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Player of the year: Brett Phillips, Sr., Seminole
Why we picked him: Earlier this season, Phillips pointed out to Seminole’s centerfield, his home away from home the past four years. He noted the area between the signs in left- and right-centerfield. That’s his patch of land and any ball hit that way was destined for his glove. “Not to be cocky, but anything hit out there I’ll catch it,” he said. “Anything hit between 403 and 388 (outfield signs), that’s me, that’s my ball.’’ His glove, speed and rocket right arm brought scouts to Seminole games in droves this past season. He wasn’t too shabby with the bat either, hitting .354 with eight doubles, four triples and two home runs. But he is a pitcher’s best friend in the outfield. His glove is mainly why he was selected in the MLB first-year players draft by the Houston Astros in the sixth round. “If the ball is hit to centerfield I don’t have to turn around,” Seminole pitcher Jordan Doyle said. “It’s going to be caught.”
Most impressive accomplishment: Phillips did not make an error in 67 fielding attempts. He had 17 assists, which included throwing out nine runners at third base or home plate. “I think his arm is major-league caliber right now,’’ Seminole coach Jeff Pincus said.
Did you know? Phillips played three years as a starter in centerfield and never made an error.
What’s next: Phillips plans to play in the Astros’ minor-league system this summer, forgoing his scholarship offer from N.C. State.
Pitcher of the year: Michael Dunnigan, Sr., Tarpon Springs
Why we picked him: Tarpon Springs had a wealth of pitching, but no one was more dominant. If it was a big game, Dunnigan took the mound. He was 9-2 with a 0.71 ERA and a county-best 111 strikeouts. “He was a no-doubt stud,’’ coach Dickie Hart said. “He did everything we asked of him and more.’’ Dunnigan was usually matched against opponents’ best pitchers and mostly came through. In his last game, he battled Winter Haven’s Tyler Pike for seven innings before the Spongers fell 2-1. Dunnigan also started for Pinellas in the senior all-star game against Hillsborough at the Trop.
Most impressive accomplishment: In 79 innings, Dunnigan averaged 1.4 strikeouts per inning. Even more impressive, he walked only 11 batters.
Did you know? Dunnigan threw a no-hitter against rival East Lake in the semifinals of the Dunedin Spring Tournament. It was his first and only no-hitter at Tarpon Springs.
What’s next: Considered a late bloomer by MLB scouts, Dunnigan wasn’t drafted but has signed with Saint Leo University.
Coach of the year: John Vigue, St. Petersburg Catholic
Vigue led the Barons to their first state appearance since 1975, when his father, Jim, was the coach. SPC lost its top two pitchers from last season and dealt with injuries throughout the season. The Barons were 20-10-1 overall, falling 5-4 in extra innings to Delray Beach American Heritage in the Class 3A state semifinals.
P Eric Hanhold, Sr., East Lake: Florida commit was 7-3 with a 1.14 ERA and an explosive fastball.
P Alex McGathey, Jr., Seminole: Warhawks’ No. 2 starter was also a solid shortstop; 8-0 with a 0.15 ERA and hit .359.
P Colyn O’Connell, Sr., Dunedin: His record will not impress (3-4), but his 1.63 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 64.1 innings will.
P Zach Wolfe, Sr., Calvary Christian: The lefty ate up 79.2 innings and had a 1.23 ERA with 111 strikeouts.
IF Scott Withrow, Jr., Seminole: Hit .427 as leadoff hitter; only two errors at second base.
IF Anthony Bariso, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Hit .368 with three homers and was 6-0 as a pitcher.
IF Kellen Brown, Jr., Dunedin: Never dipped below .400 and ended season by hitting .429 as the shortstop.
IF Josh Townsend, Sr., Osceola: A slick-fielding middle infielder who hit .362 as the leadoff batter.
OF Dakota Sarafin, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Hit .402 to help lead the Barons to the state semifinals.
OF Cole Miklavcic, Sr., Tarpon Springs: A .376 hitter who had 16 RBIs and 18 steals.
OF Rickey Whiteman, Sr., Osceola: County’s top hitter with a .458 average; converted to outfield this season.
C Michael Mann, Jr., Seminole: Not only hit .405, but threw out 11 of 14 runners.
DH Harrison Hall, Sr., Canterbury: Can’t ignore the second-highest average in the county; hit .439 with two homers and 22 RBIs.
UTIL Adam Atkinson, Sr., Seminole: Hit .365 with a team-high 23 RBIs; played third and first base.
P Jordan Doyle, Sr., Seminole
P Stewart Wilkes, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic
P Caleb Koulianos, Jr., Tarpon Springs
P Marc Brakeman, Sr., Shorecrest
IF Hunter Bonner, Sr., Tarpon Springs
IF Brenden Overton, So., Tarpon Springs
IF Eric Russell, Sr., Countryside
IF Matt Harris, Sr., Dixie Hollins
OF Matt Piatt, Jr. Calvary Christian
OF Brett Gilman, Sr., Clearwater
OF Jacob McFadden, So., St. Petersburg Catholic
C Tommy Grill, Sr., Tarpon Springs
DH DaSean Thomas, Sr., Canterbury
UTIL Will Gerdes, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic
Boca Ciega: Mark Miklos, Duke Barber, Nate Aipel, Tanner Watkins; Calvary Christian: Nate Reed, David Ell, Julian Brodie, Heath Heatherley, Dakota Hofmann; Canterbury: Richie McClure, Jake Holsinger, Dalton Hughes; Clearwater: Jake Moroff, Jabe Molinaro, Colin Lonsberry; Clearwater Central Catholic: Carter Cashman, Dean Coston, Ray Fox, Carlos Dohse, Johnny Karaphillis; Countryside: Vinny Ballantoni, Brendan Stevens, Bobby St. Julien, Adam Rasmussen, Dalton Martinez, Kevin Stryker, Jake Mielock; Dixie Hollins: Ray Lanners, John Hollis, Nick Stanney, Thomas Vickers, Darren Peterson, Zach Martz; Dunedin: Aaron Chesson, Mac LeBoeuf, Ben Emery, Alex Hart, Brian Anderson, Jack Hamrick; East Lake: Nick Mazzoni, Garrett Franklin, Grant Hodges, Troy Strominger, Justin DiSanto, Nathan Montano, Tyler Ramsey; Gibbs: Andrew Pink; Indian Rocks Christian: Ryan Tona, Austin Corrao, Brad Miller, Brody Ryan, Chase Ransdell, Jake Voitier, Wally Rasmussen; Lakeside Christian: Caleb Coffman, Brian Lopez; Lakewood: Cornelius Copeland, Antonio Lovett; Largo: Derek Webb, Derek Beers, Allen Mead, Steven Petrilyak, Tyler Bates, Eli Gutshall; Northeast: Mike Wiley, Yos Pacheco, Sean Anderson, Logan Peel, Bret Maxwell, Roman Haddick, Ryan Harbour, Robby Coursel; Northside Christian: Matthew Gladfelter; Osceola: Justin Kremer, Evan Hock, Jaret Helinger, Keith Weisenberg, Jordan Ramsey, Buddy Dougherty; Palm Harbor University: Jacob Jarreau, Wade Reddick, Brent Horton, Jesse Dingman; Pinellas Park: Zach McIntyre, Brandon Grigsby, Ryan Reinoso, Joe Vaskovsky; St. Petersburg: Ricardo Rivera, Jake Ferguson, Connor Labrie; St. Petersburg Catholic: Corey Baptist, Joey Saunders, Jimmy Lynch, Max Geller, Seminole: Tylor Craft, Stephen Nobles, Nick Nolan