2012 Herald All-Area Baseball Team capsules

July 1, 2012 

Jake Axley, Psenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: Axley posted a 7-1 record and a 2.27 earned-run average while totaling a team-best 52 1/3 innings for the Mustangs. Axley struck out 38, walked 28 and retired more than 45 percent of the batters he faced on three pitches or fewer in helping Ranch reach the Class 6A state final four.

Fast fact: Axley's favorite movie is "*61," which chronicles Roger Maris' and Mickey Mantle's pursuit of Babe Ruth's single-season home run record during the summer of 1961.

Up next: He is headed to the New York Institute of Technology on a baseball scholarship. Baseball is the only Division I sport offered at NYIT.

Trevor Beeman, INFsenior, Manatee

To his credit: A third baseman, Beeman had another big year in helping the Hurricanes win their second straight district title. Beeman blasted a pair of home runs, added 17 RBIs, cracked nine doubles and batted .326 while playing solid defense for Manatee.

Fast fact: Beeman's highlight of the season came during the final day of the regular season, when Manatee and Lakewood Ranch played a game broadcast on Bright House Sports Network. The Hurricanes beat the Mustangs in extra innings.

Up next: Beeman will further his education and baseball career at State College of Florida.

Tyler Beeman, OFsenior, Manatee

To his credit: While twin brother Trevor manned the hot corner, Tyler did most of his work in left field and at the plate. Tyler batted .330, hit nine doubles and drove in nine runs as Manatee won another district championship and reached the second round of the Class 7A playoffs.

Fast fact: Beeman's favorite part of his final year at Manatee was playing under coach Dwayne Strong.

Up next: The Beemans will stick together in college, too: Tyler is joining Trevor at State College of Florida.

Tyler Dauphinee, Csenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: Coach Mike Mullen is quick to praise Dauphinee's leadership skills, though Dauphinee had some pretty good numbers to match. He hit .326 and posted a .390 on-base percentage while driving in 18 runs and scoring 21 runs for the Mustangs while committing four errors in 166 total chances.

Fast fact: Dauphinee listed his three-run double against Winter Haven in the Class 6A-Region 3 final as the highlight of his season.

Up next: Dauphinee is headed to FAU to continue his studies.

Ryan Fischer, INFsenior, Braden River

To his credit: A captain, Fischer did a bit of everything this spring for the Pirates. He played shortstop and third base and pitched while batting .409 with 27 hits, 21 runs scored, eight RBIs, eight stolen bases and a .494 on-base percentage. Fischer also went 2-1 with two saves and a 1.34 ERA when he was called on to pitch.

Fast fact: Fischer was just as versatile during the football season, when he saw time at quarterback, wide receiver, special teams and defensive back.

Christopher Heier, OFsenior, Palmetto

To his credit: Heier hit four home runs and batted .370 for a Palmetto team that came within a game of reaching the Class 6A region playoffs. Heier's biggest hit came during the District 12 quarterfinals, when his two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 12th lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 win over St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins.

Fast fact: Heier's favorite book is "The City of Ember," a science-fiction novel written by Jeanne DuPrau.

Up next: Heier begins studying computer information technology next fall at the University of West Florida.

Brandon King, Psenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: King was a solid force on the mound for Lakewood Ranch; he led the team in wins (eight) and ERA (1.89) while striking out 45 in 44 1/3 innings. King contributed with the bat, too, hitting .318 with 26 RBIs and a .489 slugging percentage.

Fast fact: A three-run triple against eventual Class 7A state champion Venice was his favorite moment of the season.

Up next: King will play football and baseball next year at Averett University, an NCAA Division III school in Virginia.

Zack Larson, OFsenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: The Herald All-Area Player of the Year was an offensive juggernaut for a Lakewood Ranch team that played into the state final four for the first time in nearly a decade. Larson paced the Mustangs in home runs (four), RBIs (42), on-base percentage (.516), triples (four), slugging (.703) and stolen bases (22) while batting .426 and scoring 41 runs.

Fast fact: Larson was a 20th-round pick of the Minnesota Twins during June's amateur draft.

Up next: Larson is undecided whether he will sign with the Twins or play college ball at State College of Florida. He is spending the summer playing travel baseball with the Florida Burn.

Dylan Lee, INFjunior, Braden River

To his credit: Lee is back on the All-Area First Team and for good reason. He led the Pirates in 10 offensive categories. Lee batted .444, slugged .653 and drove in 16 runs. Lee also had nine doubles and three triples, drew 18 walks, scored 21 runs and stockpiled 32 hits for the Pirates.

Fast fact: Lee's favorite movie is the 1920s crime drama "Public Enemies."

Up next: Lee is playing travel ball this summer with Suncoast Reebok.

Sean McAdams, Psenior, Cardinal Mooney

To his credit: McAdams registered a sub-2.00 ERA in just 20 innings this year, which led to the Baltimore Orioles drafting him, signing him and sending him to the franchise's Gulf Coast League team. McAdams struck out two last week during his professional debut with the GCL Orioles at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex in Sarasota.

Fast fact: In his one and only season at quarterback, McAdams threw for 920 yards and eight touchdowns.

Up next: McAdams is embarking on his baseball career with the Orioles organization.

Seth McGarry, utilitysenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: Though an elbow injury kept him off the mound for most of the season, McGarry was a big contributor to Lakewood Ranch's first region championship since 2003. He paced the team in hits (47) while batting .439, slugging .607 and scoring 32 runs. McGarry also laced six doubles, hit two home runs, drove in 17 runs, stole 20 bases and struck out just four times in 107 at-bats. McGarry resumed his pitching duties in the playoffs and went 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

Fast fact: McGarry twirled a complete game against Winter Haven in the Region 3 championship game, which he listed as the highlight of his season.

Up next: McGarry is off to FAU on a baseball scholarship.

Brooks Norton, Pjunior, Braden River

To his credit: Norton won five games and posted a 3.69 ERA and saved his best work for Braden River's toughest opponents; he recorded victories over Manatee, Venice, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. Norton tossed a pair of complete games and struck out 39 in 55 innings.

Fast fact: Norton's favorite movie is "Anchorman."

Up next: Norton is one of many local players spending the summer playing travel ball with Suncoast Reebok.

Derek Paparella, utilityfreshman, Bayshore

To his credit: Paparella is the All-Area First Team's lone freshman, and it is not hard to see why. He hit .395 with three home runs and 19 RBIs while playing left field and the infield. Paparella scored 30 runs, slashed seven doubles and stole seven bases in helping the Bruins reach the regional playoffs.

Fast fact: Paparella's favorite movie is "Taken," which stars Liam Neeson as an ex-CIA agent looking for his kidnapped daughter in Europe.

Up next: Paparella plans on spending the summer playing baseball and relaxing at the beach.

Correlle Prime, Psenior, Manatee

To his credit: Prime went 10-3 in his final season as a Hurricane while posting a 1.93 ERA with 93 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 79 1/3 innings. Prime was good with the bat, too, hitting .273 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and five doubles in helping Manatee win another district championship and reach the second round of the region playoffs.

Fast fact: Prime tossed consecutive shutouts against Punta Gorda Charlotte and Port St. Lucie during the postseason, and earned the win in relief during the Class 7A-District 10 championship game at Venice.

Up next: Prime was headed to State College of Florida before the Colorado Rockies made him a 12th-round draft pick. Prime decided to sign with the Rockies and has been assigned to their rookie league team in Grand Junction, Colo.

Chase Sandberg, INFsenior, Manatee

To his credit: The slick-fielding shortstop lead the Hurricanes with 25 RBIs while batting .316. Sandberg, who missed the entire football season after undergoing shoulder surgery, also doubled four times and scored 14 runs.

Fast fact: Sandberg's favorite moment was starting the game-ending double play that clinched Manatee's Class 7A-District 10 title win over Venice.

Up next: Sandberg will join Hurricanes teammates Tyler and Trevor Beeman at State College of Florida next season.

Cord Sandberg, OFjunior, Manatee

To his credit: The centerfielder hit. 358 with 22 runs scored, 17 RBIs and a home run for Manatee. Sandberg also cracked six doubles for the Class 7A-District 10 champions.

Fast fact: Sandberg's favorite book is "The Great Gatsby," and his favorite movie is "Dumb and Dumber."

Up next: A quarterback who led Manatee to the Class 7A state title last fall, Sandberg has verbally committed to play football at Mississippi State. He'll spend the summer playing 7-on-7 with the Hurricanes football team as well as travel baseball with a local team coached by Manatee's Dwayne Strong and Sarasota's Clyde Metcalf. In August, he and the Canes will begin defense of their football championship.

Bryan Van Vranken, INFsenior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: Van Vranken split time between third base and catcher, but the one constant was his offense. He hit .352 with two home runs, 29 RBIs and a team-best 15 doubles. Van Vranken also scored 18 runs, and his 20 walks fueled his team-high .487 on-base percentage. He added 10 two-out RBIs.

Fast fact: Lakewood Ranch's run to the state final four, including staying in the hotel with his teammates, was a highlight for Van Vranken.

Up next: Van Vranken wants to play baseball in college but hasn't decided where. He has an offer from NYIT, as well as from a pair of Division III schools -- Averett University in Virginia and Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio.

Honorable mention

Bayshore -- Jerad Paparella, Julian Valdivia.

Bradenton Christian -- Sam Lister.

Lakewood Ranch -- Brad Zunica, Justin Greenaway.

Manatee -- Danny Lee.

Out-of-Door Academy -- Zach Hoppe, Tyler Dietrich, Justin Fischer.

Palmetto -- Brett Vedder, Jon Collins.

Saint Stephen's -- Michael Roberts, Chad Tolentino.

-- Capsules by John Lembo

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