BOARDMAN - Division I
Coach: Bob Beam, 3 years at Boardman, 171-61 career record.
2012: 17-10, 9-3 Federal League champions.
Projected starters: Nico Diianni, OF, senior (.329 average, All-League in 2012); Phil Diianni, OF, junior (.358 average, All-League); Joe Lendak, SS/P, senior; Eddie Crump, 1B/P, junior; Aaron Dill, P, junior (2-1, 3.23 ERA).
Other varsity players: Austin Downie, OF, senior; Matt Zeisler, OF, senior; John Diamond, 1B, senior; Mike Wilson, 2B, senior; Brett Irwin, P, senior; Steven Bott, C/OF, junior; Carmen Marinucci, 1B, junior; Mario Diiullo, 3B, junior; Jake Baun, P, junior; Michael Notar, C, sophomore; Evan Croutch, 3B/P, sophomore; Scott Lendak, 2B/P, sophomore; Brian Fryda, SS/P, sophomore; Matt Filipovich, OF, sophomore; Lou Cardona, C/3B/P, freshman; Dan Boerio, P, freshman; Sam Varga, P, freshman.
Coach’s outlook: We have a lot of guys who can throw strikes and a solid defense behind them. With the depth of our pitching we will have a chance to compete in both league contests and non-league games. We are young and there are a lot of new faces. How they react will also determine our success.
CARDINAL MOONEY - Division II
Coach: Al Franceschelli, 6 years, 110-43 career record.
Varsity players: Drew Delsignore, C, senior; Dom Dundee, OF, senior; Kane Durkin, P/IF, senior; Mike Stash, IF, senior; Drew Beck, IF/P, junior; Joe Cunningham, P, junior; Gino Divincenzo, IF/P, junior; Denver Martin, OF/P, junior; Ryan Megyesi, OF, junior; Harrison Wagner, OF, junior; Jon Saadey, IF/P, sophomore; Christian Lowery, IF, sophomore; Trent Humphries, OF, sophomore; Drew Armstrong, IF, freshman.
EAST - Division I
Coach: Eric Pellegrini, second year, 2-16 career record.
Projected starters (* returning lettermen): Mike Gregory*, P/IF, senior; Will Schoolcraft*, 3B/OF, senior, .320 average; Calvin Scott*, 1B/OF, senior; Joe Ingram, 3B/1B, senior; Josiah Douglas, C/OF, junior; Brandon Jackson, P/IF/OF, sophomore; Jeremy Woodberry, P/IF, sophomore.
Other varsity players: Luis Placeres-Ortiz, OF, senior; Julio Montanez, P/1B, senior; Mohammad Mujahed, OF, junior; Oscar Don Josa, 3B/2B, junior; Marquez Thomas, 2B/P, sophomore; Taywaun Sharp, C/OF, sophomore; D.J. Anderson, P/1B, sophomore; Kyron Lee, P/IF/OF, sophomore.
Coach’s outlook: Only seven players return, including just two starters. The lack of experience will provide opportunity for young players. Daily improvement is needed to become more competitive. Strengths are enthusiasm, willingness to learn and team speed.
EAST LIVERPOOL - Division II
Coach: William Bailey, first year.
Projected starters: Payton Newlun, SS, senior; Ryian Burson, 2B, junior; Aaron Long, 1B, junior; Jay Lane, 3B, sophomore; Austyn Dozier, C, freshman; Austin Alvarez, P, senior; Tyler Recktenwald, CV, sophomore; Briar Meek, LF, freshman; Ryan Bombich, RF, freshman.
Other varsity players: Parker Bowers, 2B, sophomore; Hunter Maze, 3B, sophomore; John Rickard, 3B, junior; Jason Kutzner, OF, sophomore; Tim Sarge, IF, freshman; Austin Burson, C, freshman.
Coach’s outlook: We will be very young and inexperienced with just five players back from last year. It may take time to jell as a team. The key to the season is starting pitching.
URSULINE - Division III
Coach: Sean Durkin, 16th season, 256-142 career record.
2012: 21-8, regional runner-up.
Projected starters: Sam Donko, P/1B, senior (7-3, 1.23 ERA, 105 Ks in 2012); Matt Lacko, C, senior; Anthony Rohan, CF, senior; Ryan Strollo, SS, senikor; Harrison Finelli, 3B/P, senior; Vinnie Boerio, OF, senior; Steve Balas, OF/DH, senor; Joel Hake, 2B/P, sophomore; Michael Montalbano, OF/DH, junior; Tannor Berry, OF, junior; Dion Felger, 1B/P, junior.
Coach’s outlook: The Irish lose just one everyday starters and feature plenty of varsity and tournament experience, plus good pitching depth.
WEST BRANCH - Division II
Coach: Shawn Alazaus, 30-26 in 2 years at West Branch, 150-113 career record.
2012: 17-12, 8-6 in Northeastern Buckeye Conference.
Projected starters: Brenden Wells, OF, senior; Beau Taylor, IF/P, senior; Jeff Vizzuso, P/OF, junior; Jacob Clayton, IF/P, junior; Ryan Adams, UTIL, junior; Kip DeShields, IF/P, sophomore; Jake Smith, C, sophomore; Chipper tuel, UTIL/P, sophomore; Nate Coy, UTIL/P, sophomore.
Other varsity players: Nick Tubbs, OF, senior; K’Von Young, OF, senior; Jake Evanoff, IF/P, junior; Dylan Greenawalt, IF/P, junior; Jerian Thomas, IF, junior; Kyle Ziegler, IF/P, sophomore.
Coach’s outlook: The Warriors return seven starters from 2012. If we continue to work hard on a daily basis and improve our defense we should be successful. Somewhat of a young squad, West Branch must improve its mental approach and toughness. The Warriors are a talented group with good baseball skills and have a solid group of young pitchers.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN - Division IV
Coach: Greg Finnegan, 144-105 career record in 16 years.
2012: Played JV schedule only.
Projected starters: Jacob Trella, P, senior; Sam DeJesus, C, junior; Bobby Houston, 1B, senior; Josh Mounce, 2B, sophomore; Steve Olesky, 3B, sophomore; Cole Pollak, SS, freshman; Kayne Brown, LF, freshman; Seth McMillan, CF, senior; Kylin Hart, RF, freshman.
Other varsity players: Nathaniel Tayman, 3B, sophomore; Kody Jones, OF, junior; Joel Stockslager, OF, sophomore; Luke Olesky, OF, freshman; Kevin Vaughn, OF, freshman; Stephen Breidenstein, OF, freshman.
Coach’s outlook: Strengths are enthusiasm, speed and the catcher position. The Eagles are a mostly young team returning after a two-year varsity lapse.