Shenendehowa, Ballston Spa baseball players honored

Disonell, Gold make All-Region Team
Shenendehowa's Brendan Disonell has made the ABCA/Rawling Region 1 Team
Shenendehowa's Brendan Disonell has made the ABCA/Rawling Region 1 Team

Pitcher Brendan Disonell of Shenendehowa and shortstop Luke Gold of Ballston Spa have been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School Region 1 All-Region Team.

Both Disonell and Gold played huge roles for their teams that advanced to the state final four in their respective classes. Shenendehowa finished second in the state, and Ballston Spa won its first state title.

One of Disonell’s finest efforts his senior year came in the state Class AA semifinals when the right-hander shut down 2018 Class AA champion Massapequa on four hits in a 4-1 win. Disonell struck out a season-high 14 and walked one in that contest, gave up an unearned run, and had an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt.

The Stony Brook-bound Disonell went 9-2 this season with a 4-0 mark in the playoffs. He struck out 81 and walked 18 over 65 innings, and posted a 1.07 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Disonell is the second Shenendehowa player in three years to make the Region 1 team following Joe Palko’s selection in 2017. Disonell was previously named a Suburban Council first-team all-star.

Gold made the Region 1 team for the third time, and the Boston College commit was additionally honored with an ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-American nod.

Gold hit a pair of 2-run home runs when Ballston Spa beat Sayville 10-0 in a state Class A semifinal game, and he went deep 12 times during his senior season while batting .456 with 45 RBI and 43 runs scored. Gold also stole 20 bases, drew 19 walks while building a .593 on-base percentage, made one error in the field and went 2-0 on the mound.

Gold was previously named the Suburban Council Player of the Year.

Five of the 13 Region 1 team members are from New York, including Tamarac junior infielder Tristan Nemjo.

Greg Christodulu of Shenendehowa and Curtis Nobles of Ballston Spa were named the Region 1 ABCA/Diamond High School Coaches of the Year for Division I and Division II teams, respectively.

Shenendehowa (18-8) went 5-1 in the postseason, with a 5-0 state Class AA title-game loss to McQuaid denying the Plainsmen their first New York championship since 2016. Ballston Spa (24-2) swept through seven postseason opponents capped by a 13-6 win over Maine-Endwell in the state Class A title game.

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