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Local teams hope top arms bring titles

March 21, 2013
By Michael Boytim (mboytim@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

Altoona and Hollidaysburg will be attempting to defend District 6 titles, and two more area programs that reached district title games but lost in 2012, return their top pitchers.

The Mountain Lions made it all the way to the Class AAAA semifinals a season ago but lost shortstop Christian Helsel, who is playing collegiately at Mississippi.

"We graduated a lot of seniors who played a large part in our success," Altoona coach Tom Smith said. "However, we return some very good players also."

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Mirror file photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Jextin Pugh returns for BG.

The Golden Tigers return eight starters from the squad that beat Somerset in the Class AAA title game last year and expect more success this year.

"We have very high expectations to compete at a high level in every game," Hollidaysburg coach Jon Szynal said. "We expect to keep growing as the season goes."

Philipsburg-Osceola, which lost in the District 6 Class AA title game to Mount Union but won a state playoff game, will have pitcher Mark Curtis returning for his senior year. Curtis was named to the Class AA all-state first-team squad last season.

Bishop Guilfoyle, the runner-up to eventual state champion Bishop McCort in the District 6 Class A championship, will get star first baseman and pitcher Jextin Pugh back for his final season.

The following is a capsulized look at each area team.

Altoona

Coach: Tom Smith, 12th year

Career record: 102-104

Conference: Central Penn

Last year's record: 17-6

Returning starters: Ben Wyland, sr., inf.; Shea Stayer, sr., of-p; Colby Fink, jr., inf.-of; Jaret Berardinelli, jr., inf.

Other returnees: Travis Baker, sr., inf.; Tyler Negri, sr., of; Alec Lytle, sr., p-of; Marcus Wolf, sr., inf.; Jake Chesney, sr., of; Dylan Conrad, jr., c; Ben Foose, so., inf.-p

Newcomers: J Johnson, sr., of-p; Alois Steinbugl, sr., of; Josh DeGol, jr., inf.; Dom Lombardo, jr., of; Austin Pope, jr., of-p; Joel Reighard, jr., inf.-p; John McGinley, so., inf.-p

Strengths: "Good work ethic. Most of the kids have put in time and effort in the offseason. Also, I feel we have a good amount of depth at all of our positions.''

Concerns: "Leadership is a concern. We lost a few very good leaders from last year's squad. We are just waiting for some veterans to take charge.''

Overall outlook: "We graduated a lot of seniors who played a large part in our success. However, we return some very good players also. We play a challenging schedule every year which should prepare us for playoffs. We hope to return to the district finals. As always, our pitching and defense will dictate how much success we experience.''

Assistant coaches: Troy Pincherri, Jim Lowe, Jake Hargreaves (JV), Mac Watson (JV)

Bedford

Coach: Scott Waugerman, 10th year

Career record: 95-81

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 14-6

Returning starters: Tyler Black, sr., p-1b; Luke Campbell, sr., c; Isaac Kline, so., ss-p; Kody Blevins, so., 2b; Travis Hickey, jr. of-p

Other returnees: Seth Deasey, sr., of; Alex Robinette, sr., of

Newcomers: Zach Shaffer, fr., inf.; Austin Montgomery, fr., 1b-p; Dylan Downs, fr., of-p; Jeremiah Bingham, so., inf.; Andrew Smith, so., 1b-p; Nate Shoemaker, so., 1b; Jacob Zembower, so., of

Strengths: "Returning starters in the middle of the defense."

Concerns: "Pitching depth."

Overall outlook: "Working to make a return to the district championship."

