Abington Heights graduate Nick Carlini led a large group of District 2 graduates that played significant roles as Keystone College won its 16th straight conference baseball title to return to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Tournament.
The senior infielder received multiple postseason awards for his role in helping the Giants go 9-1 during the CSAC regular season and 22-6 overall. The Giants won four straight CSAC Tournament games by a combined margin of 49-13.
Chris Hadsall, a sophomore infielder from Lake-Lehman; Adam Kelly, a senior outfielder from Honesdale; and R.J. Gouldsbury, a junior infielder/catcher from Mid Valley; joined Carlini as four of the five players to bat better than .300 in regular duty for the Giants.
Keystone defeated Mitchell, 7-1, at the Auburn Regionals before having its season end in consecutive losses, 8-2 to Tufts and 7-6 to the United States Merchant Marines Academy.
Carlini started all 28 games and batted .375. He led the team in doubles (15), triples (4), walks (19) and stolen bases (15) while tying for the lead in runs (42) and finishing second in hits (42) and home runs (5).
Carlini was a first-team, all-Mid-Atlantic Region choice by D3baseball.com, second-team All-Region choice by American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings, fourth-team D3baseball.com All-American second baseman and COSIDA Academic All-District.
Kelly was a second-team outfield choice on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. He batted .330 in 21 games, all starts.
Hadsall appeared in every game, starting all but one. He batted .364 and shared the team runs lead of 42.
Gouldsbury had a team-high 36 RBI while batting .323 in 26 games, including 25 starts.
The Keystone roster also includes sophomore outfielder Devin Reed from Hazleton Area, sophomore right-handed pitcher Patrick Adamski from Wyoming Valley West, senior infielder Rocco DePietro from Valley View, freshman first baseman Brendan Kucharski from Mid Valley and senior right-handed pitcher Ross Zanghi from Scranton.
Reed batted .194 with 6 RBI in 14 games, including 8 starts.
Adamski was 1-0 with a 4.95 earned run average in 11 games, including 2 starts. He struck out 23 and walked 12 in 20 innings.
DePietro was 2-for-9 (.222) in 11 games, including a start. He scored five runs.
Kucharski came off the bench in five games. He was 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Zanghi relieved in three games and had a 6.00 ERA without a decision. He gave up two runs on a hit and two walks while striking out four.