Warrior Run Senior All-Stars' influence all HAC divisions

Mar. 31—It was late July, when most high school baseball players are soaking up the sun elsewhere than the diamond, that Warrior Run's season finally came to an end.

This wasn't high school ball in the middle summer, of course, but the area kids who played for the Little League Senior Division East Region championship in Bangor, Maine, were most certainly Defenders.

And several Black Panthers.

And a Green Dragon.

Those Warrior Run Senior Division All-Stars won a state title and came within one win of advancing to the World Series in the most impactful offseason development in Valley high school ball.

The team, managed by Warrior Run varsity coach Derrick Zechman, included nine members of the Defenders' sophomore class. It blazed a 10-0 path to the East Regional, where New Jersey state champion Cherry Hill Atlantic topped Warrior Run twice in a five-hour span (taking the clincher in extra innings) to advance to the World Series in Easley, S.C. Cherry Hill ultimately played in the World Series final, losing to the Caribbean squad.

Now, with that extra month-plus of playoff baseball under their belts, the Defenders are eyeing a challenge for the Heartland Athletic Conference-Division III and District 4 Class 3A crowns.

During Zechman's first season at the varsity helm, Warrior Run went 12-10 and made its first postseason appearance since 2017. The Defenders' 4-2 start marked more wins than they totaled from 2018-22.

They return their top two hitters in juniors Isaiah Betz (.393 avg., 19 RBIs in 2023) and Stone Allison (.373, 18), as well as their top two pitchers in sophomores Landon Polcyn (5-3, 1.48 ERA) and Griff Harrington (5-1, 2.56), both of whom were key to the Senior All-Stars' success.

The Defenders will be gunning for Hughesville, the reigning HAC-III and District 4-3A champion.

Mount Carmel, which finished second in the division last season, also has the talent back to mount a challenge. Drew Yagodzinskie, a junior right-hander, went 7-0 with a 1.97 ERA while striking out 61 in 53 1/3 innings last season. He also hit .361, an average second among returning Red Tornadoes to Gavin Lasko (.366, 19 RBIs), a senior catcher committed to Alfred State (N.Y.). Jon Morgante, a junior, hit .358 with 14 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

A young Southern Columbia squad returns Caden Hopper, a sophomore who posted a team-highs in batting (.415), RBIs (24) and runs scored (20) while posting a 4.41 ERA over 33 1/3 innings last season. Louden Murphy, a senior who hit .397, opted to run track, putting classmates Hunter Sharrow (.296) and Charles Hopper (.292) next among the Tigers' top returning sticks.


The Warrior Run Senior All-Stars' influence will be felt in HAC-I, where team members Chase Knarr, Avery Reiff and Landon Tillson are part of Milton's strong returning core. The Black Panthers welcomed back senior Ethan Rhodes (.500 avg., 17 RBIs), junior Braydon Gower (.344) and sophomore Monty Fisher (.327), in addition to proven run producers in seniors Logan Shrawder (16 RBIs) and Luke Goodwin (14).

Selinsgrove, coming off a Districts 2/4 Class 5A subregional championship, boasts the Valley's strongest senior class. It includes a trio of .400 hitters in Ben Gearhart (.448 avg., 27 RBIs), Josh Domaracki (.423, 26) and Caleb Hicks (.406, 24), as well as run producers in Tucker Teats (25 RBIs) and Mason Richter (16).

Shikellamy, which tied for fourth in HAC-I, also has a deep group of seniors, headed by Mark Culp (10 RBIs), Cohen Boyer (21 runs), Luke Beyer and Kayden McClusky.

Shamokin will rely on juniors Hayden Karlovich (.340), Lincoln Waugh (.308), Rylan Price (.298) and Joe Hile (.278).

Central Mountain and newcomer Williamsport finished first and second, respectively, in HAC-I last season.


Landen Wagner, who hit .345 as a freshman to lead Lewisburg last season, brings his Warrior Run Senior All-Stars' experience to HAC-II. Other Green Dragons who showed well in 2023 include senior Michael Casale (.296), junior Cohen Hoover (.274) and senior Jack Blough (.271). Blough's 38 innings are the most among Lewisburg's returning pitchers.

