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Old 12-01-17, 02:24 PM
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The Big Freeze cometh.

I willing to bet all baseball fans despise winter. Winter in Northeast Ohio is a soul killing monster. I'm hoping we can set up that maybe once a week we can post about our favorite varsity and teams.( Not our travel teams. We can talk travel in the late spring. Let's talk high school ball.
What did your team loose
Who's coming back
Promising newcomers.
Who's your league s favorite.
Let's keep this loose and not to much Bs.
Just post a little don't write novel. Then post more in a few days.
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Old 12-01-17, 02:35 PM
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I'll start with Tallmadge.

What did your team lose
Tallmadge won the DII State Championship last year. They lost one Senior. He was the starting 3rd base throughout the year until he became DH for the playoffs. Number 3 starting pitcher, and batted 5th in the lineup.

Who's coming back
Basically everyone else. The two starting pitchers that pitched almost every inning in the playoffs and the closer that pitched a couple innings. There was some moving around players in the regular season last year, that probably ends this year, especially at 1st base. The starters should be 6 Seniors, 2 Juniors, and a Senior and Junior filling in depending who is pitching. A couple Sophomores will also get some innings in the field and some at bats. Might even be a DH out of one of them.

Promising newcomers.
Unfortunately, no one for this year. There really is no room until after this year.

Who's your league s favorite.
Suburban League American - Tallmadge
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Old 12-01-17, 02:40 PM
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let's start with the NBC, as many of you know this is the last year for this conference. Next year Louisville leaves and it becomes the EBC. It seems every teams has many of there better pitchers back.
Here's how I see it
Top few
Louisville
West Branch
Next few
Alliance
Minerva
Marlington
Carrollton
Salem
Canton South could be the biggest surprise.
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Old 12-01-17, 04:10 PM
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No doubt Tallmadge has to be the favorite not only in the SLA, but one would think they would be the early on favorite to sit atop the early State polls. That being said, games need to be played in order to determine who stacks up where. Tallmadge, on their way to the state title won alot of close games that could have gone either way. To their credit, they came out on top, and certainly derseved to wear the crown. I really expect Tallmadge will face tough league competition from Highland first of all. They too return many starters, and the bulk of their pitching. Aurora also will be a factor, as will Kent, who returns the majority of their starters. Copley should compete, returning 8 of 9 starters, plus more than a few others with varsity experience, but their pitching depth doesn't come close to Tallmadge or Highland. Other than Hayes, there isn't anybody who will scare Tallmadge or any of the other contenders in the SLA. Got to give Tallmadge the coaching nod also.
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Old 12-03-17, 01:33 AM
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Well I know I'll miss a few good players but will come back and add other key players WTH all your help.
NBC
Alliance aviator's key returners, Emmi there catcher, great arm great bat. Travis Strata great glove, good bat, pitches innings biggest pickup is freshman Gavin Bruni. The complete package. Pitches, hits, great defense. . Ok need help filling in spots
West Branch has most there team returning, pitchers, defense, hitting. My prediction is there there my front runners. Deshields, alshouse, and others are very good.
I might be wrong but Minerva seemed seemed to loose a lot, correct me if I'm wrong.
A real dark horse could be the Dukes and the Leps. Both played many talented freshman last year. Louisville people help me with some names, Davis Burkick is one special player.
Marlington started several freshman last year but still have some very good upper class men back. Ohio State commit Zach Desenzo, and catcher Brian Stinson. Nate Alenbough.it might come down to 2 Sophmores being #1 and #2 on the mound. CJ Greiner and Andrew Carr. Other Sophmores Anthony Sabbittino and Andrew Pucci, Nick mudrick. Outfielder Travis W.
Ok help fill in my whole please.

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Old 12-03-17, 01:39 AM
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Well I know I'll miss a few good players but will come back and add other key players WTH all your help.
NBC
Alliance aviator's key returners, Emmi there catcher, great arm great bat. Travis Strata great glove, good bat, pitches innings biggest pickup is freshman Gavin Bruni. The complete package. Pitches, hits, great defense. . Ok need help filling in spots
West Branch has most there team returning, pitchers, defense, hitting. My prediction is there there my front runners. Deshields, alshouse, and others are very good.
I might be wrong but Minerva seemed seemed to loose a lot, correct me if I'm wrong.
A real dark horse could be the Dukes and the Leps. Both played many talented freshman last year. Louisville people help me with some names, Davis Burkick is one special player.
Marlington started several freshman last year but still have some very good upper class men back. Ohio State commit Zach Desenzo, and catcher Brian Stinson. Nate Alenbough.it might come down to 2 Sophmores being #1 and #2 on the mound. CJ Greiner and Andrew Carr. Other Sophmores Anthony Sabbittino and Andrew Pucci, Nick mudrick.
Ok help fill in my whole please.
One last kid be seen show awesome potential, Canton South's Robbie Akers. Kid might not throw the hardest but could be one of the best pitchers.
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Old 12-04-17, 10:16 AM
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Newark Catholic

What did your team loose
Almost everyone

Who's coming back
Catcher, 3rd base, RF

Promising newcomers.
DH will probably get his shot at SS. Big sophomore 1st baseman. Jr 2nd baseman. Sophomore RF moves to CF. Jr LF/RF. Bunch of pitchers that I think can win more games than last year's group.

