Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MIAA Baseball: 2018 "All-Super Eight" Team


By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

On Monday night, Franklin was crowded Division 1A Super Eight champions for the first time in school history. Not only is it a first for Franklin, but it also represents the lowest seed (7) to ever take home the Super Eight crown. 

With the tournament now completed, Suite Sports is excited to unveil its 2018 "All-Super Eight" Team, compiling the best pitchers and position players based on tournament play.

Check back in throughout the week for coverage across the remaining MIAA Baseball State Tournaments. Then, next week, Suite Sports will announce its 2018 MIAA Baseball All-State Team as well as its 2018 MIAA Baseball Player of the Year.

Pitching Staff (4)

Cam Schlittler, Jr., RHP, Walpole

Schlittler was sharp in his two Super Eight starts, helping Walpole reach the tournament’s final four. Over the course of 14 innings of work, the Rebels’ ace went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA while striking out 17. Schlittler’s best outing came versus No. 3 St. John’s Prep as he threw eight innings allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10 to pick up the win.

Mike Vasil, Sr., RHP, Boston College High

Vasil proved nearly unhittable throughout the postseason throwing 17 shutout innings and going 2-0 with a save over his three appearances. The right-hander allowed 10 hits over those 17 frames, walked no one, and struck out 26.

Bryan Woelfel, Sr., RHP, Franklin

Our 2018 Division 1A Super Eight MVP, Woelfel shined throughout the postseason both as a starter and out of the bullpen. In the Super Eight Final on three days rest, Woelfel went seven innings allowing just one earned run on seven hits. For the tournament, Woelfel went 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA.

Jake Noviello, Sr., RHP, Franklin

Noviello was on the mound when Franklin closed out its first Super Eight championship in program history, firing a pair of scoreless relief innings while generating five strikeouts. Over his four Super Eight appearances, Noviello went 1-0 with a save and a 3.60 ERA. 

Starting Lineup (9)

Sal Frelick, Sr., SS, Lexington

One of Massachusetts' top athletes this high school year, Frelick shined in the final two baseball games of his high school career. Facing off against St. John's Prep and Wachusett, Frelick reached base safely in 5-of-11 plate appearances, including collecting three hits in the Minutemen's elimination game versus the Mountaineers.  

Mike Yarin, Sr., DH, St. John’s Prep

Throughout his high school career, Yarin was one of the Super Eight’s premiere hitters and this postseason was no different. The St. John’s Prep designated hitter went 8-for-12 with a pair of home runs, five RBIs, and five runs scored.

Dominic Keegan, Sr., C, Central Catholic

Keegan was seemingly an impossible out during the postseason, hammering the opposition by showcasing an ability to hit to all fields. Over his final four Super Eight games, Keegan went 12-for-16 with a home run, double, triple 2 RBIs, and seven runs.

Steve Hajjar, Sr., DH, Central Catholic

Hitting behind Keegan in the lineup, Hajjar had a monster Super Eight tournament to help the Raiders create the most formidable 3-4 combination in the Super Eight. The Michigan commit, known mostly for his talents on the mound, hit .450 with three doubles, a triple, and 5 RBIs to go with seven runs scored.

Cole Durkan, Sr., Catcher, Wachusett

Wachusett managed to plate 18 runs over its three Super Eight games largely due to the offensive performance of Durkan. Durkan finished 5-for-13 with a double and two RBIs. The senior will continue his playing career at Stony Brook.

Sean O’Connell, Jr., 1B/RHP, Boston College High

For the second straight season, O’Connell broke out during the Super Eight to lead BC High’s lineup. Batting out of the six-spot in the order, O’Connell hit .429 with one home run and four RBIs.

Kevin Dow, Sr., 1B/LHP, Mansfield

While Mansfield’s run in the Super Eight was brief, Hornets’ senior Kevin Dow still made his presence known. At the plate, Dow went 3-for-9 with a double and two RBIS while on the mound, the left-hander turned in six innings of three-run ball as the Hornets’ elimination game starter versus Walpole.

 Jake Macchi, Jr., Catcher, Franklin

The Panthers’ catcher excelled both behind the dish and at the plate. For the Super Eight, Macchi hit .388 with a two-run home run in the championship game, three RBIs, and two runs scored. He also managed a pitching staff that allowed just 11 earned runs over four games. 

 Matt Falvey, Sr., OF, Walpole

Despite living out of the nine-spot in the Rebels lineup, Falvey was instrumental in Walpole reaching the Super Eight Final Four. Falvey finished the tournament 7-for-13 with a triple, two RBIs, three runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases.

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