Assistant coaches: Gary Dudukovich, Lee Roy, Ron Springer, Gary Waugerman

Junior high coaches: P.J. Holberg, Matt Defibaugh, Nick Wendall

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Steve Conlon, 11th year

Career record: 108-94

Conference: Inter-County Conference North

Last year's record (overall and league): 13-8, 11-6 in ICC North

Returning starters: Haden DeGennaro, sr., cf; Bryan Lynn, sr., rf; Seth Hunter, sr., 3b-p; Danny Beech, sr., dh-of-p; Casey Gray, jr., ss-p; Jake Stapleton, jr., lf; Chad Luensmann, so., 1b-p; Trenton Creppage, so., c

Other returnees: Steffan Wyland, sr., p-c-1b; Tanner Snyder, jr., 2b; Zach Mock, so., of-p; Randy Zitterbart, so., inf.-p

Newcomers: Tyler Campbell, sr., 3b-p

Strengths: "Experience, team speed and pitching staff.''

Concerns: "Depth at all positions.''

Overall outlook: "We are looking forward to competing each day with the goal of improving and playing the best we can. We want to compete for a league and district title.''

Assistant coaches: Tom Partner, Chris Miller

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Matt Pfeil, seventh year

Career record: 37-52

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record (overall and league): 1-16, 0-13 in LHAC

Returning starters: Ryan Caretti, sr., c; Marty Lessard, jr., p-1b; Josh Surkovich, jr., p-inf.-of; Scott Lucas, so., p-inf.; Brandon Martinazzi, so., p-inf.

Other returnees: Zach Farabaugh, sr., p-of; Mark Eckenrode, jr., inf.; A.J. Ratchford, jr., p-of; Kenny Weiland, jr., of; Seth Hull, so., c; Dane Woo, so., p-of

Newcomers: Scott Ranck, sr., of; Vinnie Lessard, so., p-3b; Nik Suckinos, so., p-3b-1b; Luke Mento fr., -inf.; Raymond Watt, fr., p-inf.

Strengths: "We have talent, but we have to bring these guys along the right way.''

Concerns: "With seven players being either freshmen or sophomores, our team will be a young squad in 2013.''

Overall outlook: "We're setting the bar high for them, and they need to focus and prepare on the fundamentals and not be too concerned with the wins and losses.''

Assistant coaches: Fred McCabe, John Serenko, Landon Sinclair, Zane Heiple (trainer), Bob Clark (JV)

Junior high coach: Ken Durbin

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Bill Wolf, seventh year

Career record: 72-69

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 16-7

Returning starters: Jextin Pugh, sr., 1b-p; T.J. Krol, sr., cf; Mike Pleva, sr., c; Pat Irwin, sr., 2b; Brendon Sweeney, sr., dh-c; Matt Stewart, p-3b; Dillion Adams, jr., rf-p; Derek Cursio, so., lf-p

Other returnees: Justin Wolfe, sr., p-inf.; Matt Young, jr., c-of; Donny Gochnaur, so., p-of; Morgan Litzinger, so., ss; Andrew Berger, so., 1b; Jordan Rhone, so., of

Newcomers: Nate Nardelli, sr., of-ss; Brandon Drenning, sr., 1b-p; Morgan Fochler, sr., 3b; D.J. Kitt, so., 2b-of

Strengths: "Experience, team speed, very athletic, willingness to learn the game.''

Concerns: "Weather, pitching. We need to learn how to do all the little things it takes to win games.''

Overall outlook: "We have eight starters back, and we expect good things.''

Assistant coaches: Steve Webster, Steve Trexler, Brent Milliron, Nick Johnson, Dale Rogers (scorekeeper)

Cambria Heights

Coach: Adam Sowers, second year

Career record: 7-10

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record (overall and league): 7-10, 6-9 in LHAC

Returning starters: Nathan Bearer, sr., inf.-p; Andrew Brawley, sr., cf-p; Don Contorchick, sr., rf; Tyler Crawford, sr., c; Dom Milanesi, sr., inf.; Alex Eckenrode, sr., 1b; Eric Malloy, sr., 1b-dh; Cody Baker, jr., inf.-p; Josh Serafin, so., of-inf.

Other returnee: Cameron Miller, sr., of

Newcomers: Brett Sammarco, sr., of; Josh Venesky, jr., of; Richard Legros, jr., inf.; Mark Lantzy, jr., inf.-p; Isaac Sclesky, jr., c; Joe Kinney, jr., inf.