Who's your leagues favorite.

Licking County League - Lakewood (big school), Johnstown (small)
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Old 12-04-17, 01:23 PM
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Niles McKinley Red Dragons

What did your team loose
Lost one of our top 2 starting pitchers. Also lost 1B, 2B, 3B, CF & LF.

Who's coming back
We have our 9 game winner from last year coming back. A junior who will solidify the #2 that we lost. Catcher, SS and RF also return. Going to be a young team. Only 2 seniors return.

Promising newcomers.
We have a couple freshman coming in who look to contribute and possibly crack the starting lineup.

Who's your league s favorite.
All-American Conference (White Tier) - Niles & Hubbard
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Old 12-04-17, 01:24 PM
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Just Remember ..... when you get to the State Finals ( Huntington Park), you will now play in a larger park than Yankee Stadium !

I do believe larger than Both 2017 World Series Fields.

Nice - But Totally Different than all season.
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Old 12-05-17, 11:11 AM
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Only got to see each school one time when they came to Louisville last year, but if I remember from some names that stuck out...
WB- Bates, Deshields
CS - Akers, Phillip? (Sure not spelled right)
Mar - Desenzo, Pucci
All - Catcher was good, and I hear Freshman is good
Sal- didn't see that game
Carr- had a couple nice players but can't recall names
Min- Wright, Hanley, Croston we're tough, but not sure what grade.

Now Louisville... Played a ton of SRs which means that a bunch of spots open up. Some kids played that will most likely take up a couple of those spots with a bunch of kids who played JV last year looking to step in. Zuppe(JR) King(JR) Whal(SR) Davis(SR), Sherear (JR) and Burick(Soph) all lettered last year. Burick and Sherear both named all league and Burick was All County I believe. The JR class will offer up some nice players with Lingle, Hartline, Mongiardo, Gray and Prasco all looking to claim a spot. Sherear (LHP) had a great season and should be the #1 , the question is who will be the #2 and replace Carson Davis and the innings he gave last year. Couple other things to watch is who will fill the SS role left by All County player Tyler Adams? I have heard that Burick was out of position last year at 3rd and is usually a SS and if that's the case who will play 3rd? Guessing Jack Davis will hold down 1st base when he isn't on mound, and Hartline looked soild behind the plate in the JV games I watched last year. Lingle swings the bat well and should be able to find a home in the OF somewhere. The big question mark will be who will take the mound, and can they be effective ... Again, I didn't see every game, but from what I saw and talking to some people that is what I get. Other Leopard fans help me out...
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Old 12-05-17, 02:07 PM
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Fort Recovery (MAC)

What we lost:
Our starting left fielder and a relief pitcher/occasional first baseman.

What we have coming back:
Nick Thwaits (Kent State commit)
Cade Wendel (Lake Erie CC commit)
Reese Rogers (Muskegon CC commit)
Will Homan (D6 football player of the year)

A total of 9 seniors all but one started at some point last year.

Promising newcomers:
Garret Faller (Sophomore)
Joe Homan (Sophomore)
Ian Homan (Sophomore)

League Favorites:

Minster, Coldwater, St. Henry maybe Versailles....
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Old 12-26-17, 10:37 PM
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Must not be thinking baseball yet
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Old 12-27-17, 05:57 PM
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Just spent another Christmas in Northeast Ohio (spouse's family) Holy cow is it freaking cold or what. Started to think of baseball on my drive home. I will put some time into this thread.
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Old 12-28-17, 09:18 AM
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Current lows near -10 this weekend and early next week around the Dayton area. BRRRR!

