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Winter Warm-up – Iroquois

Iroquois Braves
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Nick Cocolin (2nd season, 4-14)
2012 overall record: 4-14
2012 region record (place): 2-4 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: James Quinn
Top returning players: John Finke, Colton Edinger, Justyn Roda, Noah Wodarski, Mike Yokoff, Dylan Carpin
Assistant coaches: Chip Gorzynski, John Finke, Josh Frischolz
Outlook: The timing could be perfect for Iroquois this season. Not only did the four teams that made the District 10 Class A semifinals last year move up to AA or consolidate, the Braves also return seven starters this year. Iroquois will have to replace James Quinn, who graduated, but the Braves have an experienced group back. Among the returning starters are John Finke, Colton Edinger, Justyn Roda, Noah Wodarski, Mike Yokoff and Dylan Carpin. Roda was voted to the all-region first team at utility and Edinger is a second-team pitcher. The entire group will be contributors this season as Iroquois has most of its starting lineup back and its entire pitching staff back this season. Ryan Major and Ryan Edinger could be key as well as new players to the varsity level. The Braves have more depth this year but second-year coach Nick Cocolin is looking for them to take a better approach at the plate. Iroquois had a high strikeout-to-walk ratio and will need to be move selective to generate more runs. The Braves are in a new region with several teams in transition. Iroquois should be a contender for the region title but even without one, the Braves should be in the mix for a playoff spot.

Schedule
March
25-26 Grimsley (N.C.)
April
1 at Girard 4
3 at Fairview 4
8 at East 4
10 Franklin* 4
12 at Youngsville* 4
13 at Corry 11 a.m.
16 Mercyhurst Prep 4
19 at Eisenhower* 4
22 Seneca 4
24 Titusville* 4
26 at Franklin* 4
29 at North East 4
May
1 Youngsville* 4
3 Harbor Creek 4
8 Eisenhower* 4
10 Cambridge Springs 4
13 at Titusville* 4
15 at Northwestern 4
*Region 4 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Julie Parker (12th season, 169-72)
2012 overall record: 17-5
2012 region record (place): 15-3 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Maplewood 10-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Fairview 5-2 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Meghan Martin, Sarah Lindvay
Top returning players: Ashley Cabaday, Hannah Tombaugh, Annie Hatton, Jenny Johnson, Joanna Ragen, Jordan Finotti
Assistant coaches: Rob Chase, Denny McLaughlin, Anne Pettinato, Mickey Allen, Brian Martin
Outlook: Iroquois continued its back-and-forth move between Class A and AA in the offseason. After another cycle in Class AA, the Braves moved down to A for the current two-year cycle. Iroquois has an experienced team back this spring with only two players lost to graduation in Meghan Martin and Sarah Lindvay. Martin was voted to the all-region second team at pitcher and Lindvay to the first team as an outfielder. The two leave big holes to fill, especially Martin on the mound. Martin hit .414 last year with 13 RBIs and had a 2.14 ERA with 97 strikeouts. Lindvay hit .367 as a senior with 11 RBIs. Among Iroquois’ returning standout player are Ashley Cabaday, Hannah Tombaugh, Annie Hatton, Jenny Johnson, Joanna Ragen and Jordan Finotti. Tombaugh was voted to the all-region first team at first base and Cabaday to the second team at second base. Tombaugh hit .406 last year and Cabaday had a .348 batting average. Hatton is a strong catcher and hit .306, while Johnson hit .306 as an outfielder. Ragen could step in as the Braves’ new pitcher and Finotti is a defensive standout at third base. Iroquois has experience and energy and its work ethic will be key this year. The Braves have team speed and strong hitters and will be a big threat to Saegertown repeating as District 10 Class A champions. Iroquois will need to adapt to a new region and new class but the Braves could develop into a D-10 contender as the season goes on.

Schedule
March
27 Cambridge Springs 4
April
1 Mercyhurst Prep 4
6 at Providence Day (N.C.) 11 a.m.
8 at Bethlehem (S.C.) 1:30
9 at Bethlehem (S.C.) 1:30
11 Rocky Grove* 4
13 at Seneca 11 a.m.
15 Youngsville* 4
16 Titusville* 4
18 Franklin* 4
20 North East 11 a.m.
23 at Eisenhower* 4
25 at Youngsville* 4
26 at Harbor Creek 4
30 at Rocky Grove* 4
May
3 Northwestern 4
7 at Titusville* 4
9 at Franklin* 4
14 Eisenhower* 4
18 Warren 11 a.m.
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, Softball, Winter Warm-up

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