SHAMOKIN - Austin Fry was the complete high school baseball player.

At shortstop, the Shamokin Area senior was a slick fielder with a strong arm and the range to cover both the backhand and glove side with ease.

On the mound, he sported an array of pitches, threw hard, kept runners off the bases and had an outstanding strikeout to walk ratio.

And at the plate, he was the driving force in the middle of the Indians' order.

Because of all that, Fry is the 2013 Player of the Year on The News-Item All-Area team.

In the fall, he'll take his talents to the next level when he suits up for McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., where he's expected to continue playing the infield and pitching.

As a senior for the Indians, Fry batted .492 with nine doubles, three triples and one home run. He drove in 24 runs and scored 16 times, while producing a .783 slugging percentage and a .563 on-base percentage.

As a pitcher, he was 6-3 with a 2.02 E.R.A., striking out 70 and issuing just 20 walks in 59 innings.

And the thing about his 6-3 record is that it could have just as easily been 9-0.

His first loss was to Upper Dauphin in the Zalar Tournament final when defensive struggles caused the Indians to allow six runs on one hit in one inning late in a 9-5 setback. The other two were 4-3 to Mahanoy Area, and 2-0 to Jersey Shore in the District 4 playoffs. In both games, he received little offensive support.

The remainder of the All-Area team follows:

Tyler Behrent

Southern Columbia, Sr.

A solid outfielder, Behrent led the Tigers in home runs with 7 and runs batted in with 36 while producing a .391 batting average. He also had four doubles and two triples. He stole 14 bases in 15 attempts.

Paul Gurba

Shamokin, Sr.

Gurba was a valuable producer for the Indians as an offensive force, middle infielder and No. 2 pitcher behind Player of the Year Fry. At the plate, he batted .357 with five doubles, two triples and a home run. He knocked in 10 runs and scored 18 times. His pitching line included a 4-2 record with 38 strikeouts and only 11 walks over 37 innings of work. He had an outstanding 2.83 earned run average.

J.P. Lenker

Line Mountain, Soph.

Lenker closed out the season as the Eagles' No. 1 catcher and also spent time as the designated hitter. He produced well on the offensive side, hitting at a .403 clip with two doubles, a triple and a home run among his 25 hits. Lenker drove in a team-high 21 runs while scoring 17 times.

Danny Lesko

Mount Carmel, Sr.

An outstanding defensive catcher, Lesko was also a force offensively for the Red Tornadoes, pounding four home runs and driving in 17 runs while producing a .393 batting average. Lesko also had a double and drew 13 walks.

Nate Malett

Shamokin, Sr.

An outstanding defensive third baseman, Malett was also among the Indians' offensive leaders. Hitting for a .393 average, he had four doubles, a home run and drove in 19 runs while scoring 14 times.

Kellan Masser

Line Mountain, Soph.

One of two sophomore anchors in the middle infield for the Eagles, Masser developed into an offensive force. His .375 batting average included a team-high 27 hits. He had seven doubles, while driving in 11 runs and scoring 18 times. Masser was seven for seven in stolen bases.

Mason Peters

Southern Columbia, Jr.

An outstanding center fielder, Peters led the Tigers with 43 hits and 41 runs scored while hitting at a .512 clip. He drove in 30 runs on the strength of six doubles, a triple and five home runs. He stole 14 bases in 14 attempts.

Michael Pupo

Mount Carmel, Soph.

Used in both the infield and outfield by the Red Tornadoes, Pupo batted .396 as the team's leadoff hitter. He had two doubles and drove home eight runs, while producing a .515 on-base percentage.

Garrett Sosnoski

Southern Columbia, Jr.

The Tigers' shortstop, Sosnoski batted .392 with eight doubles and a triple among his 29 hits. He scored 19 runs.

Jayson Stellar

Mount Carmel, Sr.

An infielder, outfielder and designated hitter, Stellar batted .438 with three doubles and five home runs - including two grand slams - for the Red Tornadoes. He drove in 22 runs.

Cory Warford

Line Mountain, Jr.

A third baseman who also spent time on the mound for the Eagles, Warford matched J.P. Lenker for the team lead with a .403 batting average. He belted eight doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in 16 runs and scoring 23 times.

John Wilson

Southern Columbia, Soph.

With a 7-3 record, Wilson was the area's victory leader this season. A control pitcher who hits his spots consistently, Wilson struck out 59 batters in 49 innings of work. He had a 3.55 earned run average.

Taylor Young

Southern Columbia, Sr.

Young, a catcher, was the area's leading hitter with a .526 average. He numbered nine doubles, two triples and a home run among his 40 hits while driving in 26 runs and scoring 24 times.