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2014 Hernando Today All-County Baseball Team

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Player of the Year

Kyle Kilbourne

Pitcher/Third base

Hernando – Senior

COMMENTS: Right-hander earned the county’s pitching Triple Crown, leading in wins (nine), earned run average (1.12) and strikeouts (72) … Totaled a county-best seven complete games in 11 starts, with two shutouts … Finished 9-2 overall with a save, yielding 51 hits and just 12 walks in 69 innings … Ranked 10th in the county in hitting with a .311 average, adding six doubles, two home runs and 19 runs batted in … Named an FACA All-Star and District 10 Player of the Year.

QUOTES: “Kilbourne was a difference-maker this past year for us. He did a solid job his junior year with the opportunities he had. But his senior year, he was that cat. … He’s able to change speeds and locate. He can locate his breaking ball and changeup for strikes, or make them look like strikes and they become unhittable. That’s pitching. … From a hitting standpoint, he’s not blessed with the greatest speed in the world and we challenged him, saying, ‘No one thinks you can hit.’ He and (assistant coaches) Donnie (Whitehead) and Matthew (Blanton) worked on getting him consistent at the plate. … He had some big shoes to fill and he stepped right into them and filled them perfectly.”

- Hernando head coach Tim Sims

Austin Treverton

Catcher

Hernando – Senior

COMMENTS: Paced the Leopards and finished fourth in the county with a .397 average … Led the county with 14 doubles to go along with two home runs … Scored team-high 28 runs and drove in 18 …. Threw out nine runners attempting to steal.

QUOTES: “Austin Treverton, along with Kyle Kilbourne, were leading by example. … He handled the pitching staff as well as Tyler Bammert a few years back. … We got everything potential-wise we could have hoped for out of him. I’m very, very proud of him. … Offensively, he was a definite threat. Down the stretch in some games people were pitching around him in a lot of situations. But he did the job. … Treverton is in the top five as far as earning his ink in a Hernando uniform.”

- Hernando head coach Tim Sims

Thomas Sorrentino

First base/Pitcher

Central – Junior

COMMENTS: Repeat All-County selection … Third in the county and tops on the Bears in average, hitting .400 … Added a team-high seven doubles, a triple and collected 20 RBI … Lefty finished second in the county in ERA at 1.33, going 3-3 while striking out 44 in 47.1 innings.

QUOTES: “Offensively he was our three hitter and a lot of the team looked to him. He was our main guy in the middle. He came through in big situations. … He just works his butt off. He’s in the cage after practice an hour or so every day. He’s a smart hitter. He knows the situation at the plate. … Pitching-wise, he’s not going to dominate you with a 90 mile per hour fastball, but he throws all four pitches for a strike. He’s got a very good changeup and he hits his spots.”

- Central head coach Al Sorrentino

Zach Sorrentino

Second base

Central – Junior

COMMENTS: Hit .274 with 10 RBI and 15 runs scored … Went a perfect 5-for-5 stealing bases.

QUOTES: “Defensively I don’t know where you’ll find a better second baseman. Great hands; great at turning a double play. And offensively, at times he did very well. He was up and down offensively. … Very valuable especially playing in the middle of the infield. He and (shortstop) Matt Clark, I don’t think you’ll find anyone who works together better and turns a double play better than they can.”

- Central head coach Al Sorrentino

Matt Clark

Shortstop

Central – Junior

COMMENTS: Ninth in the county in hitting at .316 … Collected three doubles and two triples … Drove in 10 runs and scored a team-best 21 … Stole team-high nine bases and was never caught.

QUOTES: “At times as a sophomore he was shaky at shortstop, but this year he was pretty solid. He’s a kid that can cover a lot of ground. … He learned just how to put the ball in play and use his speed and a lot of times that led to base hits for him. … Matt is a great guy to have at the two spot (in the order) because he’s not a selfish player. A lot of times with his speed he’s able to get a bunt down, move guys over and still put pressure on the defense to beat it out.”

- Central head coach Al Sorrentino

Kyle Cotilletta

Outfield

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Repeat All-County pick … Tops on the Eagles and sixth in the county at .345 … Scored team-high 23 runs.

QUOTES: “He never stops. He had a great season. He was the leadoff batter for two years. There was a reason for that. He always seemed to get a hit when we needed it or got on base. He was really fast. …. He’s a focused ballplayer. Cotilletta was another one who is a competitor like you wouldn’t believe. He’s a fireball. He really is.”

- Springstead head coach Jim Diven

Frankie Gomez

Outfield

Nature Coast – Junior

COMMENTS: Eighth in the county hitting .324 … Scored 23 runs … Stole nine bases in 10 attempts.

QUOTES: “He reads the ball probably better than anybody. He didn’t jump at bad pitches very often. His hands were quick. He got the bat around very quickly. He was hot for a while. … With his speed, that helped him, and he had a really strong arm.”

- former Nature Coast head coach Mike Ellison

Justin Young

Outfield

Hernando – Junior

COMMENTS: Tied for the county lead in home runs (four) and RBI (30) … Ranked seventh in the county in hitting at .341 … Drove in six runs, including a walk-off three-run homer in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game, a 16-6 win over Pasco.

QUOTES: “He can be at any position on the field and be an above-average player. He’s another one with outstanding work ethic. … Moving to the two hole (in the lineup) at the beginning of the year and having some big knocks early kind of got him rolling and his confidence continued to grow throughout the year. … Not only around our county but around the state he was a top RBI guy.”

