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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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
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
Russell Livesay, Littlestown; Ben Trego, Susquehannock; Ben Lowe, Kennard-Dale; Emmitt Silar, Eastern York; Hunter Sentz, Susquehannock
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
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 email@example.com