Garrett Whitley makes All-America baseball team

Niskayuna baseball's Garrett Whitley, left, stands next to teammate Chris Wilk during a drill at a March 18 practice at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Niskayuna baseball's Garrett Whitley, left, stands next to teammate Chris Wilk during a drill at a March 18 practice at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

A pair of Section II athletes were recently honored as American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School All-America team selections.

Niskayuna’s Garrett Whitley and Shenendehowa’s Ian Anderson each earned bids, with Whitley joining the nation’s second team and Anderson making the third team. Anderson and Whitley were two of three New York players to make the cut, while Anderson was one of only four juniors to earn a spot on one of the three teams.

Whitley, a senior outfielder who the Tampa Bay Rays selected No. 13 in the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft, hit .356 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 2015. He also walked 13 times on his way to a .487 on-base percentage, while playing stellar defense in center field. On the base paths, he was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts.

Anderson, who has committed to play collegiately for Vanderbilt University, went 6-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 531⁄3 innings across 11 appearances in 2015. The right-hander struck out 91 batters — 51 more than his combined yielded hits, walks and hit-by-pitches.

The ABCA was founded in 1945 and boasts more than 6,600 members.

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.