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All-Suncoast baseball team

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Pitcher of the Year Thomas Dorminy, Jr., Alonso

Why we picked him:

The Ravens rode Dorminy's left arm all the way to the Class 6A state title. He went 12-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 741/3 innings, including a no-hitter in the region final. He dazzled with an arsenal that includes a mid 90s fastball and knee-buckling curve. He also hit .370 with six homers and 31 RBIs.

Key stats: In three region and state tournament starts, Dorminy went 3-0 and allowed just two runs and six hits over 201/3 innings, striking out 30.

Most memorable moment: Beating defending Class 6A champ Lake Brantley in the state semifinals in Port St. Lucie. Dorminy threw a three-hit complete-game shutout against the Patriots. "That was special because when you read everything on the Internet going into that game, it was like he didn't have a chance," Dorminy's father, Thomas Jr., said. "But they don't know him like I do."

Future plans: Before returning for his senior season, he plans on attending two instate showcase events. He is already committed to USF, but the pro draft might come calling after next season if he keeps progressing.

Player of the Year Jake Schrader, Sr., Pasco

Why we picked him:

Mostly for his combination of power and patience. Protected by a daunting batting order, the shortstop hit .554 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs. He drew 25 walks in 99 plate appearances.

Key stats: Schrader's 13 homers led the Times' four-county coverage area (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas). More than half of his hits (21 of 36) went for extra bases. Subtract three against likely big-league draftee Patrick Schuster, and Schrader struck out only 10 times.

Most memorable moments: Schrader says it's the final at-bat of his prep career, when he homered against Eustis in the Class 4A region quarterfinals. We say it's his final pitching appearance. With two outs and a runner on third in the seventh inning of the district final against Nature Coast, Schrader, summoned to the mound one batter before because Pasco had run out of arms, threw a pitch that got away from catcher Jorge Jaramillo. He raced home, caught the ball from Jaramillo and tagged Justin Tewey to clinch a 10-9 win.

Future plans: Schrader has signed with St. Johns River Community College in Palatka.

Coach of the Year Landy Faedo, Alonso

Faedo lost his No. 1 starter, Ray Delphey, for the season then had to play the entire postseason on the road. But Faedo still led the Ravens to the school's first state title.

First team

P Patrick Schuster, Sr., Mitchell: Threw four no-hitters in a row. Enough said.

P Taylor Layner, So., Osceola: The Pinellas County Pitcher of the Year went 8-0 with a 0.83 ERA and 91 strikeouts.

P Robert Benincasa, Sr., Armwood: Florida State recruit went 12-1 with a 1.35 ERA for the Class 5A state semifinalist.

P Daniel Gibson, Jr., Jesuit: The Tigers' ace was the go-to guy all season, finishing 9-2 with a 2.04 ERA

C Michael Smith, Sr., Brandon: Carried a depleted lineup with a .474 average and seven homers.

IF Casey Turgeon, So., Dunedin: The Pinellas County Player of the Year hit .432 and led the county with six home runs.

IF Jay Mattos, Sr., Ridgewood: The .507 hitter led the Rams in five offensive categories and was their ace.

IF Tyler Ding, Jr., Alonso: The best all-around hitter on the Class 6A state champ.

IF Greg Dupell, Sr., Jesuit: Led Hillsborough County with 43 RBIs.

OF Drew Doty, Jr., Gaither: Led Hillsborough County with 10 homers.

OF Jay Laurienzo, Sr., Hillsborough: Wade Boggs Award winner hit .483 in just 19 games.

OF Josh Johnson, Sr., Pasco: Purdue football signee hit .427 with eight homers.

DH Matthew Hart, Sr., Mitchell: Hit .493 with eight homers, 41 RBIs and 14 doubles.

Utility Mychal Givens, Sr., Plant: Bay area's top pro prospect went 8-4 with 113 strikeouts in 78 innings and hit .374.

Second team

P Justin Tedder, So., SP Catholic ; P Alex Norris, Jr., Dunedin ; P Jose Fernandez, So., Alonso; P Dylan Hathcock, Jr., Gaither; C Jorge Jaramillo, Sr., Pasco; IF Nick Lockwood, Sr., Jesuit; IF Mike Danner, Jr., Gaither; IF Chad Taylor, Sr., Jefferson; IF Mike Martello, Sr., Seminole; OF Joe Cartwright, Sr., Armwood; OF Bobby Woods, Sr., Tarpon Springs ; OF Ryan Henry, Sr., Tampa Catholic; DH Tyler Guy, Jr., Zephyrhills; Utility Zack Powers, Jr., Armwood

Honorable mention

Alonso: Ray Delphey, Adam Pendleton; Bishop McLaughlin: Taylor McGillis; Bloomingdale: Frank Ambrosino; Brandon: Cory Schools; Brooks-DeBartolo: Reggie Williams Jr.; Cambridge: Trent Tagliarini; CC Catholic: Zach Olson; Countryside: Spencer Wilson; Dunedin: Todd Haskel, Ryan Reedy; Jesuit: Jimmy Falla, Joe Hudson, Willi Martin, Lance McCullers; Land O'Lakes: Jason Garcia, Curt Hilgenberg; Leto: Rolando Peraza; Mitchell: Doug Burlett, Kevin Games, Matt Hewitt; Nature Coast: Mike Adams; Northeast: Jerrod Flanagan; Osceola: Winston Rivas; Palm Harbor University: Danny Murray; Pasco: Brennan Allen; Pinellas Park: Cody Arnold; Plant: Jake Lowe; Sickles: Josh Dunn; St. Petersburg: Clarence Wilson; Springstead: Patrick Dwyer; Sunlake: Connor Coplon, Pablo Rivera; Tarpon Springs: Ryan Allen.

Compiled by Bryan Burns, Eduardo A. Encina, Izzy Gould, Joey Knight and Bob Putnam, Times staff writers

All-Suncoast baseball team 06/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 6, 2009 11:17pm]
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