Strengths: "Experience, senior leadership and depth.''

Concerns: "Staying healthy.''

Overall outlook: "We return eight starters and have added some depth to our lineup and rotation. If we play to our potential and stay healthy, we should have a very successful season.''

Assistant coaches: Mike Morealli, Tracy Neff, Garett Thomas, Ian Olsavsky, Paul Eckenrode

Central

Coach: A.J. Hoenstine, seventh year

Career record: 84-53

Conference: Mountain League

Last year's record (overall and league): 12-10, 10-6 in ML

Returning starters: Kasy Hamm, sr., c-p; Zach Croft, sr., p-dh; Cole Kreider, sr., 3b-p; Zach Slagenweit, jr., of-p; Austin Cunningham, jr., ss-p; Bradi Moore, jr., of; Ethan Lewis, jr., of-p; Mike Mock, so., inf.-p

Other returnees: Todd Slick, sr., 3b-c; Tanner Zimmerman, sr., 2b; Adam Frederick, jr., c; Jay Stern, so., 1b-dh; Nick Hoenstine, so., inf.-p; Brendan Vollkommer, so., inf.-p; Cullen Gahagan, so., of-p; Jacob Mellott, so., of-1b-p

Newcomers: Jared Ponder, jr., inf.; Conner Gahagan, jr., of; T.J. Rice, jr., p; Tanner Belles, jr., inf.; Colton Kensinger, so., p; Brandon Ritchey, so., c; Dalton Wilt, of; John Johnson, fr., p; Andrew Claar, fr., p

Strengths: "We should have decent team speed, athleticism, play good defense and put the ball in play.''

Concerns: "We have a lot of returning starters, but we are still young and need some leaders. Pitchers must throw strikes.''

Overall outlook: "We hope to improve each week and play our best baseball in the playoffs and compete for the league, district and state championships.''

Assistant coaches: Reggie Nevins, Robbie Keith, Dave Hoenstine, Jon Ewart, Micah Lingenfelter

Junior high coaches: Paul Frederick, Jerry Albright

Central Cambria

Coach: David Moore, ninth year

Career record: 66-77-1

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record (overall and league): 5-10, 5-11 in LHAC

Returning starters: Randy Hodgson, sr., cf; Danny Bowman, sr., p-1b; Jared Bowers, sr., c; Pete Schaffer, sr., p-inf.-of; Will Seymour, so., p-inf.-of

Other returnees: Dylan Bowers, sr., inf.-of; Tyler Karlinsey, sr., c-inf.; Anthony Berzonsky, sr., 3b-1b

Newcomers: Steven Papuga, sr., of; Cody Mack, sr., inf.; Tanner Ambrisco, jr., p-ss; Brandon Stump, jr.; Logan Brandis, jr.; Mitchell Vogatsky, jr.; Ryan Drahnak, jr.; Scott Bauer, jr.; Dylan Casper, jr.; Nate Radebach, jr.

Strengths: "We have an extremely hard-working team with excellent senior leadership. We have many pitchers with tremendous potential.''

Concerns: "We have limited players with varsity experience. Weather conditions are an issue. Our practice time will be limited until the weather breaks.''

Overall outlook: "If we execute basic fundamental baseball plays offensively and defensively with the pitchers we have, we will become a dangerous ball club as the year evolves.''

Assistant coaches: Clinton Gochnour, John Dziack, Sam Brunatti

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Jared Bilchak, first year

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Sideling Hill League

Last year's record: 2-18

Returning starters: Logan Noon, sr., cf; Brad Winegardner, sr., 1b; J.D. Weyant, jr., ss-p; Brandon Weyant, jr., lf-p; Braden Hengst, jr., rf-p; Cole Miller, jr., p; Matt Wiley, so., 1b

Other returnees: Dillon Bonnett, sr.; Austin Hillegass, sr.; Jacob Mock, sr.; Sam Shank, jr.; Luke Stultz, so.

