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Crown Point players named all-state

CROWN POINT A pair of Crown Point baseball players have been named to the all-state team. Travis Tabor, a catcher, and Jacob Spring, a pitcher and shortstop, were named first team Class D by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The senior duo led the Panthers to the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII Class D championships this spring as Crown Point reached the semifinals of the state tournament. Crown Point has posted a 36-2 record the past two seasons and 46-6 the past three years as Tabor and Spring have led the way. Both players have been the heart and soul of the team throughout their high school careers, Coach Eric Mullen said. When one was having an off game the other always seemed to pick him and the team up. When they were both on, we were truly a tough team to beat, especially with them hitting 2-3. Tabor was named MVAC Most Valuable Player this spring. He hit .519 with 36 runs batted in and 21 stolen bases. Travis has been the leader of the team for the past two seasons, Mullen said. His catching has been superb and he is an excellent hitter. He led the team in hits, doubles, triples, average and stolen bases. Tabor will attend Hudson Valley Community College in the fall and hopes to play baseball there. Spring was a first team MVAC all-star. He hit .486 with 38 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He posted a 4-1 pitching record with a 1.18 earned run average and 83 strikeouts. Jacob has been our best defender and one of our best pitchers the past two years, Mullen said. He is a solid hitter with power as he led the team in home runs. He is a true post-season player (five home-runs in the past two post seasons). Spring will attend SUNY-Cobleskill in the fall and hopes to play baseball there. Several other Crown Point players have received MVAC honors. Justin Potter, a junior, was named first-team pitcher. He posted a 7-0 record this spring with a 1.80 ERA and 82 strikeouts. At the plate he hit .343. Nathan Tabor, an eighth grade student, earned second-team honors. Playing shortstop and centerfield when not pitching, he hit .294. He also had a 7-0 pitching record with a 1.11 ERA. Adam Clark, a senior, was named second team. A third baseman, he hit .453 only striking out once all season. Kevin Gadway, a senior, received honorable mention. A second baseman, he hit .338 and excelled defensively. Mac Kiely, a junior, also received honorable mention. He hit .406 while playing leftfield.

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