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Coaches Pick Baseball Elite

By Ted Waddell
DELAWARE VALLEY -- June 30, 2000

Rory Carrier • FT • catcher/pitcher • SR: Batting average of .500 (23-for-46), .931 slugging percentage, 24 RBI, four homers, one triple, eight doubles, 18 walks, struck out swinging just once at the plate this season. Team MVP, team co-captain for three years, three-time WSL all-star and WSL MVP runner up for 2000.
“A tremendous hitter and a great defensive catcher,” said Eagles varsity baseball coach Bill Kirk. “A team player through and through, always put the team ahead of everything else… [as catcher], he called the the game and handled the pitchers.”
James Sykes • FT • center fielder • SR: Batting average of .379 (22/58), .471 on-base percentage, 23 RBI, one homer, four doubles.
“Outstanding center fielder,” Kirk commented. “When the ball was hit to center field, you knew he was going to run it down and catch it. Great all-around player… good hitter in the clutch and great defensively.”
Terrance Fink • HM, first baseman/pitcher • JR: Batting average of .400 (24/60), 26 runs, six RBI as second man up, eight doubles, 16 walks, six strike outs.
“An outstanding fielding first baseman who didn’t commit an error,” praised Kirk. “A great hitter. I look at him as being a key player on next year’s team.”
Gary Hubert • HM • shortstop/pitcher • SR: Batting average of .371 (26/70), .829 fielding percentage, 3–1 pitching record, 16 RBI, one homer, one triple, eight doubles. Three-year WSL All-Star, second season as co-captain.
“Dependable, a great competitor, very intense. Outstanding fielder and a great hitter. A pleasure to have on the team… [he has a] great desire to win,” said Kirk.


Chris Desseauve • HM • pitcher/shortstop • SR: Batting average of 385, fielding percentage of about .900, 4–2 on the mound in the league. Led the team in walks (16) and stolen bases (19).
“Excellent speed on the bases and a good glove and arm,” said Yellow Jackets baseball coach Frank Kean.
John Schneider • HM • catcher • JR: Batting average of .388, as catcher was credited throwing out seven runners trying to steal second and tagging out four at the plate.
“A very good arm, really did a good job,” said Kean. “Looks to be one of the better catchers in the league next year, and plans to try out at the mound. Excellent all-around ball player.”
Craig Vandermark • HM • pitcher • SR: Team’s highest batting average with .405 and knocked in the most runs with 23 RBI, ERA of about 3.60 in four year varsity career, 3–5 in league games this season. Team captain and MVP.
According to Kean, four of Vandermark’s losses this year were because of “our mistakes” in the field. “Our best all-around ball player. Good pitcher and plays the field real well… plays a very good first base, and hits well in the clutch.”


Adam Hauser • FT • center fielder • SR: Batting average of .476 (20/42), one homer, three doubles. Highest batting average on the team for the last two years.
“A good ball player who hustled on the field,” said Trojans baseball coach Dan Hart. “Made a couple of diving catches to save games. Probably the best center fielder in the league with his his speed and glove.”
Jim Kautz • FT • catcher • SR: Batting average of .465 (20/43), one triple, four doubles. Second-team WSL All-Star last year.
“Leader on the team… dedicated to the game, loves it and respects it. I’d like a team full of Jims,” Hart said.
Ryan O’Mara • FT • pitcher/shortstop • SR: Batting average of .469 (23/ 49), four triples, four doubles, 4.05 ERA , 2–2 (both one-run losses) in the league. Most Improved award.
“Improved as the season went on, and pitched very well. Consistently put his team in a position to win,” Hart noted.
Kyle Bright • HM • third base/relief pitcher • SO: Batting average of .478 (22/46), three triples.
“Kyle was a surprise, because as a sophomore we didn’t want to put too much pressure on him. Boy, did he deliver!” Hart praised. “Good glove at third, and was consistent with the bat.”
Maynard Schmidt • HM • pitcher/shortstop • SR: Batting average of .492 (18/42), one triple, six doubles, 3.05 ERA, 5–1 on the mound (five complete games). Last year, was team’s most improved player and second-team WSL.
“Worked hard at his game, and loves and respects the game,” said Hart. “Enjoys playing it. A real workhorse.”

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