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First All-State baseball team features six Berks players

Pennsylvania has never had an all-state team for high school baseball … until this season.

In the first iteration of the squad, six Berks high school players made the first team. Teams were picked for each of the six classes in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball.

The team is the first objective of the newly formed Pennsylvania State Baseball Coaches Association, which wants to promote high school baseball more in the state. The PSBCA has plans for the future, like possibly putting together a state All-Star Game. But the association’s first objective was to start an All-State team.

Gov. Mifflin, the class 5A state champion, placed three players on the Class 5A  team — pitcher Ethan Grim, infielder Bryce Detwiler and utility player Travis Jenkins, all juniors, who were joined on the 5A team by Exeter senior outfielder Alex Kelsey.

In 6A, Wilson senior outfielder Nick Fiorini was a first team pick and in 4A, Fleetwood senior pitcher Liam Hilburt was named to the first team.

Grim was one of the top pitchers in the state, earning the win in the Mustangs’ 2-1 PIAA championship game win over Hollidaysburg.

The right-hander ended the season with a Berks-leading 113 strikeouts, an earned run average of 1.76 and an 8-3 record. At the plate, heading into the state final where he went 0-3, Grim was batting .425 had 34 hits, one home run, one triple and 10 doubles. Grim reached his 200th career strikeout in the Mustangs’ 10-0 win over Whitehall in a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal.

Detwiler, the BCIAA Player of the Year and a UConn commit, struck out the side in the seventh inning to seal the Mustangs first state championship.

Heading into the state final, Detwiler was batting .458 and finished the season leading the team in home home runs (8), triples (3), doubles (24) and RBIs (34). He scored a run and went 1-for-3 with a double in the state final. Detwiler also earned 10 victories on the mound.

Jenkins, picked on the team as a utility player, played most of the season at catcher. He picked off two runners in the Mustangs’ 7-2 win over Selinsgrove in the PIAA semifinals. Heading into the state championship where he went 0-for-3 with an RBI, Jenkins was batting .373 with 38 hits, eight doubles, two triples and three home runs.

An outfielder and pitcher, Kelsey had an excellent season at the plate, batting .527 with 29 hits, 13 RBIs, 29 runs scored, two doubles and six triples for the Eagles.

Fiorini had a .402 batting average with 10 doubles, two home runs, 30 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Hilburt was one of the top pitchers in Berks this season and pitched a gem in a 3-0 win over Northern Lebanon in the District 3 Class 4A quarterfinals.

Hilburt hurled a complete-game shutout, striking out nine as sixth-seeded Fleetwood beat third-seeded Northern Lebanon.

 

 

 

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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