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LaRose, Cobb earn First Team New York State Baseball Team honors

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OFA senior and Sacred Heart University bound Breton LaRose and Heuvelton’s senior three year starting catcher and Siena University bound Aaron Cobb earned All New York State First Team selection for Class B and Class D respectively by the New York State Sports Writers Association on Monday.

Breton LaRose played infield and pitched for the Blue Devils who reached the New York State Final Four. A .320 hitter, LaRose went 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA with 90 strikeouts.

“He was the bulldog of our team. He logged the most (pitching) innings and he led our team in the right direction and he led the younger players.” said OFA coach Tom Pinkerton in a recent Watertown Daily Times All North article.

Cobb played catcher the last three seasons and started as a secondbase - outfielder in his freshman season. He batted .508 with 22 RBI and blocked everything behind the plate.

“He was the backbone of our team. He helped the rest of them grow up this year. He was our third hitter, which is usually a slugging position, and he lived up to that.” said Heuvelton coach David Steele in a recent All North Baseball team article in the Watertown Daily Times.

Cody Holland of Heuvelton in Class D and Cody Smith of Norwood-Norfolk in Class C were second team All State selections.

Holland, Paul Smiths bound, pitched Heuvelton to a Section 10 title against Morristown, earned a relief appearance win against Lake Placid in the first round of the State Tournament and batted .500 this season. “Cody had a tremendous year and really came on strong at the end of the season pitching,” said Coach Steele of Heuvelton.

Smith, who is joining the Marines, was named the Watertown Daily Times All North NAC MVP and received the Jim Pinkerton Memorial Trophy from the NNY Umpires Board as the outstanding player in the NAC. A pitcher and infielder, Smith batted .475 with three homeruns and 25 RBI. “He was our go-to guy. He was our No. 2 or 3 hitter every day and he batted almost .500. He led almost every offensive category we had and he was a good baserunner. He was selective at the plate and knows not to overdo it.” said Norwood-Norfolk Coach Don Peterson in the Watertown Daily Times All North article.

Potsdam’s Will Coleman made third team in Class B, teammate Ben Miller was honored as a fourth team selection and OFA’s Konnor Murdock was named to the fifth team.

Parishville-Hopkinton’s Mike Burns was named Class D fourth team while Heuvelton’s Mike Guardino was named fifth team with Harrisville’s Justin Hartle.

Malone’s Brandon Welch was selected Sixth Team in Class A. Jacob St. Mary of Brushton-Moira was honored to the 7th Team in Class C.

Coleman of Potsdam went 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts and was a consistent bat in the lineup.

“With his baseball skills I can rely on him to do what he’s supposed to do and you can put him in any spot and he does it well. It’s one person you don’t have to worry about and he makes it look so easy out there,” said Potsdam coach Chris Donah in a recent Watertown Daily Times All North article.

Miller is a junior from Potsdam and was a pitcher and outfielder with a .309 average.

“Ben is good now and he’s still learning about things. He’s a great centerfielder and he can run down anything. He’s got a great arm, too,” said Potsdam coach Chris Donah in a recent All North Baseball team article in the Watertown Daily Times.

Burns led a very young Parishville-Hopkinton baseball team in batting and pitching after sophomore season where the Panthers won the Section 10 Class D title.

Matt Guardino, played shortstop, and was Heuvelton’s third leading hitter while Hartle, a pitcher-infielder for Harrisville, had a lively arm and good stick.

Murdock, a senior infielder for OFA, batted .364 with 14 RBI and five doubles for the Blue Devils.

Welch, a senior from Malone going to SUNY Canton, played infield, outfield and pitched batting .366 with two homeruns and 12 RBI. “He did so much for us. He hit in key situations and was not one-dimensional. He was great with our younger players,” said Malone coach Tim LaMay.

Short, a senior from Norwood-Norfolk, was an excellent defensive player and was a top four hitter for the Flyers who won Class C this season.

St. Mary of B-M was a solid two way player.

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