2017 Top 22 PBR Final Four All-Tournament Team



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By Dylan Hefflinger
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2017 Top 22 PBR Final Four All-Tournament Team

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*** MVP of the tournament is at the bottom.

Top Two-Way Performances

Andrew RussellName: Andrew Russell
Position: SS/RHP
High School:
Champion
Class: 2019
Rank: 19th in 2019 class
Andrew RussellTournament Performance: Passion... This kid has it. You have to love how Russell plays the game, and being able to play with this much confidence along with the passion is what makes this 2019 one of the top two-way talents in the state. Andrew went the distance in the State Title game, limiting the once unbeaten Hiland Hawks to just 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. At the plate Russell went 3-5 with an RBI and sacrifice bunt while making 3 assists at short.

Drake BatchoName: Drake Batcho
Position: LHP/OF
High School:
 Champion
Class: 2018
Drake BatchoTournament Performance: The top uncommitted junior at state was lights out in the semifinal win, going the distance allowing just 4 hits and 3 walks. The southpaw struck out 9 in the semifinal win. Batcho also showed athleticism at the plate, going 2-4 with a double, a run scored and 3 walks.

 


Jared BurickName: Jared Burick
Position: CF/RHP
High School:
Tallmadge
Class: 2018
Jared BurickTournament Performance: The speedy center fielder went 3-3 in the state semifinal win and possibly topped that performance by picking up the win in the title game, going 6.1 innings, allowing no runs, 2 hits, 3 walks while striking out 5 in the state final win for the Blue Devils. The junior is a solid two-way prospect.

 

 

Top Position Player Performances

Parker ShannonName: Parker Shannon
Position: Catcher
High School:
Strongsville
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The Mercyhurst University commit went 4-6 at Huntington Park vs some of the top arms in the state. The 2-hole hitter drove in a pair of runs, scored twice, stole 3 bases and had an assist for the runners-up in Division I, the Strongsville Mustangs.

 

 

Michael TurnerName: Michael Turner
Position: Catcher
High School:
Champion
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The Kent State University commit showcased the smoothest swing from the left side, staying on the ball and delivering it where it is pitched. Turner showed why he is one of the top prospects in his class, going 4-7 with an RBI, game-winning hit in the semifinal for the eventual State winners Champion.

 

 

Name: Scott Seeker
Position: 1st Baseman
High School:
Tallmadge
Class: 2018
Tournament Performance: The big 1st baseman for the Tallmadge Blue Devils went 3-6 at Huntington Park, helping lead his Blue Devils to their 2nd state title. The cleanup hitter had a double, run scored and 2 RBIs. The Army commit proved to be a key leader on the Division II state title team.

 

 

Noah TrizzinoName: Noah Trizzino
Position: 1st Baseman
High School:
Strongsville
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The cleanup hitter had a big-time state title game, going 3-3 in that contest. Both games combined, Trizzino went 3-5 with a double, RBI and an assist defensively.

 

 

 

 

Jake RenselName: Jake Rensel
Position: 2nd Baseman
High School:
Tallmadge
Class: 2018
Tournament Performance: Rensel contributed in both of the wins for the Blue Devils in Columbus, going 1-3 in each of the games, with an RBI in both contests. As a whole, Rensel went 2-6 with a double, two RBIs and two assists.

 

Phillip GlasserName: Phillip Glassner
Position: Shortstop
High School:
Tallmadge
Class: 2018
Tournament Performance: Lead-off hitter for Tallmadge was the table-setter on offense, while providing some outstanding defense with eight assists. At the plate the junior went 3-7 with 2 runs and a walk.

 

Ryan PeltierName: Ryan Peltier
Position: SS/RHP
High School:
Chaminade Julienne
Class: 2018
Tournament Performance: Peltier may have picked up the loss in the state final game, but the deceptive righty kept his Eagles in that game. In the semifinal, the 3-hole hitter blasted a no-doubt home run to deep left which helped propel CJ past Steubenville.

 

 

Cade MotticeName: Cade Mottice
Position: 3rd Baseman
High School:
Massillon Jackson
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The Malone commit was a key catalyst for the eventual Division I State Champion Polar Bears. At the plate the left-handed swinger went 3-7 with a double, 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and a sacrifice bunt. Defensively, Mottice made all his plays look routine, recording 3 assists.

 

Jon NiemeyerName: Jon Niemeyer
Position: Outfield
High School:
Minster
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The Wildcats' senior leader proved to be just that, delivering the biggest hit of the year, a walk-off, title-winning single to left to defeat Russia in the Division IV State Title game. Combined, Niemeyer went 3-7 with a double, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a walk..

 

Dylan CordonnierName: Dylan Cordonnier
Position: Outfield
High School:
Russia
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The senior outfielder had two solid games helping Russia to a State Runner-Up finish. Cordonnier went 4-6, with a double, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a walk. Defensively Cordonnier played a solid center field, recording 7 outs.

 

Mitchell ClarkName: Mitchell Clark
Position: Outfield
High School:
Dalton
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: Despite losing in the State Semifinal, Dalton's Mitchell Clark had a solid performance, going 2-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored while driving in 3. Clark also walked and stole a base down in Columbus.

 

 

Top Performances on the Mound

Name: Kyle Nicolas
Position: RHP/1B
High School:
Massillon Jackson
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: The Ball State commit is known for his arm and showed that, having one of the dominant performances in the semifinal win for the Polar Bears. The hard-throwing righty went the distance in the semifinal win over Lakota West, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Also showed that he can swing the bat, going 2-6 with a run scored, 3 RBIs and 2 walks.

 


Garrett WissmanName: Garrett Wissman
Position: Pitcher
High School:
Chaminade Julienne
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: Wissman showcased why he is one of the top uncommitted arms left in the 2017 class. The Eagles' senior went the distance, allowing just a lone hit and a walk in the semifinal win over Steubenville. The righty also recorded 7 strikeouts in the process. 


