Jake Decker leads the Lackawanna League class of 2017 in RBIs, wins and strikeouts and is second in hits and doubles. Cole Stetzar leads seniors in RBIs, runs, hits, doubles, wins and strikeouts.
They are two of the class’ best players.
Stetzar, the West Scranton standout and St. Joseph’s University commit, and Holy Cross shortstop Cory Miller received Times-Tribune All-Region honors last season. Decker — Blue Ridge’s ace — and Abington Heights outfielder Colin McCreary, a Monmouth University recruit, earned All-Region honors in 2015.
Stetzar, Scranton Prep catcher Kyler McAllister and Abington Heights outfielder Anthony Duboski were voted Lackawanna League Division I coaches’ first-team all-stars last season. Wallenpaupack first baseman Chris Brindle and third baseman Austin Gilpin and North Pocono outfielder Pat Noon earned the same honor for Division II. Miller, Lakeland southpaw Brad Richards and outfielder Jordan Art; and Dunmore catcher Andy Salzmann made the Division III squad. Decker and Forest City second baseman R.J. Kuruts were voted to the Division IV team.
Here are the career leaders in the stats we track on Varsity570 for the class of 2017:
The senior class at Valley View has the most league wins (31) and overall wins (39) in its career and is tied for fewest league losses (7). Montrose (30), Delaware Valley (29), Mid Valley (27) and Abington Heights and Holy Cross (25) round out the top 5 for most league wins since 2014. Abington Heights (38), Mid Valley (36), Montrose and Holy Cross (35) follow the Cougars for most overall wins since 2014. Montrose has the fewest overall losses (11).
Abington Heights seniors won two District 2 championships (2014, 2015). Lakeland (2014), Montrose (2015), Blue Ridge (2015), North Pocono (2016) and Forest City (2016) also won District 2 titles.
Before the division realign and the six-classification system falls into place, here’s how Lackawanna League teams fared during the class of 2017’s career.