Sussex Tech battery Warrington, Shockley honored as first team baseball All-Staters

Sussex Tech’s Matt Warrington went 5-0 on the mound during the regular season. He only gave up four earned runs in 47 in-nings pitched for an ERA of 0.60. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

The Sussex Tech battery won the Ravens a lot of games this baseball season.

And both players were recognized for their efforts.

Senior pitcher Matt Warrington and sophomore catcher Jason Shockley each were named to the All-State first team. The duo were two of 16 Henlopen Conference players selected to an All-State team.

The two were the only downstate players to make first team.

Warrington also won the Gatorade Player of the Year award.

“He’s the type of kid that passes through your program maybe once,” Sussex Tech coach G.L. Jefferson said. “A once-in-a-program type of kid. He deserves all the credit for every little thing he does. From pre-paring his body before the season to the work he puts in during.”

Warrington went 5-0 on the mound during the regular season. He only gave up four earned runs in 47 in-nings pitched for an ERA of 0.60.

Warrington also struck out 82 batters and held opponents to a .111 batting average against him.

His final game was one of his most memorable despite the Ravens falling. Warrington pitched into the eighth inning and did not allow a run against top seed Appoquinimink.

The Jaguars ended up winning the game 1-0 on their way to the state championship after Warrington had reached his pitch count.

Shockley was behind the plate for all of Warrington’s victories and did some damage with the bat. Shock-ley batted .468 and had an on-base percentage of .569.

The sophomore backstop also added six doubles and two home runs. He also drove in 14 runs.

The two led Sussex Tech to a 15-5 record and a berth in the state quarterfinals.

“They’ve set the tone for years to come on what is expected out of a Sussex Tech baseball player,” Jeffer-son said. “You can’t ask for more than what they’ve given us whether it’s offseason weight training, team dinners, giving younger kids rides to practice, you can’t expect anymore than what they’ve given us.”

Dover High had three players on the second team.

The Senators were represented by junior pitcher Dom Velazquez, senior first baseman Mike Carrington and junior outfielder Nate Turner.

Cape Henlopen High shortstop Luke Johnson was the only other player from the Henlopen Conference to make second team.

Velazquez was honored again as a honorable mention third baseman. Fellow Senator, senior Andrew Car-ney, also made honorable mention at utility.

Sussex Tech had two more players on honorable mention with senior second baseman Braydan Graham and senior outfield Bobby Locklear both named.

Milford also had a pair on honorable mention in senior pitcher Brock Hilligoss and freshman catcher Mason Morris.

Caesar Rodney’s Chris Friend (outfield), Lake Forest’s Gabe Martin (second base), Sussex Central’s Ethan Watkinson (catcher) and Laurel’s Dalton Perdue (utility) were also named honorable mention.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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