Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery 2023 Baseball All-Area Teams

Teams in The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media area found success at the league, district and state level in the 2023 season.

In the Suburban One League, North Penn won the Colonial Division, Upper Dublin the Liberty Division and Upper Moreland the Freedom Division.

Central Bucks West won the first District 1 title, the Class-6A crown, in program history. North Penn and Plymouth Whitemarsh both reached the Class-6A semifinals and the Knights went on to reach the Class-6A state semifinals. Abington also qualified for states in the largest classification.

Upper Dublin, the defending District 1 Class-5A champions, got back to the title game but lost to Strath Haven.

In the Pioneer Athletic Conference, Pope John Paul II won its first Frontier Division title since 2017 and Methacton made it to the PAC title game. The Golden Panthers went on to win the District 1-4A championship.

La Salle made it to the Philadelphia Catholic League championship game, but lost to Father Judge, the eventual Class-6A state championship. Archbishop Wood won the District 12-4A title and reached the Class-4A state semifinals.

Dock Mennonite Academy was perfect in Bicentennial Athletic League play and won the District 1-A title over rival Faith Christian Academy. The Pioneers won a couple state playoff games to reach the semifinals.

These team accomplishments were made possible by strong individual players. The top player are recognized with All-Area honors.



Julio Ermigiotti, Central Bucks West >> The Bucks senior was 6-0 this season with a 2.17 earned run average. A first team All-Suburban One League Colonial Division selection, Ermigiotti struck out 67 batters to 16 walks in 48 1/3 innings of work. He threw a perfect game in the state playoff opener, which was the first state playoff game in program history.

Central Bucks West pitcher Julio Ermigiotti (11) throws a pitch against North Penn during their District 1-6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (Mike Cabrey/MediaNews Group)

Tristan Helmick, La Salle >> The Explorers senior went 6-1 this spring. He struck out 65 batters and allowed 29 hits in 48 innings of work. He earned first team All-Philadelphia Catholic League honors.

Trevor Lugara, North Penn >> The Knights sophomore went 9-2 this season. He struck out 42 batters to six walks and posted a 1.13 earned run average. He earned first team All-Suburban One League Colonial Division honors.

North Penn pitcher Trevor Lugara (24) throws a pitch against West Chester Henderson during their District 1-6A second round game on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (Mike Cabrey/MediaNews Group)


Chase Harlan, Central Bucks East >> The Patriots junior batted .435 this spring with four doubles, one triple and five home runs. The first team All-Suburban One League Colonial Division selection had 20 RBIs and scored 24 runs.

Brendan Kenning, Pope John Paul II >> The Golden Panthers senior batted .486 this season with 36 hits. The first team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division selection knocked in 18 runs and scored 25.

Pope John Paul II first baseman Brendan Kenning nabs a ground ball and moves into the base path against Phoenixville during a PAC Frontier baseball game at Pope John Paul II High School on April 17. (Evan Wheaton – MediaNews Group)

Nathan Lapp, Dock Mennonite Academy >> Lapp totaled 43 hits in 24 games for the Pioneers. He batted .531 while scoring 40 runs and knocking in 31 from the leadoff spot. He was also dominant on the mound, striking out 89 batters in 61 1/3 innings.

Matt Leary, Norristown >> The Eagles sophomore batted .514 this season and posted a .622 on-base percentage. He earned first team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division honors.


Sam Laux, Dock Mennonite Academy >> Laux led the Pioneers with a .594 batting average. He tallied 38 hits, 33 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 24 games.

Dock Mennonite Academy catcher Sam Laux went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the District 1-A championship against Faith Christian Academy. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)


Noah Brandt, Pope John Paul II >> The Golden Panthers junior batted .459 with 15 RBIs and 22 runs scored. The first team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division selection hit four doubles, one triple and one home run.

Trey Porter, Hatboro-Horsham >> The Hatters senior batted .421 with 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored. The first team All-Suburban One League Liberty Division selection hit three doubles, two triples and two home runs and stole 13 bases.

Luke Terlesky, Pope John Paul II >> The Golden Panthers sophomore batted .373 with 23 RBIs and 19 runs scored. The first team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division selection hit two doubles, seven triples and three home runs.

Ty Lohsen, Methacton
Jack Piccozi, North Penn
LJ Wolff, Abington

Abington’s LJ Wolff threw five innings against Quakertown Tuesday. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

Nolan Behm, Central Bucks East
Ben Farley, North Penn
Kross Howarth, Methacton
Danny Qualteria, Quakertown

Quakertown’s Danny Qualteria stole three bases against Abington Tuesday. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

Matt Dymowski, Lower Moreland

Joey Gale, Archbishop Wood
Johnny Giordano, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Zach Frederick, Dock Mennonite Academy

Dock Mennonite Academy’s Zach Frederick rounds third base in the bottom of the first inning against Bristol Thursday. (Ed Morlock – MediaNews Group)

Abington: Alex Dardaris, Jake Kaplan, Logan Moss, Matt Worek
Archbishop Carroll: Jack Bateman
Archbishop Wood: JP DiGuiseppe, Patrick Gozdan, Brian Klumpp, Dariel Tiburcio
Central Bucks East: Matthew Rowland, Ryan Zosulis
Central Bucks South: Logan Hinds, Owen Wheeler
Central Bucks West: Kevin Bukowski, Sam Greer, Quinn Illig, Max McGlone, Alex Valdes
Dock Mennonite Academy: Cooper Brannon, Brayden Kratz, Zach Neff, Deven Ross
Faith Christian Academy: Kendri Beltre, Grayson Weikel
Germantown Academy: Eric Cross, Aiden von Zuben, Aiden Zakarewicz
Hatboro-Horsham: Jaxson Bumpus, Kyle Dittus, Jamie O’Neal, Noah Schlosser
Jenkintown: James Martin, Sam Schumm, Jamie Shields, Tom Walsh
Lansdale Catholic: Geno Bianco
La Salle: Nathan Kress, Tahir Parker, Tim Schuler
Methacton: Jake Chapman, Evan Jones, Bobby Kleckner, Tripp Shytle
Norristown: Justin Fryer, Brett Murphy
North Penn: Justin Egner, James Mangine, Mario Sgro, Henry Wetzel
Pennridge: Tommy Ginnetti
Plymouth Whitemarsh: Luke Caucci, Chase Olszyk, Dylan Robinson
Pope John Paul II: TJ Boccella, AJ Diaddezio, Billy Fitzgerald, Chase Frantz, Dylan Simeone
Quakertown: Vinny Pellegrini, Cole Reich
Souderton: Joey Crecca, Austin Kreyenhagen, Chris McKenna, Ethan Warner
Springfield Montco: William Hastings, Ryan Marcino, Brett Smith
Upper Dublin: Eric Berman, Austin Dahl, Joe Levis, Aidan McCarthy
Upper Merion: Bobby Hickey, Sean Prendergast
Upper Moreland: Nate Kelly, Patrick Kilgus, Jimmy Torpey, Shawn Townsend
William Tennent: Lucas Kimbrough, Jordani Tiburcio, Julio Ybarra
Wissahickon: Shane Henrick, Jack O’Donnell, Josh Palutis

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