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Winter Warm-up – Meadville

Meadville Bulldogs
Baseball
Coach (season): Bruce Stewart (1st season)
2012 overall record: 11-9
2012 region record (place): 6-4 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Cathedral Prep 16-1 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Corey Lynn, Harry Boyer, Matt Thompson, Alex Glatch, Tyler Lynch, Colton MccCurdy
Top returning players: Ted Williams, Thomas McCloskey, Duncan Brode
Assistant coaches: Dana Scheppleman, Jason Bustamante, Brian Price
Outlook: Meadville will be under new direction this season as Bruce Stewart takes over. The Bulldogs will have to replace plenty of talented players this season. Corey Lynn, Alex Glatch and Tyler Lynch all graduated, while Colton McCurdy is not playing and Harry Boyer (Jamestown) and Matt Thompson (Saegertown) both transferred. Glatch was a first-team outfielder, while Thompson was voted to the first team as a pitcher. Lynn was a second-team first baseman and is a big loss in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs. Meadville returns Ted Williams, Thomas McCloskey and Duncan Brode this season. Williams was voted to the all-region second team at second base and is making to shift to shortstop this season. He is a team captain and is getting plenty of collegiate interest. McCloskey is a junior pitcher and outfielder, while Brode is another team captain at catcher. Meadville will need to receive big efforts from new players this season. Freshman Trevor Smith could step in and pitch right away along with classmate Dominik Pruskowski and Kyle Hopkins. Junior Zach Grill could see time in the infield and could have a breakout season. Meadville returns only three seniors this year and may lean on three freshman to help out. Developing the pitching staff will be huge this season with only varsity pitcher back this year. The Bulldogs had a rough spring trip but as they gain experience and play more games together, they could be building the program back up for the future.

Schedule
March
23 Allderdice L, 6-16
23 South Park L, 1-16
April
8 Titusville L, 1-2
10 Slippery Rock* 3:30
12 at Maplewood 4
16 at Saegertown 4
17 at Conneaut* 4
19 Grove City* 3:30
22 at Fort LeBoeuf 3:30
24 Oil City* 3:30
26 at Slippery Rock* 4
29 Maplewood 3:30
May
2 Fort LeBoeuf 3:30
3 Saegertown 3:30
6 Conneaut* 3:30
8 at Grove City* 4
13 at Oil City* 4
17 at Titusville 4
*Region 6 games

Softball
Coach (season): Jim Moats (1st season)
2012 overall record: 1-16
2012 region record (place): 1-9 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Courtney Woods, Jazlyn Parker, Cassidy Nottingham, Billee Myers, Taylor Nottingham, Jordan Boca-Wimer, Megan Alexander, Alex Smith, Taryne Stephenson
Assistant coach: Corrine Livingston
Outlook: Much like the baseball team, the Meadville softball team is looking for success under a new head coach. Jim Moats has coached at several levels, including the Mercyhurst Prep varsity. Meadville had a young team last year and didn’t lost much to graduation. Courtney Woods, Jazlyn Parker, Cassidy Nottingham, Billee Myers, Taylor Nottingham, Jordan Boca-Wimer, Megan Alexander, Alex Smith and Taryne Stephenson are all back this season. Myers was voted to the all-region second team at pitcher last season and will be in the mix for innings along with Nottingham, Alexis Rhoades and Victoria Ketcham. Woods will anchor the pitching staff behind the plate, while Boca-Wimer and Nikki Luoma are competing for the spot as well. Almost every returning player is competing for a starting job, making for an interesting start to camp and the season. The Bulldogs are in a tough region, which now includes Corry and natural rival Conneaut. Meadville might start over this season but with the players buying into a new system, look out for the Bulldogs over the next few years.

Schedule
April
5 Rocky Grove L, 0-6
9 Slippery Rock* W, 19-4
11 Hickory* 4:30
15 at Cochranton 4
16 at Grove City* 4
18 Corry* 4:30
20 Franklin 11 a.m.
23 at Conneaut* 4
25 at Slippery Rock* 4
29 Maplewood 4:30
30 at Hickory* 4
May
2 at Rocky Grove 4
3 Cochranton 4:30
7 Grove City* 4:30
9 at Corry* 4
14 Conneaut* 4:30
17 at Franklin 4
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, Softball, Winter Warm-up

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