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2016 ESPNBoston MIAA baseball All-State team

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First Team All-State

Starting Rotation

RHP – Scott Creedon, Sr., Braintree

The two-time Super Eight MVP was one of the top pitchers in the Bay State for the second consecutive season, as his efforts led Braintree to its second straight Super Eight title. Creedon, who is known for his deceptive arm angle and large repertoire of pitches, finished his career with a 24-4 record and 208 strikeouts over 217 innings en route to a 1.94 ERA.

RHP – Mike Vasil, Soph., BC High

Vasil, after committing to the University of Virginia last October, came into the season with high expectations and lived up to them all year long. The Eagles’ ace went 6-2 on the year, pitching to the tune of a 1.365 ERA while surrendering just 33 hits over 59.1 innings. His efforts helped guide BC High to their first Catholic Conference title since 2012.

LHP – Jared Wetherbee, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

It was a bit of an up and down regular season for Wetherbee, who at times struggled with his control. Come the Super Eight, however, Wetherbee shined, setting the record for most strikeouts in a Super Eight tournament with 24. In total, Wetherbee finished with 95 strikeouts and a 2.80 ERA over 47.1 innings of work. He will play baseball at Elon University next fall.

RHP – Justin Watt, Sr., Groton-Dunstable

Watt put together one of the more incredible regular seasons in Bay State history with 86 strikeouts, just one walk, three no-hitters and a perfect game while allowing just a single earned run during the Crusaders undefeated campaign. He blanked regional rival Auburn during a 1-0 win to clinch the Division 3 Central Title and brought home the first D3 State Title in program history with a solid effort in a 5-4 win over North Reading in the state championship game.

LHP – Nick Dombkowski, Jr., West Springfield

The Terriers lefty flamethrower led all Division 1 pitchers with 109 strikeouts during the course of the 2016 season. Dombkowski wound up in several pitching duels with elite aces from across the state, but always held his own, and wound up on the right side of a 2-1 decision in the state title game against Lincoln-Sudbury. The incoming senior has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Hartford after his final high school season.

Starting Nine

Scott Holzwasser, Sr., SS, Lincoln-Sudbury

One of the top hitters in the Bay State, Holzwasser helped slug the Warriors to their first Division 1 State Final appearance since 2011. The Dual-County League MVP hit .508 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, and stole 11 bases. Holzwasser will continue his playing career next year at Northeastern.

Jacob Yish, Sr., OF, St. John’s Prep

After starting off the year in a bit of a slump, Yish heated up in a monster way. Over his final 62 at-bats of the season, the Boston College commit hit .435 with two home runs, 18 RBIs, and 18 runs scored. Yish’s efforts guided St. John’s Prep to their second straight Super Eight final.

Jake Rosen, Sr., SS, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

Rosen finished up his four-year varsity career at St. John’s with a standout senior season. The Virginia Tech bound shortstop posted a .325/.500/.530 slash line to go along with three home runs, 19 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, and 31 runs scored. His efforts helped lead the Pioneers to their first appearance in the Super Eight final four.

Anthony Videtto, Sr., RHP/SS, Silver Lake

Arguably the top two-way player in Massachusetts, Videtto was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year after hitting .437 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. On the mound, Videtto was just as lethal, going 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 62 strikeouts.

Cam Climo, Sr., OF, Billerica

The Indians were the final team held out of the 2016 Super Eight tournament, but they reached that watermark because of the efforts of Climo. The senior hit an even .500 with 28 RBI to pace Billerica's prolific offense and played a fine center field to boot. An elite hockey player as well, he finishes his career as one of the best two-sport athletes in program history.

Ryan Ward, Sr., C, Millbury

The lefty catcher hit .563 with 30 RBI to lead Millbury into the Division 4 State Tournament this year. Ward is committed to play at Bryant University next fall and could be looking at a professional career beyond that based on how MLB scouts are reacting to his skill set.

Blake DeCarr, Sr., RHP/3B, Xaverian

While he was arguably more important to the Hawks because of his arm, DeCarr was no slouch with the bat this year. The senior posted a .324 batting average with 13 RBI while leading Xaverian deep into the Super Eight with a 6-2 record, 1.77 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 55 innings pitched. The two-way star will take a post-graduate year at Cheshire Academy beginning this fall.

Jonathan Gonzalez, Sr., 1B, St. Peter-Marian

Very few batters in the state can rival Gonzalez in terms of power and he stayed true to that reputation with several key home runs and a Division 1-leading 29 RBI this season, as he helped the Guardians to a D1 Central Title. He will continue his baseball career at Franklin Pierce next fall.

Cole Bartels, Sr., RHP/SS, Belmont

The two-time reigning MVP of the Middlesex Liberty League did everything for his team this year with a .484 batting average and 16 RBI while dominating the competition from the mound with a 1.58 ERA and 73 strikeouts during a stellar senior campaign. He rode that momentum into the postseason by tossing 7 shutout innings in a thrilling extra innings victory over Beverly in the first round of the D2 North bracket. He will pitch at Penn State next year and is certainly a professional pitching prospect.

Best of the Rest

Kyle Autilio, Sr. RHP, Saugus

Spencer Brown, Jr. RHP, Beverly

Nick Carpenter, Sr. 3B, Mashpee

Corey DiLoreto, Sr. RHP/OF, Reading

Henry Ennen, Sr. RHP, BC High

Ian Fair, Sr. SS, Walpole

Justin Files, Jr. OF, Braintree

Chris Francouer, Jr. SS, St. John’s Prep

Pat Gallagher, Sr. RHP, St. Peter-Marian

Chris Galland, Sr. OF, Lincoln-Sudbury

Jack Gardner, Jr. C, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

Jake Goodreau, Sr. C, Southwick

Jackson Gillis, Sr. LHP, Wilmington

Sebastian Grusczecki, Sr. RHP, Shepherd Hill

Corey Imbriano, Sr. RHP/SS, Wakefield

Jason Johndrow, Sr. RHP, Silver Lake

Thomas Joyce, Sr. 1B, Newton North

Alex Kennedy, Soph. LF, Braintree

Sean Mellen, Sr. LHP, Norwood

Brendan McDonald, Sr. C, BC High

Colin Nicklas, Sr. SS, Plymouth North

Cam Niemiec, Sr. RHP, Pope Francis

Shane O’Halloran, Sr. C, Burlington

Joe Oriola, Sr. RHP, St. John Paul II

Brendan Parisotto, Sr. RHP/OF, North Andover

Joey Rogers, Sr. LHP/OF, Dighton-Rehoboth

Christian Rosati, Sr. RHP, Arlington Catholic

Andrew Selima, Sr. 1B, St. John’s Prep

Ian Seymour, Sr. OF, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

Joe Simeone, Jr. RHP, Groton-Dunstable

Mike Yarin, Soph. 3B, St. John's Prep