2019 PBR Ohio OHSAA Final Four All-Tournament Team


Dylan Hefflinger
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2019 PBR Ohio OHSAA Final Four All-Tournament Team

*** MVP of the tournament is at the bottom.

The 2019 OHSAA State Tournament was a resounding success once again. All the folks behind the scene with the OHSAA do a great job every year in making the State Tournament one to remember. From all of us here at PBR we would like to thank all that are a part of the OHSAA. The State Tournament for Ohio is unlike any in the nation and you guys do a great job in making dreams come true for all the athletes.

We have the entire tournament covered. We have game stories, a scouting notebook, a video montage (coming soon), the All-Tournament Team and much more.

In the past we had the "Top 22", but in 2018 we expanded it and are doing the same in 2019 as there were so many guys deserving of honors. Congrats to all who have made the team.

*** Reminder - The All-State Teams will release later in the week ... to nominate, click here.

Catcher

Nick Christopher C / Gilmour Academy, OH / 2019

Report: 6-1, 185-pound left-handed hitting athletic catcher who hit in the cleanup spot.

Game Stats: 4-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 Assists

First Basemen

Zac Berger 1B / LHP / Toronto, OH / 2020

Report: 6-2, 185-pound left handed hitting first basemen who hit out of the 7-hole. Blasted a huge triple in the state semifinal against Antwerp.

Game Stats: 2-6, 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Middle Infielders

Michael McNamara SS / 2B / St. Ignatius, OH / 2020

Report: 6-1, 225-pound smooth-swinging shortstop who's heading to Kent State. Batted out of the three hole, smoking a huge triple off the wall in left field.

Game Stats: 3-9, 3B, 2 BB, 2 SB, 6 Assists

AJ Solomon 2B / OF / C-J, OH / 2021

Report: 5-9, 150-pound left-handed hitter with a compact, level swing through the zone. Athletic with quick twitch actions. Hit out of the leadoff spot while making all the plays in the field as well.

Game Stats: 3-5, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 SB, 5 Assists

A.J. Gaich SS / 2B / St. Ignatius, OH / 2019

Report: 5-8, 165-pound Yale commit. Left-handed hitting second basemen who made all the plays in the field while producing at the plate and on the basepaths.

Game Stats: 2-9, 3B, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SB, 7 Assists

Nick Sninchak 2B / RHP / Toronto, OH / 2019

Report: 6-0, 160-pound right handed hitting prospect who's headed to play at Cuyahoga CC. Made solid contact in almost each of his at bats.

Game Stats: 4-7, 2B, 3 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 Assists

Jake Hemmelgarn SS / Coldwater, OH / 2020

Report: 5-10. 155-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder who played both second base and shortstop in the two games. At the plate, the junior contributed in four runs for the D-III state champion Cavaliers.

Game Stats: 2-6, 1 R, 3 RBIs, 3 Assists

Third Basemen

Michael Holdsworth SS / 3B / St. Ignatius, OH / 2019

Report: 6-2, 185-pound left-handed hitting infielder with a smooth stroke. Hit a couple of the hardest balls in the tournament, with a double and triple while also drawing three walks and making the final out of the game, tagging the runner at third before celebrating with his teammates after winning the D-I state championship.

Game Stats: 2-7, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, SAC

Myles Blasingame 3B / SS / Coldwater, OH / 2021

Report: 6-1, 190-pound right-handed hitter. Hits out of the two-hole for the state champion Cavaliers. Good athlete and one to watch over the next couple of years.

Game Stats: 2-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, HBP, 1 Assist

Briar Funk 3B / Hillsdale, OH / 2020

Report: 6-1, 190-pound junior. Cleanup hitter for the state runner-up. Produced the hardest hit ball off of Toronto's hard-throwing RHP Nate Karaffa.

Game Stats: 2-6, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 Assists

Outfielders

Andrew Patrick SS / C / Hilliard Darby, OH / 2021

Report: Very impressive 6-3, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop for Darby. The sophomore is committed to Wright State already and he showed why with his impressive three hits and three runs scored in the state semifinal loss.

Game Stats: 3-6, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 PO

Andrew Simones OF / RHP / C-J, OH / 2019

Report: 5-11, 180-pound right-handed hitting uncommitted senior. Strong physical build, Has a level bat path that stays through the zone well.

Game Stats: 2-5, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, HBP, 10 PO

Gabe Tingle OF / Ridgewood, OH / 2022

Report: 5-10, 150-pound impressive looking left-handed hitting freshman for the D-III state runner-up. Good looking swing and athleticism. One to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Game Stats: 2-6, 2 R, BB, 7 PO

Nick Chetock OF / Toronto, OH / 2019

Report: 5-9, 170-pound right0handed hitting outfielder. Leadoff hitter who scored two runs in the state title game for the D-IV state champion Red Knights.

Game Stats: 2-5, 3 R, 2 BB, SB, SAC, 6 PO

Designated Hitters

Flynn Lenahan OF / RHP / St. Ignatius, OH / 2019

Report: 5-10, 175-pound left-handed hitting designated hitter for the D-I State Champion Wildcats. The Case Western commit has a gap to gap swing that can produce some pop.

Game Stats: 4-9, RBI

George Janzen OF / Roger Bacon, OH / 2022

Report: Hitting out of the 7-hole, this freshman showed quick hands at the plate with a good looking swing.

Game Stats: 2-4, 3 RBIs

Utility

Sebastian Gongora 1B / LHP / C-J, OH / 2020

Report: 6-4, 185-pound L/L two-way prospect. One of the top two-way prospects in the state batted out of the cleanup spot while also getting the win on the mound in the state championship game.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K | 2-5, 1 R, 3 RBIs, SAC

Pitching Velo: 81-83, 84T | CB: 70-72 | CH: 75-76

Koleton Smith 3B / RHP / Ridgewood, OH / 2020

Report: Two-way prospect for the D-III state runner-up. Pitched in both games, relief in the semifinal and started the final. Hit out of the two-hole for the Generals.

Game Stats: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K | 2-5, 2 R, SAC, 3 Assists

Pitching Velo: FB 68-71 | CB: 60-62

Austin Lichty RHP / 3B / Antwerp, OH / 2021

Report: 6-1. 160-pound two-way prospect. Hit out of the two-hole and started for Antwerp in the state semifinal. Was the tough luck loser in the final, allowing the only three earned runs he gave up all year long.

Game Stats: 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K | 1-2, SAC

Pitching Velo: FB: 79-82 | CB: 63-65 | CH: 60-63

Pitchers

Jay Luikart LHP / OF / Hillsdale, OH / 2019

Report: The 6-0, 200-pound Wright State commit was flat out dominant in the state semifinal win. Wright State is getting a very good prospect.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 85-88 | CB: 65-66 | CH: 77-78

Ben DeMell RHP / SS / Gilmour, OH / 2021

Report: 6-5, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. Penn State is getting a future star. Long levers and smooth delivery for the right-hander.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 83-86, 88T | CB: 66-70 | CH: 70-73

Luke Lashutka RHP / St. Ignatius, OH / 2020

Report: The St. Bonaventure commit showed emotion on the hill and did so while coming in relief in the state title game and shutting down Mentor to help his Wildcats with the D-I state championship.

Game Stats: 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 79-83 | CB: 63-65 | CH: 74-75

Justin Wilson LHP / 1B / Mentor, OH / 2019

Report: Good looking 6-2, 165-pounnd uncommitted southpaw. The lefty got the win in the state semifinal win for the Cardinals.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 79-82 | CB: 67-69 | CH: 69-70

AJ Clegg RHP / OF / Toronto, OH / 2020

Report: 5-11, 175-pound right handed pitching prospect got the win in the state semifinal game for the Red Knights.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 74-77, 81T | CB: 66-67

Austin Brown LHP / Minster, OH / 2020

Report: 6-4, 190-pound southpaw matched Jay Luikart pitch for pitch, but came up a little bit short in the 1-0 loss in the state semifinal.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 77-81 | CB: 65-69 | SL: 70-72 | CH: 63-67

Jacob Wenning SS / RHP / Coldwater, OH / 2019

Report: Athletic 6-4, 180-pound right-handed pitcher/shortstop. Winning pitcher in the state championship game for the Cavaliers.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 74-78 | CB: 63-65 | CH: 67-69

Nick Fletcher RHP / OF / St. Ignatius, OH / 2020

Report: The 6-1, 200-pounnd right-handed pitcher was the unsung hero for the eventual D-I state champion Wildcats. The righty came in relief in the semifinal, keeping the game tied for five straight innings, in extra innings. If he allowed just one run in any of his innings, they would've lost. Impressive performance by the junior.

Game Stats: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 80-84 | CB: 69-71 | CH: 67-68

Chad Rogers RHP / 1B / Mentor, OH / 2020

Report: The 6-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher kept his Mentor Cardinals in the game all game. The Penn State commit didn't have the velo that he has had in the past, but he was a bulldog all game.

Game Stats: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 78-83 | CB: 69-74 | CH: 65-69

Gabriel Nard SS / RHP / St. Ignatius, OH / 2022

Report: What a performance for the 5-10, 160-pound right-handed pitcher. Coming into the came, the righty had only 3.2 innings pitched on varsity, but didn't show it as the talented freshman allowed just one hit in 4.2 innings.

Game Stats: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 83-87 early, 79-84 later | BB: 69-71

Seth Schmidt RHP / 1B / Darby, OH / 2019

Report: The 6-1, 220-pound righty with a funky delivery pitched the final nine innings in a 13-inning tough loss in the state semifinal game. Schmidt kept giving Darby a chance to win the game, shutting down the Saint Ignatius for eight straight innings.

Game Stats: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Pitching Velo: FB: 79-82 | CB: 63-65 | CH: 60-63

Co-MVPs

Nathan Karaffa SS / RHP / Toronto, OH / 2019

Report: The 6-1, 180-pounnd shortstop/right-handed pitcher did it all for the Division IV state champion Red Knights. In the semifinal, the Ohio State commit had three hits, including a bases clearing double to put the game out of hand. Then in the state title game, the righty was dominant from start to finish, helping Toronto win the D-IV state championship.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K | 6-8, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBIs, 3 Assists

Pitching Velo: FB: 84-87, 89T | CB: 70-72

Nick Wissman RHP / C-J, OH / 2019

Report: The 6-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher/shortstop contributed in many ways for the back-to-back state champion Eagles. Wissman is also a back-to-back All-Tournament Team MVP, having won it last year as the winning pitcher in the state title game in 2018. In 2019 the Dayton commit won the state semifinal game and then drove in four runs in the state finals.

Game Stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K | 2-6, 1 R, 4 RBIs, BB, SB, SAC, 2 Assists

Pitching Velo: FB: 81-84 | CB: 68-75 | CH: 74-75

Past All-Tournament Team Selections

  • To view the 2018 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here. 
  • To view the 2017 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • To view the 2016 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • To view the 2015 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • To view the 2014 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • To view the 2013 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • To view the 2012 Top 22 All-Tournament Team, click here.