With the PIAA season officially ending Friday evening with the baseball and softball championships, it’s a good time to put forth the list of Delco statistical leaders. As we’ve done in the past, the final list of leaders expands on the stats we usually keep during the regular season to give a broader view of the season. You can find all 11 of our statistical categories right here at our Stats Leader hub.
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The doubles king is Academy Park’s Tamir Ware, who rapped out 10 two-baggers. Garnet Valley’s Ben Faso and Haverford School’s Bryan Hyland were second with nine apiece.
The Central League was where the triples were at, with Ridley’s Michael Naumann and Haverford’s Dylan Resnick leading the way with three apiece.
Haverford School was all about the long ball this year, with five of the 12 players with multiple home runs hailing from the Fords. Nick Greco led the way with seven, while Hyland and Kevin McGowan provided 5 apiece. Among the non-Haverford School contingent, Cardinal O’Hara’s Chris Salvey and Christian Academy’s Brit Haseltine bashed three each.
With all the extra games, it’s no surprise that McGowan (15) and Hyland (14) are the extra-base hits pacesetters. Faso and Haseltine each check in with 12 apiece.
The Delco batting average championship is split by Garnet Valley’s Liam Bendo and Chichester’s Frankie Paterek, who each hit an even .500 this season.
Hyland and Tommy Toal led the Fords and Delco with 29 runs scored each, with McGowan third with 25. The RBI crown, though, belongs to Marple’s Scott Hahn thanks to his 27 runs plated, with Faso and McGowan knotted up in second with 24.
Among the pitchers, there’s a quartet of six-game winners, three hailing from the Central League: Mike Bechtold of Garnet Valley, Sean Corelli of Radnor and Grant Wallace of Marple Newtown. CJ Pruitt’s playoff triumph gets him into the six-win ranks.
The saves leader hails from Haverford School, thanks to fabulous freshman Justin Meyer, who closed out four games.
Delco’s ERA champ is a name you might not expect: Chichester’s Mike Franzini, who gave up zero earned runs (yes, zero) in 36.1 innings pitched. If we adjust for competition, the 0.68 ERA posted by Bonner-Prendergast’s Nick Bralczyk against the Catholic League may be even more impressive.
The leader in strikeouts, aided by his 15 against Chichester in the playoffs, is Pruitt, who fanned 67 batters. Second is Franzini at 56.
(Note: Totals for batting average, RBIs, runs, ERA and strikeouts are kept by coaches/teams. Don’t kill the messenger.)