Player of the Year Casey Turgeon, So., Dunedin
The shortstop nonpareil makes spectacular plays on sure base hits. He has a knack for popping up from who-knows-where to backhand the ball and whip it to first. Turgeon also is pretty good at the plate, hitting .432 and leading the county in home runs (six) and runs scored (36).
Most impressive accomplishment: Turgeon, a patient hitter, drew 37 walks and had an on-base percentage of .647. Those numbers proved even more valuable when he was moved to the leadoff spot to help ignite a 10-game win streak at the end of the year.
Did you know? Turgeon's older brother, Erik, played at Dunedin before going to UConn. Erik was drafted in the 25th round by the New York Mets last year.
Future plans: Turgeon will continue to play baseball with travel teams this summer and might even pitch a few innings at the high school level next season.
Pitcher of the Year Taylor Layner, So., Osceola
When Layner was on the mound, opponents usually took a seat. He was the most dominant pitcher in Pinellas, tying two other pitchers in the county for most wins with eight and leading the county in strikeouts with 91 and ERA at 0.83. He also pitched the biggest games, beating Seminole twice and East Lake once.
Most impressive accomplishment: Layner was just as impressive at the plate, hitting .404 and finishing second in the county with 31 RBIs and third in home runs with three. In the first win against Seminole, Layner scored the winning run in extra innings.
Did you know? At 5 feet, 6 inches, Layner is the shortest among the first-team all-county pitchers by at least 4 inches.
Future plans: Layner will continue to play with an all-star AAU team this offseason.
P Zach Olson, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Marauders' ace went 6-2 with 2.28 ERA
P Ryan Reedy, Sr., Dunedin: Was 5-0 for Falcons with 1.46 ERA
P Winston Rivas, Sr., Osceola: Workhorse on mound was 8-3 with 67 Ks
P Justin Tedder, So., St. Petersburg Catholic: Was 8-2 and second in county in Ks (78)
C Todd Haskel, Sr., Dunedin: FACA all-star hit .417
IF Mike Martello, Sr., Seminole: HCC recruit hit team-high .438
IF Ryan Allen, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Solid defender hit .373
IF Cody Arnold, Jr., Pinellas Park: Patriots' leading hitter at .402
IF Spencer Wilson, Sr., Countryside: FACA all-star hit 10 doubles
OF Bobby Woods, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Led public schools with .512 avg.
OF Danny Murray, So., Palm Harbor University: Led the Hurricanes with .467 avg.
OF Clarence Wilson, Jr., St. Petersburg: Hit .435 in county's toughest district
UT Alex Norris, Jr., Dunedin: He was 6-2 on mound, .425 at the plate
DH Jerrod Flanagan, So., Northeast: Hit .450 with county-leading 14 doubles
Coach of the Year Tom Hilbert, Dunedin
The Falcons lost eight starters to graduation from last year's team that won the Class 5A state title. And Dunedin didn't miss a beat, winning conference and district titles before losing to Jesuit in the 5A region quarterfinals. Much of that credit goes to Hilbert, who made the right moves late in the season.
P Tim Lamoureux, Jr., Seminole; P Donny Norris, Sr., Pinellas Park; P Tommy Organ, Sr., Tarpon Springs; P Alex Young, Sr., Tarpon Springs; C Craig Schafer, Sr., Osceola; IF Zander Devlin, Sr., SP Catholic; IF Mike Clarkson, So., Dunedin; IF T.J. Glessner, Jr., Osceola; IF Zach Sobel, Sr., Palm Harbor U.; OF Mike Boriboun, Sr., Osceola; OF Mike Carlin, Sr., Seminole; OF Lincoln Dunham, Sr., East Lake; UT Nick Franz, Jr., East Lake; DH David Edwards, Sr., Northside Christian
Boca Ciega: Matt Cianciolo, Tyler Griffith; Calvary Christian: Josh Conrad, Jeff Johnson, Aaron Watson; Canterbury: Harrison Hall, Thomas Henry, DeSean Thomas; Clearwater: Andrew McCormick, Sean O'Brien; Clearwater Central Catholic: Patrick Camporini, James Dowdell, Preston Packrall, James Petika; Countryside: Andrew Brodbeck, Kyle Kunnen, Dan Torres; Dixie Hollins: Mark Danna, Matthew Harris, Brock Jensen, David Neverline, Justin Paulton; Dunedin: Ben Emery, Alex Libby; East Lake: Morgan Cowan, Drew Posavec; Gibbs: Brandon Clemons; Indian Rocks Christian: Samuel Mann, Alex Winkle; Keswick Christian: Josh McKay, Doug Sanson; Lakeside Christian: Sam Swan; Lakewood: Chris Derby, Brian Replogle; Largo: Colby Bowen; Northeast: Tim Deacon, Shawn Delmontagne, Jeremy Lopez; Northside Christian: Ryan McDonald, Alex McGathey, Kyle Turner, Robbie Williams; Oldsmar Christian: Jacob Peters; Osceola: Adam Lewis, Scott Schlapinski, Josh Townsend; Palm Harbor U.: Anthony Diaz, Kyle Westwood; Pinellas Park: Kaleb Paulton; St. Petersburg: Kyle Chavez, Brandon Moll, Tyler Moll; SP Catholic: Tim McKay, Connor Obrochta; Seminole: Spencer Heirman, Joey Krehbiel, Joe Lamoureux, Scott Robinson; Shorecrest: Marc Brakeman, Spencer Heath, Jon Oorlog; Tarpon Springs: Matt Freburg, Junior Robinson
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer
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