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July 12, 2013

Bisonette, Weaver named MVAC baseball MVPs


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---- — A senior-laden Chazy baseball team lived up to its expectations by capturing the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference Division I championship in 2013, and a big reason for the Eagles’ success was the play of Kyle Bisonette, who was chosen as the division’s Most Valuable Player by the coaches in the league.

Three of Bisonette’s teammates, Nathan Reynolds, Craig Botten and Jacob Kennedy, were named to the Division I All-Star Team.



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Second-place Crown Point had four selections — Jon Spaulding, Michael DuShane, Jaice Spring and Joe Foote.

The team was rounded out by Elizabethtown-Lewis’ Austin Morris and Hugh Harwood.

In Division II, regular-season champion Wells had the division Most Valuable Player in Seth Weaver and three other players — Jake Earley, Caleb Hayes and Adrian Collado — named to the All-Star Team.

Indian Lake/Long Lake was next with three selections — Colin Farrell, Henry Sandiford and Matt Moore.

Minerva/Newcomb’s Austin Williams and Wesley LaBar, along with Johnsburg’s Nate Prouty, rounded out the Division II all-stars.

The All-Stars are selected by the MVAC coaches.

Division I MVP

Kyle Bisonette, Chazy- Bisonette led the Eagles with a .534 batting average, including a team-high 24 hits and 25 RBI, to go along with seven doubles and two triples. He struck out 64 in 39 innings and went 3-1 as a starting pitcher and added three saves. Bisonette pitched a five-inning no-hitter early in the season and threw another no-hitter, with 15 strikeouts, later in the season.

All-Stars

Jon Spaulding, Crown Point- Spaulding compiled a .404 batting average, with an on-base percentage of .468. He accounted for 23 hits, 24 runs, 27 RBI, 10 doubles and four triples. One of the best defensive outfielders in the North Country, Spaulding was also one of the most feared hitters.

Michael DuShane, Crown Point- Dushane finished the season with a .358 batting average, .468 on-base percentage, 19 hits, 30 runs, 27 RBI, eight doubles and three home runs. He was the top defensive catcher in the league, and his strong arm resulted in a number of base runners being thrown out attempting to steal. Dushane was a pure power hitter and the anchor of the Panthers’ infield defense.

Nathan Reynolds, Chazy- A five-year varsity player, Reynolds batted .414 this season with 20 hits. He was second on the team with 24 RBI and scored 24 runs. An outstanding defensive center fielder, Reynolds answered the team’s need as a catcher and did a very good job defensively.

Jaice Spring, Crown Point- A very consistent hitter the past two years, Spring’s offensive statistics in 2013 included a .424 batting average, .521 on-base percentage, 25 hits, 35 runs, 21 RBI, four doubles and a triple. He had the highest batting average on the team and scored the most runs. Spring was solid defensively at every position he played and went 3-1 as a pitcher, with 24 strikeouts in 24 innings.

Craig Botten, Chazy- Botten batted .339 and had an on-base percentage of .453. He played a solid shortstop and third base the past three seasons and was especially strong this season.

Jacob Kennedy, Chazy- Kennedy compiled a 5-0 pitching record and struck out 36 in 29 innings pitched. At the plate, Kennedy batted either fourth or fifth in the Eagles’ order and finished the season with a .303 average.

Joe Foote, Crown Point- Foote’s statistics included a .340 batting average, .508 on-base percentage, 15 hits, 30 runs, 13 RBI, a double, three triples and two home runs. He was an outstanding leadoff hitter. One of the Panthers’ top pitchers, he threw 23 innings with 43 strikeouts and only four walks.

Austin Morris, Elizabethtown-Lewis- A captain and team leader, Morris struck out 42 batters in 30 innings pitched. Offensively, he finished the season with a .458 on-base percentage.

Hugh Harwood, Elizabethtown-Lewis- Harwood ended the season with a .343 batting average, .511 on-base percentage, 12 hits, 15 runs and 17 stolen bases. Defensively, he played a solid second base.

Division II MVP

Seth Weaver, Wells- Weaver played third base for the Indians, but where he stood out was on the mound, where the hard-throwing junior recorded five wins to go along with a 1.32 earned-run-average and 74 strikeouts.

All-Stars

Colin Farrell, Indian Lake/Long Lake- The durable Farrell pitched all the big games for the Orange, including two one-run losses to Wells. He pitched a complete game in almost every outing. He also had a strong season defensively at shortstop. Offensively, Farrell was his team’s clean-up hitter and batted .333 with a .588 on-base percentage, three doubles and a triple.

Henry Sandiford, Indian Lake/Long Lake- He was the starting pitcher in two games and won both of them. A strong defensive player at shortstop when he wasn’t on the mound, Sandiford led the team with a .468 batting average and .627 on-base percentage to go along with seven doubles.

Matt Moore, Indian Lake/Long Lake- Moore batted .326 and had an on-base percentage of .507. When he got on base, he was a threat to steal both second and third. Moore was also the Orange’s No. 2 pitcher, and he compiled a 4-1 record.

Jake Earley, Wells- The Indians’ first baseman led the team with a .439 batting average, while scoring 22 runs and stealing 18 bases. He has a positive attitude and excellent work ethic.

Caleb Hayes, Wells- Hayes was an excellent fielder with a great arm and range at shortstop. On the mound, he won five games and had a 0.88 ERA. Offensively, he hit .300 with 14 RBI and 16 runs scored.

Adrian Collado, Wells- The left fielder had a dependable glove, strong arm and speed in the outfield. Collado finished the season with a .425 batting average, 28 RBI and 16 runs scored. He led the team in extra-base hits.

Nate Prouty, Johnsburg- Prouty was the top infielder for the Jaguars, playing either shortstop or second base. He also played a large role in the pitching rotation. As the team’s leadoff hitter, Prouty batted .356 and led the team with six doubles.

Austin Williams, Minerva/Newcomb- no information received.

Wesley LaBar, Minerva/Newcomb- no information received.