Ohio Insider: 2015 Division II All-State



Graphic: Taylor Wilhelm; Photos: Dylan Hefflinger

By Dylan Hefflinger
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

The 2015 season was my fourth season with PBR Ohio and as with each of the previous three years, I couldn't ask for a better job. Yeah the weather could be better in March and April, but seeing these kids battle through the conditions that Ohio brings is great.

Being able to finish the season at the home of the Cleveland Indians AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers is a dream that all high school baseball players hope to be able to accomplish. Huntington Park is one of the finest minor league venues in all of baseball and the OHSAA and Clippers organization have done a great job of running the state final four.

Personally I want to thank all of the players, coaches, parents, media members and fans who have helped PBR Ohio and myself with coverage across the great state of Ohio.

In 2016, PBR Ohio will continue to be your one-stop spot for high school baseball news in Ohio and will look to bring you even more. Thanks again! Can't wait for the 2016 season to begin!

For all of you that are playing this summer, have a blast, work hard and use this time to make yourself better. For everyone going to play at the collegiate level, good luck! Represent your family, school and yourself as the best student-athlete you can be. For all that are just going to college or going straight to a job after high school, I wish you luck in all your future endeavors. 

Below we at PBR Ohio look to bring to you our first-time All-State selections, including the 2015 All-State Elite 25, which is the "Top 25 players of the 2015 season, with some September call-ups".

To view the 2015 All-State Elite 25, click here.

To view the other Divisions All-State Teams, click below.
Division I
Division III
Division IV

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To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click here.

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PBR Ohio 2015 Division II All-State


Division II Player of the Year:


Shay Smiddy, Defiance, 2016
2015 Season: The Louisville commit had a year to remember for the Division II State Champion Defiance Bulldogs. At state, this future Cardinal was dominant. The righty went the distance in the semifinal win over Big Walnut allowing 1 run (in the 7th) on 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4. In the state title game the 6-foot-5 RHP got the final two outs for the save. At the plate, Smiddy went 4-7 with two singles, two doubles, two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Defensively at shortstop the junior was stellar, recording a tournament high eight assists. Statistics wise throughout the year, Smiddy was the head of the class as you can see...
2015 Statistics:
Pitching: 69.2 IP, 11-1, 3 SV, 6 CG, 0.50 ERA, 81 Ks.
Hitting: 33-86, .384 Avg, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 27 R, 22 RBIs, 8 SB

Division II Position Player of the Year:


DJ Wilson, Canton South, 2015
2015 Season: The speedy outfielder paced Canton South into the regional finals, where they fell to Poland Seminary. The Vanderbilt commit and 4th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs had some gaudy numbers as you can see...
2015 Statistics: 45-89, .506 Avg, 7 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 34 R, 29 RBIs, 22 SB, 1 K, 11 BB

Division II Pitcher of the Year:


Austin Cline, Benjamin Logan, 2015

2015 Season: The Dayton commit had a season to remember with his Benjamin Logan teammates. On the mound, this righty posted some outstanding numbers as you can see...
2015 Statistics: 52.1 IP, 9-0, 1 SV, 0.27 ERA, 73 Ks

Division II Co-Coach of the Year:


Rich Murray, Poland Seminary

2015 Season: Rich Murray led the Bulldogs to the final four for the second time in school history (1983). Finishing as the state runner-up, with a 28-4 record, the 2015 Bulldogs had a year to remember.

Division II Co-Coach of the Year:


Jeff Inselmann, Bryan

2015 Season: Jeff Inselmann and the Bryan Golden Bears may not have gotten to the regional finals like they did during the 2014 season, but being able to watch the development of this team and team comradery of the nine seniors and the young enthusiastic Inselmann was a thing of beauty. Despite losing to their team rival, Defiance (the State Champs), in the tournament, the Golden Bears finished with an impressive 26-4 record.