Five Gateway baseball players receive all-section honors
On the heels of a season that saw the Gateway baseball team reel off five wins in its final five Section 3-5A games to clinch the final WPIAL playoff spot, five players earned postseason honors.
Senior center fielder Dylan Urban was named first-team all-section after leading the Gators in batting average (.500), hits (26), runs (14) and extra-base hits (10). The La Roche commit started fast, ranking first in the WPIAL with a .700 batting average through April 16.
“Dylan is a hard worker,” Gateway coach Bill Stoops said. “He was one of the team leaders for us. He always knew what he had to do, and he'd try to make sure the rest of the team would follow along with him.
“He had a great year at the plate. We moved him around a little bit in the batting order, but he performed for us.”
The Gators had two players earn second-team all-section honors: shortstop Mason Boehm and right fielder Brady Walker.
Boehm, a senior, was a sparkplug as he hit .415 and collected the second-most hits and RBIs on the team. Walker was one of the team's top defensive players and finished fourth in batting average.
“We played a little small ball this year, and Mason always helped us out with that. He hit well, he laid down a few great bunts and he always hustled between the lines. He reminds me of a little Bill Mazeroski because of the way he would scrap it out,” Stoops said.
“Brady will be one of our leaders for next year. He's always ready to go. I don't think he made an error all year in right field. At the plate, he's got a good two-strike approach. He'll put the bat on the ball for you.”
A pair of juniors were named all-section honorable mention: infielder Mike Vojtik and pitcher Kris Dick. Vojtik led the Gators in RBIs and was praised by Stoops for his clutch hitting.
Dick, a right-hander, developed into the team's ace, finishing with a 2.10 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 1⁄3 innings. He threw a no-hitter May 2 against Laurel Highlands.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.