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High School boys baseball at a glance | All-American Conference teams



Published: Fri, April 12, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

CANFIELD

Division II

Coach: Matt Koenig, seven years, 150-36 career record.

2012: 20-6, 8-2 in AAC, regional runner-up.

Projected starters: Derek Turocy, OF, senior; Kyle Nagy, IF, senior; Tom Ciccolelli, C, senior; Edmond Pilolli, IF, junior; Colton Crissman, junior; Jimmy Leone, IF, junior.

Other varsity players: Josh Tancer, P/1B, senior; Tony Velasquez, P/1B, senior; Nate Rusu, OF, senior; Mike Kindinis, P/3B, senior; Dylan Williams, OF, senior; Carter Rhoads, C, junior; Alec Buchenic, P/3B, junior; Alec Hammond, P/1B, junior.

Coach’s outlook: The Cardinals will replace eight starters including the entire infield and will be inexperienced at most positions. Pitching looks to be a strength, especially Alec Buchenic (5-0 in 2012) and Derek Turocy (5-0).

POLAND

Division II

Coach: Rich Murray, 10 years, 144-56 career record.

2012: 14-12.

Projected starters: Nick Andrews, C, senior; Chris Elliott, 1B, senior; Austin Beil, OF, senior; Chase Knodle, 2B, junior; Nick Maillis, 3B, junior; Pat Carlozzi, P/OF, junior; Jacob Moffo, P/C, senior; Mark Passarello, P, sophomore; Sonny Lipari, SS, junior.

Other varsity players: Jon Shurilla, junior; Vince Romeo, senior; Don Shettler, senior; Matt Garasic, senior; Corey Svatosky, junior; Ryan Burkert, junior; Rick Svetiak, sophomore.

Coach’s outlook: Experience is the Bulldogs’ strength. Keys to success will be pitching, hitting and fielding well.

STRUTHERS

Division II

Coach: Mike Donatelli, 10 seasons, 110-108 career record.

2012: 11-11.

Projected starters: Anthony Lariccia, P/IF, senior (.474 average, 25 RBI), Joe Wilaj, P/OF, senior (.427 average, 34 runs), Gary Muntean, P/IF, junior; Kolton Rudzik, P/IF/OF, junior (.300 average), Dan DiLoreto, P/IF, junior; Brandon Kish, C, junior; Jon Mudrinich, IF/P, junior; Marcus Donadio, P/OF, junior; Pat Carden, IF, junior; Anthony Quatro, OF, senior; David Dilla, OF, senior; Anthony Angelilli, OF/P, junior; Vince Fandozzi, OF, senior.

Coach’s outlook: The Wildcats return all of their pitchers but lost six seniors who had played a lot over the last three seasons. A key to success will be coming together and playing as a team.

NILES

Division II

Coach: Mike Guarnieri.

2012: 18-9, 9-1 AAC American Division champion.

Projected starters: Jake Foster, P/OF, senior (6-0, 3.00 ERA, 42 Ks); Noah Arvin, P/IF, senior; Ryan Ifft, C, senior (22 RBI); Tyler Wiery, P/IF, senior (.364 average); Brennen Baker, P/IF, senior; Grant Martin, C/IF, senior; Ian Hileman, IF, senior; JC Pierko, OF, senior; Justin Lopes, OF, junior; Chris Parry, P/IF, junior; James Tate, OF/IF, junior.

Coach’s outlook: The future looks bright with 14 returning lettermen from an outstanding squad.

LIBERTY

Division III

Coach: Gary Knittle, 5 years, 39-60 career record.

2012: 13-11.

Projected starters: Lou Rivera, OF/P, senior (.370 on base), Nick Byle, P/C, junior (.414 on base), Tyler Evans, P/IF/OF, senior (.400 on base), Justin House, P/SS, senior (.450 on base, 16 RBI), Michael Moamis, P/1B, senior; Nathan Derenzis, P/3B, junior; Anthony Ramsey, P/OF, junior; Eric Wiemer, P/2B, junior; Bobby Stanovcak, P/OF/IF, junior; Brandon Stevens, DH/OF, senior.

Other varsity players: Chayton Gilcher, DH, junior; Greg Sop, OF, junior; Richie Bardol, C, sophomore; Chris Fiorenzo, P/IF, sophomore; John Griffen, IF, freshman; Jack Kirr, OF, freshman; Kaylon Davis, OF, freshman.

Coach’s outlook: The Leopards will rely on defense and timely hitting. Liberty returns its first five hitters but the rest of the lineup lacks varsity experience. The pitching staff lost six pitchers and the 2013 staff has just 18 innings of varsity experience.

GIRARD

Division III

Coach: Aaron Alejars, first year.

2012: 19-10, 7-3 in AAC.

Projected starters: Tyler Alejars, OF/P, senior; Nick Krajcirik, P/IF, senior; Jordan Graziano, OF, junior; Ryan Leasure, P/1B/OF, junior; Jim Standohar, 2B, junior; Evan Standohar, IF/P, junior; Zane Chase, C, junior; Kyle Harris, SS/P, sophomore.

Other varsity players: Joe Colapietro, OF/P, junior; Zach Cochran, C/1B, junior; Kevin McNeal, OF, junior; Mike McAllister, 1B, junior; Christian Bello, P/1B/3B, sophomore; Chaston Henschen, OF, sophomore; Dylan White, P/1B, sophomore; Dylan O’Hara, IF/OF, sophomore.

Coach’s outlook: The Indians’ strengths should be speed, good hitting, good baserunning and team defense. Pitching depth and hitting for power could be problems. Keys to success include getting good starts from the top five pitchers, taking advantage of team speed and situational hitting.

LAKEVIEW

Division II

Coach: Ron DeJulio, 5 years at Lakeview.

2012: 10-12, 6-6 in AAC.

Projected starters: David LeMasters, IF, junior; Carmen Romano, IF, junior; Jerry Runyan, IF, senior; Evan Olbrych, C, junior; Jake Pishotti, OF, junior; Andrew Grove, OF, sophomore; Chris Romano, OF, sophomore; Anthony Sentner, IF, junior.

Other varsity players: JJ Mills, IF, junior; Ethan Myers, C, sophomore.

Coach’s outlook: We are a very young team with limited varsity experience so we will have to grow up in a hurry in a very competitive league. Three senior catchers from last year graduated so finding a catcher is a key.

CHAMPION

Division III

Coach: Tim Cope, 10 years at Champion.

2012: 8-11, 6-4 in AAC.

Projected starters: James Naylor, P, senior; Rob Douglas, OF, senior; Brandon McFarland, P/OF, junior; Eric Sindledecker, P/1B, senior; Zach Zigmont, C/IF, junior; Chris Miller, P/IF, sophomore; Joey Batcho, IF, sophomore; Kyle Blackshere, OF, senior; Chris Steigerwald, OF, junior; Aaron Strader, IF, junior; Mason Brown, C, sophomore; John Rable, IF, senior; Seth Thomas, P/UTIL, sophomore.

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