Nick Hart was the best high school baseball player in the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this season, according to Western New York coaches.
Hart, a center fielder on the state champion Fredonia Hillbillies, was selected to the 2013 All-Western New York first team, the only player from the area to earn such an honor.
And earned it was.
Fredonia’s Nick Hart, right, stole 26 bases this season to go along with a school-record 47 runs scored.
P-J file photo by Rob Tucker
This season, the SUNY Cortland-bound leadoff hitter collected 40 hits, batted at a .435 clip, scored a school-record 47 runs and swiped 26 bases.
Over his three-year varsity career, Hart owns a .425 batting average and recorded 125 hits, 45 stolen bases, 34 walks, 22 doubles, six triples and a home run. His on-base percentage was .680.
Hart's teammate, Trent Thompson, was the only other area baseball player to make the All-Western New York team. Thompson, a right-hander who picked up the victory after four solid innings of work in the state title game, was a second-team choice.
During his four-year stint with the Hillbillies, Thompson hit .386 with 13 doubles, while on the hill he racked up 17 victories, 129 strikeouts and owned a 2.12 earned-run average.
- Rob Tucker