Meet Newsday's All-Long Island baseball team for the 2018 spring season.
Catholic League Player of the Year: Logan O'Hoppe, St. John the Baptist, C, Sr.
The three-year varsity starting catcher hit .467 with three home runs, 22 RBIs and 25 runs scored and a .621 on-base percentage for the CHSAA champions this season. He had 28 hits in 21 games this year. Never missing a game behind the plate on varsity, O'Hoppe hit .434 with five homers, 43 RBIs and 42 runs scored for his career. O'Hoppe was drafted in the 23rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He passed on a scholarship to play at East Carolina University and signed a contact to join the Phillies organization.
Nassau Player of the Year: Anthony D'Onofrio, Wantagh, SS, Sr.
The four-year starting shortstop never missed a game at his position, batting .438 with 126 runs, 49 extra-base hits, 73 RBIs and 64 stolen bases on 67 attempts over his varsity tenure, which included three trips to the state semifinals, two state title games and one state crown. This season, the sure-handed shortstop hit .512 with 41 runs, five home runs, 31 RBIs and successfully stealing 25 of 26 bases. He will be playing at Hofstra.
Suffolk Player of the Year: Matt Hogan, Half Hollow Hills East, OF, Sr.
Hogan was named the 51st recipient of the Carl Yastrzemski Award presented to Suffolk's top player after he batted .401 with 23 hits, including eight for extra bases, 19 RBIs and 23 runs scored to lead Hills East to the postseason. He also had 18 walks, including 15 intentional. The hard-throwing righty, with an 88-91 mph fastball, also posted a 4-1 record with one save, 49 strikeouts in 30 innings and a 1.89 ERA. The five-year varsity player is committed to Vanderbilt.
Brandon Buchan, MacArthur, P, Sr.
He struck out 86 and walked 24 in 45.2 innings. He only allowed 15 hits, three earned runs and had an ERA of 0.46 and an 8-0 record. He contributed offensively as well, hitting two grand slams in one game. He finished with 24 RBIs.
Jason Coules, Bellmore JFK, SS, Sr.
He hit .452 with three home runs, eight extra-base hits, 17 RBIs, 18 runs, 14 stolen bases and a 1.272 OPS. Coules reached base nine straight times to open the season, including hitting two homers off eventual Long Island Class A champion Wantagh.
Roman Dorosh, Sachem East, P, Jr.
He was a two-way threat for the Flaming Arrows. He had 58 strikeouts in 42.2 innings, a 2.77 ERA and a 4-1 pitching record. He had a .475 average, including eight doubles, three home runs, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored. One team employed a four-man outfield to defend Dorosh's power.
Mark Faello, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, P, Sr.
He pitched to a 6-0 record, with a save, and a 1.57 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this spring. He added three homers with 22 runs scored and 13 RBIs at the plate with a .916 OPS. He opened the season with a six-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Herricks. He will play at Hofstra.
Anthony Fontana, Wantagh, P, Sr.
He earned the win in the Long Island Class A title game two years in a row and finished his stellar pitching career with a 23-2 record. This year, he compiled a 10-1 record with a .437 batting average, three home runs and 30 RBIs. "The bigger the game, the bigger he is," said Wantagh coach Keith Sachs. "He performs in pressure situations, it's just incredible." He led Wantagh to the three LI championships and is committed to play at Furman University in South Carolina.
Ryan Foran, Eastport-South Manor, 3B, Sr.
The Suffolk League V MVP held opponents to a .133 batting average in a 9-1 season, with a 1.11 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. He also led the team offensively with a .418 batting average, 36 hits and 32 RBIs. He holds 12 school records, coach Jimmy McGowan said, including wins (17), strikeouts (159 in 151 2/3 innings), ERA (1.20) and shutouts (three).
Joe Grillo, Rocky Point, OF, Sr.
The Suffolk League VI MVP led the Eagles to the Suffolk Class A title. his career numbers were outstanding. He had 80 hits, including 22 doubles, nine home runs and a .370 average. He added 60 RBIs and 60 runs scored. He was also 11-4 on the mound.
Jake Lazzaro, Oceanside, SS, Jr.
The Nassau Conference AA-1 MVP was the Sailors' leadoff hitter and batted .412 with 10 extra-base hits, 34 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. He had a .510 on-base percentage and 1.086 OPS for an Oceanside team which only lost twice in the regular season.
Tim McHugh, Commack, OF, Jr.
He received the Silver Slugger Award given to Suffolk's top hitter. He finished with a .490 batting average, five home runs, 27 RBIs, 22 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, while stealing 12 bases in 12 attempts. The Suffolk League II MVP is committed to TCU. Commack finished at 20-6, after the 16-year old centerfielder's contributions led to a stretch of 18 wins over 19 games this season.
Andrew Primm, C, Massapequa, Sr.
The Massapequa captain and three-year varsity player led the Chiefs with strong defensive play behind the plate to a Class AA state championship, throwing out 11 attempted base-stealers and picking off five players this season. He hit .380 with eight doubles, a home run and 16 walks this spring.
Liam Pulsipher, Center Moriches, P, Sr.
He pitched to an 8-1 record with a 0.78 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 49 innings to lead Center Moriches to its first state title in school history, winning the Class B crown. He also hit .320 with four home runs, 27 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and a .415 on-base percentage. One of his best performances of the season was throwing a two-hitter in a 4-0 Class B state semifinal victory, needing only 76 pitches to do so.
Joseph Savino, Connetquot, P, Jr.
The righty pitched three shutouts and was the key to the postseason run into the Suffolk Class AA semifinals for the Thunderbirds. He had complete game wins over Newfield and Bay Shore allowing no earned runs with 15 strikeouts. He was 6-1 with 55 strikeouts in 49 innings and an 0.67 ERA.
Suffolk Coach of the Year: Dennis Donovan, Center Moriches
He led the Red Devils to the school's first Class B state championship in his third year. The team had a 23-4 record.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Tom Sheedy, Massapequa
He led the Chiefs to the Class AA state crown, his second in his 15 years at the helm. They finished 22-6, winning 17 in a row to close the season. He has an incredible 290 wins in 15 years.
The All-Long Island second team
JUSTIN AVILES, Brentwood, P, Sr.
JUSTIN BESTLER, Mineola, P, Jr.
CHARLIE CUCCHIARA, East Meadow, P, Jr.
KEVIN CZECZOTKA, St. John the Baptist, P, Sr.
CHRISTIAN DeNAVE, Massapequa, P, Sr.
THOMAS ELETTO, Locust Valley, SS, Sr.
MATT ENCIZO, Longwood, 3B/SS, Jr.
WILL FEIL, Wheatley, 1B, Sr.
NICK FRESSLE, Division, P, Sr.
JAKE GUERCIO, West Islip, CF, Sr.
CARLOS HIDALGO, St. Dominic, P, Soph.
KYLE JOHNSON, Newfield, SS, Sr.
DYLAN JUDD, Oceanside, C, Sr.
JOE KELLER, MacArthur, P, Sr.
WILL KENNEDY, Smithtown East, 1B, Jr.
JAKE KRZEMIENSKI, Commack, P, Jr.
MIKE LaDONNA, West Islip, P, Jr.
BRENDAN MacFALL, Oceanside, P, Sr.
BROCK MURTHA, Sayville, SS, Soph.
ROB RAY, Bayport-Blue Point, P, Sr.
JARED RESTMEYER, St. Anthony's, P, Sr.
JARRED VANDERHOOF, Longwood, P, Sr.
BOBBY VATH, Newfield, P, Sr. (pictured)