BY MICHAEL KELLY
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.