Riverside’s Bollinger rakes in another lofty honor

Dalton Bollinger’s prep baseball career at Riverside is over, but he continues to reap the rewards of his work.


Riverside catcher Dalton Bollinger added to his list of awards and achievements recently by being named to the USA Today all-Ohio first team. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

A catcher, Bollinger was recently selected to the USA Today  all-Ohio first team. It was the second straight season he has received the honor.

Only 10 players from the state were named to the first team.

A future Toledo Rocket, Bollinger was a three-time Northwest Central Conference player of the year and a two-time Division IV first-team all-Ohio pick by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association.

As a senior, Bollinger hit .532 with 14 doubles, two triples, one home run and 29 RBI.

The complete package, the 6-1, 210-pound Bollinger was also a standout defensively.

The USA Today all-Ohio first team also included Marysville first baseman Jarod Yoakam, who was coached this season by former Bellefontaine head coach Mark Brunswick. Yoakam hit .397 with 30 RBI and eight doubles. He will play at the University of Cincinnati next season.

The player of the year honor went to the pitcher Cameron Varga of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The 6-4 Varga, who grew up in Florida before moving to Cincinnati early in his high school career, threw five no-hitters this season. At one point during the spring campaign, he struck out 33 straight batters.

Varga was drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.