Midd-West, which won the division, lost top hitters Griffen Paige and Aidan Everly, to Wright State and Lycoming, respectively. The Mustangs return Charleston Southern commit Caden Wolfley, who hit .329 with 16 RBIs last season but was limited to 6 2/3 innings on the mound by injury. Lycoming pledge Garrett Leitzel, a left-handed senior like Wolfley, went 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings while batting .323 with 17 RBIs.

Mifflinburg was third in HAC-II behind Midd-West and Montoursville. The Wildcats boast one of the Valley's top returning hitters in Wake Forest commit Troy Dressler (.506 avg., 33 RBIs last season) and top pitchers in Millersville pledge Zeb Hufnagle (3-1, 1.71 ERA), who struck out 96 in 53 1/3 innings.

Danville, which was fourth in HAC-II last season, sent Daily Item Player of the Year Mason Raup (.625 avg., 38 runs, 23 RBIs) to Slippery Rock. The Ironmen return his younger brother, sophomore Carter Raup (.375, 13 RBIs), as well as UMass-Amherst commit Reece McCarthy (.344, 20 RBIs). The junior class is thick with talent, including Kaleb Stetler (.343), Cole Duffy (.316), Lincoln Diehl (.301), Wyatt Shultz (.297) and Daniel Walker (1-0, 1.31 ERA in 16 IP).





Coach: Mike Kramer

Classification: District 6 Class 5A

Last year: 21-2 overall, 11-1 HAC-I (first); district champion; Districts 6/8/9 subregional champion; lost in PIAA first round.

Roster: Chase Beard, sr.; Ashton Bennett, sr.; Gavin Bower, sr.; Connor Foltz, sr.; Elek Fravel, sr.; Gardy Fravel, sr.; Kevin Grenninger, sr.; Brady Myers, sr.; Thomas Sprague, sr.; Bryce Brungard, jr.; Gabe Laughner, jr.; Brady Lavelle, jr.; Isaiah Maldonado, jr.; Malaky Moyd, jr.; Jace Seltzer, jr.; Nathan Wian, jr.; Austin Frank, so.; Watt Probst, so.; Blake Walker, so.


Coach: Joe Dunn

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 5-15 overall, 3-9 HAC-I (sixth)

Roster: Preston Beatty, sr.; Ian Carlin, sr.; Gideon Dapp, sr.; Brady DePasqua, sr.; Max Dincher, sr.; Ethan Houser, sr.; Nathan Joscelyn, sr.; Jerrin Loomis, sr.; Gage Martzall, sr.; Dathan Tyson, sr.; Collin Berguson, jr.; Zachary Myers, jr.; Landyn Rhea, jr.; Austin Rhinehart, jr.; Brayden Seasholtz, jr.; Kaden Walker, jr.; Landon Welshans, jr.; Jonathan Dincher, so.; Roman Dittmar, so.; Hunter Enders, so.; Tucker Hanna, so.; Mazden Lupton, so.; Nathan Moore, so.; Carson Watkins, so.; Mason Winter, so.; Colton Cimini, fr.; Greyson Confair, fr.; Kaihl Harlan, fr.; Dawson Lehman, fr.; Coltyn Rockwell, fr.


Coach: Corey Burkholder

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 6-12 overall, 4-8 HAC-I (tie-fourth)

Roster: Luke Goodwin, sr.; Peyton Rearick, sr.; Ethan Rhodes, sr.; Logan Shrawder, sr.; Brayden Gower, jr.; Kaden Haines, jr.; Chase Knarr, jr.; Dominic Lytle, jr.; Juriel Medina, jr.; Avery Reiff, jr.; Montgomery Fisher, so.; Chase Lytle, so.; Anthony Navarez Velazquez, so.; Landon Tillson, so.; Louis Williams, so.; Brady Wolfe, so.; Alex Garcia Bauza, fr.; Aaron Haines, fr.; Jackson Wertz, fr.; Gavin Whitenight, fr.; Owen Woolsey, fr.; Logan Zarr, fr.


