Schuylkill League players named All-State
Published: July 3, 2014
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Pine Grove's Steve Zimmerman and Minersville's Aaron Fritz have been among the Schuylkill League's best players throughout their high school careers.
They added one more accolade to their already lengthy list of honors.
The two recent graduates head a group of eight Schuylkill League players selected to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Baseball Team.
Fritz, a Bucknell recruit, and Zimmerman, who will play at East Stroudsburg, were named to the Class AA first team for the second straight season.
Tamaqua senior Matt Roberts was chosen to the Class AAA first team, while Nativity senior Kyle Kaledas and Marian senior Anthony Agosti were selected to the Class A first team.
Minersville catcher Luke Heffron was a second-team Class AA selection, while Tri-Valley's Hunter Bordner and Nativity's Jeff Yordy were named to the Class A second team.
The PHSBCA chose players of the year and first and second teams in all four classifications through voting done by PHSBCA members.
The 2014 Players of the Year were Elk County Catholic's Brandon Schlimm (Class A), Neumann-Goretti's Josh Ockimey (AA), Norwin's J.J. Matijevic (AAA) and Garnet Valley's Andrew Bechtold (AAAA).
Fritz, who was also a first-team pick in 2012, was selected at corner infielder. He hit .460 (29-for-63) for the Miners (15-8), with 31 runs scored, 26 RBIs, seven doubles, three triples and three homers. He was also walked 22 times for an on-base percentage of .613 and a slugging percentage of .809.
Fritz also had a big year on the mound for Minersville, going 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.
Zimmerman, who played for Pennsylvania in the Big 26 Classic last summer, was named to the Class AA first team at designated hitter after hitting .400 (26-for-65) with 22 runs scored, 23 RBIs and seven doubles while leading the
Cardinals (16-6) to the District 11 Class AA semifinals.
Zimmerman was a three-year starter at catcher for Pine Grove, helping the Cards reach the 2012 PIAA Class AA championship game.
Roberts had a monster season for Tamaqua (20-7), which won its second straight District 11 Class AAA title and reached the PIAA Class AAA semifinals before losing 1-0 to eventual state champion Pope John Paul II.
The Class AAA first-team DH, Roberts led the Schuylkill League in hitting at .489 (44-for-90) with 36 RBIs, 13 doubles, two triples and three homers.
An outfielder, Agosti hit a team-best .464 (26-for-56) with 20 runs scored, 15 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and eight doubles for the Colts (15-6), who were eliminated in the District 11 Class A quarterfinals by Nativity.
Kaledas and Yordy each had big years for the Hilltoppers, who reached the District 11 Class A semifinals before losing to eventual state semifinalist Schuylkill Haven.
Kaledas, selected at middle infielder, hit .409 (27-for-66) with 21 runs scored, 25 RBIs, eight doubles and two homers. The Class A second-team DH, Yordy batted .400 (24-for-60) with 22 runs scored, 12 RBIs, seven doubles and two homers.
Bordner guided the Dawgs to the Schuylkill League Division II title and a trip to the Schuylkill League title game, where they lost to Pottsville.
Selected at corner infielder, Bordner batted .391 (25-for-64) with 22 runs scored, 24 RBIs, eight doubles and three homers as Tri-Valley finished 18-6 and lost to Schuylkill Haven in the District 11 title game. Bordner was also Tri-Valley's pitching ace, going 7-3 with a 2.32 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched.
Heffron's play behind the plate allowed Minersville coach Del Hauck to use Fritz in other spots. This season, Heffron hit .415 (27-for-65) with 20 runs scored, 31 RBIs, five doubles and three homers.