Player of the Year | Joey Krehbiel, Jr., Seminole
A shortstop and closer, Krehbiel put up numbers at both positions that were hard to beat. He hit .476 with six home runs and 20 RBIs, ranking among the top two county public school players in batting average and home runs. He also was pretty good on the mound, recording nine saves with a 1.00 ERA. Perhaps, most important, he played his best when it mattered most, helping the Warhawks knock off Dunedin in the Class 5A region semifinals.
Most impressive accomplishment: In the most important game of the year, Krehbiel shined, going 3-for-4 and igniting an offense that had 10 hits and scored seven runs in the first two innings against the Falcons in the region semifinals.
Did you know? Krehbiel was patient at the plate this season, drawing 21 walks and striking out just eight times.
Future plans: Krehbiel will continue to play baseball with travel teams this summer to get ready for high school ball next season.
Pitcher of the Year | Marc Brakeman, So., Shorecrest
Brakeman was the workhorse of the Chargers staff, throwing 76 innings and either starting or making an appearance in each of the team's final four postseason games, including the state championship game against Miami Westminster Christian. Brakeman ended up with some impressive numbers, leading the county in strikeouts with 115 while posting a 1.75 ERA.
Most impressive accomplishment: In big games, Brakeman was at his best. He had 12 strikeouts against Bishop McLaughlin in the region final to secure Shorecrest's first state tournament appearance since 1991. And against Seminole in a tournament, Brakeman also had 12 strikeouts in seven innings.
Did you know? Brakeman has played varsity for Shorecrest since the seventh grade.
Future plans: Brakeman will play with travel teams in the summer and fall to prepare for his junior season with the Chargers.
P Taylor Layner, Jr., Osceola: Second in county with 112 strikeouts
P Mike Clarkson, Jr., Dunedin: 9-2 with 1.58 ERA
P Kraig Richmond, Sr., Clearwater: Finished with 1.29 ERA
P Tim Lamoureux, Sr., Seminole: Pitched most of team's big games
C Daniel Torres, Sr., Countryside: County's best defensive catcher
INF Casey Turgeon, Jr., Dunedin: Florida recruit hit .429 with eight homers
INF Sean O'Brien, Sr., Clearwater: FSU signee hit .397, 22 RBIs
INF Kaleb Paulton, Sr., Pinellas Park: Team's leading hitter had a .424 batting average
INF Scott Schlapinski, Jr., Osceola: The county's 4A player of the year
OF Morgan Cowan, Sr., East Lake: Team's best offense threat hit. 413
OF Mike Tipton, Jr., Dunedin: Leadoff hitter batted .388, second-best on team
OF Tyler Moll, Sr., St. Petersburg: Team's best hitter down the stretch
UT Alex Norris, Sr., Dunedin: The veteran was 8-1 on the mound, hit .351 at the plate
DH Tim McKay, Jr., SP Catholic: Hit. 471 with 11 doubles, 32 RBIs
P Justin Tedder, Jr., SP Catholic; P Donny Norris, Jr., Pinellas Park; P Zach Gordon, Sr., East Lake; P Brian Johnson, Sr., East Lake; C James Petika, Sr., CC Catholic; INF Cody Arnold, Jr., Pinellas Park; INF Wes Sargent, Sr., East Lake; INF Patrick Camporini, Sr., CC Catholic; INF Jordan Doyle, Jr., Seminole; OF Bobby Twitty, Sr., SP Catholic; OF Jeremy Lopez, Sr., Northeast; OF Connor Obrochta, Sr., SP Catholic; UT Kyle Turner, Sr., Northside Christian; DH Kyle Parry, Sr., Countryside
Coach of the Year
Don Reed, Shorecrest
The veteran coach led a young team that had just one senior starter to the school's first state tournament appearance since 1991, and its first state championship game since 1989.
Boca Ciega: Nate Aipel, Mike Lovejoy, Zack Parisoff, Mike Pipkin; Calvary Christian: Jeff Johnson, Aaron Watson; Canterbury: Jeremy Dolan, Harrison Hall, Jake Holsinger, DaSean Thomas; Clearwater: Brian Borden, Kasey Coffin, Brett Gilman, Jabe Molinaro, Andre Ortega; Clearwater Central Catholic: Jeff Campbell, Dominick Del Monte, Jordan Nolan, Preston Packrall, Eric Simone; Countryside: Tyler Harriman, Dominic Monda; Dixie Hollins: Nathan Chlysta, Matt Harris, John Hollis, Tim King, Ray Lanners, Zack Martz, Jody Odom; Dunedin: Ben Emery, Kyle Kunnen, Alex Libby, Colyn O'Connell, Jordan Savinon, Chase Smith; East Lake: Tyler Kellmann, Drew Posavec, Sawyer Wilson; Indian Rocks Christian: Brian Balbin, Jeff Burch, Tyler Gattuso, Daniel Hardesty, Matt Kulaga; Lakeside Christian: Max Collins, Jason Woods; Lakewood: Morgan Harris, Jimmy Lynch, Keegan Oberer, Brian Replogle, Trayton Thomason; Largo: Spencer Ashworth, Robert Clark, George Koceja, Austin Lowther, Austin Misner, J.L. Monson; Northeast: Brent Brockman, Shawn Delmontagne, Jerrod Flanagan, James Gray, Walter Lamerson, James McGettrick, Noel Thomas, Phil Woods; Northside Christian: David Dresselhaus, Cam Eller, Harrison Ralph, Robbie Williams; Osceola: Mike Boriboun, Tyler Brown, Evan Hock, Brock Jensen, Josh Townsend; Palm Harbor U: Max Cameron, Andrew Goot, Zac Johnson, Kenny Keenan, Matt Kizer, Danny Murray, Aaron Piotrowski; Pinellas Park: Andy Laughery, Ryan Renoso, Darrell Weber, Justin Warren; St. Petersburg: Dylan Benedict, Kyle Chavez, Chris Davis, Mark Denny, Adam Graves, Clarence Wilson; St. Petersburg Catholic: Kolbe Andrade, Corey Baptist, Jake Foerster, Mike Lakus, Chris McKay, Tito Santos; Seminole: Stephen Attaway, Spencer Heirman, Casey Jennings, Cameron Lima, Gabe Martello, Alex McGathey, Brett Phillips; Shorecrest: Spencer Heath, Tyler Larson, Brent Rasmussen, John Rothwell; Tarpon Springs: Ryan Allen, Josiah Fisk, Matt Freburg, Tommy Grill, Caleb Koulianos, Chris Ruggiero, Trevor Schmidt
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer