NWO Baseball Talk 2023

ayCC!

NWO Realignment Enjoyer
Well, the spring season is upon us, so appropriate time for a thread I think.

Trivia question: When was the last time a Toledo-area team brought home a state championship before Northview did last year?

NLL - Does Northview return enough to claim the title? In Perrysburg's final year of Walendzak/Takats do they come out on top? AW has a D1 guy AFAIK this year in Carlson (Toledo) and a solid guy in Morrison. Bowling Green returns BGSU commit Kress. Any dark horses?

TRAC - Clay is loaded with Boudreaux (BG commit) /Kennedy/Hoersten arms-wise, Mays will also be a big factor in OF as well. SJJ has two D1 commits in Dukate (EMU) and Wagner (Toledo) and will also be a front runner. SFS enters a new, Gerken-less era, but return good arm talents in Erd (EKU) and Bublick. TCC looks to bounce back from a down year, they return Guerra and a hopefully healthy Markus this year, among Sanchez and Bishop. Whitmer, Findlay and Ross will give all these teams games.

While the hurricane that is conference realignment slowly marches towards us, the TRAC is a baseball league that will be sorely missed. I will forever remember the 2013 championship where a 16-13 CC upset a dominant SFS team via a stellar Jake Rudnicki pitching performance and a Deshone Kizer nuke of a double that would've been a goner if the fences were only just a little shorter, lol.

Any other programs to look out for around the NWO area? Defiance is a given in D2, but I know Rossford looked to be on the up-and-up? Ottawa Hills loses a lot of guys, but Hardman always makes them competitive.
 

OHIOVSTW419

Active member
Eastwood is the likely favorite in the NBC. They bring back Ethan Rapp (P) and Case Boos (SS) who were both all state a year ago but are replacing some key position players. Rossford should be able to compete with them with Swope, Revels, Yerkes etc. I dont see too many other schools in the league being able to keep with with those two. Lake and Genoa are both replacing a ton. Lake replacing the majority of their offensive production, and Genoa replacing their top two arms, but both have pretty promising arms in Hartman at Genoa and Tajblik at Lake. I know nothing about the two schools leaving the league after the year or Otsego and Fostoria.

Probably a down year for a typically strong conference. Some good young players, and adding two pretty good programs in Oak Harbor and Maumee should make for a more interesting season next year
 

Club_Gyp

Active member
Clay will be a tough out come tourney time. They have the capability of making a deep tourney run. They have quite a few good arms to go along with some solid sticks.

Central and St Francis will have some solid arms as well. I just don't think they will have the offense to finish ahead of Clay.

A sleeper team to maybe look out for is Fremont. They have a couple of younger kids coming up that could make some noise.
 

irish_buffalo

Well-known member
Well, the spring season is upon us, so appropriate time for a thread I think.

Trivia question: When was the last time a Toledo-area team brought home a state championship before Northview did last year?

NLL - Does Northview return enough to claim the title? In Perrysburg's final year of Walendzak/Takats do they come out on top? AW has a D1 guy AFAIK this year in Carlson (Toledo) and a solid guy in Morrison. Bowling Green returns BGSU commit Kress. Any dark horses?

TRAC - Clay is loaded with Boudreaux (BG commit) /Kennedy/Hoersten arms-wise, Mays will also be a big factor in OF as well. SJJ has two D1 commits in Dukate (EMU) and Wagner (Toledo) and will also be a front runner. SFS enters a new, Gerken-less era, but return good arm talents in Erd (EKU) and Bublick. TCC looks to bounce back from a down year, they return Guerra and a hopefully healthy Markus this year, among Sanchez and Bishop. Whitmer, Findlay and Ross will give all these teams games.

While the hurricane that is conference realignment slowly marches towards us, the TRAC is a baseball league that will be sorely missed. I will forever remember the 2013 championship where a 16-13 CC upset a dominant SFS team via a stellar Jake Rudnicki pitching performance and a Deshone Kizer nuke of a double that would've been a goner if the fences were only just a little shorter, lol.

Any other programs to look out for around the NWO area? Defiance is a given in D2, but I know Rossford looked to be on the up-and-up? Ottawa Hills loses a lot of guys, but Hardman always makes them competitive.
Define Toledo area?

