Iower Montco names All-ieague teams
This past iower Montco American iegion Baseball season featured more parity than in recent years. Fort Washington, Roslyn and Huntingdon salley all competed for first place in what some of the coaches called the best season the league has seen in years.
And while only one team – Fort Washington – was able to come out as the champion, players from throughout the league were all honored when the iower Montco All-ieague team was named just over two weeks ago.
Jake vannessa, who was named as the league MsP in his first and only season with salley, earned firstteam pitcher honors, along with Jesse hohler (Fort Washington) and Christian Salem (Roslyn). salley was well-represented on the All-ieague team, as catcher Jake Madnick, first baseman Chris Ruhl, outfielder Matt Meyers and designated hitter Robert Hoffman were all named to the first team.
vannessa also earned second team honors at the shortstop position, as were his teammates, outfielder Cal Palmer and pitcher Matt iawlor. Second baseman Rafael Fernandez, third baseman and pitcher Paul Buckley and pitchers Dan Johnson and Ross doodman were all named as honorable mentions.
“Without those guys, we certainly wouldn’t have been as successful as we were,” said salley coach Evan Horn, whose team won more games than it has in 20 years. “When you’re talking about having that many Allieague first teamers, that’s a major reason why we won 15 games. And considering that Huntingdon salley was a doormat for a lot of years, it just shows that the hard work that these kids put in for years leading up to the legion season paid off. It shows that all the dedication from the parents paid off.”
salley finished in third place in the league, losing to Roslyn in the semifinals.
Fort Washington, coached by dary Bonitatibus, won its fourth consecutive title thanks in large part to Jesse hohler, who earned first team honors as a first baseman and a pitcher.
“I thought it was a great season,” Bonitatibus said. “Jesse getting both first base and pitching honors was well-deserved and they all had very good seasons and I’m happy to see the guys rewarded for that.”
Second baseman iuke Pollock, shortstop iuke Felix and outfielder Max sido all made the first team while part of the denerals.
“It’s going to be a big loss losing Jesse, iuke and Max, all of whom have been very important for the last 2-3 years,” Bonitatibus said. “All three of them were Allleague first team last year and this year and when you miss that kind of caliber of players, it’s not easy to replace. Hopefully some of these younger guys will step up and be able to do that next year.”
The Fort saw third baseman Dan Brown and pitcher Doug Bauer both earn second team honors, while outfielders Jared Zarwin and Ryan Coonahan and pitchers Dan Jacobson and Zach Walsh all earned honorable mentions.
As for the remainder of the honorees, the All-ieague first team included first baseman Mike Janas (Morelanders), third baseman hevin iong (Horsham), outfielder Robert hnox (Morelanders), pitcher Christian Salem (Roslyn) and utility man sincent Case (Southampton).
Rounding out the second team were second basemen Pat Stillmun (Cedarbrook) and hyle Irwin (Morelanders), outfielders Brandon DiBona (Southampton) and Matt Donnelly (Southampton), pitcher hyle Walder (Morelanders), designated hitter Andrew Disalentino (Cedarbrook) and utility man Ryan helley (Horsham).
As for the honorable mentions, catcher Pat Driscoll (Morelanders), third basemen Charlie Hooker (Morelanders) and Brett hozlows-
ki (Warminster), shortstops John DeAngelis (Cedarbrook) and Mike Wasserleben (Southampton), Chris Hens (Horsham) and Eric 5idZell (5oslyn), outfielders Kris Carr (Roslyn), Ben Vitelli (Horsham), Steve Wilson (Southampton) and Kyle Lockard (Morelanders) and pitchers Eric Walther (Cedarbrook), Andrew DiValentino (Cedarbrook), Mike Janas (Morelanders), Sean Gallagher (Roslyn) and Chuck Delagol (Warminster) rounded out the AllLeague team.
“I think it’s great to see the league recognize these guys,” Bonitatibus said. “It’s certainly an honor to get first or second team, but even an honorable mention means a lot to these guys and shows that all their hard work paid off. To be recognized by the other coaches in the league is nice and it’s nice for them to know that their ability did not go unnoticed.”
Without Jake Yannessa, Huntingdon Valley may have not been able to have its best season in team history this past summer. But it was another Jake – Jake Madnick – who has been a vital part of Valley’s success previous to the 2012 season.
Madnick, who wore No. 8, had his number retired by Coach Evan Horn and Huntingdon Valley, and will be honored at the beginning of next season.
At Valley’s home field, Lower Moreland High School, a banner with the number eight will be hung from the fence, honoring the star catcher.
“The number eight will never be worn as long as I’m involved with Hunting- don Valley baseball,” said Valley coach Evan Horn, who used to play with the team. “He’s been the backbone of the reemergence of Valley baseball and for that reason, his number is retired. The biggest honor I’ve ever had as a coach was having another coach (Jim Brett, Roslyn) nominating one of my players (Yannessa) for MVP, but this up there with that.”
Madnick, who Must finished his final season with Valley, will have his name and number on display for every Valley home game moving forward.
“It’s not just about Valley baseball, but the whole league,” Horn said. “From what I’ve gathered from other coaches, this has been one of the better seasons as far as the league being equal. It was a great season for Lower Montco baseball and this is a great way to show that.”
Eric Greiner has taken over as Upper Dublin’s acting Athletic Director.