- Kyle Crockett repeats as state Group AA player of the year
- Though a technicality, Chad Pinder is on the second team
- No other Bay Rivers District player makes either team
HOW ON EARTH IS CHAD PINDER THE SECOND TEAM SHORTSTOP AND NOT THE FIRST TEAM SHORTSTOP.? The word I'm hearing is that Cody Holder of Tunstall had to go on to the first team under the rules as the shortstop because he is a regional Player of the Year, in this case Region IV.
I'm not here to bash Holder, whom I have not seen play and whose fine career at Tunstall includes 138 hits going into the state AA quarterfinals. He'll play in college, as a walk-on at VMI.
But anyone who saw Pinder, who will play at Virginia Tech on scholarship, during the Islanders second consecutive championship season, knows this guy is as good as it gets at shortstop on the state high school level.
He hit .495 this season with 50 hits and 47 RBI this season, batting .613 with 19 hits (and some very hard-hit outs) in the postseason. He was a defensive highlight machine in the Islanders only close game in the postseason, the 3-2 win at Powhatan and finishes his career with 160 hits, 91 the past two seasons.
If you have to put a regional Player of the Year onto the team automatically, then find a place on the first team for Pinder somewhere, utility, designated hitter or something. It's a travesty that a guy who should by all rights be the state Player of the Year - were it not for his teammate Kyle Crockett - is not on the first team.
Crockett repeated as Player of the Year on the strength of a 14-0 pitching record and 115 strikeouts in 83-1/3 innings, versus 22 walks, and a .448 batting average with 43 hits and 30 RBI. Jamestown catcher Scott Burkett and Tabb outfielder Corey Patrick received honorable mention on the all-state team, listed below.
Team Pitcher Name School Grade 1st Kyle Crockett Poquoson 12 Reg I POY 1st Erik Heiligenstadt Jefferson Forest 12 Reg III POY 2nd Gunnar Carroll Louisa County 12 Reg II POY 2nd Corey Armentrout Broadway 11 HM Kurt Van Ness Powatan 12 HM Shane Vlasik Broad Run 12 HM Adam Crotts Carroll County 12 HM Seth Martin Christiansburg 12
First Base 1st Ryan McBroom Courtland 12 2nd Michael Lascomb Potomac Falls 12 HM Trent Cundiff Northside 12 HM Patrick Martin Bassett 12
Second Base 1st Josh Gardner Eastern View 11 2nd Bryan Kluge Cave Spring 11 HM Derrek Shiflett Fort Defiance 12 HM Greg Guinta Kettle Run 11
Shortstop 1st Cody Holder Tunstall 12 Reg IV POY 2nd Chad Pinder Poquoson 12 HM Chris Huffman Fort Defiance 11 HM Ryan Foster Fluvanna 12
Third Base 1st Bryan Sanderson Jefferson Forest 12 2nd Logan Blankenbeckler Hidden Valley 12 HM Cole Procise Nottoway 12 HM Danny Morris William Monroe 12
Catcher 1st Nathan Wimmer Cave Spring 12 2nd Walker Turner Broadway 12 HM Scott Burkett Jamestown 12 HM Conner Hutzell Warren County 12
Utility 1st Steve Klaiber Cave Spring 10 2nd Tyler McFarland Turner Ashby 12 HM Travis Frum Chancellor 11 HM Brian McBride Brentsville 12
Designated Hitter 1st Jonathan Sandridge Stuarts Draft 12 2nd Ryan Johnston Broad Run 11 HM Cameron Ayers Chancellor 12 HM Will Treadway Martinsville 12 Outfield 1st Zak Wasilewski Tazewell 10 1st Derrick Justice Orange County 12 1st Gunnar Carroll Louisa County 12 2nd Matt Clear Tunstall 12 2nd James Kerns Brentsville 12 2nd Blake Sipe Fort Defiance 12 HM Kyle Crockett Poquoson 12 HM Corey Patrick Tabb 12 HM Patrick Arnold Northside 12 HM Tyler Allen Powatan 9 HM Bryce Hubbard Patrick County 11 HM Jerrod Groves Alleghaney 11
Player of the Year Kyle Crockett Poquoson 12
Coach of the Year Kenny Bennett Poquoson