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All-County Baseball Hitter of Year: Stouffer charges to hitting honors

June 15, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Dylan Stouffer is the All County Hitter of the Year
Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Clear Spring baseball coach Mark Shives is going to miss — and will fondly remember — Dylan Stouffer barrelling around third base.

“I’ll miss him coming around third with the intense look like he has for the last three years,” Shives said of Stouffer, a senior who has been a healthy part of the Blazers’ success. “Kids like him are fun to watch.”

Stouffer is a right-handed catcher who bats from the left side and generates plenty of power. It resulted in 31 hits and a .465 average this season.

Of his 98 career hits, 53 went for extra bases, including 28 home runs. He hit 10 four-baggers this year, leading all Washington County hitters. He had a county-best 36 RBIs.

From statistics reported throughout the Tri-State area, only Hedgesville’s Daniel Heleine (16 homers, 57 RBIs) had better numbers.

Stouffer is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Baseball Hitter of the Year.

“It’s always been my thing, hitting,” Stouffer said. “And good, left-hand-hitting catchers are hard to come by.”

Starting at age 5 at West End Little League, Stouffer always played the outfield until he was converted to catcher in high school. That was his prime time position with the Blazers, though he dabbled occasionally in the outfield.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into as a catcher,” Stouffer said. “I didn’t know much about blocking a pitch (in the dirt).”

“We had no choice but to make him a catcher when he came to us,” Shives said. “Here’s a 5-foot-9 kid that wasn’t a good runner but had a good bat and arm. He made himself so much better this year. People did not run on him.”

That was one element of being a catcher Stouffer enjoyed: “One of my favorite things as a catcher is throwing runners out on base,” he said.

Stouffer will continue to work on his skills as part of the Hofstra University baseball team next season. He recently committed to the New York state school.

Shives, who works with many prospects throughout the region during the summer, says Stouffer’s playing days could continue far into his future.

“He’s very coachable and in his next four years (at Hofstra) he can really become a high-quality catcher,” Shives said. “After that, he has upside to his future.”

Stouffer said he planned to take the summer off from playing ball, instead focusing on workout sessions with Shives.

“The individual (hitter award) is nice to win, but it would have been nice to win states as a team,” Stouffer said.

Stouffer and pitcher of the year Zane Schreiber are joined on the All-County First Team by:

Brandon Allen, Williamsport
Senior outfielder steadied the Wildcats’ defense and hit .419 with 26 hits, four doubles, 12 RBIs, 12 walks and seven stolen bases.   

Dylan Appel, Clear Spring
Senior infielder hit .400 with six doubles, 20 RBIs, walked 22 times and stole eight bases.

Logan Appel, Clear Spring
Senior outfielded is a three-time All-County first-teamer. Hit a hefty .452 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBIs. Walked 26 times and stole 14 bases.

Riley Arnone, Williamsport
Junior pitcher/outfielder had a 4-3 record and 3.08 ERA, striking out 39 in 47 2/3 innings. At the plate, he hit .448 with nine doubles, 17 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

Jared Brandt, Clear Spring
Senior outfielder had a .421 average, 24 hits, eight doubles, two home runs, 15 RBIs and 13 walks.

John Britton, North Hagerstown
Senior pitcher went 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. Was clutch for Hubs in second half of the season.

Matt Daley, North Hagerstown
Senior infielder earned first-team honors for the second time. Hit .400 with 33 hits, scored 28 runs, had six doubles, 18 RBIs, 13 walks.

Colby Johnson, South Hagerstown
Senior infielder hit .375 with 21 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 17 RBIs, 20 runs scored and 18 walks for the Rebels.

Hunter McKinley, Hancock
Senior infielder/pitcher hit .448 with 26 hits, five doubles and 11 walks. He was 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.

Jake Moats, St. Maria Goretti
Junior utility player toiled at several spots for the Gaels, hit .431 with 31 hits, five doubles, 13 RBIs and seven steals. Also went 1-1 with 3.91 ERA in limited pitching action.

Austin Stone, North Hagerstown
Junior outfielder was North’s leading hitter for average at .452 with 33 hits, four doubles, two triples, four home runs, 24 RBIs, 13 walks and 10 steals. He received hitter of the year consideration.

Brett Vitkun, Saint James
Senior pitcher/outfielder fills a utility spot for the Saints. Hit .369 with 24 hits, five doubles, four home runs, 17 RBIs and 14 walks. Also went 5-3 with a 2.23 ERA and struck out 44 in 47 innings.

Andrew Yacyk, North Hagerstown
Senior utility player saw time at outfield, first base and pitcher. The 2012 hitter of the year batted .409 with 27 hits, 27 runs, eight doubles, four homers, 27 RBIs and 21 walks this season. On the mound, he was 4-1 with one save, a 2.80 ERA and 23 Ks in 20 innings.

Second Team
Name    Year    Position     School
Scott Bennett    Senior    Infielder    Boonsboro
Garrett Blank    Junior    Catcher    Saint James
Troy Carbaugh    Senior    Infielder    North Hagerstown
Kyle Dinterman    Senior    DH    Smithsburg
Brad Enfield    Senior    Infielder    Boonsboro
Nico Gentile    Senior    Infielder    Saint James
Mark Grunberg    Junior    Outfielder    North Hagerstown
Zack Krall    Senior    Outfielder     Smithsburg
Bubba Kriner    Senior    Pitcher    Heritage Academy
Riley Lazich    Sophomore    Outfielder    Clear Spring
Airin Martin    Junior    Pitcher    South Hagerstown
Bryce Nigh    Senior    Outfielder    Heritage Academy
Kevin Proctor    Senior    Utility    St. Maria Goretti
Sinjin Shoop    Sophomore    Infielder    Williamsport
Zach Sines    Senior    Pitcher    South Hagerstown
Hunter Williams    Senior    Catcher    North Hagerstown

Honorable Mention
Boonsboro — Zach Poffenberger, Dalton Stewart, Even Pettyjohn. Clear Spring — Forrest Williamson, Dalton Morgan, C.J. Elwood. Grace Academy — Cole Helman, Harrison Barger. Hancock — Nate Souders, Tanner Manning, Chad Sipe. Heritage Academy — Collin Poyle, David Fisler. North Hagerstown — Tyler Shindle, Timmy Hartsock. Saint James — Bobby Leatherman, Tyler George, Bobby Brennan. Smithsburg — J.R. Rinehart, Josh Miller, Justin Smith. South Hagerstown — Aaron Roby, Tim Kitchen, Chase Eichelberger. St. Maria Goretti — Adam Blenckstone, Casey Bartholomew, Jackson Roth. Williamsport — Nick Williams, Colby Byers, Geraghty Showe, Brandon Toloso.

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