Player of the Year Drew Doty, Jr., Gaither
Entering the season, longtime coach Frank Permuy believed his young team was a year away from making noise. But Doty led the Cowboys to a district title and the Class 6A region semifinals, losing to the eventual state champion. He broke six single-season school records. Among those was his county-high 10 homers. He also hit .432 with 32 RBIs, 21 walks (and just seven strikeouts), 41 runs scored, six doubles, six triples, 17 stolen bases, a .556 on-base percentage and a 1.025 slugging percentage. Doty also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in centerfield.
Most impressive accomplishment: After going homerless last season, not only did Doty lead the county in homers, he hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats — three against King and one against Chamberlain: "The ball looked like a beach ball to me."
College plans: He still has one year left, and his recruiting is expected to pick up this summer.
Pitcher of the Year Thomas Dorminy, Jr., Alonso
Dorminy opened the season as the Ravens' No. 2 starter, having thrown just 19 innings as a sophomore, but he ascended to the No. 1 spot after ace Ray Delphey suffered a season-ending knee injury and ended the season as the county's best pitcher. He went 12-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 741/3 innings. He earned the win in the region quarters at former national No. 2 Lakeland. He then threw a no-hitter against Melbourne in the region finals and ended his season with a three-hit, complete-game shutout against defending 6A champ Lake Brantley to get the Ravens into the state title game.
Most impressive accomplishment: With the Ravens across the state in the best-of-three region final at Melbourne, Dorminy overcame hitting the first two batters he faced to throw a no-hitter, striking out 13 in an 8-1 Game 1 win.
College plans: Dorminy committed to USF before the season started. But if he builds on his junior season, don't be surprised if he is drafted in 2010.
P Robert Benincasa, Sr., Armwood: FSU recruit was 12-1 on the season, with a 1.35 ERA, 91 Ks in 83 innings; held opponents to a .180 batting average.
P Daniel Gibson, Jr., Jesuit: 9-2 with a 2.04 ERA pitching in Jesuit's biggest games, going 2-1 against Plant
P Jose Fernandez, So., Alonso: RHP became a suitable No. 2, going 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 512/3 innings; got complete-game win in the state title game vs. Miami Columbus, retiring 18 in a row.
P Dylan Hathcock, Jr., Gaither: Threw just three innings last year, but emerged to assume the Cowboys' closer role; 3-1 with 10 saves and a 1.21 ERA in 401/3 innings.
C Michael Smith, Sr., Brandon: Hit .474 with seven doubles, one triple, seven HRs and 32 RBIs, mostly from the leadoff spot.
IF Greg Dupell, Sr., Jesuit: Navy recruit led the team in batting average (.453), home runs (eight), triples (two), hits (39) and RBIs (43).
IF Tyler Ding, Jr., Alonso: Hit .463 with eight 2B, four HRs, 34 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 50 hits, 39 runs scored.
IF Mike Danner, Jr., Gaither: Hit .373 with a team-high 11 doubles and 38 hits to go along with seven homers and 22 RBIs.
IF Zack Powers, Jr., Armwood: Led team with .467 average, 42 hits, 31 runs, 10 doubles, 6 HRs.
OF Jay Laurienzo, Sr., Hillsborough: After recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Wade Boggs Award winner hit .483 with seven doubles, five HRs, 23 RBIs, 28 hits, 23 runs, — all team highs.
OF Joe Cartwright, Sr., Armwood: Hawks' leading run producer, driving in a team-high 33 runs to go with a .353 average and four HRs.
OF Ryan Henry, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Team highs in batting average (.440) and hits (37); was second on the team with 22 RBIs.
DH Chad Taylor, Sr., Jefferson: USF recruit hit .342 with six 2B, six HR, 24 RBIs, 25 hits, 27 runs — all team highs.
UT Mychal Givens, Sr., Plant: County's top pro prospect was 8-4 with a 1.71 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 78 IP; led Plant with a .374 average, four homers, 31 RBIs.
P Willi Martin, Jr., Jesuit; P Cory Schools, Sr., Brandon; P Ray Delphey, Sr., Alonso; P Lance McCullers, Fr., Jesuit; C Adam Pendleton, Sr., Alonso; IF Nick Lockwood, Sr., Jesuit; IF Rolando Peraza, Sr., Leto; IF Josh Dunn, Sr., Sickles; IF Trent Tagliarini, Sr., Cambridge; OF Jake Lowe, Sr., Plant; OF Reggie Williams Jr., Sr., Brooks-DeBartolo; OF Jimmy Falla, Sr., Jesuit; DH Joe Hudson, Sr., Jesuit; UT Casey Smit, Sr., Alonso
Armwood: Kristian Calibuso, Josh Spano; Alonso: Matt Brandy, Tito Martinez; Bayshore Christian: Morgan Capen; Berkeley Prep: Garrett Ransom, Grant Sittig; Blake: John DiBenedetto; Bloomingdale: Frank Ambrosino, R.J. Brown, Sal Giardina; Brandon: Spencer Haynes, Chase Sparkman; Brooks-DeBartolo: Jadamion Williams, Kelvin Mention; Cambridge: Matt Fishman, Derek Self, Andrew Widell; Chamberlain: T.J. Mouse; Citrus Park Christian: Fonzie Diaz; Durant: Adam Albers, Austin Buck, Christian Lopez; East Bay: Chris Newcomb, Chris Norton; Freedom: Parker Pope; Hillsborough: Tyler Luper, Marlon Mitchell; Jefferson: Jeff Mills, Tim Blackmon; Jesuit: Austin Hartzler, Joey Spack; King: Keon Barnum, Josiel Veras; Lennard: Brandon Beddow, Blake Kennedy; Leto: Juan Fontela, Nick Gonzalez; Middleton: Derek Hudgins, Kevin Snyder; Newsome: Kyle Copack; Plant: Conner Mitchell, Sergio Pita, Graham Ramos, Stan Rowe; Plant City: Kyle Madill; Robinson: Jakob Konner, Joshua Smith; Riverview: John Alty, Brett Blakey; Seffner Christian: Forrest Crim; Sickles: Tripp Merrell; Spoto: Arley Benton, George Schmitt; Tampa Bay Tech: Santiago Lopez; Tampa Catholic: Ryan Klosicki, Domenic Milian, Shane Rowland; Tampa Prep: Joey Bobo, John Arnold; Wharton: Steve Christiansen, Cory Nelson
Coach of the Year Landy Faedo, Alonso
Faedo, the only coach Alonso has had in its eight years of existence, led the Ravens to their first state title. Led by stellar pitching, good defense and timely hitting, the Ravens claimed the Class 6A crown, all while maintaining a steady composure, much like their coach.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer
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