BVA’s Latham MVP
The WPIAL baseball steering committee wasn’t the only one to not show Sec. 5 champion Belle Vernon Area any respect by not seeding the 15-2 Leps among the top three in the playoffs.
Neither did the Sec. 5 coaches.
Despite winning their second straight section title by three games over Mt. Pleasant, the Leps didn’t dominate the Sec. 5 all-star team.
Only three BVA players were first teamers while third-place Yough set the pace with four.
Representing the Leps were pitchers Tim Latham and Brian Horner and infielder Aaron Krepps, all seniors.
Latham was also selected the section MVP.
Yough’s quartet consisted of senior catcher Jon Kistler, junior first baseman John DeSimone, senior outfielder Ryan Thompson and sophomore designated hitter Dan Fiore.
Mt. Pleasant had three first teamers in infielders Adam Miscik and Adam Wisniewski and outfielder Wayne Roebuck, all seniors.
Rounding out the first team were infielder Mike Volpi and outfielder Chad Zyma, both East Allegheny seniors, Elizabeth Forward senior pitcher Matt Scurfield and Derry Area senior outfielder Zack Lukon.
BVA had a pair of second teamers in senior infielder Ryan Mimidis and senior outfielder Dan Cieply.
Elizabeth Forward had four second teamers in junior pitcher Chris Letteri, senior outfielder Paul Adams, junior outfielder Mike Mitchko and senior designated hitter Steve Dolph.
Two juniors, infielder Jason Nametska and outfielder John Filapose, represented Yough on the second team.
The other second teamers were Mt. Pleasant seniors pitcher Eric Leonard and catcher Jake Etling, Southmoreland sophomore pitcher Shane Datz and East Allegheny sophomore infielder Steve Nash.