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Seniority rules when York-Adams baseball coaches pick league's top players

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch
  • Joe Capobianco, Zach Gettys, Ben Stewart and Dillon Hippensteel were named Players of the Year in their respective divisions by the Y-A League coaches.
  • Capobianco (.368) and Hippensteel (.415) each led Dallastown and York Catholic, respectively, in hitting this season.
  • Gettys (10-0, 1.20 ERA) and Stewart (eight wins, 0.95 ERA) were the aces for West York and Kennard-Dale, respectively, this season.

Seniority ruled when it came time for the York-Adams baseball coaches to select the 2017 players of the year in each of the league's four divisions.

Dallastown's Joe Capobiano makes a leaping throw during the Wildcats' PIAA quarterfinal victory over St. Joseph's Prep. Capobianco is one of the Wildcats' leading hitters. Capobianco was named the Division I Player of the Year by Y-A League coaches this season. John A. Pavoncello photo

All four recipients were seniors, with Dallastown's Joe Capobianco winning the Division I honor, West York's Zach Gettys taking home the Division II award, Ben Stewart of Kennard-Dale earning the Division III accolade and York Catholic's Dillon Hippensteel claiming the Division IV recognition.

All four players also helped their respective teams win or share regular-season division titles, with only the Bulldogs not winning their division outright, tying with Gettysburg.

Coach of the year honors went to Dallastown's Greg Kinneman in Division I, Scott Erickson of West York in Division II and Blake Knecht of Kennard-Dale in Division III. Delone Catholic's Dave Neumayer and York Tech's Mark Stuckey split the coaching honor in Division IV.

On a team loaded with NCAA Division I talent, Capobianco led everyone on the Wildcats with a .368 batting average, driving in 25 runs and hitting a home run. He was part of a stacked lineup that saw Dallastown win the Y-A League title, the District 3 6-A crown and finish as runner-up in the state, losing to Pennsbury in the finals, 1-0. He'll play for Division II Flagler College next season in St. Augustine, Florida.

West York's Zach Gettys pitches against Kennard-Dale during District 3 Class 4-A baseball semifinal action at Manheim Township High School in Manheim Township, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Gettys was a perfect 10-0 on the mound this season for West York, earning him Division II Player of the Year honors by Y-A League coaches. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In Division II, Gettys was a major reason for West York's turnaround, that saw the Bulldogs go from a floundering, below-.500 team midway through the season to a state qualifier. At the plate, he hit .452 with 16 RBIs, but he was even more spectacular on the mound. He went 10-0 with a 1.20 ERA, earning all but four of the Bulldogs' victories this season. West York finished third in District 3 4-A and then advanced to the state quarterfinals.

In Division III, Stewart was nearly unhittable for the Rams, leading them to the Division III crown, second place in the District 3 4-A tournament and a spot in the state playoffs. He sported an ERA below 1.00 this year, putting up a tidy 0.95 ERA, winning eight games and allowing opponents to hit just .173 off of him. At the plate, he hit .348 with 19 RBIs and eight extra-base hits, two of which were home runs.

Kennard-Dale pitcher Ben Stewart went 5 2/3 strong innings on Thursday, allowing just one earned run. Stewart won eight games for the Rams on the hill, good enough to earn him Division III Player of the Year recognition from Y-A League coaches.

Lastly, in Division IV, Hippensteel played in all 19 games for the Fighting Irish, posting a gaudy .415 batting average, 65 points higher than the second-best hitter on the team. He scored a team-high 14 runs and had seven extra-base hits.

Division IV was also the only division to name a Rookie of the Year, an honor that went to Biglerville's Nicholas Wright. Wright provided a glimpse of what could be in store for him over the next three seasons by finishing second on the Canners with a .397 average and driving in 17 runs, also good for second on the team.

The rest of the all-stars are listed below:

DIVISION I

First Team

Pitchers: Alex Weakland, Dallastown; Landon Ness, Central York

Catcher: Bryant Holtzapple, Dallastown

Infielders: Tye Golden, Dallastown; Trevor Bean, South Western; Buzz Schuchart, Spring Grove; Logan Miller, Spring Grove

Outfielders: Pete Capobianco, Dallastown; Jon Sager, Spring Grove; Mike Reisinger, Central York

Utility/DH: Cole Delp, Red Lion

Honorable Mentions

Cam Sterner, Spring Grove; Connor Dewees, Red Lion; Logan Miller, Spring Grove; Tyler Stabley, Red Lion; Jake Gates, Dallastown; Brody Neveker, New Oxford; Sean Reding, Dallastown.

DIVISION II

First Team

Pitchers: Zach Gettys, West York; Josh Topper, Gettysburg

Catcher: David Buxton, Gettysburg

Infielders: Ethan Ketterman, Gettysburg; Zach Ketterman, Gettysburg; Ryan Shindler, Northeastern; Wil Fetrow, Dover

Outfielders: Michael Tempel, Gettysburg; Andrew Chronister, Dover; Colton Kubicki, West York

Utility/DH: Carson Holsinger, York Suburban

York Catholic's Dillon Hippensteel (left) hit .415 on the year for the Fighting Irish, earning him Division IV Player of the Year from the Y-A League coaches. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

Honorable Mentions

Shane Haffner, Dover; Zach Altland, Dover; Trevor Staub, Dover; Logan Carbaugh, Gettysburg; Alex Raymond, Northeastern; Robbie Elzinga, Northeastern; Anthony Kahley, West York; Justin Wetzel, West York

DIVISION III

First Team

Pitchers: Conor Miller, Susquehannock; Brandon Knarr, Eastern York

Catcher: Garrett Lowe, Kennard-Dale

Infielders: Joey Thomas, Kennard-Dale; Bren Taylor, Eastern York; Tyler Reinert, Bermudian Springs; Chase Summers, Susquehannock

Outfielders: Peyton Reider, Susquehannock; Jacob Owings, Littlestown; Tyler Groft, Bermudian Springs

Utility/DH: Alex DeHass, Littlestown

Honorable Mention

Russell Livesay, Littlestown; Ben Trego, Susquehannock; Ben Lowe, Kennard-Dale; Emmitt Silar, Eastern York; Hunter Sentz, Susquehannock

DIVISION IV

First Team

Pitchers: Ben Bretzman, Biglerville; Ethan Slusser, Delone Catholic

Catcher: Nicholas Wright, Biglerville

Infielders: Dillon Hippensteel, York Catholic; Hunter Martz, Hanover; Will Catterall, York Catholic; Juan Lopez, York Tech

Outfielders: Bryce Floyd, York Catholic; Darian Mort, Fairfield; Chase Long, Biglerville

Utility/DH: Luke Greisler, York Tech

Honorable Mention

Shane Kecken, Delone Catholic; Nathan Chronister, York Tech; Wes DePorter, Delone Catholic; Noah Ayers, Biglerville; Brandon Miller, Biglerville; Cody Pfaff, Delone Catholic; A.J. Zeak, Delone Catholic; Luke Kordaz, York Catholic

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com