BY COREY GESFORD
Division winner Forest City placed five players on the Lackawanna League Division V All-Star team, and several other local players also earned the respect of league coaches to gain first-team recognition.
Montrose placed four players on the first team led by seniors Romey Washo and Bryden Jerauld. Washo earned the nod as one of three pitchers selected to the team. The senior hurler enjoyed a stellar campaign where he led the Division in wins going 6-0 and ERA with a stingy 0.80 while striking out 44 hitters. Jerauld patrolled centerfield for the Meteors while finishing in the top 10 in nearly every offensive category. Jerauld finished second in batting hitting .462 while leading the Division in doubles with seven. He also drove in 19 runs, scored 12, and hit two Home Runs.
“It was a privilege to be selected with so many great players,” said Washo. “It was an awesome surprise.”
The Meteors’ Nick Warriner was selected the Division’s top Short Stop during a sophomore season where he hit .349, tied with teammate Keith Ely to lead the Division in runs scored at 17, and was third in RBIs with 18. Junior Andrew Rapisardi was selected to as a Utility Player. The Pitcher/Third basemen was formidable hitter in the Montrose lineup hitting .357 with a Home Run and 12 RBIs, and on the hill struck out 24 hitters with a 3.50 ERA.
Montrose Coach Josh Winn was happy for his players selected to the first team as well as the Honorable Mentions and sees the selections as reflection of the team’s overall success and feels they are as much a team honor as an individual honor.
“These four young men earned their selections by doing their job really well, and having the guys around them execute their jobs,” said Winn.
Washo also complimented his teammates with enabling him to have the season that he had.
“I wouldn’t have had the season I had without my team backing me up,” said Washo. “I had such a dependable defense to rely on.”
Blue Ridge’s Benny Gudykunst was named to the team as the Division’s top First Baseman. The Senior belted out 15 hits on his way to a .417 average and drove in 10 RBIs.
Elk Lake Catcher Jack Waldenberger earned first-team honors for his stellar work behind the plate while batting .323 and scoring 11 runs for the Warriors.
“Jack had a great career at Elk Lake and his hard work paid off,” said Elk Lake Coach Tony Rezykowski. “I thought he was one of the best catchers in the area.”
Susquehanna’s Eric Lee earned a nod as an outfielder while doing a little bit of everything for the Sabers during the year. The senior led Susquehanna with a .286 average and struck out 17 as a Pitcher.
The Division V First team was rounded out with Forest City’s Kyle Shema (P), Corey Daniels (2B), Tyler Clift (OF), and Dakota Knehr-Cook (P), and Player of the Year Nate Rolka of Lackawanna Trail.
Earning Honorable Mention were Blue Ridge Pitchers Ben Burchell and Jeff Zawiski, Josh Goff (UT); Elk Lake’s Joe McAleer (INF), Kevin Valvano (OF), Zach Grovesnor (UT), and Caleb Ely (UT); Montrose’s Keith Ely (C) and Zach Dieck (2B); and Mountain View Outfielders Anthony Neri and Alex Showalter.