Newcomers: Kyle Beckett, sr.; Tyler Myers, sr.; Mason Bailey, so.; Bradley Lankey, so.; Sean Van Meter, so.; Tanner Guenther, so.; Noah Osman, so.; Colby Hillegass, so.; Matt Monko, fr.

Strengths: "Defense, team cohesion, blue-collar work ethic.''

Concerns: "Depth of pitching, offensive production.''

Overall outlook: "Young but experienced team, strong defensively, looking to improve on the record from last year and make the playoffs.''

Assistant coaches: Kelbi Berg, Mike Godissart

Junior high coaches: Adam Musselman, Jud Bussard, Josh Corle

Claysburg-Kimmel

Coach: Justin Harris, sixth year

Career record: 49-36

Conference: Inter-County Conference North

Last year's record (overall and league): 13-6, 12-5 in ICC North

Returning starters: Zach Helsel, sr., c; Devin Weyandt, sr., of; Zach Cox, sr., ss; Doug Knisely, sr., 1b-3b-p; Matt Repko, sr., of; Trey Claar, sr., p-1b; Cameron Strayer, sr., 3b-p

Other returnees: Joel Hammel, sr., inf.; D.J. Mock, jr., of; Nic Fickes, jr., c-of; Nathan Musselman, jr., inf.

Newcomers: Austin Roudabush, so., inf.; Cory Claycomb, so., of; Dominic Knisely, so., inf.; Kendall Musselman, so., of; Korey Moses, so., 1b; Matt Walter, so., c; Scott Walter, so., 1b-of; Paedon Hoffer, so., of

Strengths: "Experience and pitching depth. All seven returning starters have started the past two years.''

Concerns: "Finding a couple of underclassmen to step up and provide some depth at various positions.''

Overall outlook: "If a couple of younger players step up and provide us with some quality playing time, we should be able to make a deep run in the playoffs.''

Assistant coaches: Tim Oakes, Eric Claar

Junior high coaches: Jim Clancey, Andy Biesinger, Ben Chamberlain, Matt Aungst

Everett

Coach: Mike Kline, 12th year

Career record: 144-77

Conference: Sideling Hill League, Inter-County Conference South

Last year's record (overall and league): 14-5, 12-2 in Sideling, 10-2 in ICC South

Returning starters: Zakk Jays, sr.; Dylan Foor, sr.; Jake Stover, sr.; Kyle Droz, sr.; Brian Greenwald, sr.; Spencer McInroy, sr.

Other returnees: Tanner Mellott, sr.; Reece Potts, sr.; Jared Donelson, jr.; Zach Zinn, jr.; Phillip Cummings, jr.

Newcomers: Brian MacGregor sr.; Jacob Jay, so.; Zach Mearkle, so.; Tristen Woy, so.; Ethan Foor, so.; Nathan Sponsler, so.

Strengths: "We have a strong core of seniors returning with leadership qualities and playoff experience.''

Concerns: "As usual, having enough depth on the mound to handle multiple games in a week. Lack of outside practice time may delay some players getting comfortable with their new positions.''

Overall outlook: "With commitment and hard work we plan on getting better as the year progresses, hoping to peak at playoff time. Putting ourselves in position to contend for league titles and a district championship is where we want to be.''

Assistant coaches: Jamie Eichelberger, Les Lepako

Junior high coaches: Travis Klahe, Scott Stover, Jordan Mills

Glendale

Coach: Joe Klezek, first year

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Inter-County Conference North, Moshannon Valley League

Last year's record: 7-12

Returning starters: Justin Kephart, sr., 3b-p; Tyler Potutschnig, sr., ss-p

Other returnees: Alex Iraca, jr., of; Craig Hewitt, so., inf.; Matt Kimberly, jr., c-of; Dakota Sinclair, jr., p-inf.-of; Keith Gates, sr., p-inf.; Greg Spencer, jr., c-1b; Matt Schultz, jr., 1b

Newcomers: Colton Kimberly, jr., inf.-of; Anthony Barnhart, so., inf.-of-c; Taylor Jersey, sr., of-inf.; Colt Shope, sr., 1b; Brady Holland, so., inf.