Aaron ErnstName: Aaron Ernst
Position: Pitcher
High School:
Minster
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance:  The senior righty has been flat-out dominant all tournament for the Minster Wildcats and once again came up huge on the biggest stage. Ernst went the distance in the semifinal win, allowing just an unearned run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.

 

 

Danny ZdinakName: Danny Zdinak
Position: Pitcher
High School:
Toronto
Class: 2017
Tournament Performance: Zdinak was the hard-luck loser in the semifinal game for Toronto, but was dominant in the process. The senior went the distance against the eventual state champions from Minster, allowing 3 first-inning unearned runs on 8 hits and a walk while striking out 12.

 

 

Yianni SkeriotisName: Yianni Skeriotis
Position: Pitcher
High School:
Massillon Jackson
Class: 2019
Tournament Performance: The sophomore is one of the top arms in the state and he showcased that on the biggest stage, the Division I State Title game Yianni went the distance in the State Championship, allowing just 2 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5.

 

 

Matthew BroskyName: Matt Brosky
Position: Pitcher
High School:
Strongsville
Class: 2018
Tournament Performance: The Ohio University commit used all of his pitches to keep Olentangy Orange at bay in the Division I State Semifinal win for his Strongsville Mustangs. The righty went the distance, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.

Jack HeintbrinkName: Jack Heintbrink
Position: Pitcher
High School: 
Minster
Class: 2019
Tournament Performance: The sophomore lefty picked up the win in the Division IV State Title game, as he helped the Minster Wildcats avenge a regular season loss to a rival that is just 13 miles away geographically in Russia. The southpaw went the distance, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 5.

 

 

2017 OHSAA State Tournament MVP

Dillon DinglerThe 2017 State tournament was all about outstanding play behind the dish, solid two-way performances, stellar pitching performances by the state champions and clutch hitting 1-9 by the four teams that eventually held up the championship trophy. That being said, in 2017 the MVP came down to five choices, Dillon Dingler (Catcher, Ohio State commit), Andrew Russell (SS/RHP, 2019 standout), Drake Batcho (LHP, top uncommitted 2018), Kyle Nicolas (RHP, Ball State commit) and Jared Burick (CF/RHP, 2018).

Dillon DinglerThe MVP goes to ... Dillon Dingler.

This is the first time in the six years of the All-Tournament team that the MVP goes to someone who didn't throw an inning on the mound, but Dingler showed he could impact the game in many ways despite not pitching.

The future Ohio State Buckeye went an impressive 6-7 at the plate, with a double, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs 1 walk, 2 stolen bases and 2 assists. This is the second state title for Dingler in just a few months, with Dingler also a member of Jackson's State Basketball Title team in the winter.

 

2017 OHSAA Top 22 PBR All-Tournament Team

Position
Name
High School Tournament Performance
MVP Dillon Dingler
Massillon Jackson
6-7, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB,  2 SB, 2 assists
Two-Way Andrew Russell Champion 7 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 8 K
3-5, 1 RBI, Sac, 3 assists
Two-Way Drake Batcho Champion 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K
2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 BB
Two-Way Jared Burick Tallmadge 6.1 IP, 1 win, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
4-6, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
C
Parker Shannon Strongsville 4-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB, 1 assist
C Michael Turner Champion 4-7, 1 RBI, GW H in Semifinal
1B Scott Seeker Tallmadge 3-6, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI
1B Noah Trizzino Strongsville 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 assist
2B Jake Rensel
Tallmadge 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 assists
SS Phillip Glasser
Tallmadge 3-7, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 assists
SS Ryan Peltier Chaminade Julienne 2-6, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 assists
6 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 5 K
3B Cade Mottice Massillon Jackson
3-7, 1 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, Sac, 3 assists
OF Jon Niemeyer
Minster
3-7, 1 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
GW in Division IV State Title Game
OF Dylan Cordonnier Russia 4-6, 1 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 7 putouts
OF Mitchell Clark
Dalton 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Pitcher Kyle Nicolas Massillon Jackson 7IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
2-6, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Pitcher  Garrett Wissman Chaminade Julienne
7 IP, 1 win, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K
Pitcher  Aaron Ernst Minster
7 IP, 1 win, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Pitcher Danny Zdinak
Toronto 7 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 12 K
Pitcher Yianni Skeriotis Massillon Jackson
7 IP, 1 win, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Pitcher Matt Brosky Strongsville 7 IP, 1 win, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Pitcher Jack Heintbrink
Minster
7 IP, 1 win, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Just Missed The Cut

C Ben Thomas Chaminade Julienne 2-4, 1 RBI, Sac, 2 assists
2B Tyson Gingerich
Hiland 2-8, 5 assists, 3 double plays
2B Evan Monnier
Russia
2-7, 2 RBI, 6 assists, GW hit in Semifinal
SS Mitch Midea
Strongsville 2-4, 1 R, 3 assists
SS Josh Romans Massillon Jackson 2-5, 2 R, SB, 2 assists
3B Andrew Miller Berlin Hiland 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, Sac, 3 assists
OF Adam Rakestraw CHCA
3-3, 2B
OF Davis Graham
Massillon Jackson
2-6, 2 R
Pitcher Nicky Zorne Steubenville
7 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 10 K
Also had the only hit for Steubenville
Pitcher Braden Mast Hiland 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K
Starter in Semifinal win
Pitcher Griffan Smith
CHCA 7+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K
Pitcher Tyler Brown
Olentangy Orange
6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K
Pitcher Zach Boyd Tallmadge 7 IP, 1 win, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Pitcher Mitchell Massaro Hiland 6 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K