titusville
Region 7 All-Stars
(Position, Name, School, Year)
C- Patrick Brennan, Harbor Creek, 11
1B- Zac Shopene, Corry, 11
2B- Zach Fox, General McLane, 11
3B- Nick Barclay, Harbor Creek, 12
SS- Tanner Stanz, Warren, 10
OF- Austin Schwanke, Warren, 11
OF- Todd Goss, Harbor Creek, 12
OF- Tyler Engle, Corry, 12
DH- Garrett Zajac, Corry, 11
U- Collin Fantaskey, Warren, 11
P- Tanner Stanz, Warren, 10
P- Sean Rutkosky, Harbor Creek, 10
C- Dylan Silvis, Corry, 12
1B- Jason Stanton, Warren, 11
2B- Patrick Brown, Corry, 12
3B- Tucker Ochalek, Girard, 12
SS- Brody Wood, Corry, 11
OF- Evan Dillen, General McLane, 10
OF- Kevin Correll, General McLane, 10
OF- Anthony Concilla, Harbor Creek, 12
DH- Tyler Hendricks, General McLane, 12
U- Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf, 11
P- Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek, 11
P- Collin Fantaskey, Warren, 11
Region co-champions: Harbor Creek, Warren
Region player of the year: Patrick Brennan, Harbor Creek
Region pitcher of the year: Tanner Stanz, Warren