Tuesday, June 26, 2018

MIAA Baseball: SuiteSports' 2018 All-State Team

Cam Schlittler (pictured) took home the Bay State Herget's Most Valuable Player Award

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

On Monday, SuiteSports announced its award winners for the 2018 MIAA Baseball season. Now, we are ready to unveil our 2018 MIAA Baseball All-State Teams. Between our first and second team we have recognized 34 different players for their performance this spring. 

In conjunction with our starting rotation and starting nine position players, we have also listed the top six two-way players based on their play both on the mound and at the plate. 

Without further ado, here is our 2018 MIAA Baseball All-State First and Second Teams courtesy of our panel of writers, correspondents, and editors.


Two-Way (3)

Mike Vasil, Sr., RHP/1B, Boston College High

Despite missing over a month due to an arm injury, Vasil still proved to be one of the top arms in the Bay State. Over eight appearances, the University of Virginia commit went 4-1 with two saves, a 0.97 ERA, and 61 strikeouts in 36 innings. Hitting out of the cleanup spot, Vasil hit .370 with 11 extra base hits and 21 RBIs.

Steve Hajjar, Sr., LHP/DH, Central Catholic

The 2018 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year may not have been able to pitch in the Super Eight due to injury, but he still left a lasting impression on the diamond. During the regular season, the Michigan bound Hajjar struck out 67 hitters in 41 innings while surrendering just one walk. At the plate, he hit over .400 with 22 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

Tyler Dalton, Sr., RHP/OF, Mansfield

Dalton earned the nod as the Hockomock League’s Most Valuable Player due to his performance both on the mound and at the plate. As the Hornets’ ace, Dalton went 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 41.1 innings. Offensively, Dalton hit a whopping .431 with seven extra base hits and 27 RBIs. He will continue his playing career at UMASS Amherst.

Starting Rotation (5)

Jake Noviello, Sr., RHP, Franklin

Our 2018 MIAA Baseball Most Valuable Player, Noviello went 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA and four complete games. He picked up a pair of complete game shutouts and also added a save.

Cam Schlittler, Jr., RHP, Walpole

The Bay State Herget’s Most Valuable had a breakout junior season going 7-1 with a 1.11 ERA to lead Walpole to a Super Eight berth. Schlittler, a Northeastern commit, struck out 84 in 63 innings and allowed just 46 hits.

Pat Gallagher, Jr., RHP, Leominster

Gallagher was dominant throughout the spring finishing with an 11-1 overall record and 124 strikeouts in 62 innings. Finishing with a mere 0.452 ERA, Gallagher’s lone loss came in the Div. 1 Central Mass. District Final where he pitched a four-hitter and struck out 11.

Nate Espelin, Sr., LHP, Belmont

The Co-MVP of the Middlesex League had an outstanding final season for the Marauders going 9-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 66 innings. Espelin will do a postgraduate year at the Winchendon School and has a commitment to Dayton.

Nick Sinacola, Sr., RHP, North Attleboro

Sinacola spearheaded the Red Rocketeers pitching staff all season long. The University of Maine bound right-hander finished the regular season a perfect 7-0 to go with a 1.23 ERA. Then, in the postseason, Sinacola posted a 3-0 record including throwing a complete game in the Div. 2 State Final versus Beverly to land North Attleboro its first title.

Starting Nine (9)

Zach DeMattio, Sr., Catcher, North Attleboro

DeMattio was the fulcrum of a Red Rocketeers lineup that often blew the opposition away en route to the Division 2 State Title. The Wheaton bound catcher hit .554 with three home runs, five doubles, 39 RBIs, 29 runs, and a 1.421 OPS.

Dominic Keegan, Sr., Catcher, Central Catholic

The Raiders’ catcher certainly lived up to the hype in 2018 hitting to the tune of a .469/.547/.790 slash line with 10 doubles, five triples, and 19 RBIs. Keegan will continue his playing career at Vanderbilt.

Alex Lane, Jr., Catcher/First Base, St. John’s Prep

Lane had a terrific spring leading St. John’s Prep’s offense. Only a junior, Lane hit .414 with a 1.244 OPS, 13 extra base hits, and 19 RBIs. The Bryant commit played left field, right field, first base, and catcher this season and did not make a single error.

Mike Maher, Jr., Infield, Wachusett

The Mountaineers’ shortstop set the table for arguably the top offense in Massachusetts during the 208 season. Maher was exceptional defensively while also posting a .400 average with 17 RBIs.

Sal Frelick, Sr., Infield, Lexington

Frelick had a senior season to remember as he stewarded the Minutemen to a Super Eight berth. The Boston College bound shortstop hit .488 with 28 RBIs, 35 runs scored, four home runs, and 20 stolen bases.

Logan Bravo, Sr., Infield, Austin Prep

Austin Prep claimed its first state championship in school history with Bravo leading the way offensively. The Cougars’ shortstop batted .423 with four home runs, 10 doubles, 26 RBIs, and 25 runs scored. Bravo will continue his playing career at Harvard.

Matt Sullivan, Sr., Outfield, Boston College High

Sullivan was the heart and soul of a BC High offense that tormented the opposition for most of the season. The Eagles’ three-hitter finished the year with a .403 average, .505 on-base percentage, and 23 RBIs. Sullivan will play outfield at Babson College.

Kevin Dow, Sr., Outfield, Mansfield

The Mansfield left-hander certainly had a terrific year on the mound, but perhaps more impressive was his presence in the heart of the Hornets’ order. Dow compiled a .409/.506/.636 slash line with eight extra base hits, 17 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. Dow will join Dalton at UMASS Amherst.

Matt Dumphy, Sr., Outfield, St. Peter-Marian

Dumphy led the way offensively for St. Peter-Marian as the Guardians surged in the second half of the season all the way to the Div. 1 State Final. A three-sport athlete, Dumphy finished the spring hitting .328 with one home run and 16 RBIs.


Two-Way (3)

Donnie Cohoon, Sr., RHP/3B, Plymouth North

Spencer Brown, Sr., RHP/OF, Beverly

Andrew Manni, Sr., RHP/OF, Masconomet

Starting Rotation (5)

Matt Donato, Jr., RHP, Walpole

Colin McGrath, Jr., RHP, Catholic Memorial

Matt Draper, Sr., RHP, Lowell

Sebastian Keane, Jr., RHP, North Andover

Bryan Woelfel, Sr., RHP, Franklin

Starting Nine (9)

Cole Durkan, Sr., Catcher, Wachusett

Peter Burns, Sr., Catcher, Austin Prep

Alex Haba, Jr., Shortstop, Franklin

Sean Burke, Sr., First Base, St. John’s Shrewsbury

Jake Gustin, Sr., Shortstop, Peabody

Ramon Jiminez, Sr., Shortstop, Chicopee

Barry Walsh, Jr., Outfield, Wachusett

Jack Whorf, Jr., Outfield, Xaverian

Steve Simon, Jr., Outfield, Hanover

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