High school coaches pick All-Cape Coral baseball team
While their season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, which closed schools and forced a premature end to the spring sports seasons, a number of Cape high school baseball players had solid starts to their 2020 season and have been recognized for their efforts on the All-Cape Coral team.
Voting for the All-Cape team was done by the coaches from Cape Coral and North Fort Myers. Represented on the squad are players from Cape Coral High School, Ida Baker High School, Island Coast High School, Mariner High School, North Fort Myers High School and Oasis High School.
Named as the top pitcher was Michael Holmes of Ida Baker, who had a 4-0 record with a 1.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 21 innings. Bryce Shaffer of Island Coast was second with a 2-0 record with a 1.11 ERA and 24 Ks in 19 innings. Tying for the third spot were Allen Guerrero of Cape High with a 1-1 mark with a 2.681 ERA and 23 Ks in 15.2 innings; and Danny Valdes of Cape with a 1-1 record with one save, a 1.826 ERA and 18 Ks in 15.1 innings.
Leading the second team for pitchers was Logan Wilsker of Ida Baker, who was 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00 and 11 Ks in 14 innings. Behind him was Jordan Dence of Island Coast with a 2-1 mark, a 2.88 ERA and 27 Ks in 17 innings.
Third team honors went to Dominick Cotoni of Mariner (2-0 record, 0.875 ERA and 12 Ks in 16 innings), Kevin Rodriguez of Island Coast (0-0 record, with 1 save, 2.10 ERA and 16 Ks in 10 innings) and Michael Scalise of Mariner (2-1 record 2.57 ERA and 21 Ks in 16 innings).
Earning the most votes at catcher was Mac Moise of Ida Baker. He had a .333 batting average with 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 8 walks and one stolen base. The runner-up spot went to Mason Schweiser of Island Coast with a .312 average and 4 RBI. The third spot went to Daniel Barcena of Cape with a .276 average and 5 RBI.
Topping the first basemen was Carson McNeely of Ida Baker, who posted a .238 average with 4 hit by pitches, 5 walks and 2 stolen bases. He was also recognized for his defensive skills. Second went to Brady Porvaznik of Island Coast with a .333 batting average and 6 RBI.
There was a tie for the top spot at second base between Dylan Gabor of Ida Baker, who posted a .333 batting average with 7 stolen bases and 6 RBI, and Tanner Rennie of Oasis, who recorded a .667 batting average (10 hits in 15 official plate appearances) 6 RBI, 9 runs and 2 stolen bases.
Earning first place among shortstops was Alex Freeland of Mariner. He had a .429 average with 12 hits, one home run, 5 doubles, 11 runs and 7 walks. The UCF commit also had four stolen bases.
He was followed by Nick Richir of Ida Baker with a .321 average and 2 stolen bases; Daniel Rennie of Oasis with a .526 average (10 hits in 19 official at bats), 2 doubles, 2 triples, 10 runs and 6 RBI; and Danny Valdes, who hit just .217 but had 3 doubles, 4 RBI, scored 10 runs and had 11 bases on balls.
At third base, Allen Guerrero of Cape topped the list. He had a .276 batting average with 2 doubles, 6 RBI, 6 runs, 3 stolen bases and 8 walks. Earning the runner-up position was Jake Mueller of Island Coast with a .233 batting average with 3 doubles and 4 RBI.
Like the pitchers, there were first, second and third team selections for the outfielders.
The top outfielder was AJ Marinello of Ida Baker. He had a .407 average (11 hits in 27 at bats) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, 4 stolen bases, 6 walks and 8 RBI. The second spot went to Jaylen Youngs of Mariner with a .276 average, 1 home run, 7 runs, 4 RBI, 7 walks and 5 stolen bases. Third went to Mason Dugas of Ida Baker with a .375 average, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 10 runs and 6 stolen bases.
Kevin Rodriguez of Island Coast lead the second team with a .235 average, 6 RBI and 6 runs. He was followed by Vinny Padula of Cape with a .333 average and 3 RBI; and Riley Reed of North Fort Myers with a .350 average and 6 runs.
Leading the third team was Jason Slater of Cape with a .263 average, a double and 8 RBI. Next was Sebastian Grafmyre of Ida Baker with a .333 average, 6 runs and 6 stolen bases. Rounding out the outfield list was Brock Balsely of Island Coast with a .194 average, 1 triple, 3 runs and 4 walks.
Logan Wilsker of Ida Baker was voted top utility player, in addition to being named one of the top pitchers. He hit .269 with a home run and 5 RBI. The runner-up in the category was Blake Busbee of North Fort Myers who hit .375 with 5 RBI, 7 runs and 4 stolen bases. Daniel Ramirez of Cape was third. He hit .333 with 5 RBI and 4 runs. Capping the list was Dewitt Ryan of Oasis who hit .409 with 10 RBI, 7 runs and 3 doubles.