Eric White, who led the Brewer Falcons to a third-place finish in the American Legion baseball state tournament last weekend, has been named the Zone 1 player of the year for the second straight season.
Also reaping top honors within the eight-team zone for the second straight year is Bangor lefthander Joe Stanevicz, last year’s pitcher of the year who shares that honor this summer with Brewer righthander Pat McEwen.
Dave Utterback, who guided Motor City of Bangor to a 13-8 regular-season record and third place in the zone tournament, was named coach of the year.
Dan Campbell was the recipient of the zone’s first umpire of the year award. According to Zone 1 commissioner Dave Paul, coaches in the league decided to create this award out of respect for the commitment made by the umpires each summer to American Legion baseball in the region.
White, who just completed a five-year Legion baseball career in which he batted in excess of .475, hit .542 this summer with three home runs, 20 RBIs, 12 doubles and 12 stolen bases — all while carefully being pitched around by other teams in the league.
The strong-armed Brewer third baseman, who was coming off his freshman season at the University of Maine where he played second base, earned All-Zone 1 first-team honors for the fourth straight season. He made the team as an outfielder in 2008, a utility player in 2009 and as player of the year in 2010 and 2011.
Stanevicz led Bangor to the Zone 1 regular-season title as well as a fourth-place finish in the state tournament. The recent Bangor High School graduate, bound for Husson University in the fall, compiled a 6-2 record for the Comrades this summer with a 2.03 earned run average and 35 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.
Stanevicz went on to pitch a five-hitter on the opening day of the state tournament in a 4-2 victory over Zone 5 champion Ramsdell-Rogers of York.
McEwen, a 2010 Brewer High School graduate who pitched at Husson last spring, went 4-0 this summer with one save, a 1.31 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 32 innings. He also pitched a complete game at the state tournament, scattering seven hits in an 8-3 win over Zone 5 runner-up Fayette-Staples of Saco.
McEwen and White were two of four first-team choices from Brewer, while Bangor had six players named to the first team and Hampden, Motor City and Lincoln had two first-team honorees apiece.
Other first-team pitchers were Curtis Worcester of Bangor (5-2, 2.11 ERA), Jared Seamans of Hampden (6-2, 2.28 ERA) and Evan Eldridge of Brewer (3-1, 1.40 ERA).
Dylan Morris of Bangor (.420 batting average, three home runs, 38 RBIs, 10 doubles, seven triples), was named the Zone 1 first-team catcher for the second straight year, while Motor City first baseman Chris Hammond (.353) also was a repeat first-team choice after being recognized as a pitcher in 2010.
Brewer’s Brandon Gendreau (.507, three HR, 14 RBI, 10 SB) is the first-team second baseman for the second straight year, while shortstop Nic Cota of Bangor (.375, 16 RBI) and third baseman Garen Manzo of Lincoln (.417, 13 doubles, 12 RBIs, 14 SB) round out the infield.
Bangor’s Christian Corneil (.405, four HR, 21 RBI), Hampden’s Derrick Bernosky (.378, 13 RBIs) and Lincoln’s Logan McLaughlin (.384, six doubles, 20 RBI, 10 SB) comprise the first-team outfield, while Casey Estes of Motor City (.325, five doubles, four triples, 12 RBIs) and Jesse Wood of Bangor (.375, three HR, 5-1 pitching with 1.85 ERA) were selected as utility players, Estes for the second straight year.
Named to the second team were pitchers Tim Barnes of Calais, Bryan Rouleau of Bangor and Zac Kochis of Motor City; catcher A.J. Harris of Lincoln; first baseman Justin Amoroso of Hampden; second baseman Cody McInnis of Bangor; shortstop Jordan Morrow of Lincoln; third baseman Matt Palmer of Hampden; outfielders Bryce Colbeth of Calais, Tyler French of Brewer and Sean O’Donnell of Motor City; and utility players Kyle McLain of Brewer and Dustin Sawtelle of Lincoln.