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Gold named to USA Today baseball team

Gold named to USA Today baseball team

Ballston Spa rising senor had big year
Gold named to USA Today baseball team
Luke Gold of Ballston Spa has been honored by USA Today

Ballston Spa rising senior Luke Gold has been honored by USA Today as a first-team member of its All-USA New York Baseball Team.

Recent graduates Brian Hart of Saratoga Springs and Ben Seiler of Albany Academy earned spots on the second team.

As a shortstop and pitcher, Gold was a key figure in Ballston Spa's run to the Section II Class AA title game, the deepest playoff run for the Scotties since their championship season in 1973.

"I've had  a lot of really good players in the past," Ballston Spa baseball coach Curtis Nobles said. "This guy is Mr. Everything."

The Suburban Council Player of the Year award winner batted .431 with 20 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 23 games as a junior. His on-base percentage of .656 was bolstered by 32 walks, 21 of them intentional.

"He batted .605 as a sophomore, and every hit was hit hard," Nobles said. "Every out was hit hard. People didn't want him to beat them."

Gold belted eight doubles and eight home runs this past spring, with two of those homers coming in a 13-4 Section II quarterfinal win against Saratoga. He made his first varsity pitching start in the semifinals, and scattered five singles in a complete-game 11-1 win over Shenendehowa.

"We're facing No. 1 [seed] Shenendehowa, and he didn't ask for the ball. He demanded the ball and said you're not getting it back," Nobles said of Gold, who shut down a Shenendehowa team that had reached every title game from 2012-17. "I get choked up thinking about it."

Gold won three games as a pitcher, recorded two saves, and had an ERA of 1.25 in 20 innings. He struck out 21.

"He did whatever it took to help the team win," Nobles said.

Last month the Boston College commit was among five New York players named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School All-Region Team (Region 1).

Hart was outstanding in his third varsity season with a .393 batting average, 21 RBIs and 21 runs. The outfielder stole nine bases and went 20 games without an error. The Marist commit was named a Suburban Council first-team all-star and was earned Saratoga's Most Outstanding Player award.

A left-handed pitcher, Seiler previously earned the Colonial Council Most Valuable Player award after going 12-1 with a 0.65 ERA over 75 1/3 innings. The Siena commit struck out 130, walked 20 and surrendered 42 hits.

Seiler, who also played first base, batted .398 with 36 RBIs. He led the Cadets (24-3) to back-to-back Section II and regional Class B titles.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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