Alex Brasky | @BataviasBestHS
Monday, May 22, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Here is the third, and FINAL 2017 edition of my Genesee Region League Baseball Power Rankings – where I provide my list of the top-teams in the GR:
Jacob Hoffee, Mike Wells, and Eric Neace led Lyndonville to a fantastic season – which I believe will finish with a Sectional Title later this week. The Tigers, despite drawing a two-seed, are – in my mind – the best team within Class D1. All three of the aforementioned players are strengths for the Tigers both offensively and defensively, along with a few other talented players which also line the Lyndonville roster.
Attica is one of two GR teams still alive in the Sectional Tournament, as the Blue Devils will likely look to Joe Aguglia to lead them on the mound vs a tough Wellsville squad. Aguglia and Sammy Cusmano (winning pitcher in Rd 1) have been a solid 1-2 punch all season for the Blue Devils, who have done a nice job carrying the load after an offseason injury was suffered by 2015 ace Owen Thompson – which has limited his ability to pitch this year. Thompson and catcher Kyle Casey will lead the Attica offensive attack tonight in Wellsville – with the winner earning a trip to the Class B semifinals.
#3 Notre Dame
The Irish disappointed with a Class D1 Quarterfinal loss to Honeoye this past Friday night, but despite their most-recent failure, their success throughout the 2017 regular season should not go unnoticed. A team which entered this year with relatively low expectations was a GR giant throughout the season and proved themselves as one of the top-3 teams in the league. They will miss names such as Evan Bender, Dylan D’Alba, Jake & Jordan Wetherwax, Tyler Reese, among other departing seniors next year.
Holley has been a top-5 GR League team throughout recent history, but the Hawks can’t be happy with the way their 2017 unfolded. They struggled to score runs in many of their big games throughout the regular year, and finished their slate with a blowout loss in the Sectional Quarterfinals. Although this team never seemed to quit, which is a testament to they toughness, Holley just didn’t have enough to make this another remarkable year. Dylan Hillabush graduates for the Hawks, leaving this team with a major hole at the top of their rotation, and the middle of their lineup.
The Trojans lacked depth, and experience within their pitching staff this season, and as a result their potent lineup was unable to prove its might when they went up against the top-teams on their schedule. Although, next season with the top of their rotation returning, they should find themselves to be a bit more-competitive in that respect in 2018. Derrick Busch, and Dane Heberlein – among others – both graduate, leaving big shoes to fill in the top of the Trojans’ lineup.
The Bees looked to their veterans – Colin Noeth and Ryan Gonyea – this season to erase their lack of depth within their lineup, but they didn’t seem to have enough to carry B-B’s consistency within the league throughout the year. They did put forth a few notable performances – including a win over Attica – but overall they didn’t show up with their best effort in most of their big games, which was disappointing.
Oakfield/Elba was a few players away from being a contender this year. Look for this group to stay together, and come back next year stronger than they were in 2017. Aiden Johnston, Tyler Ohlson, Joe Burdick, and a list of other returning players will pace the Hornets’ efforts in 2018.
Stay tuned for FINAL standings – coming later.
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