Tonawanda News — It was a long baseball season plagued by rain and low temperatures.
However, among the dark clouds and soaked fields were shining examples of the high level of talent the Tonawandas possess.
Listed are the members of the first and second All-News Baseball teams for the 2014 season.
Player of the Year
Chris FalkSt. Joseph’s
With a 0.83 earned run average and throwing 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings, Falk pitched his way to become Player of the Year.
The senior from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute had a knack for the spotlight, winning two Georgetown Cups during his tenure and leading a very deep Marauder pitching staff.
Falk went 6-2 this year, throwing four complete games and one shutout.
Known more for his skills on the basketball court, Tonawanda senior Ben Stitch showed he can perform on the diamond.
Hitting .436, reaching base 60 percent of the time and striking out 43 on the mound over 35 1/3 innings, Stich qualifies as one of the best in the Tonawanda area.
A multiple sport athlete, Tonawanda’s McGregor plays hard on both the wrestling mat and the baseball field.
McGregor batted a solid .333 and struck out 27 over 24 1/3 innings as the Warriors second starting pitcher.
McGregor will return next year for his senior season.
Tom O’ConnorNorth Tonawanda
Though North Tonawanda’s record left much to be desired, the Lumberjacks had a shining star with Tom O’Connor.
O’Connor was a high character player for NT, playing as a complete team player even when the team was on the ropes.
He stood out on the mound, striking out 14 over his 34 innings pitched for team that made it to the Section VI Class A quarterfinals.
O’Hara’s Glowacki shined both at the plate and the mound. He performed so well that next baseball season you will see him in a Niagara Purple Eagles uniform.