Locker Room hopes to continue to rule City

Squad trying to win third straight league title

From Mirror reports

Locker Room is now the top dog in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League.

After Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion won 13 of 14 GCBL titles, Locker Room has now won the last two, including a sweep of Lilly in last year’s championship series.

Locker Room didn’t make many changes to its roster as the 2019 season is set to begin to with three games in the six-team league. The City League teams will also play the two Altoona AAABA League teams.

In addition to Locker Room and Lilly, 2018 playoff teams Blair County Oil and BMG Construction return along with The Medicine Shoppe/SOP and Sheetz.

Blair Oil and Lilly open the season today at Lilly at 2 p.m., while Medicine Shoppe and Sheetz play at Vets Field at 2. Locker Room takes on BMG in Lilly at 4 p.m.

Blair County Oil

Manager: Dale Snyder

Last year’s record: 17-6, lost to Lilly in the semifinals

Returning players: Jordan Cheslock, P; Dylan Conrad, C-INF, Shawn Conrad, P; Huey Ehredt, INF; Ben Foose, P-INF; Jim Harshbarger, 1B; Mike Heist, INF; Keith Kawtoski, OF; Damian Lascoli, C; Alex Marchi, P-INF; Matt Massaro, INF; Dave McClosky, OF; Dylan Oswalt, OF; Jared Prugar, P-1B; Mark Saxman, P-1B; Will Snyder, OF; Sean Steffy, OF-P; Tyler Sweeney, P-OF; Mason Watson, P-OF; Josh Wyandt, INF.

Newcomers: Jake Barton, C-INF; Brett Koelle, P; Aaron Lidgett, P; Parker Watson, P; Jake Belinda, P.

Strengths: “All-round good team.”

Concerns: “Not as much practice as we would like because of the wet spring — might be flat the first week.”

Outlook: “We were a very good team last year, and we’re pretty much the same team. We’ve added a few players that will only make us better.”

Team to beat: Locker Room

BMG Construction

Manager: Nick Pettenati

Last year’s record: 11-12, finished fourth in playoffs

Returning players: Nick Pettenati, P-OF; Brandon Madigan, OF-2B; Ray Watt, P-SS-OF; Ricky Petterson, P-OF; Mark Mardula, C-3B; Billy Dicken, P-2B; Andrew Maul, P-3B; Rich Ball, SS-P-C; Brandon Durbin, 3B-2B; Julius Niemand, DH-OF; Jordan Colon, P-OF; Brandon Fesko, 3B-P; Nate Teno, P-OF; Brandon Behe, OF; Jeremy Smick, 1B.

Newcomers: Rick Alexander, 2B; Brad Madigan, P-2B; Braedon O’Donnell, 2B-P; Jordan McCall, OF; Jason Ozaz, SS-OF.

Strengths: “Fielding and pitching.”

Concerns: “Hitting.”

Overall outlook: “We have a lot of talent this year. If we can get our bats going, I feel we will have another strong season.”

Team to beat: Everyone

Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion

Manager: Ron Davison

Last year’s record: 20-3, lost in championship to Locker Room

Returning players: Brandon Ickes, INF; Ryan Ickes, OF; Cody Gallaher, INF; Brent Matish, INF-OF; Ian Olsavsky, INF-OF; Brock Porter, OF; Pat Gully, C; Chad McCoy, C; Josh Bracken, INF-OF; Brent Davison, OF; Luke McCoy, INF; Landon Sinclair, INF-P; Tim Fabbri, INF-P; Jim Dunlap, P; Aaron Smith, P; PJ Holberg, P; Derek Younker, P; Shane Suter, P; Mike Wigfield, P; Derek Cursio, P; Nolan Walters, P.

Newcomers: Catcher Cumming, INF; Nate Bearer, P; Owen Kravetz, OF; Drew Ford, P; Matt Minor, INF-P; Alexander Yost, UTIL.

Strengths: “Experience.”

Concerns: “None.”

Overall outlook: “We look to return to the championship series again.”

Team to beat: Locker Room

Locker Room

Manager: RJ Barnard

Last year’s record: 19-2, league champions

Returning players: Andy Lytle, P; Damian Moist, P; Kevin Scholly, INF; Matt Hershey, OF; Jake Weibley, OF; Brett Weibley, OF; Trent Creppage, UTIL; George Roberts, INF; Brendan Hileman, UTIL; Ryan Slagenweit, OF; Joe Glass, P; Tyler Stiffler, INF; Cam Kyle, P; RJ Barnard, INF; Mason Hershey, C-1B; Ty Black, P-OF; Steve Shiffler, UTIL; Trey Claar, P.

Newcomers: Alec Lytle, P.

Strengths: “Lots of veteran players.”

Concerns: “Availability of some of our players may be limited due to other obligations.”

Overall outlook: “Hopefully, we will win another league title.”

Team to beat: Locker Room

The Medicine Shoppe/SOP

Manager: George Ralston

Last year’s record: 6-16

Returning players: Ian Ralston 1B-3B; Andrew Scalice C; Fred Zigler OF-P; Cory Myers OF; Jordan Klausman C-INF-OF; Jon Ravel OF; Nate Lamark P-SS; Chris McIntire P-INF; Tyler Ryan P-INF; Harrison Pellegrine OF; Devin Hoover P-OF-1B; Josh Scalice C; Scott Lytle P; Chris Sinisi SS; Tyler Neff, P-1B-OF; Ethan Wise 1B.

Newcomers: Frankie Montecalvo OF; Nate Reid C-P-INF; Randy Hoover, SS; Marshall Johnson, 3B; Derek Seager, 3B; Derek Wardrop, INF-OF; Sam Casalvieri, OF; Mike Alexander, P-OF; Sean Gority, OF-INF.

Strengths: “We’ve got a group of guys that have been close for awhile, making it more of a family than a team. We’re here to have fun and win games.”

Concerns: “Getting people to show up to practices and games can be difficult, since a lot of people have varying work schedules and prior obligations.”

Overall outlook: “We’re in this league to play ball and win games. Weather pending, hopefully we can do a whole lot of both.”

Team to beat: Everyone.

Sheetz

Manager: Jared Pufka

Last year’s record: 5-17

Returning players: Jared Pufka, 2B; Mark Biem, OF; Buddy Durbin, LF; Chris Tromm, P-INF; Matt Kantoski, INF-OF; Matt Riley, OF; Todd Johnson, P-INF; Nate Sanders, OF-INF-C-P; Jamie Levinson, P-INF; Robbie Yahner, C; Shane Hartline, SS; Jordan Rabits, P-OF; Tim Heiss, OF; Max Riley, OF; Justin Adams, OF-DH; Tyler Pastor, INF-OF; Scott Meintel, P-OF; Chris Brennan, P-INF-OF; Ethan Knepp, P-OF; Tony Lonero, OF; Kyle DeGennaro, 1B.

Newcomers: Michael Hampton, P; Corey Auerbeck, OF; Josh DeGol, INF-OF-DH; Dylan Wilt, P; Andrew Mengel, P.

Strengths: “We have a good core of players that have been playing together for many seasons. We have good chemistry, hustle, positive attitude and determination.”

Concerns: “Staying away from injuries.”

Overall outlook: “We have a team of players who love to play the game. We have a team that plays for each other. We, unfortunately, had a teammate pass away last year during the season, and we want to play for Tim. He will always be with us in spirit, in the dugout and in the outfield. We look to improve on our record from last year. We want to play every game to the best of our talents and abilities.”

Team to beat: Everyone.

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