The Sullivan Spartans dropped its third straight game to the Extra Inning Clippers of Fishkill, eliminating them from the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League best-of-five finals.
Kyle Montross took the loss allowing three runs while scattering six hits. Jake Schilling was 2-for-3 with a double and Bobby Wagner had a RBI single for the Spartans who came out of nowhere to advance to the finals.
"It was a miraculous run by one of the youngest teams in the league," said Spartans general manager Jared Carrier. "To win nine of our last 10 games to simply qualify for the playoffs was one thing, but advance to the finals was a great example of the grit and guts that these guys played with."
The Spartans(23-26) played the most games in their nine-year history (49), advancing to the finals for the first time. Travis Renwick was the first Spartan pitcher to win the "Josh Depew Award" which goes to the top pitcher in the league.
Offensive Player of the Year
Jake Schilling (Honesdale HS/SUNY Sullivan) .439, 17 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 35 RBI with 20 runs scored. Jake played shortstop, second base and third base this summer while being the toughest out in the HVCBL, leading the league with a .492 batting average. Jake also had two walk-off hits. Jake will be returning to SUNY Sullivan for his sophomore season where he was a member of the Generals high-powered offensive lineup this past spring.
Pitcher of the Year
Travis Renwick (Chapel Field HS/Brockport St.) 6-2, 65 2/3 IP, 60 K's, 22 BB, 6 complete games. Travis has been the Spartans ace for two season. The 6'7" LHP is a strike- throwing machine and neutralizes the opponent's running game with a stellar pick-off move. Travis will be entering his senior year at Brockport State where he was an important arm to their postseason run this past spring. Travis also won the "Josh Depew Award" which goes to the top pitcher in the HVCBL.
Defensive Player of the Year
Zac Menendez (Chapel Field HS/East Stroudsburg University). Zac, primarily a centerfielder, made a number of game changing plays this summer including throwing out runners at the plate in two consecutive games late in the season. He can cover a ton of ground in the outfield, often robbing the opposition of sure extra basehits. Zac will be entering his senior year at ESU where he set the single season stolen base record this past spring.
This first-time award for the top high school grad or college freshman is split between utility player Tyler Lopez (Tri-Valley HS/SUNY Sullivan) and Connor Briggs (Monticello HS/Brockport St.). Lopez hit .293 with 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI and scored 10 runs. Briggs went 5-4 on the mound, throwing the second most innings at 38 2/3. The RHP struck out 40 while only walking 14 and drew some of the tougher assignments this summer.