Only a month and change until pitchers and catchers report!
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Old 03-01-18, 03:02 PM
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Well I know I'll miss a few good players but will come back and add other key players WTH all your help.
NBC
Alliance aviator's key returners, Emmi there catcher, great arm great bat. Travis Strata great glove, good bat, pitches innings biggest pickup is freshman Gavin Bruni. The complete package. Pitches, hits, great defense. . Ok need help filling in spots
West Branch has most there team returning, pitchers, defense, hitting. My prediction is there there my front runners. Deshields, alshouse, and others are very good.
I might be wrong but Minerva seemed seemed to loose a lot, correct me if I'm wrong.
A real dark horse could be the Dukes and the Leps. Both played many talented freshman last year. Louisville people help me with some names, Davis Burkick is one special player.
Marlington started several freshman last year but still have some very good upper class men back. Ohio State commit Zach Desenzo, and catcher Brian Stinson. Nate Alenbough.it might come down to 2 Sophmores being #1 and #2 on the mound. CJ Greiner and Andrew Carr. Other Sophmores Anthony Sabbittino and Andrew Pucci, Nick mudrick.
Ok help fill in my whole please.
One last kid be seen show awesome potential, Canton South's Robbie Akers. Kid might not throw the hardest but could be one of the best pitchers.
Correction Old Wildcat, Minerva returns 8 starters from 2017, only lost their 2nd basemen/2 hitter and 1 other senior the was DH and pitcher that battled arm problems all year. Everyone else is back including a very good core of 5 seniors - Wright and Croston will be starting for the 4th year and Common, Walters and Stewart all will be 3 year starters. Juniors Slentz, Hertel, Kimble and Sophomore Maley all contributed last year and Jr - Bolanz will help this year.
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Old 03-01-18, 05:59 PM
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Correction Old Wildcat, Minerva returns 8 starters from 2017, only lost their 2nd basemen/2 hitter and 1 other senior the was DH and pitcher that battled arm problems all year. Everyone else is back including a very good core of 5 seniors - Wright and Croston will be starting for the 4th year and Common, Walters and Stewart all will be 3 year starters. Juniors Slentz, Hertel, Kimble and Sophomore Maley all contributed last year and Jr - Bolanz will help this year.
I didn't realize that, they're going to be a hand full
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Old 03-01-18, 07:10 PM
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I didn't realize that, they're going to be a hand full


Then entire league will be good this year wildcat. It should be fun


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Old 03-03-18, 03:13 AM
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Ok March 2nd. First scrimmages are only a few weeks away. Yea it snowed a little and you can bet we'll get a little more. Hopefully no deep accumulations. More concerning to me is all the rain the last several weeks. We need SUN. We need WIND. Like I said in a previous post I sure hope this spring is better ( dryer ) than last year. I remember when I was on a high school staff we handed out the schedule and I laughed and said you might as well throw them away, N.E. Ohio weather makes it hard to keep on schedule. Make ups, make ups, make ups. Most days the decision to play comes on game day afternoons. But I for one think all the work that we do to get the field ready to play and the multiple bags of turf dry is worth it to play the greatest game. America's pastime. So come on sun and wind and help us out. If not then we need to schedule all games at Minerva ��. Of course it would help if the Lions could install lights. I for one am ready to hear the umps yelling Play Ball.
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Old 03-14-18, 10:07 AM
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Well, the weather has wrecked the scrimmages this week. Maybe Saturday, maybe next week? I'd hate to go into regular season without a scrimmage!!!
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Old 03-14-18, 03:38 PM
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Well, the weather has wrecked the scrimmages this week. Maybe Saturday, maybe next week? I'd hate to go into regular season without a scrimmage!!!
Forecast is looking like a real possibility of heading into regular season without scrimmages.
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Old 03-14-18, 08:38 PM
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I always tell the story about having a parent meeting and passing out the schedule and tell parents look over the schedule then just throw it away. N.E. Ohio baseball schedules are pretty much deciding games are usually decided around 11:00 am the day of the game. Or who can get there field ready. Envy Minerva with that awesome turf field. Well all we can do is hope for a dryer than normal spring.
As far as Marlington goes they will have 3 seniors , Ohio State commit Zach Desenzo, Nate Alanbaugh (sp.) Sorry Nate and Alex Carlisle. As far as pitching it looks like the staff will consist of
CJ Greiner Soph.
Andrew Carr Soph.
Nate Alanbaugh Sr.
Andrew Pucci Soph.
After that I'm not sure. Marlington started 3 freshman last year and will still be very young this year. Seniors have to lead and the younger guys have to step up.
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Old 03-15-18, 05:56 PM
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I always tell the story about having a parent meeting and passing out the schedule and tell parents look over the schedule then just throw it away. N.E. Ohio baseball schedules are pretty much deciding games are usually decided around 11:00 am the day of the game. Or who can get there field ready. Envy Minerva with that awesome turf field. Well all we can do is hope for a dryer than normal spring.
As far as Marlington goes they will have 3 seniors , Ohio State commit Zach Desenzo, Nate Alanbaugh (sp.) Sorry Nate and Alex Carlisle. As far as pitching it looks like the staff will consist of
CJ Greiner Soph.
Andrew Carr Soph.
Nate Alanbaugh Sr.
Andrew Pucci Soph.
After that I'm not sure. Marlington started 3 freshman last year and will still be very young this year. Seniors have to lead and the younger guys have to step up.
Allenbaugh is a jr...the other senior for the Dukes is Brendan Stinson, a very solid catcher
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Minerva scrimmage today against Glenoak is cancelled
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Minerva 6 Indian Creek 2
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Old 03-30-18, 01:06 PM
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Minerva got to see the freshman stud from Alliance, although Minerva won the game 3-1, you can tell something is there - he is the real thing. Bruni is definitely gong to be fun to want over the next 4 years.
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