Nick Hart's senior season with the Fredonia Hillbillies garnered plenty of attention this year, not only amongst those in Chautauqua County, but also throughout the rest of New York state.
Turns out, his play was held in high regard elsewhere, too.
Hart, who will be playing college ball at SUNY Cortland in the coming season, was a second-team selection to the recently released MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team, which made him one of just 60 players nationwide to be so honored.
Nick Hart, right, will attend SUNY?Cortland this year where he will continue his baseball career.
Photo courtesy of Dunkirk Observer
The list, compiled by MaxPreps.com, a CBSsports.com website, is comprised of players from schools with, as the adjoining article on the All-American selections notes, "state enrollments that generally have fewer than 1,000 students."
A quick look at Hart's performance this past season for the 26-win Hillbillies, who in June captured their second New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B title since 2009, and the choice is clearly fitting.
Named The Post-Journal's Player of the Year for his pivotal role in that successful season, Hart was also the New York State Sportswriters Association Player of the Year for Class B after scoring a school-record 47 runs, stealing a team-high 26 bases, drawing 22 walks, hitting a team-leading .435 and recording an on-base percentage of .550.
He was also chosen to the All-Western New York first team.
As his coach, Vince Gullo, said soon after the season came to a close, "Nick is so passionate about his ball. He takes great pride in it. He was always taking extra hitting, always the last guy to leave practice. He wanted to be perfect, and that's really hard in this sport, but he was pretty close."
The player of the year was Kerman (Calif.) pitcher Carlos Salazar, a pitcher who went 9-2, fanned 147, posted an earned-run average of 0.09 and was eventually drafted No. 102 overall by the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in June.
For the complete list of the All-American selections, visit MaxPreps.com.