Strengths: "We have our top two pitchers returning, and that should give us some stability on the mound.''

Concerns: "Offense.''

Overall outlook: "We are looking to change the culture of Glendale baseball. As long as our focus and work ethic stay where they are currently, we will be competitive with anybody we play. We're anxious to get out and see what we can do.''

Assistant coaches: Ed Kephart

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Jon Szynal, 15th year

Career record: 134-133

Conference: Central Penn

Last year's record (overall and league): 14-9, 2-4 in CPL

Returning starters: Tanner Claar, sr., of; Brett Hileman, sr., p-inf.; Thayne Russell, sr., of; Corey Sell, sr., p-of; Dom Viduya, sr., p; Andy Crum, jr., p-of; Jordan McCall, so., p; Reid Miller, so., c

Other returnees: Brian Urban, sr., inf.; Eric Miller, sr., inf.; Kaleb Springer, sr., inf.; Trent Sipes, jr., inf.; Luke Glass, so., inf.; Ryan Waltz, so., p

Newcomers: Macky Power, sr., c-of; Brandon Ritchey, jr., inf.; Adam Fluke, jr., of; Nick Miller, jr., p-inf.; Josh Helsel, jr., of

Strengths: "Experience, starting pitching, competition at various positions.''

Concerns: "Offensive production, team speed, over-confidence.''

Overall outlook: "Very high expectations, compete at high level in every game, growing as season goes.''

Assistant coaches: Jeff Miller, Chad Swogger, Dick Smith, Ben Layton, Garrett Miller, Brock Porter

Huntingdon

Coach: George Zanic, first year

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Mountain League

Last year's record: 7-11

Returning starters: Josh Foster, sr., 2b-p; Tanner Cook, jr., cf; Devon Claar, jr., c; Hunter Price, so., p-ss; Nate Gearhart, so., 3b-p

Newcomers: Rhett Stetchock, jr., p-of; Adam Everhart, sr., p; Lucas Speck, sr., 2b; Bryant Weller, sr., p-1b; Braylon Shaver, jr., of; Ridge Bookwalter, jr., of; Jon Wagner, fr., 2b-of; Leif Brown, fr. c

Strengths: "Hunter Price will return to the mound as our No. 1 arm after a solid freshman season. Tanner Cook, Josh Foster and Devon Claar will provide a reliable top three in the batting order. Price, Nate Gearhart and Bryant Weller will provide some power in the middle of the order.''

Concerns: "We are very young and inexperienced on the mound with Price being the only pitcher who has pitched in a varsity game, and we do not have a lot of varsity experience in the lineup.''

Overall outlook: "We have a lot of very good athletes who have been working very hard to adapt to what we are trying to teach. We also have several young players who we hope to develop as pitchers. I'm hopeful that we will be able to improve as the season goes on in an effort to compete each time we take the field.''

Assistant coaches: Pat Hurley, Matt Young, Nate Carlson, Phil Mazurowski, Travis Showalter, Rob Price, Bob Foster, Mark McLaughlin, Andy Young

Juniata Valley

Coach: Bill Peters, 18th year

Career record: 147-136

Conference: Inter-County Conference North

Last year's record (overall and league): 11-9, 8-7 in ICC North

Returning starters: Wyatt Belinda, sr., inf.-p; Tanner Perow, sr., 1b-p; Johnny Johnson, sr., of-p; Derek Greene, sr., c-p; Troy Singer, inf.-p; Ryan Norris, sr., inf.-p; Devin Low, sr., of-p

Other returnees: Shawn Houck, sr., inf.; Jesse Claar, jr., of; Zack Grove, jr., inf.; Sam Gildea, jr., 1b; Konner Barton, so., inf.; Zack Faubert, jr., of; Kyle Smithmyer, jr., of; Dustin Houck, jr., of; Zach Beam, so., inf.; Sam Singer, jr., c-of

Newcomers: Ryan Fitzgerald, jr., 1b; Hunter Diehl, jr., inf.; Ryan McMullen, so., inf.-of; Kordell Collins, so., inf.

