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Winter Warm-up – Youngsville

Youngsville Eagles
Baseball
Coach (season): Wayne Marino (1st season)
2012 overall record: 4-12
2012 region record (place): 1-5 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Cory Craig, Sawyer Dininny
Top returning players: Jake Marino, Caleb Linkerhof, Brandon Cochran, Tyler Lehman, Dan McLaughlin
Assistant coaches: Dennis Lehman, Kevin Hoover
Outlook: Youngsville will be under new direction this season as Wayne Marino takes over as head coach. The Eagles lost a big-time player in Cory Craig, who was voted to the all-region first team at shortstop and pitcher and was voted the region player and pitcher of the year. Sawyer Dininny is also gone after being voted to the all-region second team at first base. The Eagles have an experience group back, including Jake Marino, Caleb Linkerhof, Dan McLaughlin, Brandon Cochran and Tyler Lehman. Marino was voted to the first team at outfield, while Horn is a second-team catcher and Linkerhof and McLaughlin are second-team outfielders. The Eagles are looking to rebuild but contend right away. Youngsville has a new region to compete in and will need to come together under a new coach right away to stay competitive.

Schedule
April
4 at North East L, 1-11 6 innings
5 Northwestern PPD
10 at Rocky Grove PPD
12 Iroquois* PPD
17 Titusville* 4
19 Franklin* 4
22 at Fairview 4
24 at Eisenhower* 4
29 Mercyhurst Prep 4
May
1 at Iroquois* 4
2 Maplewood 4
6 at Titusville* 4
8 at Franklin* 4
13 Eisenhower* 4
15 at Seneca 4
17 Union City 4
*Region 4 games

Softball
2012 overall record: 10-10
2012 region record (place): 9-9 (tied for fifth)
2012 playoff results: Lost to West Middlesex 8-4 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
8 Venango Catholic L, 6-7
11 Eisenhower* PPD
15 at Iroquois* 4
16 at Rocky Grove* 4
18 Titusville* 4
23 Franklin* 4
24 at Union City 4
25 Iroquois* 4
30 at Eisenhower* 4
May
2 Maplewood 4
6 Seneca 4
7 Rocky Grove* 4
9 at Titusville* 4
14 Franklin* 4
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, Softball, Winter Warm-up

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