Justin Baker (New Bedford), Senior
Arguably the area’s best pitcher, only anemic run support and shoddy defense made it a debatable point. Record-wise, the right-hander was just 3-2 in the regular-season, but he finished with an ERA of 0.40. Two of his three wins came in back-to-back shutout victories over Big 3 rival Durfee in which he blanked the Hilltoppers for 17 innings, striking out 22. Baker lost to North Quincy in the tournament, 4-0, despite allowing no earned runs. He will attend Southern New Hampshire.
Pat Dillon (Fairhaven), Senior
One of the shining jewels among the area’s high school diamond dandies, only his team’s mediocre 7-13 record prevented the senior infielder from enjoying his just dues. The Blue Devils’ starting shortstop hit a solid .371 (26-for-70) and led his team in base hits, batting average, runs scored (17), stolen bases (8) and total bases. His fielding percentage was .800 and he was named to the South Coast Conference All-star team.
Sam Henrie (Old Rochester), Senior
Last year’s Player of the Year injured his shoulder late in the hockey season and was unable to pitch for nearly a month. But that didn’t slow down his offensive production, which included a team-leading .415 batting average, 27 base hits, a pair of homers and 26 RBIS. The veteran first baseman was generally regarded as the most feared left-handed hitter in the South Coast Conference. As a pitcher he was 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA in 30.1 innings. Will attend Southern New Hampshire.
Will Hopkins (Old Rochester), Senior
AN injury kept the projected No. 2 starting pitcher out of the rotation all season but, like teammate Sam Henrie, it didn’t stop him from producing in other areas. As a defensive centerfielder, there was none better than this speedy ball-hawk. Offensively, he hit out of the leadoff spot in the batting order and finished the season with a .347 average, 26 base hits, seven RBIS and ranked high among the South Coast Conference leaders in steals and runs scored.
Wyatt Major (Old Colony), Senior
The ace of the pitching staff compiled a record of 7-1, finished with a 1.26 ERA and was named Most Valuable Player of the Mayflower League’s Small Vocational School Division. A four-year member of the varsity, the big left-hander struck out 62 batters on the season and among his highlight outings was a two-hit, 10 strikeout effort in a 9-1 win over Norfolk Aggies. Offensively, he hit .405 with a team-leading 30 hits and 19 RBIS. Major will attend Mass Maritime Academy.
Ben Paine (Dartmouth), Senior
Following a snake-bitten early start in which his “at 'em” balls resulted in a .200 batting average after eight games, the senior co-captain went 18-for-47 over his final 14 outings, hitting a torrid .382. He went five for his last 10 with a broken hand. Paine hit safely in 18 of 22 games and finished with an eight-game hitting streak. He started at five different positions and was an Old Colony League All-Star. Paine will enter Mass Maritime Academy and hopes to play baseball and soccer.
Noah Rivera (GNB Voc-Tech), Senior
The three-year varsity player was a model of consistency for coach Rick Avila’s Div. 2 State Champion Bears. Defensively, he made all the plays at third base and was blessed with a strong and accurate throwing arm while, offensively, he hit .375 with 30 base hits and drove in 14 runs out of the second spot in the batting order. He had several multiple hit games including three in a 9-2 victory over Old Colony. Noah plans to attend Becker College and play baseball.
Kevin Santiago (GNB Voc-Tech), Senior
He earned the starting catcher position as a junior and was arguably the best defensive catcher in the area this year. “He’s the best I’ve had,” head coach Rick Avila said, adding that Santiago threw out better than 80 percent of would-be base-stealers this season. Constantly working to make himself better, Santiago focused on offense in the off-season and hit .324 with 12 RBIs while hitting low in the order. He will attend the University of Tampa and plans to try out for the baseball team.
Dan Shea (Westport), Junior
The right-hander was 6-2 in the regular season and combined solid pitching numbers with a .370 batting average (28 for 76), 14 runs scored and 23 runs batted in over the course of a 22-game regular season to earn co-Most Valuable Player honors in the Comprehensive Division of the Mayflower Athletic Conference. One of his better all-around games came in an 8-4 victory over Avon when he banged out three hits, drove in three runs and earned his sixth pitching win.
THE ALL STARS
Mason Ashburn (Old Colony), Senior
The lefthander joined the varsity as a sophomore and teamed with Wyatt Major to form the area’s most talented one-two left-handed pitching tandem over the last three seasons. Ashburn capped his high school career with a 4-3 record, including a 2-1 victory over Rising Tide in the MIAA Tournament. He will enter Mass Maritime Academy in the fall and play baseball.
