Cambridge Bobcats 2023 Baseball Preview


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Cambridge Bobcats

Head Coach:
Jamaal Lowery
Years Head Coach (current school): 5
Record (current school): 52-31
Years Head Coach (overall): 5
Record (overall): 52-31

Assistant Coaches:
John Valentine
Austin Campbell
Lee Stoner

Record last season: 15-6 (OVAC 4A Champs, Buckeye Eight South Champs)
League Affiliation: Buckeye Eight Athletic League & Ohio Valley Athletic Conference
Last year's playoff results: Lost Sectional Finals to Indian Creek (4-2, 8 innings). Regional appearance in 2021.

Top players returning:

Jake Valentine, Sr. (OF/P..3 year starter) - .362, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 19 R, 7 SB / 40.2 IP, 22 H, 44 K, 14 BB, 1.205 ERA, 2-2 record, 1 save, 1 no-hitter (2 career no-hitters).
OVAC Championship MVP, 1st Team East District, 1st Team OVAC, 1st Team Buckeye Eight

Regan Rogers, Jr. (C..3 year starter) - .368, 8 2B, 9 RBI, 17 R, 9 SB
1st Team OVAC, 1st Team Eastern District

Andy Ogle, Sr. (P) - 31.2 IP, 25 H, 32 K, 12 BB, 2.211 ERA, 4-0 record

Caden Moore, Sr. (P/OF) - .264, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 9 R, 7 SB / 23 IP, 16 H, 15 K, 12 BB, .913 ERA, 3-0 record

New impact players:
Angelo Rocco - Sr
Keaton Kyser - Jr
Dawson Geese - Fr
Garrett Carpenter - Fr

Key Losses:
Caleb Bond - Otterbein
Bryce Murdock - Walsh


Final Comments:
Experienced Senior Class and 7 starters returning from 15 win team. Pitching will again be strength of the team. Solid lineup should continue to produce runs but good team speed will also apply pressure to defenses.
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The stats in the article are not correct. For some reason, he combined some career stats with last year's. Valentine has career 90 K's and 30 BB's, last season was 44 K's and 14 BB's. Ogle was 4-0 last year with 2.211 ERA, 8-1 in career with 1.49 ERA.

Bobcats looking to make another run at Buckeye 8 championship

Kevin Sutton
The Daily Jeffersonian


Cambridge's Jake Valentine

CAMBRIDGE − Cambridge High School's varsity baseball team enters a new season with plenty of experience all over the diamond, with five three-year lettermen leading the way for fifth year head coach Jamaal Lowery.

With plenty of experience and a deep, talented pitching rotation the Bobcats seem primed to improve on last year's 15-6 record and defend their Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 4A championship.

Seniors Jake Valentine (P/OF/1B), Regan Rogers (C/3B), Caden Moore (SS/OF/P), Angelo Rocco (C/3B) and Andy Ogle (P) will lead the Bobcats attack this season.

"Coming off a OVAC 4A title and 15-win season, we look to still be on top of the Buckeye 8 as we finished runner-up in the championship game last year," Lowery said. "We look to compete for another OVAC title as well and make a deep playoff run. We have these seniors that have played on a big stage in their high school careers, And I expect them to finish in a very strong way."

Valentine returns as the ace of the CHS rotation, coming off posting a 2-2 record in 40.2 innings pitched last year with 90 Ks, 30 BB. Valentine tossed his second career no-hitter last season and holds a 6-5 career mark with an impressive .943 career ERA.

"Jake will be the ace again this year, and will be his third year holding that job," Lowery offered. He will also be in the middle of the lineup as he swings a solid stick. We are expecting some big things from Jake this year."

Valentine finished with .362 batting average and .507 slugging percentage last year and banged out five doubles, one triple, one home run and a team high 21 RBIs. For his efforts, Valentine received First Team Eastern District, First Team Buckeye 8, First Team Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and was the OVAC Championship MVP.

Ogle racked up an 8-1 record on the mound, working 31.2 innings with 32 Ks, 12 BB and another fine ERA at 1.16.

Moore was a steady option on the mound as well, tossing 23 innings and posting yet another low ERA at .913. On offense Moore checked in at .264 with a pair of doubles and seven RBIs.

"Caden had a great year in the outfield last season and on the mound," Lowery said. "Caden will be a leader of this team and hold down the 2 or 3 spot on the pitching depth chart. He will also be hitting at the top of our lineup."

Other viable pitching options include senior two-year letterman Davion Bahr (P/OF) who worked 11.2 innings last season with a .600 ERA, and junior two-year letterman Keaton Kyser (P/OF/INF), who logged 10.1 innings on the mound a year ago with a 1.61 ERA.

Rogers will be the main man behind plate for the third straight season, and be a vital cog in the batting order as well. Rogers out up a team high .368 average last year with eight doubles, nine RBIs and a slugging percentage of .485.

Rogers received First Team Eastern District along with First Team OVAC honors for his solid work a year ago for the Bobcats.

"Regan will once again be the commander behind the plate," Lowery explained. "He does a great job handling our staff and swings a big bat for us. He's coming off a big year and I expect that again from him this season."

Rounding out the varsity roster and battling for playing time are senior Lucas Parson (OF/P), junior Brayden Gregg (INF/OF/P), sophomore Konnor McIntire (OF) and freshmen Dawson Geese (P/OF), Mason Gregg (INF/P) and Garrett Carpenter (OF/P).

Cambridge's JV team includes juniors Cameron Weaver (OF/INF) and Coen Stoner (INF/OF), sophomores Carson Campbell (OF), Jacob Eltringham (OF/P), Rylee Wilson (INF/P), David Martinez (OF), and freshmen Mason Gregg (INF/P), Seth Watkins (C/OF), Bryce Hearing (OF), Dawson Geese (P/OF), and Michael Micale (INF/OF/P).

Lowery's coaching staff includes John Valentine, Austin Campbell and Lee Stoner this season.

In sizing up the race for the Buckeye 8 championship, Lowery expects his Bobcats to make another run at the title this year.

"I see us in there competing for a Buckeye 8 championship just like last year," Lowery offered. "There will still be plenty of pretty good competition with St. Clairsville, Harrison Central and Indian Creek. But I feel good about our chances of coming out on top."

Cambridge will host Waterford on Saturday at noon at Don Coss Stadium to kick off the new season.