Fredonia’s Hart Named First-Team All-WNY

Nick Hart was the best high school baseball player in the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this season, according to Western New York coaches.

Hart, a center fielder on the state champion Fredonia Hillbillies, was selected to the 2013 All-Western New York first team, the only player from the area to earn such an honor.

And earned it was.

This season, the SUNY Cortland-bound leadoff hitter collected 40 hits, batted at a .435 clip, scored a school-record 47 runs and swiped 26 bases.

Over his three-year varsity career, Hart owns a .425 batting average and recorded 125 hits, 45 stolen bases, 34 walks, 22 doubles, six triples and a home run. His on-base percentage was .680.

Hart’s teammate, Trent Thompson, was the only other area baseball player to make the All-Western New York team. Thompson, a right-hander who picked up the victory after four solid innings of work in the state title game, was a second-team choice.

During his four-year stint with the Hillbillies, Thompson hit .386 with 13 doubles, while on the hill he racked up 17 victories, 129 strikeouts and owned a 2.12 earned-run average.

– Rob Tucker