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Pirates’ Bollinger repeats as first-team all-Ohioan

Houchin, Collins and McIntyre receive second-team honors

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Since he stepped into the Riverside lineup as a freshman, Dalton Bollinger has turned heads on the baseball field.

Bollinger piled up a mountain of awards and accomplishments as a catcher for the Pirates, cementing his legacy Wednesday by being named to the Division IV all-Ohio first team for the second straight season.

As a senior, Bollinger hit .532 with 14 doubles, two triples, one home run and 29 RBI. He did all of that despite teams consistently trying to pitch around him.

Bollinger, who will play Division I college baseball at Toledo next year, is also highly regarded for his work behind the dish.

“He is the best defensive player I’ve ever seen,” said Riverside coach Derrick Purtee. “I remember thinking when he was a freshman that he could start for some small colleges right then.

“He does it all. He is a great defensive catcher and he has not struck out in a year and a half. We are really going to miss him.”

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Riverside catcher Dalton Bollinger was named to the Division IV all-Ohio first team for the second straight season. Bollinger has signed to play at the University of Toledo next season. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

 

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