Elyria’s Marques Inman and Elyria Catholic’s Sean Darmafall could not be more different physically.
Inman is a big, strapping power hitter, 6-foot-2 with a powerlifter’s build and the ability to hit baseballs a long way.
Darmafall is a few inches shy of 6-0, with a wiry physique. He’s a line-drive hitter that pounds the outfield gaps and relies on above-average speed to move around the bases.
Tuesday, however, they were given the same honor by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association: first-team All-Ohio.
Inman, a first baseman, made it in Division I, while Darmafall, an outfielder, is a Division III selection.
Other area players were also honored.
Seniors Brandon Bartlome (Lorain), Rees Rua (Amherst) and Ryan Hanna (Olmsted Falls) were honorable mention in Division I, while Clearview’s Antonio Bennett (infield) and Vermilion’s Josh Buchanan (utility) were second team and Keystone’s Aaron Brodnik honorable mention in Division II. Elyria Catholic senior outfielder Noah Bland made honorable mention in Division III.
“This means the world to me,” said Inman, a senior who has accepted a scholarship to play college baseball at West Virginia University. “Since my freshman year it’s been a goal to be all-state, and it’s a great feeling to know one of my goals has happened.
“I have to give so much credit to my father, Mark. I wouldn’t be anything if not for him. He’s been my rock through everything and I’ll never be able to thank him enough for how much he’s meant to me. He’s always been there to work with me, encourage me and push me when I needed it.”
Inman hit .400 this season with 10 doubles, three triples and a home run. He drove in 20 runs and stole 12 bases while striking out just 10 times.
Darmafall, a junior, led the Panthers in most offensive categories from his leadoff position. He hit .452 (47-for-104) with eight doubles, three triples, a home run, 24 RBIs, 39 runs and 39 stolen bases. He struck out just seven times.
Darmafall also gave his father, Mike, a lot of the credit for his success on the baseball field. He also thanked his mother, Candace.
“This is a great honor and I have been blessed to be able to see my hard work pay off like this,” Darmafall said. “My parents are the reasons I work this hard … my father, Mike, especially. He’s always made me work hard because he has always seen the potential in me. I’m very thankful for the faith my parents have shown in me.”
Darmafall thinks how the teams are selected is important.
“The fact that this was voted on by the coaches means a lot to me,” he said. “It means the people that are always trying to get their players to work and improve have seen something in me that they like. I hope they recognized my hard work and total love of the game.”
It could be a big week for Inman with Major League Baseball’s amateur player draft beginning Monday. Scouts could be found at most Elyria games down the stretch this season and Inman is projected to be selected as high as the ninth round.
Despite hitting just one home run this season, Inman, who was pitched around a lot, hit seven in his high school. With his large frame and powerful wrists, he’s considered one of the top power-hitting high school prospects in the country.
Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or email@example.com.
Pitchers: Gavin Lyon, Westerville Central; Grant Macciocchi, Cincinnati Moeller; Mason Daniels, Gahanna Lincoln.
Catcher: Colin Kaucher, Toledo Central Catholic; Hayden Senger, Lakota East.
First base: Marques Inman, Elyria.
Infield: Bradley Hull, Gahanna Lincoln; Cameron Comer, Olentangy Liberty; Kyle Dockus, Cincinnati Moeller; Matt Carpenter, Aurora; Trevor Hafner, Perrysburg.
Outfield: Peyton Bowyer, Grove City; Peyton Brown, Anthony Wayne; J.D. Orr, Mt. Vernon; Mac Schoenman, Hudson.
Utility: Austin Allinger, Lakota West.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cameron Comer, Olentangy Liberty.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Gerken, Toledo St. Francis de Sales.
Pitchers: Brent Solinger, Massillon Jackson; Rodney Hutchinson, Mason; Russell Lamovec, Willoughby South; Shane Smith, Elder.
Catchers: Cael Baker, Gahanna Lincoln; Dillon Coughlin, Chardon; Tyler Duvall, Lebanon.
First base: Max Lavisky, Lakewood.
Infield: Andy Weber, Aurora; Cam Daugherty, Wooster; Michael Knollman, Harrison; Riley Campbell, Wadsworth; Sam Miller, Massillon Jackson.
Outfield: Mike Fenner, Willoughby South; Dallas Hall, Lakota West; Dominic Brown, Worthington Kilbourne; Hunter Ackerman, Madison Comprehensive; Sam Fuller, St. Ignatius.
Utility: Nick Lankard, Toledo St. Francis de Sales.
Area honorable mention: Brandon Bartlome, Lorain; Rees Rua, Amherst; Ryan Hanna, Olmsted Falls.
