CUMBERLAND — Hampshire and Allegany, the dominant teams of the season who combined for 46 wins and only eight losses, dominated the Cumberland Times-News All-Area Baseball team, each getting five players on the 15-man first team.
The team, selected by the league’s head coaches, is captained by Player of the Year Josh Crawford of Hampshire, who was featured in Thursday’s edition of the Times-News.
Crawford is joined on the first team by teammates Matt Maiers, David Delawder, Shane Ennis and Garrett Crawford.
Also on the first team are Bryce Nightengale, Matt Oleksik, Colton Sivic, Carter Imes and Chris Fram of Allegany, Josh Van Meter and Jake Kyle of Mountain Ridge, Korey Foltz and Shawn Skovron of East Hardy and Cole Smith of Frankfort.
Josh Crawford, Fram and Foltz are the only repeat picks on the first team.
Area head coaches were requested to nominate players from their teams to appear on an All-Area ballot, then used the complete ballot to vote for the All-Area team. Fifteen coaches nominated players and 13 (87 percent) returned their ballots.
Hampshire’s Matt Maiers and Allegany’s Bryce Nightengale and Matt Oleksik dominated opposing hitters and teams all season in leading their teams to 20-plus win seasons. All three were also strong hitters.
• Maiers, a senior, had an 8-1 record with six complete games and a 1.18 earned run average for the Trojans. In 59 1-3 innings, he allowed only 44 hits and 13 walks while striking out 66, an average of nearly eight per game. Opposing batters managed just a .188 average against him.
At the plate, Maiers, who was first-team Class AAA All-State, hit .337 with 34 hits in 101 at-bats. He had 11 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBIs.
• Nightengale, a junior who was honorable mention All-Area as a sophomore, went 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA at Allegany. He threw 61 innings, allowed 65 hits, walked 21 and struck out 74, an average of 8.5 per seven-inning game.
At the plate, Nightengale hit .379 with 25 hits in 66 at-bats. He scored 20 runs, hit three home runs and had 19 RBIs.
• Oleksik, also a junior, had a 6-1 record and 1.96 ERA for the Campers. The southpaw pitched 50 innings, allowed only 28 hits, walked 29 and struck out 81 for an average of more than 11 per game. He had a .157 batting average against.
Oleksik batted .389 with 21 hits in 54 at-bats, with seven of the hits being doubles. He hit one home run, scored 18 runs and had 14 RBIs.
Frankfort’s Cole Smith was the leading votegetter for first-team catcher. A hard-hitting and speedy junior, he batted .516 (49 for 95) with six doubles and 25 RBIs. Smith, who received special mention on the Class AA All-State team, scored 43 runs and stole 30 bases.
East Hardy’s Korey Foltz repeated as a first-teamer and is joined on this year’s infield by Mountain Ridge’s Josh Van Meter, Allegany’s Colton Sivic and Carter Imes and Hampshire’s David Delawder.
• Foltz, a senior, batted .437 for the Cougars, with 45 hits in 103 at-bats. He scored 56 runs, hit eight doubles, one triple and three home runs. Foltz, first-team Class A All-State, drove in 37 runs and stole 28 bases.
• Van Meter, a senior, batted a hefty .551 at Mountain Ridge, pounding out 38 hits in just 69 at-bats. He had four doubles, a triple, scored 23 runs and knocked in 33. Van Meter’s exceptional hitting season was proven by his average and the fact he did not strike out all season. He had a .570 on-base percentage.
• Sivic, a hard-hitting junior third baseman at Allegany, hit .424 with 36 hits in 85 at-bats. He scored 26 runs, hit 10 doubles, one triple and six home runs for a .776 slugging percentage. He also had a team-high 29 RBIs.
• Imes, another of the many hard-hitting Campers, led the team in hits, doubles and batting average, and was second in RBIs.
The senior first baseman hit .432 with 38 hits in 88 at-bats, including 12 doubles, one triple and two home runs. He scored 27 runs and had 28 RBIs.
• Delawder, the only sophomore on the first team, batted .407 at Hampshire. He had 35 hits in 86 at-bats, with 10 doubles and 17 RBIs and scored a team high 41 runs. Delawder also had nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.
East Hardy’s Shawn Skovron was the top votegetter among outfielders and was joined by Hampshire’s Shane Ennis, Allegany’s Chris Fram and Mountain Ridge’s Jake Kyle on the first team.
• Skovron, a four-year starter for the Cougars, hit .529 with 55 hits in 104 at-bats. He scored a whopping 52 runs, hit 14 doubles, five triples and belted six home runs and racked up an .884 slugging percentage. Skovron, second-team Class AA All-State, also had 48 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
• Ennis, a junior at Hampshire, batted .447 with 42 hits in 94 at-bats. He ripped 10 doubles, one triple and a team-high six home runs. He also led the team with 38 RBIs and a .766 slugging percentage. His 42 hits tied Josh Crawford for the most hits on the team.
Ennis, first-team Class AAA All-State, also had two wins, eight saves and a 1.22 ERA with 68 strikeouts in only 40 innings as a pitcher.
• Fram, a senior at Allegany, repeated on the first team after a big final season with the Campers that featured a trip to the Class A state championship game.
Fram hit .431 with 31 hits in 72 at-bats and a team high 37 runs scored. He hit nine doubles, shared the team lead with Sivic with six home runs and knocked in 26 runs and stole eight bases. Fram drew 25 bases on balls and led the team in on-base percentage at .576, and slugging percentage, at .806.
• Kyle, a speedy senior at Mountain Ridge, had 22 hits in 53 at-bats for a .404 batting average. He scored 26 runs and had four doubles and two triples. Kyle, second-team All-Area as a junior, drew 21 bases on balls and led the Miners with a .587 on-base percentage and was also the team leader in stolen bases, swiping 23 in 24 tries.
Hampshire’s Garrett Crawford, a second-team pitcher last year, is the first-team designated hitter this season. He batted .344 with 32 hits in 93 at-bats, with six doubles, two home runs and 31 RBIs.
Crawford, twin brother of player of the year Josh Crawford, scored 18 runs and was also 3-0 with a 4.20 ERA as a pitcher.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org