Red Lion took control of the York-Adams League Division I baseball race with a strong pitching performance from Tyler Burchett and a 1-0 victory against the visitin Wildcats. Burchett also drove in the winning run. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
In the York-Adams League this season, two names have garnered much of the attention — Dallastown's Nick Parker and Red Lion's Tyler Burchett.
Both seniors are more than deserving of significant recognition.
Both are standout pitchers for successful, big-school programs.
Both have earned scholarships to powerhouse NCAA Division I programs.
Still, it could be argued that the single most dominant season produced in the local league this season was largely overlooked.
That season belonged to Eastern York junior shortstop Bren Taylor, who was recently named the Y-A Division III Player of the Year by the league's coaches. The coaches honored players in each of the league's four divisions.
The numbers that Taylor produced at the plate are staggering.
Over 20 games, Taylor hit .616 with three homers, 30 RBIs, 34 runs scored, 45 hits, 10 doubles and eight triples.
If you projected those numbers over a 162-game major-league schedule, his statistics would look like this: 24 homers, 243 RBIs, 275 runs scored, 365 hits, 81 doubles and 65 triples.
Taylor also boasted a .646 on-base percentage, a .1.096 slugging percentage and a 1.741 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Those stats may have gotten lost in the shuffle because Eastern finished 6-14 while playing among the smaller schools in D-III.
Taylor's coach, Brett Heiser, couldn't say enough good things about Taylor.
"Bren is a soft-spoken leader who just plays the game how it is supposed to be played," Heiser said earlier this season. "(He's a) great kid. ... He is a great fielder, has a good arm, runs well, hits for average and hits for power. I guess that's what they call a five-tool player. ... The whole team really looks to him as a leader on the field."
Other honorees: Taylor was not the only standout York County player to fly under the radar this season.
York Tech's Luke Greisler was named the D-IV Player of the Year after a season when he hit .448 with two homers, 17 RBIs, 20 runs scored, a .548 on-base percentage, a .724 slugging percentage and a 1.272 on-base plus slugging percentage. As a pitcher, over 40 1/3 innings, Greisler struck out 56 and had a 2.78 ERA.
Like Taylor, Greisler's numbers were likely overlooked because he played among the Y-A's smallest schools for a team with a losing record (9-10).
West York's Robbie Bertucio was named the D-II Pitcher of the Year after going 4-1 with a 1.04 ERA over 40 1/3 innings, striking out 22 and walking seven. He was also a dangerous hitter, batting .333 with 21 RBIs and 13 runs scored over 21 games. He helped West York to a 12-9 record and a second-place finish in D-II.
Gettysburg's Zach Ketterman was the D-II Player of the Year. He hit .377 with a .500 on-base percentage, 26 hits, 18 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. As a pitcher, he was 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA over 30 innings pitched. Defensively, he had three errors in 88 total chances. He helped Gettysburg (13-8) to the D-II crown.
In D-I, Parker earned Player of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats to the division championship.
Parker is 7-1 on the mound with 0.35 ERA over 60 1/3 innings. The Coastal Carolina recruit has 74 strikeouts, while walking 18. As a hitter, Parker is hitting .300 with 13 RBIs to go with a .438 on-base percentage and a .414 slugging percentage.
Parker's Wildcats are 18-5 and have qualified for the PIAA Class 6-A state playoffs. Last season, Parker helped Dallastown to the state championship game.
The two pitchers on the D-I all-star team were Burchett and Parker's Dallastown teammate, Alex Weakland.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, hard-throwing Burchett is a Kentucky recruit who may be picked in next week's major league draft. He is 5-1 with a 1.09 ERA over 45 innings, with 71 strikeouts and 15 walks. Burchett's Lions (15-7) finished second in the District 3 6-A playoffs and will join Dallastown in the state playoffs.
Weakland is 6-1 with a 0.88 ERA over 47 2/3 innings with 52 strikeouts and 23 walks.
The coaches of the year were: Red Lion's Kevin Lawrence in D-I, York Suburban's Casey Markey in D-II, Littlestown's Robert Rohrbaugh in D-III and York Tech's Mark Stuckey in D-IV.
Markey led Suburban to a 10-11 record in 2018 after the Trojans got just one win the previous season. Rohrbaugh guided Littlestown (14-5) to the D-III crown. Stuckey nearly led the Spartans to a .500 season, which is a major accomplishment for a school that has traditionally struggled to compete in baseball.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com. Statistics for this story were from GameChanger or MaxPreps.
