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Brett Kinneman

It doesn’t take a lot of research to find out just how prestigious the Cape Cod Baseball League is when it comes to producing major league talent.

Billed as being the premier collegiate summer league in the country, more than 1,100 current and former big league baseball players spent a summer or two of their college life on the Massachusetts peninsula.

Proudly displayed on the league’s website is a list of all alumni to come through the league and later make it to the game’s highest level. Names such as Kris Bryant, Jeff Bagwell, Ryan Braun, Josh Donaldson and Jacoby Ellsbury grace the list, along with so many others.

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Dallastown vs St. Joseph Prep in PIAA Class 6A baseball quarterfinals

Seniority ruled when it came time for the York-Adams baseball coaches to select the 2017 players of the year in each of the league’s four divisions.

All four recipients were seniors, with Dallastown’s Joe Capobianco winning the Division I honor, West York’s Zach Gettys taking home the Division II award, Ben Stewart of Kennard-Dale earning the Division III accolade and York Catholic’s Dillon Hippensteel claiming the Division IV recognition.

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Dallastown vs West York swimming

When you’re in the midst of covering the high school sports season, it’s amazing how fast it feels like the year comes and goes.

At one point, you’re gearing up for high school football and, the next thing you know, the spring season has concluded.

Yet, when you look back on everything that took place, you start to remember how long ago it seemed like something happened. Great moments from the fall and winter feel like an eternity because they’ve been replaced by other, more recent great moments from the spring.

So, here’s a roundup of some of the best things to occur in York County high school sports during the 2016-17 season.

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STATE COLLEGE — There wasn’t a passionate meeting with a desperate cry to get better.

There wasn’t a specific moment when everything clicked for the Dallastown baseball team.

The Wildcats simply just got better. Actually, they started playing up to the level they were capable of playing.

Sitting at 3-4 and coming off a loss to rival Red Lion early in the regular season, Dallastown was at a crossroads. A team full of talent from top to bottom, with three NCAA Division I recruits and players with loads of experience at the varsity level, the Wildcats had a decision to make — continue to be average or start playing up to their potential and achieve something great.

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Dallastown vs State College in PIAA Class 6A baseball semifinals

In the three days between Dallastown’s PIAA Class 6-A semifinal win on Monday and Friday’s state championship game, Wildcats’ head coach Greg Kinneman admitted that there was little for his baseball team to improve on.

It wasn’t a cocky statement, meant to indicate that his team was too good to get better, although with the way Dallastown has played over the last several weeks, it’s hard to imagine the team could actually improve.

Instead, Kinneman’s remarks reflected a sentiment that, at this point in the year, if the Wildcats don’t possess the necessary ingredients to become state champions, three days of practice won’t enhance those chances.

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Dallastown

HERSHEY — With the way things are going for the Dallastown baseball team at the moment, almost nothing seems to bother the Wildcats.

Not an early deficit. Not a Division I-bound starting pitcher opposing them. And certainly not the magnitude of a state playoff semifinal.

Even when all three of those challenges faced the Wildcats on Monday in the PIAA Class 6-A contest against State College, Dallastown thrived in the moment. Twice, the Wildcats scored three runs in an inning against the Little Lions, rolling to a 6-1 victory and advancing to Friday afternoon’s state championship game at Penn State at 3:30 p.m. The win was the team’s 20th in a row and moved its record to 23-4.

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Joe Capobianco is Dallastown's leading hitter with

Just a quick glance at the records, and most observers would likely believe that Dallastown should be a solid favorite going into Monday’s PIAA Class 6-A state baseball semifinal against State College.

Records, however, don’t always tell the whole story, and that could very well be the case in Monday’s battle, set for 4:30 p.m. at Hershey.

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