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    Devaney: HV Baseball's All-Underrated Team

    by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
    Thu, May 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    Updated Tue, May 22, 2012 6:50 AM

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    MSG VARSITY – HUDSON VALLEY
    ALL-UNDERRATED BASEBALL TEAM

    Catcher
    Peter Pena, Sleepy Hollow. The 6-foot-4 junior is a total stud with serious college potential. His rocket arm limits would-be base-stealers and his power at the plate (3 home runs) ranks him among the top catchers in the section.

    First baseman
    Ray Schmahl, Yonkers.
    The 13-1 Bulldogs have a stud in the middle of their lineup in Schmahl. The junior is hitting .462 with 15 RBI and 13 runs, and has recorded at least two hits in seven of Yonkers’ 14 games.

    Second baseman
    Elbin Martinez, North Rockland.
    This season, the most consistent hitter in the North Rockland lineup has been Martinez. The senior leads the Red Raiders (13-3) with a .464 batting average and is tied for the lead in RBI with 20. He also has two homers and 18 runs scored and is 13 for 13 in stolen base attempts.

    Shortstop
    Spike Manning, Pelham.
    The Pelicans love their junior shortstop because, if he’s on base, he’s going to find a way to the plate. A gifted defensive player, Manning is a smart base-runner who has scored a team-high 16 runs and stolen 10 bases. He’s a .349 hitter who’s committed just four errors in 41 opportunities.

    Third baseman
    Elliot Haight, Mahopac.
    Mahopac is on course for a top seed in the Class AA playoffs and Haight is leading the charge. The senior is hitting a team-best .512 with 12 RBI, and has drawn 13 walks while only striking out four times.

    Outfielders
    Matt Wright, Lakeland.
    Wright has shown amazing versatility this season as the Hornets have found their way into contention in Class A. The 6-foot-3 senior is hitting .409 with 12 RBI, and has two hits in each of the last four games.

    Chris Osterman, FDR-Hyde Park. FDR has won 11 games this season and has received consistent contributions from the junior. He’s tied for the team lead with a .352 average with 14 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

    Miles Semetis, Irvington. Semetis has really set the tone at the top of the order as the Bulldogs have established themselves as a serious a contender in Class B. This week alone, Semetis has a double, an RBI and picked up the save in Monday’s win over Sleepy Hollow, which was Sleepy’s first defeat. Semetis followed that up with a four-hitter in a 5-1 win over Sleepy on Wednesday.

    Utility
    Joe Lovecchio, Valhalla.
    The underappreciated junior catcher has been a rock for the Vikings the last few seasons. Although he doesn’t have great size, Lovecchio swings a big stick and has hit a solid .308 with 14 runs scored this season.

    Josh Becker, Solomon Schechter. Becker has spent time at third base, shortstop and pitcher this season and has flourished everywhere. In 12 games, he’s hit .343 with four homers, 15 RBI and 13 runs scored. He’s walked 11 times and, in his last outing, pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts to beat Riverside.

    Pitchers
    Dan Golembiewski, Beacon.
    On a team with plenty of star power, Golembiewski often gets overlooked as a hitter and pitcher. The senior has batted .410 with an on-base percentage of .529. On the mound he’s 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

    Mike Forgione, Harrison. The Huskies are 11-2 and in the thick of the Class A title hunt because of the depth of their pitching staff. Alongside ace Max Bruckner has been senior Mike Forgione, who’s posted a 3-1 record, including two complete games. He has a 3.03 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 30 innings and only eight walks.

    Andrew Slosberg, Byram Hills. After another terrific outing on Tuesday, Slosberg is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA, striking out 47 in 41 1/3 innings. His wins include Pelham, Harrison, and Rye Neck, and his loss was a two-run outing against Pearl River.

    Will Hofmann, Mamaroneck. While he’s not considered the ace the staff, Hoffman has sure pitched like one. He’s 5-0 and struck out 31 batters in 34 innings while only walking four.

    Did we forget somebody? Email your suggestion for the All-Underrated team to Kevin Devaney Jr. at kdevaney@cablevision.com. Tweet him: @MSGVarsityKDJ

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