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July 4th, 2019
Happy 4th of July!!! This will be the last post of the summer as I move deep into football, but wanted to take a moment to highlight some of our 2019 accomplishments.
A special thanks again goes out to our seniors Erik Hopfenziz, Evan Kenneally, Michael Ginocchi, Wayne Davis, Phil Slater and Seth Ross who helped make the season a success. We finished 14-11 on the year including 9-5 in the league which was good for second place. Our biggest win of the year (and best series played) would be against the eventual DIV State Champion Toronto Red Knights. We were the last team to beat Toronto when we won 7-3 at their place.
Our summer league was a big success for us as we played 8 games and played very well. The goal of the league was for players who are not playing elsewhere to have a chance to continue to play. Most pitchers threw 8-10 innings while hitter amassed 20-30 more at bats. With work and other sports (particularly basketball and football) also vying for our players times this was a great way for our players to continue to learn the game of baseball in a fun and competitive atmosphere. I am very happy with how many players participated and continued to play baseball into July. Additionally, we were able to find out some things about players that we did not previously know and players gained valuable on-field experience throughout the summer. We will look to continue the summer league next season and expand it as much as we can including an end of the season tournament.
All-League and State Selections:
Congratulations to our 2019 award winners
- Chase Franken:
- EOAC 1st Team Pitcher
- NEOBCA 1st Team Utility Player
- PBR 2nd Team All-Ohio- Utility
- OHSBCA Honorable Mention All-Ohio- Utility
- Evan Kenneally:
- EOAC Honorable Mention
- NEOBCA All-Star Game
As we conclude the 2019 season, I look forward to the 2020 season. The schedule is almost full and has been posted. I wish all players who are participating in a Fall Sport the best of luck as the seasons will be here before you know it with August 1st being the official start date of the fall sports season.
For those players who are not participating in a fall sport, information will be posted in late August or early September about possible open fields in the fall. I will talk to players when school starts to gauge interest and we will go from there. Mandatory no contact period is August 1st-August 31st so there will be no baseball activities during that time. Additionally, we may do a Mum Sale as a fall fundraiser again to help offset the costs of the hats and other needed equipment so more information will be sent out concerning the possible fundraiser.
Thank you again to everyone for a fantastic 2019 season. I am proud of the accomplishments our players achieved and look forward to continuing to help our young men develop into better baseball players but more importantly better people.
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