Coach: Brent Beiler

Classification: District 4 Class 5A

Last year: 18-6 overall, 9-3 HAC-I (third); Districts 2/4 subregional champion; lost in PIAA quarterfinal.

Roster: Josh Domaracki, sr., OF/P; Ryan Gavason, sr., OF; Ben Gearhart, sr., IF/OF/P; Caleb Hicks, sr., OF/C; Mark Pastore, sr., OF/P; Mason Richter, sr., IF; Owen Santiago, sr., IF; Camden Smith, sr., OF/IF; Tucker Teats, sr., OF; Michael Walz, sr., IF/OF; Gavin Hoot, jr., P; Brennan Kline, jr., IF; Gavin Landis, jr., IF/OF/P; Austin Roush, jr., UTL; Dominic Santer, jr., IF; Jayden Beaver, so., IF/C; Jacob Beddall, so., OF; Chase Buehler, so., OF; Griffin Parker, so., IF/P; Xavur Romero, so., OF; Riley Romig, so,. IF/OF/P; Delcan Abrahims, fr., UTL; Jackson Dupuis, fr., IF; Andrew Gesumaria, fr., C/OF; Alex Kadryna, fr., OF; Jacob Noecker, fr., IF; Mayson Spaide, fr., UTL; Sawyer Vanhorn, fr., IF/P; Aaron Witmer, fr., C/OF.


Coach: Jim Burns

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 3-17 overall, 1-11 HAC-I (seventh)

Roster: Elmer Beiler, Lindsey Burns, Korie Feese, Dylan Fenix, Izak Glover, Rhyan Henz, Joe Hile, Hayden Karlovich, Camron Kerstetter, Carter Kerstetter, Marcus Kinsey, Landon Kramer, Brandt Krieger, Carter Kurtz, Jared Lowry, Logan Munson, Ty Neary, Malaki Peffer, Dalton Poeth, Ethan Price, Rylan Price, Cash Primerano, Ayden Quade, Cameron Smith, Matthew Wagner, Lincoln Waugh.


Coach: Rich Aurand

Classification: District 4 Class 5A

Last year: 8-13 overall, 4-8 HAC-I (tie-fourth); lost in Districts 2/4 subregional quarterfinal.

Roster: Jayden Alexander, sr., 3B; Luke Beyer, sr., 1B; Cohen Boyer, sr., 2B/SS/P; Brian Burns, sr., 1B; Nasir Charles, sr., 1B; Mark Culp, sr., C/P; Logan Fisher, sr., P/IF; Ryan Kistner, sr., OF; Ben Luden, sr., 2B; Kayden McClusky, sr., OF/P; Blake Rising, sr., OF; A.J. Benedict, jr., OF; Graiden Campbell, jr., OF; Gavyn Erb, jr., OF; Zaven McDonald, jr., 1B; Nate Strausser, jr., C/3B; Kingston Erb, so., IF; Mason Farrell, so., 2B; Kaleb O'Connor, so., OF; Mikah Prutzman, so., C; Brody Rebuck, so., P/OF; Tristan Yarger, so., OF/P; Eric Kincaid, fr., OF/3B; Ryley McDonald, fr., 1B; Landen Mull, fr., OF; Chayse Snyder, fr., SS/P; Corbin Stahl, fr., 2B/P; Wyatt Treas, fr., 1B; Charlie Walter, fr., 1B/P; Justin Zeigler, fr., SS/3B/P.


Coach: Kyle Schneider

Classification: District 4 Class 6A

Last year: 13-7 overall, 10-2 HAC-I (second); lost in Districts 2/4 subregional final.

