FRANKFORT, N.Y. — Little Falls rolled to a league championship with one loss in Division I of the Center State Conference this spring but the league’s top individual honor went to Frankfort-Schuyler junior Joe DeSarro.
DeSarro, one of four dominant pitchers in the league, won six of his nine decisions and recorded the only victory against Little Falls in league play. His 1.64 ERA and 65 strikeouts ranked third in the league, as did his win total.
Herkimer Magician Stephen Scialdo and Little Falls Mounties Lucas Godlewski and Tyler Baumeister, a trio of seniors, each ranked ahead of DeSarro in two categories. Baumeister led the league with a 0.88 ERA and won seven of his eight decisions with 63 strikeouts. Godlewski was 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA and fanned 88 batters in a league-high 64 1/3 innings. Scialdo went 4-3 with a 1.60 ERA and 67 strikeouts in one more inning than DeSarro pitched.
DeSarro batted .394, drove in 13 runs and scored 22 times. Baumeister’s .452 average was third in the league, one point behind Scialdo’s, while his 29 runs batted in were first and his 27 runs scored were second. Scialdo batted .453 with 15 runs batted in and a league-best 27 runs scored.
Justin Kiesow, DeSarro’s junior classmate and batterymate at Frankfort-Schuyler, drove in 24 runs, scored 23 and led the league with 38 hits and a .576 batting average.
Scialdo, Godlewski, Baumeister and Kiesow all joined DeSarro on the league’s all-star team.
Godlewski was a second-team pick for the New York State Sportswriters Association’s Class C all-state team. Baumeister was picked for the second team while Marcus Failing, a nine-game winner with 106 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings for Section II Fort Plain, was selected for the third.
Little Falls juniors Mitchell Baumeister, Tyler’s younger brother, and Theo Wind were also picked for the squad along with Herkimer senior Mike Dobek and junior Ryan Fahy, Frankfort-Schuyler senior Joe Juliano, West Canada Valley juniors Brandon Roberts and Mike Sternberg, Dolgeville senior Mackenzie Ferguson and sophomore Dan Fox, and Mohawk seniors Paul Joyce and Eric Bowes.
Honorable mention went to Nick Luppino, Mike Izzo and Sean Ward of Little Falls, Brandon Oldfield, Nick Marollo and Adrian Viscomi of Herkimer, Zack Perri, Mike Bonacci and Mark Spina of Frankfort-Schuyler, Josh Sudakow, Alex Williams and Brandon Moody of West Canada Valley, Dakota Walrath, Johann Doerrer and Kasey Foster of Dolgeville and Mitch Werenczak of Mohawk.
In Division I of the Center State Conference, Ilion placed senior Bryan Bennett on the all-star team while sophomore Matt Klosner received honorable mention. Most valuable player honors went to Anthony Rizzo who led Clinton to league and Section III championships as a senior. Rizzo (first team) and teammates Austin Bouse (fifth) and Andy Taft (sixth) were also all-state honorees in Class B
Division III coaches honored Mt. Markham teammates Josh Holtham, a senior, and Josh Urtz, a junior, with spots on their all-star team. Mustangs Mike Gras, Travis Nelson and Kris Pontero received honorable mention. The most valuable player award was shared by Sauquoit Valley teammates Rob Slivinski and R.J. Spinella. Slivinski was a seventh-team all-state pick in Class C; Cooperstown’s Ethan Bliss was placed on the fifth team.
Page 2 of 2 - Poland Tornadoes Austin Dexter, Mark Hennings and Cameron Tabor were named Division IV all-stars while teammates Finn Morrissey, Bryce Wenzel and Bryant Barrows received honorable mention. New York Mills’ Zack Vennaro was the most valuable player. Vennaro and teammate J.T. Ross were first-team all-state picks in Class D while Oriskany’s Dan Buehler was a second-teamer and Ben Yacavone of Hamilton and Shawn Kula of New York Mills were picked for the fourth team.