Described as the "heart and soul" of the Darien baseball team, second baseeman Brendan Donohue earned a spot on the 2014 Hearst Connecticut Media Super 15 Baseball All-Star Team this past weekend, honoring the top baseball players in southern Connecticut. A description of his senior year accomplishments, and a list of all other FCIAC honorees, is listed below.
Randy Polonia, MVP
A case could be made for Polonia as both the best pitcher and best shortstop in the state. ... Batted .476 (.508 in FCIAC) with 30 hits, 23 runs, 11 RBIs, seven stolen bases, .548 OBP and .523 slugging while only striking out four times. ... On the mound, Polonia had a 1.29 ERA over 49 innings with 57 strikeouts, eight walks and five complete games while posting a 6-1 record. ... Named All-FCIAC and All-State for the second straight season and named FCIAC player of the year this season. ... At shortstop, made both the routine and spectacular plays with vast range and a strong arm.
Brendan Donohue, Darien
Second baseman hit leadoff for the Blue Wave, batting .387 with 23 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. ... The Blue Wave captain had a .519 OBP and was hit by 13 pitches. ... He was one of the FCIAC's top defensive infielders for a team that finished 17-6 and a Class L quarterfinalist. ... Named first team All-FCIAC ... He will play at Middlebury College.
Sam Ellinwood, Staples
As one of the FCIAC's top defensive shortstops, Ellinwood anchored a Wreckers' team that went 17-4, finishing in first place in the FCIAC regular season. ... Ellinwood hit .410 with 28 hits, three home runs, 15 RBIs and six stolen bases. ... Named first-team All-FCIAC.
Kyle Dunster, Greenwich
The senior right-hander was one of the most dominant pitchers in the state, going 6-2 with a 1.50 ERA, while registering more than 50 strikeouts. ... Was selected in the 38th round by the New York Mets in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. ... Dunster will play at Boston College. ... A first team All-State, All-FCIAC selection, Dunster also helped power the Cardinals at the plate from the top and middle of the order while dispalying a strong arm in right and left field.
Mike Foley, Fairfield Warde
Senior outfielder hit .310 in the regular season with four home runs and 13 RBIs. ... Also scored 21 runs, stole 11 bases and recorded six doubles and one triple ... Hit .430 with six RBIs in the postseason for the Mustangs (18-9), who captured their first FCIAC title and reached the Class LL semifinals. ... First team all-FCIAC.
Kevin Hickey, Fairfield Ludlowe
Senior batted .410 with 18 RBIs for the Falcons, who went 13-9 and reached the FCIAC and Class LL playoffs. ... On the mound, went 7-2 with a 1.61 ERA and 50 strikeouts ... First team all-FCIAC. Read Full Article
Avery Santos, Trumbull
Senior hit .474 with one homer and 19 RBIs in the regular season ...Had nine doubles and scored 17 runs ... Pitched to a 5-1 record with a 1.89 ERA and two saves ... First team all-FCIAC ... Had two hits in Trumbull's LL state quarterfinal loss to Warde ... Helped lead the Eagles (18-8) to their third straight FCIAC final.
Nick Williams, St. Joseph
Senior right-hander went 9-2 with a 0.93 ERA for the Cadets (18-8) ... Struck out 92 batters in 75 1/3 innings ... Batted .444 with three home runs and 22 RBIs ... Pitched a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts against Waterford in the second round of the Class M tournament ... Drove in the go-ahead run and earned the win in relief against Montville in the M quarterfinals ... First team all-FCIAC.