Roster: Coen Britton, sr., OF; Deacon Brown, sr., OF; Gary Brown, sr., 1B; Caiden Helmrich, sr., C; Indigo Koch, sr., P; Quentin Mazzante, sr., 2B; Tariq Moore, sr., SS; Cayden Robertson, sr., P/3B; Cole Shuler, sr., P/OF; Christian Franzen, jr., SS/P; Kellen Jackson, jr., C/1B; Chase Kelley, jr., P/OF; Ryan Schur, jr., 2B/SS; Grant Vilello, jr., P/OF; Wyatt Bair, so., P/3B; Ethan Chilson, so., P/OF; Cole Deitrick, so., P/3B; Camden March, so., SS; Lucas Naughton, so., C; Zane Rogers, so., C/OF; Camron Spangler, so., P/1B; Alexander Taylor, so., P; Domenico Paternostro, so., 2B; Giovanni White, so., OF; Brayden Wolfhope, so., P/OF; Santiago Arandia-Sulbaran, fr., 2B/3B; Nolan Brelsford, fr., 2B/P; Nathaniel Crowe, fr., OF/P; Trey Damschroder, fr., OF/P; Mason Hess, fr., 2B; Zion Hughes, fr., SS/P; Jaxson March, fr., 2B/C; Kason Ulmer, fr., C/1B; Deshaun White, fr., SS/P.



Coach: Kirk Seesholtz

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 12-10 overall, 2-6 HAC-II (sixth); lost in district final.

Roster: Derik Fester, sr.; Jack Hippenstiel, sr.; Ryan Hons, sr.; Alexander Hosler, sr.; Carter Kishbaugh, sr.; Landon Kocher, sr.; Noah Costa, jr.; Landon Costa, jr.; Parker Day, jr.; Caleb Dolak, jr.; Talon McHenry, jr.; Jansen Sarisky, jr.; Aidan Smith, jr.; Brady Woodring, jr.; Alex Zeisloft, jr.; Carter Bailey, so.; Shane Bardo, so.; Nolan Beagle, so.; Evan Boyer, so.; Grayson Hardie, so.; Josiah Hosler, so.; Frank Lutz, so.; Cayne Stroup, so.; Cole Swisher, so.; Dominic Taylor, so.; Jeffrey Webb, so.; Carter Flick, fr.; Landon Hart, fr.; Dillon Hoffman, fr.; Tegan McHenry, fr.; Ryder Monson, fr.; Austin Sobolewski, fr.


Coach: Devin Knorr

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 11-10 overall, 4-6 HAC-II (fourth); lost in district quarterfinals.

Roster: Reece McCarthy, sr., SS/IF; Matt Acor, jr., IF/OF; James Ciccarelli, jr., P/OF; Lincoln Diehl, jr., OF/DH; Cole Duffy, jr., IF/P; Garrett Hoffman, jr., OF/P; Jack Maloyed, jr., 3B/OF; Landon Rogers, jr., OF; Ryan Roney, jr., 1B/OF; Wyatt Shultz, jr., IF/P; Kaleb Stetler, jr., OF/P; Camden Ulrich, jr., 1B; Daniel Walker, jr., 1B/OF/P; Eli Welliver, jr., IF/P; Brady Haas, so., OF; Justin McCormick, so., C/IF/P; Casey Mills, so., IF/P/OF; Carter Raup, so., OF/P; Lukas Bower, fr., OF: Nathan Bulbin, fr., OF; Gabe Fry, fr., IF; Jack Rarig, fr., C; Will Souder, fr., OF; Laverne Stoltfus, fr., OF; Ryan Utt, fr., IF.


Coach: Luke Smith

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 7-13 overall, 3-7 HAC-II (fifth)

Roster: Derek Asche, sr., C/P; Jack Blough, sr., 1B/P; Michael Casale, sr., OF; Angel Concepcion, sr., IF; Josh Leauber, sr., 3B; Gabriel Naginey, sr., OF; Ryan Metta-Rogan, sr., 2B; Cohen Hoover, jr., IF/OF/P; Dakota Keister, jr., 3B/P; Max Pfirman, jr., OF/P; Andrew Smith, jr., P/1B; Garrat Galthar, so., 1B/P; Landen Wagner, so., IF/OF/P; Xavier Carter, fr., OF/P.


Coach: Scott Wright

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 15-4 overall, 9-1 HAC-II (first); lost in district quarterfinals.

Roster: Colby Brower, sr., OF; Cole Keister, sr., 3B/P; Garrett Leitzel, sr., 1B/P/OF; Deric Rager, sr., OF/1B; Trevor Sheaffer, sr., OF/C; Cole Shutt, sr., C/1B; Caden Wolfley, sr., OF/P/1B; Blayze Cummings, jr., 2B/P; Xavier Fuller, jr., 3B/P; Kaden Walter, jr., UTL; Weston Kuhns, so., OF; Kyle Shupp, so., 2B; Braxton Smith, so., SS/P; Alex Trojan, so., OF; Noah Wert, so., 1B/P; Deric Keister, fr., 1B/OF.


