Written by Dennis Maffezzoli on June 28, 2014 | Herald-Tribune
HTPreps 2014' All-Area Baseball Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dalton Guthrie, Venice Senior
Shortstop batted .393 and played excellent defensively. Named Class 6A Player of the Year by Florida Dairy Farmers. Signed to attend the University of Florida. Drafted in the 40th round by Minnesota.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Evan Mendoza, Sarasota Senior
Pitcher/shortstop went 7-2 with 0.78 earned run average with 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 54 innings. Heading to North Carolina State University.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota
Guided the Sailors to a 24-4 record, including a pair of wins over 6A state semifinalist Venice. Sarasota won the Perfect Game Showdown in Fort Myers, where Metcalf picked up career coaching victory No. 800 against IMG Academy in the semifinal round. The Sailors defeated DeSoto Central (Miss.) in the final.
Tyler Bench, Palmetto Senior
Left-handed pitcher had a 6-2 record with a 1.70 earned run average with 59 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. Threw no-hitters against Manatee and Booker. Also batted .302. Heading to State College of Florida.
Brandon Chapman, Sarasota Senior
Catcher batted .335 with 29 runs batted in, 12 doubles and three home runs. Permitted four runners to steal the entire season. Heading to George Washington University.
Justin Cohen, Riverview Junior
Catcher was a top defender and batted .325 with 26 hits, nine doubles, a triple and homer, 14 RBI, 17 walks, an on- base percentage of .394 and slugging percentage of .425
Khalyd Cox, Manatee Senior
Speedy center fielder batted .349 and was an outstanding defender.
Sam Dannheiser, Riverview Senior
Center fielder batted a team-high .368 with 28 hits, 10 runs, four doubles, an on-base percentage of .368 and slugging percentage of .421.
Weston Davis, Manatee Senior
Right-hander posted 6-3 record with a 1.35 earned run with 56 strikeouts in 52 innings. Selected by Washington in the 11th round.
Alex Detweiler, Riverview Senior
First baseman/pitcher batted .330 with 29 hits, 6 doubles and 12 runs batted in.
Rhett Dinka, Venice Senior
First baseman batted .388 with 28 hits and 17 runs and played strong defensively.
Brandon Elmy, Venice Senior
Pitcher/outfielder won three regional playoff games, including a no-hitter and had a 1.80 earned run average while going 6-3 with a 1.83 ERA. Batted .360 with four doubles and two homers. Heading to Furman University.
Travis Glenney, North Port Senior
Infielder batted .361 with 22 hits, 15 runs, five doubles and a .391 on-base percentage.
Ryan Miller, Venice Senior
Center fielder/pitcher batted .382 and served as the Indians’ closer, saving two regional games while posting a 1-0 record and 0.42 ERA. Heading to Florida Atlantic University.
Jerad Pararella, Bayshore Senior
Catcher batted .440 with a .542 on-base percentage with 34 RBI, 23 runs, 15 doubles, a triple 10 walks and four stolen bases.
Cameron Pearcey, Lakewood Ranch Junior
Second baseman hit .368 with 11 runs and led the team with .456 on-base percentage and seven hit by pitches.
Donovan Petrey, Port Charlotte Junior
Outfielder/pitcher batted .405 with 34 hits, 17 runs, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases, seven doubles, a triple, two homers a .515 on-base percentage and .583 slugging percentage. Had 3.10 ERA in eight games with 48 strikeouts in 52 innings.
Mike Rivera, Venice Senior
Catcher batted .325 with seven doubles and made one error. Signed with the University of Florida. Drafted in the 33rd round by Oakland.
Nick Agosto, Charlotte
Jonathon Aragon, Manatee
Josh Bonynge, Cardinal Mooney
Dylan Busby, Sarasota
Joe Cavallaro, Sarasota
Colton Chupp, Lakewood Ranch
Brandon Cutting, Lemon Bay
Scott Dubrule, Venice
Brian Dillingham, Braden River
Jordan Gubelman, Sarasota
Austin Hoppe, Out-of-Door
Kade Hunkapillar, Venice
Hunter Johnson, Booker
Eric Kimsey, Braden River
Matt LePoint, Port Charlotte
Desmond Lindsay, Out-of-Door
Tyler Leonard, Sarasota
Tyler Mattes, Lakewood Ranch
Zach McMullen, Sarasota
Derek Paparella, Bayshore
Cole Pencosky, Braden River
Sam Proctor, Booker
Jared Pruitt, Riverview
Robert Rew, Manatee
Shane Shifflett, Lemon Bay
Spencer Stevens, Cardinal Mooney
Zac Uecker, North Port
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