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Winter Warm-up – Strong Vincent

Strong Vincent Colonels
Baseball
2012 overall record: 10-9
2012 region record (place): 4-4 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 9-2 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship.

Note: A preview was submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
3 at Conneaut (Ohio) L, 2-4
6 at Corry W, 4-2
9 General McLane L, 3-4
10 Cathedral Prep* PPD
12 at McDowell* PPD
13 Franklin 4
16 Central Tech* 6:30
19 at East* 6:30
20 at Warren noon
22 at Oil City 4
24 Conneaut (Ohio) 4
26 Cathedral Prep* 4
29 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
May
1 McDowell* 4
3 at Fairview 4
6 Central Tech* 6:30
8 East* 4
13 at Mercyhurst Prep 4
*Region 8 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Ron Niebauer (37th season, 433-213)
2012 overall record: 6-15
2012 region record (place): 6-10 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 12-2 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship.
Top player lost: Julie Rhines
Top returning players: Davonna Battle, Sara Bogle, Alyssa Brutto, Haley Hess, Lydia Jobczynski, Tiffany Jones, Christina Lachica, Myah Malone, Taylor Munson, Heidi Peck, Stephanie Peck
Assistant coaches: Laura Morgan, Jerry Dunn, Heather Chaffee
Outlook: Strong Vincent ran into a tough McDowell team in the District 10 Class AAAA championship in the spring. The Colonels have an experienced team back loaded with talent. Julie Rhines is the only player lost to graduation in the outfield. Davonna Battle, Sara Bogle, Alyssa Brutto, Haley Hess, Lydia Jobczynski, Tiffany Jones, Christina Lachica, Myah Malone, Taylor Munson, Heidi Peck and Stephanie Peck are back for the Colonels. Lachica hit .343 last year and Munson had a .383 batting average. Peck led all Vincent players with a .517 batting average. Erin Erdely, Meghan Erdely, Katie Ghastin, Gabrielle Hess, Miranda McAllister, Hannah Rhodes and Carly Wilson are new players this season that could contribute for the Colonels. Vincent has enough experience to get back to the D-10 championship, and how well the Colonels develop as a team will determine if they can knock off McDowell.

Schedule
March
26 Piedmont (N.C.) L, 0-1
27 Weddington (N.C.) L, 4-8
April
4 at Fort LeBoeuf* L, 2-3
5 Corry W, 10-9
6 Central Tech* W, 2-1
9 at East* W, 18-1 5 innings
11 Warren* PPD
13 Titusville 11 a.m.
16 at McDowell* 4
18 Conneaut (Ohio) 4
23 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
25 at Central Tech* 4
30 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
May
2 East* 4
4 at General McLane 11 a.m.
7 at Warren* 4
9 McDowell* 4
16 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
*Region 7 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, Softball, Winter Warm-up

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