La Salle brought home plenty of hardware this spring. The Explorers won the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season and postseason championships, the District 12-6A crown and the PIAA-6A state title.
The Explorers weren’t the only team in the area to find success this season.
North Penn and Hatboro-Horsham both reached the District 1-6A semifinals and qualified for states, where the Knights reached the semifinals.
Dock Mennonite and Archbishop Wood both qualified for the state playoffs in the 2A and 5A classifications, respectively.
Lansdale Catholic arguably had its best season in program history and Plymouth Whitemarsh won a second consecutive Suburban One League championship.
These team achievements were backed by strong individual performances. The top players are recognized as members of the Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery 2021 Baseball All-Area teams.
Ryan Albin, Archbishop Wood: The left-hander helped the Vikings reach the Philadelphia Catholic League championship game and the second round of the PIAA-5A state playoffs. Albin, the PCL MVP and Pitcher of the Year, threw 6.2 innings in Wood’s 4-0 win over Oxford in the first round of states.
Mike Lennon, North Penn: Lennon went 5-2 for North Penn in 2021. He struck out 55 batters to 15 walks across 55.2 innings. He allowed 54 hits and posted a 1.63 ERA.
Ryan Marler, La Salle: Marler went a perfect 5-0 with a 0.98 ERA for the PIAA-6A state champions and was a big reason why the Explorers raised the trophy in June, throwing back-to-back complete games in the state semifinals and championship. He also picked up the win in the PCL championship game.
Joe Jaconski, Plymouth Whitemarsh: Jaconski hit .464 with eight home runs in 21 games for the Colonials this spring. He totaled 29 RBI, 35 runs scored, 27 walks and 17 stolen bases compared to six strikeouts in 88 plate appearances.
Paul Moretski, Lansdale Catholic: Moretski led the Crusaders to their first winning record in a decade and first PCL playoff win in program history. He led the team with a .429 average and 1.085 OPS. The lefty also led the way with 29 hits, 23 RBI and 27 runs scored. On the mound, Moretski went 6-2 with a 1.96 ERA and struck out 89 batters in 60.2 innings.
Mason Sermarini, La Salle: Sermarini was the PCL Offensive Player of the Year for the league and state champs. He hit .517 with 26 RBI.
Michael Trommer, Archbishop Wood: Trommer was a first team All-PCL selection as an infielder and pitcher. He hit over .600 with more than 30 RBI while going 8-2 on the mound.
Andrew Kohl, Central Bucks West: Kohl was a first team All-SOL Colonial selection for the Bucks. Kohl provided plenty of power in the CB West lineup.
Nolan McCloskey, Methacton: McCloskey hit .442 for the Warriors with 17 runs scored. He posted a .552 OBP in 19 games.
Jeff Sabater, North Penn: Sabater led North Penn’s everyday players with a .419 average and paced all Knights with 31 hits and 25 runs scored. He went 21-for-21 stealing bases.
Evin Sullivan, North Penn: Sullivan hit .368 and led the Knights with three home runs and 23 RBI. Behind the plate he helped pitchers Mike Lennon and Dylan Brown dominate during the District 1 and PIAA playoffs.
Dylan Brown, North Penn
Jacob Horton, Souderton
Joe Rauscher, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Luke Cantwell, Archbishop Wood
Anthony Ehly, Abington
Jesse Jaconski, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Jake Whitlinger, La Salle
Bobbly Croyle, Pennridge
Jack Elwell, Hatboro-Horsham
Joey Gale, Archbishop Wood
Alex Neeld, Archbishop Wood
Abington: Alex Dardaris, Cody Frazier, Henry Tyler
Archbishop Carroll: Chris Tomlinson, Roman Tozzi
Archbishop Wood: Aiden Myers
Central Bucks West: James Carbone
Cheltenham: Jacob Sterman
Germantown Academy: Eddie Copper
Hatboro-Horsham: Trey Porter, Jimmy Tooley
La Salle: Connor Bogansky, Kevin Kell
Lower Moreland: Mason Tammaro
Norristown: James Keyes
North Penn: Justin Egner, Ryan Sullivan
Plymouth Whitemarsh: Luke Gartland
Pope John Paul II: Brendan Kenning
Quakertown: Justin Butler, Vinny Pellegrini, Brandon Pierce
Souderton: Shanley Wall
Springfield Montco: Nathan Dennis, Andrew Kennedy, Jack O’Malley, Joe Smith
Upper Dublin: Tristan Cairnes, Kyle Rizzo
Upper Merion: Brad Zielinski
Upper Moreland: , Kevin Davis, Sean McAfee, Greg Wiley
Wissahickon: Joe Hornig, Ben Junker