Kyle Crotty hit .459 and had a team-high 31 RBIs this season. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
Itís been 11 years since Springville-GI baseball had a player selected to one of the All-WNY teams.
The wait is over.
This year, S-GI boasts three players on All-WNY teams, including second team selection Adam Wolfley and honorable mentions Kyle McCarthy and Kyle Crotty. Itís the first time All-WNY status has been given to a Springville baseball player since 2003, when Ricky Johnson made second team.
ďIt was a whole team thing, those guys led us a lot of the way,Ē Springville coach Ron Tamraz said. ďAnytime you get anyone on All-WNY itís good for the program. To have three guys selected, we didnít have any first teamers, but it still shows that the program is growing.Ē
Springville finished the season 14-5 overall, 10 -2 in league, the best winning percentage that Tamraz has had in 15 years of heading the varsity team. All-WNY teams are not only loaded with players who have put up eye-popping numbers, but also players that contributed to winning teams.
ďOur team success had something to do with it,Ē Tamraz said. ďWithout those three kids playing the way they did, we would not have had the success we showed. When it comes to the All-WNY selections itís a little bit different from the standpoint of other coaches outside of the league have recognized how well you played. Playing the extra playoff games certainly helped.Ē
Postseason honors continue to come for Wolfley, a senior, who has already been named ECIC III Player of the Year and a scholar athlete. Wolfley terrorized ECIC III opponents, on way to breaking the school record with a .500 league batting average. Wolfley led the team in stolen bases (19), walks (12), on-base-percentage (.585) and was second on the team with 16 RBIs.
McCarthy, a junior, made a strong case for All-WNY status by going 6-for-8 in the playoffs. He hit .500 in league and sectional play and had an on-base-percentage of .614. McCarthy went from hitting ninth as a sophomore to hitting in the middle of the order as a junior and was named first team All-Division.
Crotty had a monster season both at the plate and on the mound. In 19 games, Crotty hit .459 and led the team with 31 RBIs. Of his 34 hits, 14 were for extras bases, while batting in the cleanup spot. On the mound, Crotty was just as good. The right-hander went 5-1 with a
2.15 ERA and 38 strikeouts. Crotty was a second team ECIC III all star as a sophomore and was named first team All-Division as a junior.