All-County Baseball: Warrenfeltz's demeanor kept 'Cats on track
Williamsport's David Warrenfeltz is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Baseball Coach of the Year for 2012. (June 16, 2012)
That’s his nature, going back to his own days playing baseball at Williamsport High School.
It served him well in 2012 as he guided the Wildcats through a minefield of a season that ended with a state championship.
For the second straight year, Warrenfeltz is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Baseball Coach of the Year.
With a bevy of returning talent, the Wildcats looked like a good choice on paper to make noise in the postseason despite a bump up to Class 2A.
But early-season injuries, off-field problems and then the fatal car accident that claimed ace pitcher Brendon Colliflower left the Williamsport baseball season on a rollercoaster ride.
“The season was one obstacle after another with so much adversity going back to the beginning of the year,” said Warrenfeltz.
On the field, the low point of the season was a three-game losing streak to end the regular season, only to be followed by Colliflower’s death.
On the day of Colliflower’s funeral service, Warrenfeltz led his troops on to the field for a tournament victory, one that began a fairytale story that ended with a state championship five games later.
“I tried to be more of a mentor than a coach or a father,” said Warrenfeltz. “Baseball became the least of my worries. I needed to be there as someone for them to talk to.”
But once the Wildcats caught their breath, they rolled all the way to a 2-1 victory over Patuxent in the championship game.
“To be where we were at the end of the regular season, and have everything come together, well, that was the difference in doing it as one family,” said Warrenfeltz.
“Our seniors carried us. Zach Lucas pitching 10 shutout innings in two games, the second on one day rest,” said Warrenfeltz. “Tyler (Byers) pitching on one leg. But no one let anyone down.”
Williamsport finished 15-9 with its state title, its first in baseball since 1975.