Recent Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar continued his climb up the all-state baseball list in 2013.
Pindar, a center fielder, earned First Team status on the all-state team, which was released Thursday by the New York State Sports Writers Association. It marks the third straight season Pindar has been an all-state selection.
“We haven’t had anybody who’s been all-state for three years in a row,” Oneonta High coach Joe Hughes said of Pindar. “He’s deserving of it. He’s one of the best players in the history of OHS baseball and we’ve had some good players. His future is very bright. He has all the tools to succeed in college and he’s been a big part of the success we’ve had the last three seasons.”
Last season, while helping the Yellowjackets to their first state championship in baseball, Pindar was a Second Team selection. As a sophomore, he was a Fourth Team pick.
Pindar led eight area selections on the all-state team.
Also recognized from the area were Class C selections Austin Bauerle of Bainbridge-Guilford (Second Team), Damian Zimmer of Sidney (Second Team), Quinn Barnhart of Unatego (Third Team), Billy Kozak of Sidney (Fourth Team), Ethan Bliss of Cooperstown (Fifth Team) and Kellen Komenda of Unatego (Sixth Team). Edmeston’s Mike Clark made the Fourth Team in Class D.
Pindar broke OHS’ single-season record for home runs this spring. He finished with seven – three coming in his final game, a 6-4 loss to Waverly in the Section Four Class B final. Oneonta’s previous record of six was set by 1986 graduate Clay Bellinger, who went to play for the New York Yankees and the Anaheim Angels.
Pindar hit .412 for the Yellowjackets, who finished 14-7.
Pindar, playing for the Oneonta Outlaws – a team managed by Hughes – of the New York Collegiate Baseball League this summer, said the key to his success was relaxation.