Niagara Gazette


June 20, 2013

Gazette 2013 All-Area High School Baseball Team


Niagara Gazette — Alex O'Donnell, Starpoint

• STATS: 22 R, 25 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 SB, 12 BB, 22 RBI, .439 AVG

• SKINNY: Junior shortstop named first team All-Western New York. ... Set Starpoint career record for doubles when he hit his 14th in May. ... Also contributed from the mound, striking out 21 in 19.1 innings for a 1.45 ERA with two wins and two saves.

Mike Parisi, Nia.-Wheatfield

• STATS: 19 H, 2 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI

• SKINNY: Slugging senior third baseman led the NFL in slugging through eight games. ... Went 3 for 3 with a double against league champ Lockport on April 25. ... Also played on N-W's sectional champion hockey team.

Andrew Rankie, Starpoint

• STATS: 16 R, 18 H, 4 2B, 4 SB, 8 BB, 16 RBI, .360 AVG

• SKINNY: Senior first baseman also plays football and basketball for the Spartans. ... Went 4 for 4 with three runs and four RBIs in a win against Iroquois on April 22. ... Had five multiple-RBI games, as well as five game with multiple runs scored.

Mike Thompson, Wilson

• STATS: 4 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, .385 AVG

• SKINNY: Powerful senior shortstop named first team All-Niagara-Orleans league. ... Earned a three-inning save in a sectional upset of then-undefeated City Honors when he struck out the No. 4 and 5 hitters before inducing an inning-ending groundout after entering with the bases loaded in a three-run game.

Dave Yarger, Niagara Falls

• STATS: 17 R, 19 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 SB, 10 BB, 9 RBI, .442 AVG

• SKINNY: Junior second baseman tied McKenna for the league lead in runs and tied for fifth in walks. ... Scored multiple runs seven times and had six multi-hit games in 14 league games. ... Committed only three errors in 37 fielding opportunities.

Honorable Mentions

John Holody, Grand Island

Nick Soos, Grand Island

Chris Foote, Grand Island

Ben Carella, Lew-Port

Joe Scirto, Lew-Port

Jordan Willard, Lew-Port

Jon Liberti, Nia.-Wheatfield

Chris Cribbs, Starpoint

Jimmy Janezco, Starpoint

Taylor Thilk, Wilson

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