THAT’S OUR BOY — Springville’s Drew Scharra received first team all star honors, for the second year in a row.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity baseball team finished the season 3 – 1, after going all the way to the Section 6 B1 championship game.
Five of the team’s players have earned all star recognition, for their division. Erie Country Interscholastic conference 3 first team all stars from Springville included Billy Dickinson and Drew Scharra.
Both players had also received first team honors a year ago.
Dickinson, a senior, was a four-year starter for Coach Ron Tamraz. The athlete led his team with 20 hits and eight stolen bases. Out of the 56 plate appearances Dickinson made, this season, he struck out only once.
“With him leaving, it’s going to put a big hole in our defense and our offense,” Tamraz said. “Billy was a tough kid, everywhere he played. As a No. 2 hitter, he could drive the ball and put the ball in play. He was always going to make some kind of contact.”
Scharra entered the season as Springville’s ace. Last year, as a sophomore, Scharra led the league in earned run average, with a 1.36 clip. While his ERA peaked to 2.55 as a junior, his batting average improved, from .317 – .417. Scharra also led ECIC 3 in on-base percentage, in large part to drawing a league-leading 19 walks. His on-base percentage edged out that of recent Baltimore Oriole’s draftee Jonah Heim of Amherst.
“His batting really did improve,” Tamraz said. “He made contact an awful lot. We had him in the third slot and he led the team in batting. He drove in some runs and that was a good spot for him to be in.”
Receiving second team honors was junior Tyler Conklin and sophomore right-handed hurler Kyle Crotty.
Conklin led the league, with eight doubles and 16 RBIs. His season has transformed him into one of the division’s premier cleanup hitters, according to Tamraz.
“Tyler is really a hard worker,” Tamraz said. “Every day, he goes out and does what he can. I think being in the weight room for the football team certainly helped him. He’s put on a lot of muscle. I know he’s going to continue to get in the weight room and those doubles will turn into home runs, next year.”
Crotty began the playoffs with a complete-game win and a 3 – 3 performance, during the quarterfinals against Olean. Crotty led the Griffins with a 1.00 ERA. The sophomore will return next year, to front the Griffins’ pitching staff.
“If Kyle continues to develop, he has the ability to become very good high school pitcher and player,” Tamraz said. “He batted five for us and made really good contact. On the mound, he was tough. Mentally tough and, with his pitch selection, he put the ball where he wanted to put it, most of the time. He didn’t let things really get to him.
“When the situation appeared to be tough, he bared down,” the coach added.
Junior Adam Wolfley was named an honorable mention. This athlete served as Springville’s utility man. He saw time at second base and at both corners of the outfield. The junior hit .333, including leading the team, with 18 singles.
“I originally thought he’d be a good No. 2 hitter, batting left-handed, but those games when we didn’t have Billy, Adam led off and he did a great job,” Tamraz said. “He hustled, every time he got on base. He really gave the team a spark and led the team in runs scored.”
Dickinson is the only all-star from Springville who will not be returning, next year.