Strengths: "Experience and pitching.''

Concerns: "Replacing four-year starter at shortstop and starting outfield.''

Overall outlook: "Look to compete for conference title and make district playoffs.''

Assistant coaches: Don Price, Jeff Hensor

Moshannon Valley

Coach: Justin Fye, fifth year

Career record: 23-54

Conference: Inter-County Conference North, Moshannon Valley League

Last year's record (overall and league): 3-16, 2-15 in ICC North

Returning starters: Jim McHugh, sr., inf.-of; Luther Harlow, jr., p-1b-3b; Kent Stewart, jr., 3b-of-p; Sam Ohler, jr., c-p

Other returnees: Josh Penn, sr., of; Zach Diamond, sr., inf.; Stephan Kovalick, jr., of-p

Newcomers: Bryce Bloom, jr., of-2b; Cody Marshall, so., p-1b-of; Sam Demko, so., 3b-of-p; Caleb St. Louis, so., of-p-2b; Craig Ohs, so., of-p-2b; Eric Sherkel, fr., ss-p; Albert Stephenson, fr., 2b

Strengths: "We have a talented group of kids. Almost all of our players can pitch, which will help at the beginning of the year."

Concerns: "We are very young as we may only have one senior starting.''

Overall outlook: "This group of kids are very coachable and are working extremely hard.''

Assistant coaches: Derrik Eckenrode, Jim Hawkins

Northern Bedford

Coach: David McIlnay, third year

Career record: 33-9

Conference: Inter-County Conference South, Sideling Hill

Last year's record (overall and league): 18-3, 17-2 in ICC South/Sideling Hill

Returning starters: Isaac Stern, sr., inf.; Garret England, sr., p-of; Wes Foor, sr., p-inf.; Eric Grace, sr., p-inf.; Jacob Frederick, sr., inf.-of; Kyler Diehl, jr., p-of-inf.

Other returnees: Jourdan Miller, sr., c-of; Justin Brunner, sr., of; Jonas Bequeath, jr., c-of; Jonathan Petrou, jr., p-inf.

Newcomers: Zachary States, so., of; Nicholas Foor, so., p-inf.-of; Caleb Grace, so., inf.; Braden Ebersole, so., p-inf.; Jonathan Gorman, fr., c-of-inf.; Ridge Hershberger, fr., p-inf.-of

Strengths: "Experience.''

Concerns: "Consistency at the plate and on the field.''

Overall outlook: "We have a good group coming back, some starters and other spot starters that have been waiting to prove themselves. There are several players in different positions that will need to adjust and produce. We have the experience but need to work hard every day to improve offensively and defensively. Our goals are to contend for a league and district title.''

Assistant coaches: Shane Suter, Andrew Pepple, Justin Claar, Dan Oberman

Junior high coaches: Corey Reffner (head coach), Tom Foor, Brian McConnell, Mike Wiand, Brian Frederick

Northern Cambria

Coach: John Bonatesta, second year

Career record: 10-9

Conference: Heritage Conference

Last year's record (overall and league): 10-9, 10-5 in Heritage

Returning starters: Josh Bonatesta, sr., cf; Adam Polites, sr., lf; Matt Eckenrode, sr., of-inf.-p; Josh Prasko, jr., p-rf; Joey Olish, so., ss; Evan Waldron, so., 1b; Austin Tibbott, so., p

Other returnees: John Hornick, jr., c-3b; Tanner Sunderlin, so., of; Jake Lieb, jr., of