Coach: Tom Church

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 16-8 overall, 5-5 HAC-II (third); district champion; lost in PIAA first round.

Roster: Nathan Chambers, sr.; Troy Dressler, sr.; Sean Grodotzke, sr.; Lane Hook, sr.; Zeb Hufnagle, sr.; Cyruss Scholvin, sr.; Aaron Bolick Jr., jr.; George Lloyd, jr.; Hunter Resseguie, jr.; Alexander Dietrich, so.; Kaiden Kmett, so.; John Parker Marr, so.; Remington Noll, so.; Conor Provost, so.; Kyle Przychodzien, so.; Cole Reibsome, so.; Cayden Rine, so.; Mason Schneck, so.; Jack Whittaker, so.; Jaden Boyer, fr.; Liam Casilla, fr.; Noah Munson, fr.; Bowen Ulmer, fr.


Coach: Jeremy Eck

Classification: District 4 Class 4A

Last year: 16-8 overall, 7-3 HAC-II (second); lost in district final; lost in PIAA quarterfinals.

Roster: Elias Eck, sr.; Owen George, sr.; Aiden Harris, sr.; Quinn Ranck, sr.; Chase Snyder, sr.; Jaden Wilson, sr.; Royce Bowes, jr.; Niccolo DeSanto, jr.; Brayden McCourt, jr.; Jimmy Mussina, jr.; Michael Reeder, jr.; Brody Aldenderfer, so.; Jonah Heddings, so.; Logan Kirby, so.; Carson Menne, so.; Kane Moore, so.; Gabriel Moser, so.; Carlos Tira, so.; Shea Ulmer, so.; J.C. Weaver, so.; Michael Wood, so.; Austin Davidson, fr.; Brady Evans, fr.; Aiden Jackson, fr.; Trent Jean, fr.; Noah Kirby, fr.; Christopher Lucas, fr.; Talon McKenna, fr.; Zachary Neill, fr.; James Williams, fr.



Coach: Mason Fausnaught

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 11-10 overall, 5-5 HAC-III (tie-third); lost in district quarterfinals.

Roster: Gabriel Anderson, sr.; Chase Fornwald, sr.; Jackson Lunger, sr.; Mitchell Reedy, sr.; Zane Smith, sr.; Ryan Scherer, jr.; Logan Traugh, jr.; Liam Witkowski, jr.; Jaydin Camillocci, so.; Conner Haydt, so.; Brady Hendricks, so.; Hunter Hunsinger, so.; Logan Kurtz, so.; Clayton Lunger, so.; Luke Moskovich, so.; Ethan Oliver, so.; Andrew Petock, so.; Jackson Bettinger, fr.; Shane Frey, fr.; Brayden Holbert, fr.; Braxton Martinez, fr.; Bryce Moore, fr.; James Studebaker, fr.


Coach: Chris Kish

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 20-4 overall, 8-2 HAC-III (first); district champion; lost in PIAA quarterfinals.

Roster: Aiden Barlett, sr., OF/P; Logan Briel, sr., UTL; Tanner Clayton, sr., IF/P; Angelo Ferrigno, sr., OF; Ryan Hoffman, sr., UTL; Logan Kiess, sr., OF/IF/P; Derek Lambert, sr., 2B/OF; Evan Snyder, sr., 1B/P; Carter Swank, sr., OF; Gage Thomas, sr., SS; Tyler Wetzel, sr., C/P; Brenden Fisher, jr., 3B/2B; Jace Gray, jr., P; Jackson Lunger, jr., DH/1B; Trent Wetzel, jr., IF/P; Jayden Wilson, jr., IF/P; Jed Abernatha, so., OF; Nathan Bieber, so., P/OF; Blake Babb, so., IF/P; Chip Fowler, so., OF/P; Cameron Walker, so., 1B/P; Si Abernatha, fr., OF; Connor Anstadt, fr., OF/IF/P; Graden Dohl, fr., P/IF; Wynter Fogleman, fr., IF/OF/P; Gavin Knarr, fr., IF/P; Dylan McConnell, fr., OF; Kyler Solomon, fr., C; Brett Whitmoyer, fr., OF/P.


