Jackson pitcher Yianni Skeriotis and Marlington shortstop Zach Dezenzo have been named to the USA Today All-Ohio Baseball First Team, while Polar Bears catcher Trey Wright was picked for the second team.
Skeriotis, the player of the year for Canton Repository Stark County and the Federal League, went 9-0 in 12 appearances (11 starts) with a 0.88 ERA this past season as a junior. The 6-foot-3 right-hander struck out a county-best and Jackson-record 93 batters and walked only 11 in 63.2 innings. He led the Polar Bears (25-6) to league and district titles. An Ohio State recruit, Skeriotis already is Jackson’s career wins record holder with an 18-0 mark.
Dezenzo, the NBC Player of the Year, batted .522 with 11 doubles, three triples, one home run and 31 RBIs as a senior for the Dukes. He stole 16 bases, walked 18 times and scored 34 runs. An Ohio State recruit like Skeriotis, the 6-4 Dezenzo posted an OPS of 1.442.
Wright batted a Jackson-best .458 with eight doubles, one triple and 16 RBIs as a junior. The lefty swinger struck out just twice in 116 plate appearances. He scored 29 runs and stole 13 bases.
USA Today picked Amherst Steele senior pitcher Evan Shawver as its player of the year. Shawver, a University of Cincinnati recruit, went 8-1 with a 0.11 ERA and struck out 122 batters in 61.1 innings.