Newcomers: Joe Frontino, jr., c-p; Paul Prosser, jr., p-of; Zack Lieb, fr., c; Robert Gobrecht, fr., of; Mark Greggi, fr., inf.; Alex Kopera, fr., of; Nick Mays, fr., of; Garrett Nagle, fr., of; Michael Nealen, fr., of; Mac Novella, fr., inf.; Darby Olenchick, fr., inf.; Tyler Pershing, fr., p-inf.; Scott Serafin, fr., p-1b; Justin Solnosky, fr., inf.-p; Adam Weiland, fr., inf.; Cory Wissinger, fr., inf.; Shae Wright, fr., of

Strengths: "Great senior leadership with Josh Bonatesta and Adam Polites, two kids who really know what winning is about. We have been working extremely hard in the offseason. We have great speed and a young but strong pitching staff.''

Concerns: "The pitching staff's experience in varsity games and the younger player's ability to mature fast to be ready to play at the varsity level.''

Overall outlook: "We have some big team goals we hope to achieve this year. We are looking to be contenders in winning a Heritage Conference crown.''

Assistant coaches: T.J. Mullen, Dustin Neff, Darby Olenchick, David Pawlikowski

Penn Cambria

Coach: James Poldiak, fourth year

Career record: 16-26

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record (overall and league): 11-7, 7-2 in LHAC

Returning starters: Brenden Eckenrode, sr., inf.; Justin Fuller, sr., lf; Simon Itle, sr., 2b-p; Jake Schwaderer, sr., cf-p; Josh Vinglish, sr., rf-p; Zane Itle, so., 3b-p

Other returnees: Tyler Mento, sr., 1b-3b; Dallas Jones, sr., 1b; Dan Gamba, so., of; Devin Selip, so., 1b

Newcomers: Andrew George, jr., inf.-p-of; Jacob Yarnish, jr., 1b-3b; Nate George, so., 1b-p; Mark Mardula, so., c-p-ss; Cody Taddy, so., inf.-of; Clayton Capoullez, fr., 2b-of; Adam Gould, fr., inf.-of-p; Jordan Simanski, fr., inf.-of-p

Strengths: "Senior leadership and work ethic.''

Concerns: "Inability to get on the field due to weather. Pitching is a concern, and we're inexperienced at the varsity level.''

Overall outlook: "If we can be fundamentally sound, have good approaches at the plate and are sound defensively, we hope to be competitive in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference.''

Assistant coach: Jason Grassi

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Doug Sankey, 16th year

Career record: 216-114

Conference: Mountain League

Last year's record: 19-6

Returning starters: Mark Curtis, ss-p; Taylor Golemboski, lf; Matt Carpin, cf; Caleb Pepperday, rf-p; Tanner Lamb, p; Andrew Greenawalt (injured)

Newcomers: Travis Arnold, c; Tanner Wilson, inf.; Curtis Matsko, inf.; John Harpster, of; Aaron Mason, inf.-of; Mitch Winters, inf.-p

Strengths: "Pitching staff, three starters returning that combined for 11 wins last year.''

Concerns: "New catcher and middle infield. Offensive production.''

Overall outlook: "Good. We should be competitive.''

Portage

Coach: Larry McCabe, 34th year

Conference: WestPAC

Last year's record (overall and league): 10-8, 5-6 in WestPAC

Returning starters: Evan Price, sr., ss; Shane Baker, sr., 2b-p; Bailey Kerch, jr., p-of-1b; Brandon Vocco, so., c.

Other returnees: Brandon Madigan, jr., if-of-p; Charles Miller, jr., of-p; Mike Bryja, so., p-1b-3b; Brady Warner, sr., p-of; Zach Coukart, jr., if-of-p; Brad Rosemas, so., 1b; Nick Usry, so., of; Devon Harrison, sr., of-p.

Newcomers: Luke Dividock, fr., of-p; Todd Niper, fr., of-if-c; Charlie Litzinger, sr, of.

Strengths: "Attitude and work ethic along with having our catcher, shortstop and second baseman back for strong middle defense.''

Concerns: "Pitching experience.''

Overall outlook: "Our goal is to play for the WestPAC championship and qualify for the District 6 playoffs.''

