A Varsity Letters blogger named Ronnie asked if I could designate some standouts from the local 2008 WPIAL baseball season. I'll try my best.
Player of the Year
I'm leaning toward Jordan Jankowski of Peters Township but Andy Petras of Chartiers-Houston is having a great year.
Coach of the Year
I know there's a lot of poo-pooing the smaller classifications on this board but no coach has his players more prepared than Dave Bates at Carmichaels. You have to beat the Mikes to beat them. They never lose games because of mistakes and that is a direct attribute of coaching.
Comeback Player of the Year
Charles Murphy of Canon-McMillan. Big Macs coach Steve Bucci credits Murphy, who did not play his junior year, as a key component to the section championship.
Game of the Year
I hope the game of the year comes in the postseason. As for the regular season:
Avella 7, Chartiers-Houston 6 on Wednesday, May 7
The Eagles lost to the Section 2-A champions on back-to-back days by a combined score of 17-4. In the regular season finale, playoff-bound Avella kept Chartiers-Houston from an unbeaten record in section play.
Pitcher of the Year
Another category with many worthy candidates but I have to go with Carmichaels junior lefty Joby Lapkowicz. Every time I see this kid pitch, it's a treat and I believe he'd be the No. 1 guy at most high schools in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania.