Kevin Acevedo, sr., Palmetto
To his credit: The outfielder racked up a .356 batting average while slugging .494 with a .505 on-base percentage. He tacked on 14 RBIs as a key run-producing bat in the Tigers' lineup.
Fast fact: Acevedo is the first in his family to play high school sports and will be the first to attend college.
Up next: Acevedo is heading to South Georgia State to play baseball.
Colton Chupp, sr., Lakewood Ranch
To his credit: A dual threat with his bat and arm, the pitcher/first baseman gashed opposing pitchers with a .427 batting average and 24 RBIs. He also tallied four doubles and scored 18 runs. On the mound, he fanned 38 batters to pair with a 2.80 ERA.
Fast fact: Brothers Kyle (football) and Kurt (baseball) played at Sarasota High, with Kurt playing at State College of Florida.
Up next: Chupp is going to the University of South Carolina-Upstate on a baseball scholarship.
Brian Dillingham, jr., Braden River
To his credit: The second baseman was named the offensive MVP of the prestigious Sarasota Baseball Classic. He tallied a .358 batting average for the season, driving in 20 runs and racking up 10 extra-base hits (eight doubles, a triple and a home run).
Fast fact: Dillingham's uncle is former Tampa Bay Devil Ray pitcher Lance Carter.
Up next: Dillingham will continue playing baseball next season before college.
Jake Dominick, sr. Manatee
To his credit: The outfielder crushed six home runs and six doubles and had 21 RBIs to go with his .301 batting average. He also played in all 28 games for the Hurricanes, figuring as a key weapon in the power department.
Fast fact: Dominick hit four home runs in a three-game stretch over spring break.
Up next: Dominick plans to play college baseball, but he is unsure where.
Jordon Ely, jr. Manatee
To his credit: Though he also played first base, Ely's contributions to the Hurricanes mainly came from the mound, where he threw two complete games and posted a 1.26 ERA in 44 1/3 innings pitched. The highlight for Ely was the two-hit shutout of Sarasota, which eventually advanced to the Class 7A title game, on the Sailors' Senior Night.
Fast fact: Ely's hobbies away from the diamond include fishing and golf.
Up next: Ely is playing travel ball with FTB before embarking on his final high school season.
Chase Forrester, sr., Palmetto
To his credit: Hitting at a .456 clip last season, the outfielder also had a .538 on-base percentage with six RBIs.
Fast fact: His favorite moment this season was when teammate Jacob Josey hit a walk-off single to beat rival Lakewood Ranch because the team went nuts.
Up next: Forrester plans to attend Florida State University.
David Hinkel, sr., Bradenton Christian
To his credit: Hinkel batted .500 this season (42-for-84), collecting a hit in all 24 games. The shortstop also amassed a .538 on-base percentage and .596 slugging percentage with six doubles, three triples, 23 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
Fast fact: Hinkel's favorite school subject is English.
Up next: Hinkel has a baseball scholarship to Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Austin Hoppe, sr., Out-of-Door Academy
To his credit: Hoppe hit .329 during time in the outfield, but did his most damage from the mound. A southpaw, Hoppe struck out 60 batters in 48 innings pitched as ODA's ace. He collected a 7-1 record, pitching all the big games for the Thunder, and posted a 1.54 ERA.
Fast fact: Hoppe was voted the top male athlete at ODA.
Up next: Hoppe is getting ready for baseball at Hillsborough Community College.
Matt Mackey, jr., Inspiration Academy
To his credit: The catcher belted seven home runs while driving in 41 runs and posting a .407 batting average. Two of his home runs came in the same game at an IMG Academy tournament. It was the first time he accomplished that feat.
Fast fact: His favorite school subject is science.
Up next: Mackey is playing travel ball this summer with Chain Baseball's U-17 squad, based out of Georgia.
Derek Paparella, sr., Bradenton Christian/Inspiration Academy
To his credit: The second baseman finished the final few weeks of the season with Inspiration Academy, but most of his stats come from the Panthers. He logged a .486 batting average with seven doubles, a triple, 16 RBIs and five stolen bases for BCS.
Fast fact: Paparella said the hardest part about baseball is running.
Up next: Paparella received a baseball scholarship to play at Florida State College-Jacksonville.
Cameron Pearcey, sr. Lakewood Ranch
To his credit: An agile, fleet-footed cog in the middle of Lakewood Ranch's infield, Pearcey's solid arm and hands at shortstop were a treat to watch. His bat wasn't bad, either. He hit two home runs, with 20 RBIs, 27 runs scored, 13 stolen bases, five doubles and four triples. In total, he hit .412 in the spring.
Fast fact: Not just an athlete, Pearcey is a National Honor Society member and had perfect attendance from kindergarten through high school.
Up next: Peacey plans to play college baseball at Coastal Carolina.
Parke Phillips, jr., Out-of-Door Academy
To his credit: The catcher smashed nine doubles, a triple and two home runs en route to a .409 batting average. He showcased supreme plate discipline. Phillips managed to only strike out twice and picked up 18 walks.
Fast fact: Phillips' favorite moment this season was run-ruling Cardinal Mooney for the district title.
Up next: Phillips to continue baseball activities this summer with the Florida Burn travel ball team.
Scott Stout, sr., Lakewood Ranch
To his credit: The pitcher went 9-1 as the Mustangs' top starter last spring. In chewing up 54 2/3 innings on the hill, Stout sent down 48 batters via the strikeout and had a sparkling 1.28 ERA.
Fast fact: Stout enjoys playing the FIFA video game series in his spare time because it's more entertaining than baseball video games.
Up next: Stout will play baseball at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero.
Shane Zipperer, sr., Lakewood Ranch
To his credit: The Mustangs' stalwart patrolled left field and turned in a team-best .437 batting average with a .512 on-base percentage. Once on base, Zipperer found himself rounding third and scoring quite often. He was came around 20 times as Lakewood Ranch advanced to the region semifinals in Class 7A.
Fast fact: His favorite moment this season was going 3-for-4 against a University of Florida-committed pitcher.
Up next: Zipperer plans to attend USF in the fall.
BRADEN RIVER -- John Graves, sr.; Matt Parrill, sr.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- Hunter McGarry, sr.; Wade Carter, sr.
CARDINAL MOONEY -- Josh Bonynge, jr.; Taylor Garris, jr.; Parker McPhail, sr.; Tyler Mattes, jr.; T. Hebda, jr.
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Colton Zimring, sr.
MANATEE -- Tony Diaz, sr.; Chase Diaz, sr.; P.J. Reed, sr.
OUT-OF-ACADEMY -- Najee Rhodes, soph.; Desmond Lindsay, sr.
PALMETTO -- Jacob Josey, frosh.; Noah Williams, sr.; Hunter Leonard, sr.; Blas Rodriquez, sr.
SOUTHEAST -- Kareem Lewis, soph.; Kevin Lyons, jr.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer