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Cards have several named to AAC teams

June 7, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Canfield's baseball team won a share of the All American Conference's Red Tier and came a few wins shy of capturing a state championship.

Thanks to those accomplishments, Canfield naturally had a nice group of players earn season honors. The largest of those accolades went to its most diminutive outfielder. Junior Dom Pilolli was named AAC co-Player of the Year for 2018 (with Alex Cardona of Boardman). Pilolli played amazingly this spring swatting the ball at a .468 clip with a .533 on base percentage and a .696 slugging percentage. He totaled 55 bases, scored 35 runs and stole 11 bases. Pilolli also smacked five triples and knocked in 30 runs. Not only was Pilolli a problem for opposing pitchers with the bat in his hands, but he was nearly perfect in the outfield as well. Numerous times this season the gutty outfielder made terrific defensive plays to save games for the Cardinals. Canfield head coach Matt Koenig considered Pilolli a savior all season.

"Dom had a special year, especially for a junior," Koenig said. "He was also named first team all-Ohio which is an unusual accomplishment."

Pilolli wasn't the only Cardinal player named all-Ohio either. Senior Spencer Woolley joined him on that elite outfit. Canfield's spectacular first baseman/outfielder clubbed the ball at a .412 clip. He also had a .515 slugging percentage that was helped by his 30 RBI's. Woolley also totaled 46 bases with ten swipes. Not only did Woolley get recognized all-Ohio, but he was also picked to the AAC's second squad.

The other Canfield kid to make first team all-AAC was Alex Hernandez. The speedy senior stole eight bases and had 47 total bases. The senior also hit .410 with a .603 slugging mark. Hernandez had four triples with 29 runs scored to conclude a great high school career. He is no stranger to accepting all-AAC accolades.

"Alex Hernandez also had another special year receiving 1st team all-AAC for the second year," Koenig said.

The combination of Pilolli, Woolley and Hernandez ignited many a rally for Canfield throughout the regular season and playoffs.

"These guys were our one, two and three hitters all year and that is why our offense was so lethal," said Koenig.

The final Cardinal recognized by the league was pitcher Ian McGraw who made his way to the all-AAC second team. The senior slung the ball so well he held opposing hitters to a .210 batting average. He sported a 2.03 ERA and fanned 33 batters.

The fact that Canfield had three hard hitters and one nearly dominant pitcher selected proved how special Koenig's club really was.

"Ian McGraw was recognized as a pitcher, which shows we had everything covered," Koenig said.

Canfield's coach was also honored to have been able to provide guidance to this outstanding quartet.

"This is a very special group of kids that accomplished a lot in 2-3 years," said Koenig. "I am blessed to be a part of it."

 
 

 

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