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    Matos tops 2024 All-Space Coast Baseball picked by FLORIDA TODAY

    By Brian McCallum, Florida Today,

    • Coming Wednesday: All-Space Coast Girls Track & Field

    Jonathan Matos, Rockledge

    FLORIDA TODAY Baseball Player of the Year

    The kind of offense that Jonathan Matos provided to Rockledge High baseball in 2024 was something the program hadn't had in a few years.

    He led the team in batting average, doubles, home runs, on-base percentage, hits, runs scored, runs batted in and slugging percentage, all with solid or more-than-solid numbers.

    He is the FLORIDA TODAY Baseball Player of the Year for the 2024 season.

    Matos also was key at catcher to the success the Raiders pitching staff that, as a group, dominated Brevard County on the way to a 26-3 year.

    Coaches' picks:All-Cape Coast Conference Baseball led by Rockledge in 2024

    At the plate, he hit .488 and drove in 26 runs. He doubled 13 times and hit six home runs, including a grand slam. Matos scored 27 runs, posting a slugging percentage of .872 and a .544 on-base percentage. He also stole eight bases.

    Here is the complete All-Space Coast Baseball team for 2024:

    All-Space Coast Baseball 2024

    Clayton Cooksey, Senior, Rockledge: Went 7-1 with 1.17 ERA. Struck out 77 in 53.2 innings.

    Toren Dunegan, Senior, Merritt Island: Hit .389, drove in 18 and doubled nine times. Struck out just nine times in 81 plate appearances.

    Kayden Jaquez, Freshman, Holy Trinity: Shortstop hit .432 with eight doubles and five triple. Drove in 33 runs and stole 22 bases.

    Dylan Jordan, Senior, Viera: Struck out 103 in 58.1 innings and finished with a 1.32 ERA.

    Noah Knight, Senior, Merritt Island: Outfielder batted .412, hit 10 doubles and drove in 27 runs. Homered twice.

    Jacob Loeffler, Senior, Merritt Island: First baseman/pitcher drove in 24 runs and hit seven doubles. Struck out 73 in 48 innings and posted a 1.17 ERA.

    Dominic Leoni, Junior, Viera: Centerfielder hit .305 with 2 home runs and stole 13 bases. Error-free in the field.

    Xavier Lherisse, Sophomore, Eau Gallie: Centerfielder stole 13 bases, scored 16 runs and hit .297. Finished the season with one error in the field.

    Jonathan Matos, Junior, Rockledge: Catcher hit .488 and drove in 26. Hit six home runs and 13 doubles. Stole eight bases.

    Gabriel Norman, Freshman, Rockledge: Went 7-0 with 0.68 ERA. Struck out 79 batters in 41 1/3 innings.

    Brandon Reiter, Junior, Satellite: Outfielder hit .342 with 14 RBIs, two homers, six doubles.

    Bryce Turner, Senior, Rockledge: Went 4-0 and saved five games. ERA of 0.62 with 48 strikeouts.

    Nick Wimberly, Senior, Merritt Island: Went 9-3 with 92 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. Posted a 1.41 ERA.

    Jonathan Wolaver, Senior, Satellite: Hit .329 with 14 RBIs, eight doubles, seven stolen bases. Had 99 strikeouts in 59 innings and a no-hitter.

    Top of the year:Brevard County high school sports teams that competed for state championships in 2023-24

    Honorable Mention 2024 All-Space Baseball

    Asher Allen, Jr., Satellite; Hudson Blank, Sr., Merritt Island; Roman Carlson, Jr., Holy Trinity; Thomas Chiuchiolo, Jr., MCC; Brody Delboccio, Jr., Holy Trinity; Nick Encarnacion, Sr, Heritage; Dean Hanselman, Sr., Merritt Island; Canon Hopper, Sr., Holy Trinity; Cooper Houvouras, Sr., Cocoa Beach; Devon Jackameit, Jr., Holy Trinity; Carson Lietz, Jr., Eau Gallie; Evan Lipski, Sr., Viera; David Mastrolonardo, Jr., Viera; Christian Maynard, Sr., MCC; Chase McBrearty, Jr., Eau Gallie; Austin McCheskey, Sr, Astronaut; Jordan McCray, Sr., Heritage; Elvin Pascaul, Jr., Bayside; Michael Schmidt, Sr., Viera; J.J. Silberzahn, Sr., Rockledge; Joe Tenta, Sr., Heritage; Wyatt Votava, Jr., Melbourne; Ryder Widick, Fr., MCC.

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