St. Clairsville Red Devils 2022 Baseball Preview


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St. Clairsville Red Devils

Head Coach: Tom Sliva
Years Head Coach (current school): 20
Record (current school): 291-164
Years Head Coach (overall): 26
Record (overall): 411-197

Assistant Coaches:
John Nemeti
Joe Slavik

Eric Gay
Michael Jacob

Record last season: 20-8 overall... Buckeye 8 7-1
League Affiliation: O.V.A.C. (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference)...Buckeye 8... OVBL (Ohio Valley Baseball League)
Last year's playoff results: Sectional Champs, District Champs, Lost in Sweet 16 to Hillsboro 5-4 ... OVAC Champs ... Buckeye 8 Champs... EOBL Champs

Top players returning:
Jaren Starks (1st team Buckeye 8, 2nd team All District) avg. .342-scored 27 runs-15SB
Drew Sefsick avg. .337-ERA 2.02
Caleb Cook avg. .304
Logan Shields avg. .270
Austin Porter avg. .243

Zac Vickers ERA 0.55

Braylen Blomquist avg. (1st team OVAC, 1st team All- District, 1st team Buckeye 8) avg. .404, scored 25 runs, 18 RBI
Mason Myers avg. .275, 12 SB, 14 RBI
Marcus Bush avg. .384
Hunter Hoffman Pitching Record 3-2, ERA 3.78

Top players lost:
Tyler Tonkovich (1st team OVAC, 1st team All- District, 1st team Buckeye 8)
Will Balgo (1st team OVAC, 1st team All- District, 1st team Buckeye 8)
Robby Kain (pitching at Otterbein)... Luke Jozwiak

New impact players:
Joey Balgo
Jacob Saffell
Jacob Haley

Ryan Nau

Harison Kazmirski
Brennan Stout

Final Comments:
We are returning 10 letter winners from a regional qualifying team, so we are optimistic! Pitching is a concern, as we lost due to graduation, and injury, 140 of our 181 innings pitched. We are working very hard to find guys who want to step up and take on that role. Our group is very fun and energetic, fun to coach and be around. They work very hard at the game of baseball and work very well together. These guys have put in a lot of time to better themselves. I really appreciate all that our coaches do, and we are looking forward to the season!