Heading into the 2019 season Coach Larry Mehaffy felt that pitching would definitely be a strength for the OFA Baseball team. It turned out to be a understatement of the highest order
But even his highest expectations were far suprassed by the Devil staff led by Ethan Baldwin who hurled four no-hitters with three being perfect games. He became first pitcher in New York State High School Baseball history to pitch more than one perfect game in a season and his four no-hitters in a season ranked second all-time.
Baldwin was honored as the NAC Central MVP and received the 2019 Jim Pinkerton Memorial Award which is presented by the NNY Umpires Board to the Outstanding Baseball Player in Section 10. He finished at 7-1 with a .68 era and 114 strikeouts against only 14 walks. Jackson Troiano finished with four wins and Hayden Ives and Connor Griffith each won two games.
“Our pitching definitely showed up but it wasn’t just Ethan Baldwin who had an outstanding season. It started right out in a doubleheader against Malone where Ethan Baldwin threw a one-hitter and Jackson Troiano followed with a two-hitter. And then Hayden Ives, Jake Sharpe and Connor Griffith followed with strong outings. It went that way all season” said Mehaffy on Wednesday night at the annual OFA Baseball Awards Night.
“And our hitting started fast too. Owen Warchol came up in his first varsity at-bat and hit a homerun over the fence to help us off to a fast start on offense”.
The Devils finished with a 16-3 overall record and a number 11 state ranking and reached its four major goals. They shared the NAC Central title at 11-1 with Baldwin throwing a perfect game as OFA handed Massena its only division loss, they won a ninth straight Section 10 Class B crown with Baldwin throwing a perfect game against Potsdam and reached the state tournament suffering a 4-0 loss to Section 2 Champion Schuylerville. OFA also won the Jim Pinkerton Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament with a championship game win over Northeastern Clinton which went on to win the Section 7 Championship.
“The guys worked hard and they were a great group. We graduate 12 seniors so we have a lot of work to do to replace them next year,” said Mehaffy.
Joining Baldwin on the All-NAC Central First Team were: Jackson Troiano and Hayden Ives and Mitchell Brenno and Connor Griffith made the Second Team. Jake Sharpe received the team’s NAC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Ethan Baldwin, Alex Barrett, Cooper Hunter, Nathan Jenkins and Jackson Troiano all earned Senior Athlete of Distinction Awards for maintaining a 90 or above average during the their sports seasons.
Coach Mehaffy presented five team awards climaxing with Baldwin being named as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Jackson Jones was honored as the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award for his smooth glovework and footwork at firstbase. Thirdbaseman Mitchell Brenno, who will enter military service on July 1, was honored as the Outstanding Offensive Player. Brenno batted .380 on the season and went the whole season without striking out.
Outfielder-pitcher Connor Griffith who led the team in stolen bases received the Scott Ballou Memorial Award for being an outstanding teammate. Multi-tasking Hayden Ives who was mainstay behind the plate, pitched and saw some outfield action received the George Goult Memorial Award which his given to an Outstanding Competitor.