Three Polytech players make All-State baseball team

A few years ago three freshmen made the varsity baseball team at Polytech High.

Fast forward to 2017 and those three are All-Staters.

Polytech placed Carter Chasanov, Joey Haass and Cole Garey on the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams. The Panthers had the most players of any of the Kent County teams.

Chasanov, a second baseman, was one of three Henlopen Conference players to make the first team. He was joined on the first team by Sussex Tech third baseman Anthony Hitchcock and Laurel High outfielder Perez Nichols, both seniors.

Chasanov recorded a .356 batting average and stole 20 bases. Chasanov is signed to play baseball next year with East Stroudsburg University.

Polytech senior second baseman Carter Chasanov. (Delaware State News file photo)

This was the second year in a row Chasanov made the first team. He joined his older brother Conner (2014) and father Heath (1987) as having been named first team All-State

Garey was named to the second team as a first baseman while Haass was honored on the second team as a pitch.

Garey, who signed with Delaware State University, batted .395 this season with five home runs and 23 RBI. Haass, a University of Delaware commit, went 7-1 on the mound with 63 strikeouts and a 1.50 earned run average.

“Those kids are why you coach,” said Polytech coach George Eilers at the end of the season. “To be able to coach kids like that. We developed great relationships with them and hopefully with the younger guys, we can develop those relationships when they can come back next year. We’re looking forward to that.”

Polytech ace Joey Haass. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Two other Kent County players made the All-State teams.

Seniors Nolan Henderson, an outfielder from Smyrna High, and Avery Tunnell, a senior utility player from Dover High, were named honorable mention.

Cape Henlopen High had the most players honored from the Henlopen Conference with four.

The Vikings had junior shortstop Zack Gelof and senior designated hitter Noah Piper on the second team while juniors David Erickson (pitcher) and Austin Elliott made honorable mention.

Junior outfielder Bryce Greenly and senior utility player Abraham Mow were the two Milford players on the second team. Senior Will

Cole Garey of Polytech . (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Kimmel was honorable mention at catcher and was joined by fellow Milford senior Ethan Hurd at designated hitter.

Sussex Tech’s senior outfielder Luke Oliphant was the final Henlopen Conference player on the second team.

Delmar High’s Jimmy Adkins was honorable mention at both pitcher and shortstop while Trey Toppin of Sussex Central, a third baseman, rounded out the local players on the honorable mention list.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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