If it is Toledo and burbs that butt up I'd say Start in 2000.

If all of NWOhio, Defiance won in back to back in 2015 and 2016. If semi NWOhio, Patrick Henry won it all in 2008 and 2009. If it is NWOhio light Archbold and Gibsonburg in 2005.;)

As for the TRAC I think it is Clay and CC. SJ will be good and SF always has some dudes but I really believe it will be the pitching at Clay and CC that will carry both schools. I also believe the Wasserman kid wound up at CC. The Irish will not win any height contests but they will be good (Guerra, Sanchez, Markus all solid).
 

ayCC!

NWO Realignment Enjoyer
If it is Toledo and burbs that butt up I'd say Start in 2000.

If all of NWOhio, Defiance won in back to back in 2015 and 2016. If semi NWOhio, Patrick Henry won it all in 2008 and 2009. If it is NWOhio light Archbold and Gibsonburg in 2005.;)
I was looking for this type of analysis, lol. I’m sure as we get towards the end of the season the same old “hey remember this guy?” talk will re-emerge and I’m all for it.

Wasserman did end up at CC, and will do great things for them this season for sure.
 

ayCC!

NWO Realignment Enjoyer
A sleeper team to maybe look out for is Fremont. They have a couple of younger kids coming up that could make some noise.
I saw Karson Kayden has some nice pitching measurables. I know numbers only tell so much, but 88-87mph on the FB, 81-80mph on the slider as a sophomore will certainly give batters some trouble. They return Durnwald and Hrynciw IIRC?
 

green_genes

Well-known member
Well, the spring season is upon us, so appropriate time for a thread I think.

Trivia question: When was the last time a Toledo-area team brought home a state championship before Northview did last year?

NLL - Does Northview return enough to claim the title? In Perrysburg's final year of Walendzak/Takats do they come out on top? AW has a D1 guy AFAIK this year in Carlson (Toledo) and a solid guy in Morrison. Bowling Green returns BGSU commit Kress. Any dark horses?

TRAC - Clay is loaded with Boudreaux (BG commit) /Kennedy/Hoersten arms-wise, Mays will also be a big factor in OF as well. SJJ has two D1 commits in Dukate (EMU) and Wagner (Toledo) and will also be a front runner. SFS enters a new, Gerken-less era, but return good arm talents in Erd (EKU) and Bublick. TCC looks to bounce back from a down year, they return Guerra and a hopefully healthy Markus this year, among Sanchez and Bishop. Whitmer, Findlay and Ross will give all these teams games.

While the hurricane that is conference realignment slowly marches towards us, the TRAC is a baseball league that will be sorely missed. I will forever remember the 2013 championship where a 16-13 CC upset a dominant SFS team via a stellar Jake Rudnicki pitching performance and a Deshone Kizer nuke of a double that would've been a goner if the fences were only just a little shorter, lol.

Any other programs to look out for around the NWO area? Defiance is a given in D2, but I know Rossford looked to be on the up-and-up? Ottawa Hills loses a lot of guys, but Hardman always makes them competitive.
I see footage of Walendzak practicing football at UT on Twitter.
 

BaseballFan8235

New member
Anyone know about the ever tough Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic League? I've sent some feelers out for some teams and can't wait to see some games this spring.
 

tcgobucks

Well-known member
Do we know of any of the top players in these leagues? They seem to produce several D1 college baseball players year after year.
The WBL will be the strongest it's been in years. Multiple D1 commits....and probably a half dozen guys who will be throwing 90+. Wapak has a kid that was up to 93 two weekends ago and another at 89 as a sophomore. Defiance will have 3 or so as usual.
 

ayCC!

NWO Realignment Enjoyer
This D2 NWO region should be a dog fight. With Bowling Green dropping down and joining Defiance, TCC, Napoleon, OG, Rossford, among others, it'll be a dogfight in that Archbold district per usual.

Central and Clay are hosting a pretty loaded PBR tournament to begin the season. Ottawa Hills, Walsh Jesuit, Marlington, St. Ed, Massillon Jackson, and University School all coming to OREC and Mercy Field the last weekend in March. Hoping for some pretty good baseball!
 
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