VERMILION — All-star games are usually all about offense, as players concentrate on having fun —and that means scoring runs.
But the annual Lorain County Baseball Senior All-Star doubleheader Saturday at Vermilion High School had the pitchers in the spotlight on a beautiful, sunny late-spring day.
Consider Amherst’s Justin Mott—announced as Lorain County’s “Mr. Baseball” in pregame ceremonies.
Mott pitched the first four innings of the opening game and dominated, giving up one hit, walking none and striking out nine of the 12 batters he faced in the White team’s 3-0 victory over the Red team. After Mott left the mound, the White team’s next two pitchers weren’t too shabby, either. The Red got only five hits, while striking out 15 times.
In the second game it was more of the same, although this time it was the Red team winning 3-1 with four Red pitchers allowing only six hits and striking out nine.
Avon Lake’s Logan Montague pitched one inning for the Red in the second game and two in the opener.
“You have a lot of fun on the mound playing in these games,” Montague said. “It was a bummer, though, losing the opener. But in the second game we were loose and having a lot of fun.”
Matt Rositano of Amherst, who was named Lorain County Coach of the Year, shared White team coaching duties with Lake Ridge’s Jason Dimacchia. Justin Ramsey of Columbia and Ed Piazza of Elyria coached the Red team.
“I thought it was a clean game, well pitched,” Rositano said of the opener. “Mott had everything working for him.”
Mott left the field immediately after the “Mr. Baseball” presentation to attend graduation ceremonies and was unavailable for comment.
Tyler Buga of Oberlin came in to relieve Mott in the fifth inning.
“I was thinking when I came in how hard a task it was to follow up Mott,” he said. “I just approached it by doing what I’m capable of doing. Overall, playing in this game with so many great players was one of my finest experiences in high school baseball.”
No batter got more than two hits in either game, and extra bases were few and far between. The only player in the second game with more than one hit was Sean Nagle of Columbia, and while one of the hits was a double, his other hit was an infield single. Montague and Michael Velez of Lorain got the other doubles, both for the winning Red.
In between games the All-Lorain County teams were announced by classic chairman Jeff Keck, Vermilion’s coach.
Named Player of the Year was Brad Hamilton of Avon Lake.
First team all-county pitchers were Alex Tomko of Avon and Logan DeLong of Avon Lake. Making the team as position players were Avon’s Ian Long and Andrew Lee, Amherst’s Alex Walts and Justin Mott, Avon Lake’s Hamilton and David Winkel, Elyria’s Jacob Csizmadia and Marcus Inman, Lorain’s Aaron Andujar, Midview’s Tyler Lienarth and Cody Callaway and North Ridgeville’s Matt Feierabend.
In Division II, Keystone’s Tyler Gullet was chosen player of the year and Keystone’s Bert Fitzgerald coach of the year. First team pitchers were Kendle Stiner and Collin Fitzgerald of Keystone, Brookside’s Cameron Drew and Mathew Seekins, Clearview’s Roger Engle and Antonio Bennett, Firelands’ Tristan Clark, Keystone’s Pierce Young, Tyler Gullet and Marcus Gunter and Vermilion’s John Buchanan and Alec Adams.
In Division III and IV, co-players of the year were Michael Boey of Columbia and Jack Spellman of Lake Ridge. Coaches of the year were Justin Ramsey of Columbia and Bruce Lisicky of Elyria Catholic.
Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany and Columbia’s Danny Crites were selected pitchers of the year. For position players, Jacob Kleinhenz, Boey and Tyler Underwood of Columbia, Angelo Cruz and Lukas Redmond of Elyria Catholic, Spellman of Lake Ridge, Tyler Buga of Oberlin, Cory Kushinski of Open Door and Nick Carevic and Robbie Bliss of Wellington were named to the first team.
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