Following is the complete list of York-Adams League All-Stars, as picked by the league's coaches. The structure of the all-star team for each division was left to the discretion of coaches in that division.
Player of the Year: Nick Parker, Dallastown.
Pitcher: Tyler Burchett, Red Lion.
Pitcher: Alex Weakland, Dallastown.
Catcher: Connor Reed, Spring Grove.
Infielder: Connor Dewees, Red Lion.
Infielder: A.J. Baadte, New Oxford.
Infielder: Nick Myers, Central York.
Infielder: Ryan Pepler, Central York.
Outfielder: Chase Hoecke, Dallastown.
Outfielder: Mike Nizinski, Central York.
Outfielder: Patrick Anderson, Spring Grove.
Outfielder: Brevin Neveker, New Oxford.
Utility/Designated Hitter: Peyton Megonell, New Oxford.
Coach of the Year: Kevin Lawrence, Red Lion.
Honorable Mention: A.J. Cileinski, New Oxford; Cameron Czerwinski, Red Lion; Ethan Zorbaugh, Spring Grove; Channing Bratton, Red Lion; Julian Bailey, Dallastown; Peter Capobianco, Dallastown.
Player of the Year: Zach Ketterman, Gettysburg.
Pitcher of the Year: Robbie Bertucio, West York.
Pitcher: Josh Topper, Gettysburg.
Pitcher: Marshall Mott, Gettysburg.
Pitcher: Shane Haffner, Dover.
Catcher: Josh Rich, Northeastern.
Infielder: Zach Ketterman, Gettysburg.
Infielder: Trent Ketterman, West York.
Infielder: Trey Pridgen, York Suburban.
Infielder: Alan Hansel, Dover.
Outfielder: Tracy Carr, York Suburban.
Outfielder: Colton Kubicki, West York.
Outfielder: Simeon Davis, Gettysburg.
Outfielder: Nick Morrett, Dover.
Utility/Designated Hitter: Andrew Chronister, Dover.
Coach of the Year: Casey Markey, York Suburban.
Honorable Mention: Dylan Ed, Gettysburg; Justin Wetzel, West York; Max Reinecker, York Suburban; Luke Corbin, Dover; Robbie Elzinga, Northeastern.
Player of the Year: Bren Taylor, Eastern York.
Pitcher: Alex DeHaas, Littlestown.
Pitcher: Donald Martindale, Littlestown.
Catcher: Sam Odegaard, Susquehannock.
Infielder: Joey Thomas, Kennard-Dale.
Infielder: Garrett Lowe, Kennard-Dale.
Infielder: Tyler Reinert, Bermudian Springs.
Infielder: Adam Freese, Kennard-Dale.
Outfielder: Jacob Thomas, Littlestown.
Outfielder: Matt Martinez, Bermudian Springs.
Outfielder: Blaine Phillips, Kennard-Dale.
Utility/Designated Hitter: Devin Gullickson, Littlestown.
Coach of the Year: Robert Rohrbaugh, Littlestown.
Honorable Mention: Noah Selby, Bermudian Springs; Emmit Silar, Eastern York; Jacob Bardo, Eastern York; Jacob Beal, Littlestown; A. Kipple, Littlestown; Cole Sinnott, Kennard-Dale; Ethan Phillips, Kennard-Dale; Sam Gardner, Susquehannock.
Player of the Year: Luke Greisler, York Tech.
Pitcher: Ben Bretzman, Biglerville.
Pitcher: Colton Devilbiss, Fairfield.
Catcher: Luke Kordaz, York Catholic.
Infielder: Luke Greisler, York Tech.
Infielder: Brandon Miller, Biglerville.
Infielder: Cody Small, Fairfield.
Infielder: Nathan Chronister, York Tech.
Outfielder: Darian Mort, Fairfield.
Outfielder: Ryan Hart, Delone Catholic.
Outfielder: Tony Staub, York Catholic.
Utility/Designated Hitter: Nicholas Wright, Biglerville.
Coach of the Year: Mark Stuckey, York Tech.
Rookie of the Year: Connor Orner, Biglerville.
Honorable Mention: Hunter Laugerman, Hanover; Tyler Weikert, Biglerville; Juan Lopez, York Tech; Avery Kuntz, Delone; Kyle Denisch, Delone Catholic; Evan Haymaker, Delone Catholic; Shane Kecken, Delone Catholic; Zach Koons, Fairfield; Kevin Duncan, York Catholic.