Two players who succeeded on the collegiate level this spring have earned top honors in the American Legion Zone 1 baseball ranks this summer.
Nate Adams of Steamboat Petroleum of Waldo County was named player of the year by the zone’s 11 coaches, while Brennan Perry of Hampden was chosen as pitcher of the year.
Jason Folsom, who guided Hampden to a 15-5 regular-season record en route to its second straight trip to the state tournament, was selected coach of the year.
Adams, who helped Husson University earn an NCAA Div. III tournament berth this spring, batted .434 this summer for the Wildcatters with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in edging Bangor’s Ian Edwards for player of the year honors.
Adams, a 2008 graduate of Searsport High School and a first-team all-Zone 1 pitcher last year, also went 2-3 on the mound with two saves and a 2.55 earned run average to go with 52 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Perry, a lefthander who pitched at the University of Southern Maine this spring, went 4-1 during the Legion regular season with a 2.02 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 34ª innings for the Riverdogs.
The 2008 Hampden Academy graduate was a second-team All-Zone 1 pitcher for Hampden last summer.
Hampden and Brewer each had six players named to this year’s first and second all-zone teams, while Bangor had five honorees and Trenton and Lincoln three each. Steamboat Petroleum and Motor City of Bangor each had two players recognized, with Penquis of Dover-Foxcroft, Presque Isle and Orono having one representative apiece on the squads.
Adams was one of five repeat first-team choices, along with Edwards and Shane Walton of Bangor, Dana Leland of Orono and Eric White of Brewer.
Edwards and Walton are first-team All-Zone 1 choices for the fourth consecutive year, with Edwards being recognized at three different positions during that span.
A first-team pitcher in 2006, shortstop in 2007 and pitcher of the year in 2008, Edwards was the first-team first baseman this summer after batting .415 with five home runs and 29 RBIs for the Zone 1 champs.
Walton was named All-Zone 1 first-team third baseman for the fourth straight season after batting .455 with 20 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
Leland, a first-team utility choice in 2008, batted .351 with 19 hits and 18 RBIs for the Twins, while White (.381, 15 RBI) was named to the utility spot this year after being a first-team outfielder a year ago.
First-team pitchers were Brewer’s Pat McEwen (3-1, 2 saves), Hampden’s Shawn Smith (4-0, 2.60 ERA) and Bangor’s Kyle Savage (5-0, 3.00 ERA).
Other first-teamers were second baseman Chad Kelley of Bangor (.350, 9 SB), shortstop Cody Johndro of Hampden (.349, 20 RBI, 13 HBP), Brewer outfielders Chase Daniels (.466, 3 HR, 17 RBI) and Caleb Smith (.410, 30 hits), Presque Isle OF Pat Thibodeau (.473, 3 HR, 21 RBI), and designated hitter Josh Collins of Penquis (.475, 7 HR, 27 RBI).
Smith, Thibodeau and Daniels were second-team choices last summer.
Second-team pitchers were Lance Bernier of Lincoln (4-2, 3.39 ERA) and John Carlin (3-0, four saves, 2.25 ERA) and Peter Dickinson (3-0, 3.17 ERA), both of Trenton.
Second-team infielders were Brewer catcher Andy Bush (.312, 15 RBI), first baseman Josh Tardiff of Hampden (.386, 20 RBI), second basemen Jack Davis of Steamboat Petroleum (.349, 3 HR, 19 RBI) and Nolan Turner of Hampden (.362, 29 R, 11 SB), shortstop Casey Hull of Motor City (.408, 16 RBI) and third baseman Justin Pelkey of Lincoln (.365, 13 RBI, 16 SB).
Bangor’s Nate Lewis (.423), Brewer’s Tyler French (.438, 4 HR, 22 RBI) and Trenton’s Collin Ciomei (.323, 13 RBI) were second-team outfielders, while Lincoln’s Ivan Voisine (.353, 4 HR, 18 RBI) was the DH and Hampden’s Derek Amoroso (.321 BA, 3-2 pitching with 4.25 ERA) and Motor City’s Jon Johnson (.414 batting, 0.91 ERA and seven saves pitching) were utility choices.