Pitchers: Austin Kline, Benjamin Logan; Cameron Roberts, John Glenn; Sam Bordner, Bloom Carroll.
Catcher: Dylan Shockley, Minford; Jake Smith, West Branch; Jimmy Luebke, Celina.
First base: Eli Daniels, Minford.
Infield: Blake Blair, Dover; Evan Lee, Lexington; Luke Klinehoffer, John Glenn; Nate Rau, Bryan; Paul Homan, Ontario.
Outfield: Adam Henderson, Wapakoneta; DJ Wilson, Canton South; Roger Danson, Bloom Carroll; Sam Sustersic, Revere.
Utility: Zane Collins, Benjamin Logan.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DJ Wilson, Canton South.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim Fawcett, Benjamin Logan.
Pitchers: Anthony Zorne, Steubenville; Drew Morrison, Licking Valley; Michael Hendricks, Defiance; Shay Smiddy, Defiance.
Catchers: Christian Kroger, Bishop Watterson; Isaac Fitzgerald, St. Marys Memorial; Alex Fryman, Bellbrook.
First base: Nathanael Hendrix, Buckeye; Ryan Falls, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
Infield: Antonio Bennett, Cleaview; Brady Kinnersley, Wauseon; Evan Snyder, Dover; Jerian Thomas, West Branch.
Outfield: Chris Follina, Holy Name; Cory Contini, Dover; Kyle Abel, Dover; Kyle Rupp, Bryan.
Utility: Josh Buchanan, Vermilion.
Area honorable mention: Aaron Brodnik, Keystone.
Pitchers: Adam Wolf, Edison; Ryan Mikesell, St. Henry; Xavier Harris, Mount Gilead.
Catcher: Eric Terry, Summit Country Day; Jeremiah Stilwell, Waynesville.
First base: Kirk Manns, Fredericktown.
Infield: Brody Hoying, Coldwater; Brody McGrath, Alexander; Cory Snider, Lynchburg-Clay, John Rings, Centerburg; Troy Black, Waynesville.
Outfield: Austin Hathaway, Fredericktown, Luke Albers, Anna; Ross Adolph, Van Buren; Sean Darmafall, Elyria Catholic.
Utility: Alex Harter, Mount Gilead.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Xavier Harris, Mount Gilead.
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Tom Craze, Fredericktown; Brian Harlamert, Coldwater.
Pitchers: Michael Jacob, St. Clairsville; Patrick Murphy, Canton Central Catholic; Wade Martin, Wheelersburg.
Catchers: Clay Honigford, Garaway; Hunter Snyder, New Middletown Springfield.
First base: Garett Robberts, Utica; Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon.
Infield: Brad Malott, Madison; Cameron Murray, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Dustin Redish, Harrison Central; Josh Hamilton, New London.
Outfield: Chase Murray, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Ethan Pawlak, Gilmour Academy; Garrett Quickle, Loudonville; Noah Haynes, Elgin; Paris Hill, Clark Montessori.
Utility: Mitchell Stammen, St. Henry.
Area honorable mention: Noah Bland, Elyria Catholic.
Pitchers: Cam Alldred, Cincinnati Country Day; Clyde Yoder, Berlin Hiland; Nate Bosway, Lehman Catholic.
Catcher: Cameron Conaway, South Central; Nate Owens, Convoy Crestview.
First base: Austin Richey, Cincinnati Country Day.
Infield: Anthony McFadden, Paint Valley; Blaze Glenn, Toronto; Gregg Spearman, Lehman Catholic; Rob Engle, Newark Catholic.
Outfield: Grant Dilger, St. Paul; Jared Faulkner, Fisher Catholic; Michael Greene, St. Thomas Aquinas; Tanner Lane, Riverside.
Utility: Gabe Morris, Newark Catholic.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Cam Alldred, Cincinnati Country Day; Clyde Yoder, Berlin Hiland.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Frank Lamoreaux, Seneca East.
Pitchers: Michael Kirian, New Riegel; Ross Lehman, Miller City; Ryan Bowerman, Seneca East.
Catchers: Nolan Clegg, Toronto; Teagan McFadden, Paint Valley.
First base: Austin Norwood, Crestline.
Infield: Austin Lutz, Buckeye Central; Brandt Miller, Berlin Hiland; Manny Garza, Rittman, Zach Phillips, Rittman.
Outfield: Austin Downs, Trimble Local; Grant Dilger, Norwalk St. Paul; James Grilliot, Covington; Tanner From, Columbus Grove; Terry Dockery III, Continental.
Utility: Nate Coffman, Crestline.
Area honorable mention: None.