- Hernando head coach Tim Sims

David Flowers

Pitcher

Hernando – Senior

COMMENTS: Lefty ranked third in the county with a 1.64 ERA … Compiled a 7-1 record and struck out 49 batters in 47 innings while only walking nine … Notched two complete games.

QUOTES: “Flowers brought innings and intensity. David is a man of few words. He let his pitching do the talking. … He’s definitely the second-best pitcher in our area behind Kilbourne, but on some of those nights he was the best. … He’s left-handed and he’s a late bloomer. Every time coming out on the mound he was throwing harder and harder. This year he was able to control in and out, up and down, and speed, as well. … His confidence each start improved to where he felt ‘I’m pretty good. I can do this.’ After his second start he was rolling. He wanted the ball.”

- Hernando head coach Tim Sims

Trevor McKenna

Pitcher

Central – Senior

COMMENTS: Repeat All-County selection … Southpaw finished 8-4 with a 1.67 ERA … Tossed four complete games and four shutouts … Registered 57 strikeouts in 58.2 innings … Blanked Nature Coast in a 2-0 win in first round of 5A-7 Tournament … Chosen as an FACA All-Star … Signed with Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg.

QUOTES: “I thought he took another step in his development this year. He’s was one of the top pitchers in the county. He cut down on walks and got a few more strikeouts this year and really accepted the role of being the guy on the mound in bigger games. … He has good velocity. He has a top-notch changeup. It really was an unhittable pitch. The thing he struggled with was throwing his fastball for strikes. When he did, he was unhittable.”

- Central head coach Al Sorrentino

Will Pagan

Utility

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Tied for sixth in the county in ERA at 1.81 … Finished 3-2 overall … Hit .300 with five doubles and 10 RBI while playing stout defense at shortstop … Went 7-for-7 stealing bases.

QUOTES: “He’s just a tenacious competitor. Probably the best shortstop I have ever seen at this level other than Christian Arroyo. Will is just so smooth. … He’s always in the mix. He’s a supercharged competitor. He leaves nothing on the table. He’s out there to win. …. He just had fantastic control (on the mound). He put the ball wherever he wanted most of the time. He had a great curveball. … I always say, if I had nine Will Pagans I’d never lose a game and that’s the truth.”

- Springstead head coach Jim Diven

John Peloro

Utility

Nature Coast – Junior

COMMENTS: Catcher tied for the county lead with 30 RBI … Fifth in the county in hitting at .354 … Chipped in six doubles and a triple.

QUOTES: “As the year went on he was better at blocking pitches in the dirt. And he began to understand how to set up a defense. … With a bat, he was one of the most consistent hitters on the team. … He has a good eye for the ball. He reads the ball so good.”

- former Nature Coast head coach Mike Ellison

Chris Lake

Utility

Nature Coast – Senior

COMMENTS: A shortstop/third baseman and pitcher, he was the county’s leading hitter with a .507 average … Hit two home runs and collected 21 RBI … Finished 7-1, posting a 3.07 ERA, good for ninth in the county … Piled up 64 strikeouts in 43.1 innings, walking 15 … Registered four complete games … Signed with Division II Flagler.

QUOTES: “He got pretty hot with the bat and had some pretty clutch hits. … He was patient with the bat and swung at good pitches. … He finally found his rhythm (pitching) probably at the second Pasco game we had. From there to the time we got to the end of the season, his rhythm was great. He was spotting his pitches and all his pitches worked.”

- former Nature Coast head coach Mike Ellison

Vito Tambasco

Utility

Nature Coast – Junior

COMMENTS: Repeat All-County selection … Shortstop/pitcher was the county’s second leading hitter with a .447 average, paced the county with 30 runs scored and tied for the county lead with four homers … Added six doubles and two triples, along with 18 RBI.

QUOTES: “He was a reaction-type hitter. In some clutch situations, that’s when he was at his best. … He was a great leadoff batter. He was relatively consistent on base. On defense, I could put him anywhere and he did great. … He was a hard-working pitcher. He was aggressive and he faced a lot of the tougher teams because I liked the way he was aggressive on the mound.”

- former Nature Coast head coach Mike Ellison

Coach of the Year

Tim Sims

Hernando – 19th year

COMMENTS: Fourth selection in five years and seventh overall … Despite losing every regular from the previous season to graduation, led the Leopards to a 23-5 mark and the 5A-7 championship, their fourth district title in five years … It’s the eighth district crown with Sims at the helm, and the ninth regional appearance … Hernando set a new county mark of five straight years advancing to regionals … Leopards went 9-0 against county opponents … Sims improved his career record to 337-216.

QUOTES: “This is one of the groups I’m most proud of. These seniors with not a whole lot of experience stepped up in that role, and the youngsters were able to come on and follow up and help. … It was a solid season. I can say it was not expected, but I said, ‘Make people believe,’ and ‘Why not us?’ It was one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve ever coached. … Players win and coaches lose. I’ve been blessed with the support of the coaching staff that I have. That’s for those guys. And for the Trevertons and the Kilbournes, too, that do their job. … The county championship this year, with the rhetoric going on behind the scenes, that was a feat to obtain that and we had to refocus. With social media these days, (the county title) was big and we treated it that way. … It wasn’t expected, but they earned their respect by going out and winning it.”

- Sims

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