Nick Collins (Westport), Junior
Was a serious contender for the Super Team with his 3-0 pitching record that included an ERA of 1.00 and his team-leading .370 batting average (30-for-81), 30 runs scored, 20 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 22 games played. Had three hits in multiple games and he knocked in three runs to lead the Wildcats to a victory over Maimonides in the opening round of the postseason tournament.
James Estrella (GNB Voc-Tech), Senior
Only a deep mid-season slump kept the three-year varsity player from having a eye-popping year on the statistical sheet. Despite the four-or-five game hitting slump, the veteran centerfielder rallied to hit .276, score 16 runs, steal a dozen bases and drive in 10 runs out of the leadoff position. His defensive play was rock-solid from Day One. Estrella is expected to enter the military.
Jared Gammell (Old Colony), Senior
A legitimate Super Team candidate, Gammell went 5-0 as a pitcher with an ERA of 1.20 and, offensively, he hit .372 with 29 hits, 20 runs scored and 20 runs batted in while hitting out of the third spot in the batting order. When he wasn’t pitching, Gammell usually played third base and filled the role as team captain for both his junior and senior years.
Mike Kennefick (Old Rochester), Junior
The right-hander kept the Bulldogs on life support in the first half of the season when injuries to Sam Henrie and Will Hopkins prevented their Nos. 1 and 2 pitchers from toeing the slab. Kennefick, the projected No. 3 starter, took over as the ace and compiled a record of 5-4 with 45 strikeouts in 54 innings and a 3.36 ERA. Offensively, he had two hits and two RBIs in a win over GNB Voc-Tech.
Colin McCabe (Dartmouth), Senior
Nobody hit the ball harder than the Indians co-captain and two-year starter. The outfielder hit a hard .370 (30-for-81) and struck out just 12 times while hitting out of the fourth spot in the batting order. McCabe hit safely in 18 of 22 games and had eight multiple-hit games, including a 4-for-6 effort in a win over New Bedford High. He will enter Mass Maritime Academy in the fall.
Jared Methia (GNB Voc-Tech), Senior
Rebounding from a devastating shoulder injury that forced him to miss his junior year, Methia played a key role in this year’s drive to to a state championship by hitting .347 out of the fourth spot during the regular season and over .500 in the four-game playoffs. Methia divided time between first base and the designated hitter role and is looking at attending UMass Dartmouth in the fall.
Hunter Pimental (Dartmouth), Sophomore
The sophomore started all 22 games at shortstop after playing 13 games at third base as a freshman. Offensively, he hit out of the No. 1 and 2 sports all season, compiling a .368 batting average with six doubles, one triple and eight runs batted in. Named to the Old Colony League All-Star team, Pimental hit safely in 15 of his team’s 22 games.
Dylan Sheedy (Apponequet), Senior
He arguably was his team’s Most Valuable Player thanks to his leadership and all-around play. As a pitcher, the senior was 4-3 and compiled a 3.36 ERA in 42 innings of work. Offensively, he hit under .300 and drove in just four runs but his sparkling defense prevented more than a handful of runs enabling the Lakers to stay in the SCC hunt and qualify for the postseason tournament.
Jason Couto , Apponequet, Senior, Sean Busse, Apponequet, Sophomore; Dylan Raposo, Apponequet, Sophomore; Justin Wardwell, Bishop Stang, Senior; Zac Genovezos, Bishop Stang, Junior; Tyler Sefrino, Bishop Stang, Senior; Jake Cruz, Dartmouth, Sophomore; Eric Sylvia, Dartmouth, Junior; Brett Abreu, Dartmouth, Junior; Logan Parker, Fairhaven, Senior; Troy Lopes , Fairhaven, Freshman; Teaghin Andre, Fairhaven, Junior; D.J. Lopes, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior;, Andrew Mattos, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior; Corey Viera, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior; Andrew Vinagre, GNB Voc-Tech, Junior; Xavier Dominguez, New Bedford, Sophomore; Omar Rojas, New Bedford, Senior; Paul Soucy, Old Colony, Senior; Drew Sullivan, Old Colony, Junior; Jake Asiaf, Old Rochester, Junior; Adam Breault, Old Rochester, Senior; Cam Bariteau, Wareham, Sophomore; Matt Pearle, Wareham, Sophomore; Erik Zine, Wareham, Freshman; Griffin Lecomte, Westport, Junior.