Assistant coaches: Josh Burkett, Tyler Johnson

Junior high coach: Travis Kargo

Tussey Mountain

Coach: Kasey Kuhns, second year

Conference: Inter-County Conference South, Sideling Hill

Returning starters: Tyler Husick, sr., of; Michael Runk, sr., of-inf.; Wyatt Brumbaugh, jr., c; Koty Chadwick, jr., of; Mitchell McDonald, jr., inf.; Tyler Swope, jr., inf.-p; Daniel Taylor, so., inf.-p

Other returnees: Mitchell Corbin, sr., of; Shawn Hotnisky, sr., of; Kyle Querry, jr., of

Newcomers: Bryant Nichols, sr., of; Ethan Chamberlain, jr., of; Derek Willis, jr., inf.-p; John Mitchell, so., inf.; Jadan Morrow, so., inf.; Zachary Novakowski, so., inf.-p; Holden Zdrosky, so., inf.

Strengths: "Experience. We only lost two players to graduation.''

Concerns: "Pitching depth and the ability to hit consistently up and down our lineup.''

Overall outlook: "We have a lot of experience so I hope that will play into our favor. We need some players to step up and take more of a leadership role.''

Assistant coaches: Matt McCahan

Junior high coaches: Zach Treece, Dave Leonard

Tyrone

Coach: Mark Savino, fourth year

Career record: 20-34

Conference: Mountain League

Last year's record: 8-10

Returning starters: Matt Hample, sr.; Seth Welch, sr.; Brad Wirtner, jr.; Jordan Miller, jr.; Ryan Fink, sr.; Jake Belinda, sr.; Kaden Hunter, sr.; Kolten Taylor, sr.; Joey Gearhart, sr.; Jake Dorminy, jr.; Adam Flick, sr.

Other returnees: Aleic Hunter, so.; Terel Albright, jr.; Nathaniel Soellner, so., Tristan Lingafelt, so.; Mark Lewis, so.; Preston Mitchell, so.; Freedom Sprankle, jr.

Newcomers: Brent Kurtz, sr.; Ricky Reader, fr.; Nick Mills, jr.; Chase Maceno, fr.; Zach Soellner, fr.; Drew Hunter, fr.; Hunter Confer, fr.; Larry Kobuck, fr.; Coy Focht, fr.; Matthew Brenneman, fr.; Anthony Politza, fr.; Brandon Gripp, jr.

Strengths: "Good senior leadership, pitching depth, offensive experience.''

Concerns: "Injuries and tough schedule.''

Overall outlook: "I think we should be a competitive team with the hopes of prolonging our season into the playoffs.''

Assistant coaches: Marvin Murray, Kevin Soellner, Mike Hample

Williamsburg

Coach: Mark Welch, third year

Career record: 14-20

Conference: Inter-County Conference North

Last year's record (overall and league): 9-9, 7-9 in ICC North

Returning starters: Jed Dishong, sr., c-p; Sean McCauley, sr., 1b; Austin McMonagle, jr., p-ss; Jordan Rabits, sr., p-cf; Adam Wheland, sr., p-ss

Other returnees: Tyler Bell, jr., of; Caelan Hughes, jr., of; Caleb Morrissey, jr., of; Andrew Zomok, jr., of

Newcomers: Zach Appleman, sr., of; Tanner Karudar, so., 1b; Cody Kensinger, so., of; Zachary Kephart, so., of; Zach McCall, jr., of-inf.; Josh Morrissey, sr., of; Jarrett Pasley, jr., of; Tyler Shaw, so., inf.-p; Bryce Young, so., inf.-of

Strengths: "Pitching, offense.''

Concerns: "Lack of experience in outfield, losing a couple starters due to injuries.''

Overall outlook: "We finished strong last season and only lost two starters. If we start out strong and continue to grow as a team, then we can have a very good year.''

Assistant coaches: Dan McMonagle

Junior high coaches: Thad White, Brady Appleman

 
 

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