YORK, PA-The York College baseball team had a pair of players honored as the 2008 Capital Athletic Conference Baseball squads were announced by the conference office on Monday. Junior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) and senior Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) each earned a spot on the teams. Poff was a first-team selection while Santoro was selected to the second team.
Poff makes his third appearance on the All-CAC squad. He was the conference’s Rookie-of-the-Year, Player-of-the-Year and a first team pick in 2006 while he was a second team selection in 2007. Poff had an outstanding season in a what was a tough year for the green and white. Poff finished the season hitting .367 with a team-high 16 doubles and four home runs. Poff scored 31 runs and drove in 21 as he owned a .558 slugging percentage.
For his three-year career, Poff has hit .369 with 126 runs scored, 99 RBI, 41 doubles, 10 triples, and 11 home runs. Poff has banged out 191 hits while he has posted a .551 slugging percentage. He has notched a .412 on-base percentage and stolen 15 bases in 20 attempts.
Spartan head coach Paul Saikia was happy to see Poff get rewarded for his season.
“Ryan continued his excellence and his standing as one of the top players in our conference. He played the entire season with a shoulder that was not completely healed from the surgery he had last summer. He showed a great deal of toughness and persistence,” states Saikia.
Santoro concludes his two-year Spartan career as a two-time All-CAC second team selection. Santoro finished the season a team-best .371 batting average with 29 RBI, 18 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, and one homer. He had a .459 on-base percentage while his slugging percentage was .516. Santoro recorded a team-high 16 walks for the year.
In his two years in the green and white, Santoro was a .343 hitter with 60 RBI, 53 runs scored, 24 doubles, one triple, and five home runs in 84 games played. Santoro finished with 96 career hits in 280 at-bats for York.
“Mike was our most consistent hitter this year--he kept his batting average in the high .300's from the start to the finish of the season,” said Saikia. “He caught a lot of innings and helped nurture a very young pitching staff.”
Poff will headline a strong core of Spartan returners for 2009 as they look to regain the form that led them to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007.