FACA All-Stars, Players and Coaches of the Year

Plant senior Jac Caglianone.

TAMPA – Plant OF/P Jac Caglianone, Wharton SS Zach Ehrhard and Alonso 1B Zen Hiatt have been selected as the three representatives to the annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game from District 15 (Hillsborough County) in a vote by area FACA member coaches.

Caglianone, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound, left-hander signed with Florida was the top vote getter for the district and earns area MVP honors.

Wharton’s Zach Ehrhard.

The trio will have earned spots in the two-day FACA Baseball All-Star Challenge showcase event for seniors will be held at Tigertown in Lakeland on June 5-6.

Also receiving votes is a list of alternates, selected by position. Alternates (listed in order of votes received) may be selected by area scouts to attend the all-star event:
Pitchers: Sean Hermann, Durant; Kris Sosnowski, Jesuit; Jose Pena, Tampa Prep; Alden Segui, Jesuit.
Catchers: Cole Russo, Jesuit; Tayden Hall, Steinbrenner.
Infielders: Bradke Lohry, Jesuit; Dylan McDonald, Wharton.
Outfielders/Utility: RJ Gutierrez, Leto; Colby Fanning, Strawberry Crest.

The FACA coaches have also selected the area Players and Coaches of the Year by classification for the 2021 season, those players and coaches are listed below:

2021 FACA District 15 – Players of the Year

2A – Benny Cheek, senior, P, Seffner Christian

3A – Cade Kurland, sophomore, SS, Berkeley Prep

4A – Joe Whitaker, junior, 2B, Robinson

5A – Kris Sosnowski, senior, P, Jesuit

6A – RJ Gutierrez, senior, UT, Leto

7A – Zen Hiatt, senior, 1B, Alonso

2021 FACA District 15 – Coaches of the Year

2A – Sal Giardina, Seffner Christian

3A – Richie Warren, Berkeley Prep

4A – Alex Barron, Robinson

5A – Miguel Menendez, Jesuit

6A – Cody Crouse, East Bay

7A – Scott Hoffman, Wharton


Zach Ehrhard and Elijah Dukes, Wharton (Staff Pick POTW) – The Wildcats duo had a homer in both wins over Palm Harbor and Freedom last week, driving in 10, scoring six, with Dukes also stealing a base.

Jake Kulikowski, Jesuit – The Tigers sophomore hit his fifth homer of the season in last Tuesday’s win over Jefferson, and was 3-for-4 against Berkeley Prep, with a double and two RBI.

Dontavious Johnson, King – The Lions senior went 2-for-3 with a double and triple, and three RBI against Sumner, while pitching a complete-game, allowing one run and striking out seven.

Manny Dooley, East Bay – After falling behind three runs to Newsome, Dooley entered in relief for the Indians and allowed just three hits across five shutout innings as East Bay rallied for a 5-3 victory.


District Tournament Schedules have been set

(all games listed per MaxPreps/FHSAA rankings; games set for 7pm starts, unless otherwise noted)

Class 7A-District 7
Host: Higher seed hosts
April 27: (5) Plant at (4) Alonso; (6) Steinbrenner at (3) Palm Harbor, 4p
April 28: Plant/Alonso winner at (1) Wharton; Steinbrenner/PHU winner at (2) Sickles
April 30: championship final

Class 7A-District 8
Host: Higher seed hosts
April 26: (5) Riverview at (4) Newsome, 7p; (6) Lennard at (3) Lakewood Ranch, 7p
April 28: Riverview/Newsome winner at (1) Sarasota Riverview, 7p; Lennard/Lakewood Ranch winner at (2) Durant, 7p
April 30: championship final

Class 6A-District 8
Host: Higher seed hosts
April 26: (5) Tampa Bay Tech at (4) Armwood
April 27: TBT/Armwood winner at (1) Strawberry Crest; (3) Leto at (2) Plant City
April 29: championship final

Class 6A-District 9
Host: East Lake
April 26: (5) Sunlake v (4) Wiregrass Ranch, 7p
April 27: Sunlake/Wiregrass winner v (1) Mitchell, TBD; (3) Gaither v (2) East Lake, 7p
April 29: championship final

Class 6A-District 10
Host: Largo
April 26: (5) Pinellas Park at (4) Largo
April 27: PP/Largo winner v (1) Bloomingdale, TBD; (3) St. Petersburg v (2) East Bay, TBD
April 29: championship final

Class 5A-District 6
Host: Qtrs – higher seed; Semi & Final – Land O’Lakes
April 26: (5) Fivay at (4) Pasco; (6) Chamberlain at (3) Freedom
April 27: Chamberlain/Freedom winner v (2) River Ridge, 4p; Fivay/Pasco winner v (1) Land O’Lakes, 7p
April 29: championship final

Class 5A-District 7
Host: Jesuit
April 26: (5) Countryside v (4) Clearwater, 4p; (6) Blake v (3) Jefferson, 7p
April 27: Blake/Jefferson winner v (2) Hillsborough, 4p; Countryside/Clearwater winner v (1) Jesuit, 7p
April 29: championship final

Class 5A-District 8
Host: various sites
April 26: (7) Spoto at (2) Brandon; (5) Lake Gibson at (4) Middleton; (6) Sumner vs. (3) King
April 27: Spoto/Brandon winner vs Sumner/King winner, 5p (at Auburndale); Lake Gibson/Middleton winner at (1) Auburndale, 7:30p
April 29: championship final

Class 4A-District 10
Host: Higher seed hosts
April 26: (5) Mulberry at (4) Robinson; (6) Zephyrhills at (3) Wesley Chapel
April 27: Mulberry/Robinson winner at (1) Cypress Creek; Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel winner at (2) McKeel Academy
April 29: championship final

Class 3A-District 7
Host: Tampa Prep
April 27: (4) Windermere Prep v (1) Lakeland Christian, 4p; (3) Bell Creek at (2) Tampa Prep, 7p
April 29: championship final

Class 3A-District 8
Host: Qtrs at higher seed; semis and final at Berkeley Prep
April 27: (5) Clearwater Central Catholic v (4) Brooks DeBartolo, 6p (at Sligh & Rome Field); (6) Carrollwood Day at (3) Tampa Catholic, 6p
April 28: CCC/ BDCHS winner v (1) Calvary Christian, 4p; CDS/TC winner v (2) Berkeley Prep, 7p
April 30: championship final

Class 2A-District 8
Host: Qtrfinal at Foundation Christian; semis and final at Santa Fe Catholic
April 26: (5) Victory Christian at (4) Foundation Chrisitian, 4p
April 27: (3) All Saints v (2) Santa Fe Catholic, 4p; Victory/Foundation winner v Seffner Christian, 7p
April 29: championship final

Class 2A-District 9
Host: Bishop McLaughlin
April 26: (5) Cambridge Christian v (4) Seven Rivers Christian, 4p; (6) Bayshore Christian v (3) Academy at the Lakes, 7p
April 27: Bayshore/AATL winner v (2) Hernando Christian, 4p; Cambridge/Seven Rivers winner v (1) Bishop McLaughin, 7p
April 29: championship final