Coach: Jimmy Webb

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 8-13 overall, 4-6 HAC-III (fifth); lost in district quarterfinals.

Roster: Logan Bastian sr., OF; Josh Bomboy, sr., P/OF; Dylan Bower, sr., IF/OF; Dante Cruz, sr., OF; Tyler Gee, sr., OF/P; Ethan Nagy, sr., IF/P; Kaden Rodarmel, sr., IF/P; Preston Sortman, sr., IF/OF/P; Jacob Wilson, sr., C/OF/P; Zachariah Blackwell, jr., IF; Davyn Allis, jr., OF; John Kiehl, jr., IF; Deryk Kulp, jr., IF/P; Jaydn Wagner, jr., C; Jacob Baylor, so., IF; Connor Cowden, so., IF/OF: Drake Dupont, so., IF/P; Dolan Harman, so., IF; Kayden Keefer, so., OF/P; Joshua Meacham, so., OF; Connor Phillips, so., OF; Nolan Rall, so., IF/P/OF; Nicholas Avalos, fr., C; Jahvon La Rosa, fr., IF/P; Dhruv Patel, fr., OF; Blake Stevens, fr., OF/IF.


Coach: Brenton Eades

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 14-7 overall, 7-3 HAC-III (second); lost in district semifinals.

Roster: Jonas Bettleyon, sr.; Darwin Cruz, sr.; Gavin Lasko, sr.; Noah Rempel, sr.; Sam Stutzcavage, sr.; Bennett Williams, sr.; Brayden Brinkash, jr.; Hunter Boblick, jr.; Clarke Cartwright, jr.; Gavyn Demko, jr.; Damien Klimas, jr.; Jon Morgante, jr.; Noah Shimko, jr.; Drew Yagodzinskie, jr.; Brody Brinkash, so.; Lukas Carpenter, so.; Lenny Cicchiello, so.; Keegan Brown, fr.; Max Karycki, fr.; Jace Stever, fr.; Ryland Wolfgang, fr.; Gabe Yuskoski, fr.


Coach: Mike Myers

Classification: District 4 Class 2A

Last year: 8-12 overall, 5-5 HAC-III (tie-third)

Roster: Charles Hopper, sr.; Andrew Sharrow, sr.; Hunter Sharrow, sr.; Chase Williams, sr.; Nathan Gallagher, jr.; Guy Longenberger, jr.; Ethan Makowski, jr.; Jobey Petro, jr.; Brecken Reamer, jr.; Brayden Andrews, so.; Colin Heintzelman, so.; Caden Hopper, so.; Andrew Novak, so.; Dylan Schmidt, so.; Chase Compton, fr.; Levi Everitt, fr.; Ayden Hockenbroch, fr.; Carter Lee, fr.; Kole Myers, fr.; Brody Romig, fr.; Jackson Romig, fr.; Andrew Yost, fr.; Kaden Zachman, fr.; Ander Zanella, fr.


Coach: Derrick Zechman

Classification: District 4 Class 3A

Last year: 12-10 overall, 1-9 HAC-III (sixth); lost in district semifinals.

Roster: Aden Lewis, sr., C/P/3B; Carter Marr, sr., OF; Owen Reese, sr., P; Isaac Sherman, sr., 3B; Stone Allison, jr., CF/C/P; Isaiah Betz, jr., OF/P/DH; Gavin Getz, jr., OF; Mason Bryson, so., 3B/P/OF; Ryder Chapin, so., P/3B/OF; Gabe Engel, so., 3B/C/P; Alec Frey, so., 2B; Griffen Harrington, so., 1B/C/P; James Keifer, so., 3B/OF/P; Landon Polcyn, so., 1B/3B/P; Tyler Ulrich, so., 2B/OF/P; Cohen Zechman, so., SS/2B/P.