Player of the Year | Zack Powers, Sr., Armwood
Powers was the most important player on an Armwood team that peaked at the right time and made a run to the school's first state title game after entering the district tournament as the fourth seed. He hit a team-high .411 with seven doubles, one triple, three homers and 18 RBIs. He was at his best on the mound, going 9-1 with a 1.51 ERA and a .138 batting average against. In the postseason he was 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA with two complete games.
Most impressive accomplishment: Powers threw a complete-game four-hitter in the Class 5A state semifinal, leading the Hawks to their first state championship game in a 3-1 win over Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.
Did you know? He has worn the No. 19 since he first started playing baseball at age 9. His father, David, wore the same number.
Future plans: Powers has signed to play at the University of Florida, where he was recruited to play third base. He was also recruited by USF, Clemson, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. He's also likely to be taken in next week's MLB draft. Baseball America ranks him the 52nd-best draft prospect in the state.
Pitcher of the Year | Daniel Gibson, Sr., Jesuit
He was the county's most dominating left-hander. The Tigers ace was 14-1 this season with a 1.64 ERA, his only defeat coming in the Class 4A state title game. He struck out 129 in 892/3 innings. He also had five complete-game wins. As a freshman, his fastball was in the low 80s. Now it's peaking at 94 mph.
Most impressive accomplishment: He put Jesuit on his back in the postseason, starting all five region and state games, going 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 262/3 innings.
Did you know? Before home games, Gibson would lead the Jesuit pitchers in a game of fungo golf around the school's campus as a way to keep themselves loose.
Future plans: Like Armwood's Zack Powers, Gibson has also signed to play at the University of Florida. He's also likely to be taken in next week's MLB draft. He could be drafted as high as the second round.
P Jose Fernandez, Jr., Alonso: Right-hander was 10-1 with 0.87 ERA, 107 strikeouts in 721/3 innings. Hit .408 with five homers and 29 RBIs.
P Cameron Ellis, Sr., Durant: Went 7-1, 1.07 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 59 innings. Won first seven decisions, with two complete-game wins.
P Peter Miller, Sr., Cambridge: Went 6-0, one save, 0.89 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 391/3 innings. Only 16 hits allowed. Threw no-hitter vs. Keswick Christian. Hit .321 with two homers, 24 RBIs.
P Thomas Dorminy, Sr., Alonso: Went 7-4, 2.33 ERA, 72 strikeouts in 57 innings, .176 opponent batting average. Hit .326, three homers, 30 RBIs.
C Roderick Shoulders, Sr., Brandon: Overcame injury to hit .377 with four homers, 27 RBIs.
INF Tyler Ding, Sr., Alonso: Team's most complete player hit .429 with 12 doubles, one homer, 16 RBIs.
INF Mike Danner, Sr., Gaither: Led county with 40 RBIs. Hit .427 with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers for slugging percentage of .780.
INF Josciel Veras, Sr., King: Team leader hit .372 with five doubles, two homers, 14 RBIs, 19 steals.
INF Lance McCullers, So., Jesuit: Phenom hit .457 with eight doubles, four triples (county high), two homers, 30 RBIs. Went 2-0 with three saves, 0.39 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 18 innings.
OF James Ramsay, Sr., Brandon: Batted .419 with seven doubles, three homers, 17 RBIs.
OF Tyler Alexander, Sr., Armwood: Slugger drove in team-high 32 runs while hitting .391.
OF Roche Woodard, Jr., Hillsborough: Led team with .438 average, had seven homers, 24 RBIs, slugged .828 and had 17 steals.
DH Stan Rowe, Sr., Plant: Tied for county lead with nine homers, and had 34 RBIs. On mound, went 4-2 with three saves, 2.58 ERA.
UT Chad Witkowski, Jr., Steinbrenner: County's home run co-leader (nine). Also hit .479 with 10 doubles, 24 RBIs. Went 7-1 with 2.16 ERA on mound.
P Devin Smith, Jr., King; P Kyle Brett, Sr., Wharton; P Alex Milne, So., Gaither; P Derek Martin, So., Tampa Catholic; C Shane Rowland, Sr., Tampa Catholic; INF Nick Iacovella, Sr., Jesuit; INF Jimmy Herget, So., Jefferson; INF Kyle Madill, Sr., Plant City; INF Jadamion Williams, Sr., Brooks-DeBartolo; OF Cameron Alford, Jr., Tampa Catholic; OF Zach Gawrych, Sr., Wharton; OF Dane Moore, Sr., Freedom; DH Brady North, Sr., Gaither; UT Josh Spano, Jr., Armwood
Coach of the Year
Jim Macaluso, King
In his 35th year as head coach, he led the Lions to their first state tournament.
Alonso: Matt Brandy, Chris Chism, Brandon Johnson, Tito Martinez; Bayshore Christian: Garrett Stenholm; Berkeley Prep: Grant Sittig, Zack Sutton; Bloomingdale: Sal Giardina, Sam Morgan, Nolan Schrenker; Brandon: Austin Browder, Spencer Dewey, Spencer Haynes, Chase Sparkman; Brooks-DeBartolo: Adam Eggnatz, Kelvin Mention; Cambridge: Matt Fishman, Hayden Kelley, Derek Self; Carrollwood Day: Dominiq Sicardo; Chamberlain: Justin McCormick, David Perrone; Citrus Park Christian: Fonzie Diaz; Durant: Jacob Burgess, Brett Jones, Trey Oest; Freedom: Tyler Guy; Gaither: Justin Delgado, Drew Doty, Dylan Hathcock, Matthew Frey, Gil Leon, Zack Jackson; Hillsborough: Jeff Mills; Jefferson: Dennis Lopez, Einar Muniz, Corbin Olmstead; Jesuit: Alex Bacon, George Horrnik, Willi Martin, Chris Pagliarulo, Spencer Trayner; King: Brandon Caples, Karlton Knapp, Javaris Reynolds; Lennard: James McDonald, David Vasquez; Leto: Nick Gonzalez, Erick Gutierrez, P.J. Leto; Middleton: Taylor Byrd, Durin O'Linger, Justin Sanders; Newsome: Julius Engel; Plant: Mike Demo, Tyler Linabury, Conner Mitchell, Max Rowe; Plant City: Micah Carmony, Sebastian Ray, K'Shawn Smith; Seffner Christian: Garrett Saunders; Sickles: Tripp Merrell, Mike Sciortino, Chase Wilcocks; Spoto: George Schmitt, Andrew Thomas; Steinbrenner: Gerald Bautista; Strawberry Crest: Jordan Keys; Riverview: Ryan Ogara, Tristan Speak; Robinson: Nick Dunlap; Tampa Bay Tech: Tyler Lawson; Tampa Catholic: Derek Martin, Gio Marrero, Nick Perez; Tampa Prep: Nick Adams, John Arnold, Kyle White; Wharton: Cory Nelson
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer