Hood, Levins, Cossetti, and Kingsbury highlight Philadelphia Baseball Review's All-Philadelphia Region D-I Team

Philadelphia Baseball Review All-Philly D-1 Team
In one of the more exciting seasons in recent memory at the D-I level in Philadelphia, three programs entered the final stretch of the regular season with realistic odds of reaching their respective conference tournaments.

Some talent will certainly leave the circuit as top-notch seniors like Ben Faso and Matt O'Neill graduate, but future stars such as Josh Hood and Andrew Cossetti should continue to keep things interesting in the Philly region at the D-I level.

Catcher: Matt O'Neill - Penn: He led the Ivy League with a .405 batting average and finished third in the conference with 64 hits. His .527 OBP was sixth-best in the country at the D-I level. Also threw out 13 potential base-stealers.

Catcher: Tatem Levins - La Salle: The freshman crushed nine homers and drove in 50 runs while hitting .321 on the season. Led the Explorers with a .941 OPS.

Infield: Sean Phelan - Penn: He led the Ivy League with 65 hits in the regular season and ranked fourth in the league with a .363 batting average. His 0.44 doubles-per-game average is the ninth-best average in the nation and he finished the season leading the Ivy League with 18 doubles

Infield: Peyton Sorrels - La Salle: Led the Explorers offense with a .359 batting average to go along with 109 total bases. He also stole 25 bases and was thrown out just three times.

Infield: Dominic Cuoci - Saint Joseph's: Led the Hawks with a .311 batting average on the year and also ranked second on the team in home runs with six and RBIs with 39.

Infield: Josh Hood - Penn: The unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year put up some outstanding numbers, finishing the year with 42 RBIs to go along with a .331 batting average. He led the Quakers with eight homers and finished with 17 multi-hit games.

Outfield: Ben Faso - La Salle: Led the Philly area with 58 RBIs while hitting .288 for the Explorers. Collected 105 total bases, the second highest mark on the year for La Salle.

Outfield: Eduardo Malinowski - Penn: Missed some time, but still put up awesome numbers. Posted career highs in runs (32), doubles (8), triples (5), home runs (4), and RBIs (27).

Outfield: Peter Matt - Penn: He finished second on the team with 64 hits and led the Ivy League with 46 runs scored. Also tied the program record for triples in a season with six and stole 14 bases.

Utility: Craig Larsen - Penn: Collected 56 hits and 44 RBIs, the most RBIs by a Penn freshman in program history. Hit six homers, three of which were grand slams.

Utility: Andrew Cossetti - Saint Joseph's: Led the Hawks with eight home runs and 42 RBIs, appearing in 47 games as both a catcher and a designated hitter. His .494 slugging percentage was also the high mark on the squad.

Pitcher: Christian Scafidi - Penn: The Philadelphia Baseball Review D-I Pitcher of the Year, he posted a city best 2.67 ERA on the year over nine starts while finishing 6-1. He held opponents to a .234 batting average and pitched to the tune of a stellar 1.16 WHIP. He also led the Quakers with 59 strikeouts, a figure that was fifth best in the Ivy League.

Pitcher: Jimmy Kingsbury - Villanova: Tossed 85 innings, the most among all Philly area D-I pitchers. Finished 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA to go along with a 1.29 WHIP. Finished with 66 strikeouts.

Pitcher: Jordan DiValerio - Saint Joseph's: Anchored the Hawks' pitching staff, tossing 73 1/3 innings while finishing 5-5 to go with a 3.80 ERA. Held opponents to a .241 batting average against.

Reliever: Connor Hinchliffe - La Salle: The Philadelphia Baseball Review D-I Reliever of the Year, he finished the season with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP while collecting 40 strikeouts over 35 2/3 innings. Led the city with 13 saves.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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