— “Our main objective was to win the state championship, and we had four players hit over .400 and had five everyday players with on-base percentages of .480 or better. During the length of the season we hit the ball very well but in order to win championships you have to get a couple of breaks, pitch well and play great defense.”
The Campers hit .362 as a team, averaged 9.9 runs per game and stole 38 bases in 41 attempts.
Nightengale led the team with a .438 average and 10 doubles, and also scored 28 runs and knocked in 30. Colton Sivic hit .424 with a team-high three triples, five homers, 34 runs and 31 RBIs, Oleksik hit .406 with six doubles and 30 RBIs, and Brady Hillegas .405 with a team high 30 hits, three triples and 34 runs.
Eirich hit .371 with nine doubles, 30 runs and 22 RBIs, Dylan Shockey .333 with 17 RBIs, Blake Milburn .315 with 18 runs, Jack Hawkins .297 and Wade McGee .291 with 17 runs scored.
Sivic had a .536 on-base percentage, followed by Eirich and Hillegas at .483 and Nightengale and Oleksik at .481.
“We had strong kids who could swing the bat. Bryce Nightengale, Colton Sivic and Matt Oleksik all had 30 or more RBIs, and Brady Hillegas, Trenton Eirich and Colton Sivic all scored 30 or more runs,” Bauer said. “We probably had three of the better hitters in the are in Nightengale, Sivic and Oleksik.
“Brady was very consistent and reliable in center field, covered a lot of ground and made nice plays for us all year. Bryce played six different defensive positions, was great wherever he played, and led us in batting average.”
The area championship is the first for Allegany since 1992, the third of three in a row won by the Campers, coached by Toby Eirich.
“I am very fortunate to have quality varsity coaches in Tedd Eirich, Jon Irons, Rodney Imes and Wes Powell,” Bauer said. “Additionally, Brian Powell runs the jayvee program so I am very lucky to have great men who give a tremendous amount of time helping players. We care and want the best for all of our student- athletes. I am very proud but Ihurt for these players because of how we lost the region championship to Smithsburg.” In the Times-News area poll, four sportswriters voted each week throughout the regular season, and then a final time after all postseason games were played. Afirstplace vote is worth five ratings points, and a fifth-place vote worth one. Allegany was ranked No. 1 in every poll this year.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org