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Posts tagged "Eisenhower softball"
Posted: March 17th, 2013

Eisenhower Knights
Coach (season, record): Jon Vincent (4th season, 11-38)
2012 overall record: 6-11
2012 region record (place): 4-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Conneaut Lake 15-5 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Aaron Jackson, Trevor Spicer
Top returning players: Ryan Williams, Kyle Hunt, Aaron Lundmark, Jeb Fedorchuk, Shane Arford
Assistant coaches: Cody Vincent, Ernie Carlson
Outlook: Eisenhower made strides last season before running into a talented Conneaut Lake team in the District 10 Class A playoffs. The Knights have an experienced group back but will have to replace all-region pitcher Aaron Jackson, who graduated, and transfer Trevor Spicer. The two leave big holes to fill this season. Ryan Williams, Kyle Hunt, Aaron Lundmark, Jeb Fedorchuk and Shane Arford are back this season to lead a strong Eisenhower team. Williams will help anchor the infield at first base and will see innings on the mound, while Hunt is a middle infielder and pitcher that led Eisenhower with 18 hits last season as a freshman. Lundmark is a leader behind the plate, while Fedorchuk and Arford are all-region outfielders. The Knights could also receive big efforts from several new players. Coty Cantrel is a senior transfer with good speed and will either play second base or in the outfield, while sophomore Logan Bellardo transferred in from Jamestown (N.Y.) and will likely play in the outfield. Casey Vincent, a freshman, could play some shortstop and see innings on the mound as well. Eisenhower has a strong defensive group this year but the Knights’ success could come down to pitching. Vincent and Hunt are solid pitchers but Eisenhower will need a few more to step up. A nice change for the Knights this season is depth. Eisenhower has plenty of players going after starting positions in camp which could up the level of its competition. The Knights will deal with Iroquois, Youngsville, Franklin and Titusville in region play this season. Eisenhower will need to beat out Iroquois and Youngsville for the Class A automatic spot or the Knights could contend for an at-large spot. Vincent and Hunt will rotate on the mound and at shortstop while Cantrel and Williams are in the infield. Third base is up for grabs in camp between Michael Spencer, Jake Lewis or possibly another player. Arford, Fedorchuk and Cantrel could be in the mix for the outfield as well as others.

27 at Corry 4
29 Maplewood 4
5 Fairview 4
10 Titusville* 4
17 at Franklin* 4
19 Iroquois* 4
22 at Mercyhurst Prep 4
24 Youngsville* 4
26 at Titusville* 4
29 Seneca 4
1 at Maplewood 4
6 Franklin* 4
8 at Iroquois* 4
13 at Youngsville* 4
*Region 4 games

Coach (season, record): R.J. Williams (8th season, 32-79)
2012 overall record: 2-17
2012 region record (place): 2-16 (tenth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the coach.

29 Maplewood 4
9 Titusville* 4
11 at Youngsville* 4
16 at Franklin* 4
18 Rocky Grove* 4
23 Iroquois* 4
25 at Titusville* 4
30 Youngsville* 4
1 at Maplewood 4
7 Franklin* 4
9 at Rocky Grove* 4
14 at Iroquois* 4
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 18th, 2012

Eisenhower Knights
Coach (season, record): Jon Vincent (3rd season, 5-27)
2011 overall record: 1-14
2011 region record (place): 0-6 (fourth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Aaron Jackson, Joe Rutsky, Trevor Spicer
Assistant coach: Ernie Carlson
Outlook: Eisenhower went through a tough 2011 season with plenty of youth. The Knights lost only one senior to graduation and could use the growing pains of last spring to win games this season. Aaron Jackson, Joe Rutsky and Trevor Spicer are back, while freshman Kyle Hunt could be an impact player. Jackson will contribute at third base and on the mound, while Rutsky is an outfielder and Spicer is a shortstop and a pitcher. Eisenhower has some depth at pitching this season and coach Vincent is expecting the Knights to be competitive. With 12 players battling for the starting positions, the early competition in camp could lead to positive results this season.

28 Corry 4
2 Northwestern 4
4 at Fairview 4
9 Seneca 4
11 at North East 4
13 Iroquois* 4
16 at Titusville 4
20 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
23 Youngsville* 4
25 at Northwestern 4
27 Fairview 4
30 at Seneca 4
2 North East 4
7 at Iroquois* 4
9 Titusville 4
14 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
16 at Youngsville* 4
*Region games

Coach (season, record): R.J. Williams (7th season, 30-62)
2011 overall record: 3-15
2011 region record (place): 2-15 (ninth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Lyndsey Arford, Lauren Sherry, Taylor Ward
Top returning players: Jessica Byrd, Kelsey Repke, Brooke Stanton
Assistant coach: Jessica Shoemaker
Outlook: Eisenhower will be pretty young this season with the graduation of Lyndsey Arford, Lauren Sherry and Taylor Ward. The Knights will need to find a new pitcher with Ward gone, but freshman Haylie Birt could fill that role. Jessica Byrd (shortstop), Kelsey Repke (outfield) and Brooke Stanton (catcher) return this season, while freshmen Dakota Williams and Kristen Williams could be impact players at several positions. Coach Williams is hoping the Knights gain valuable experience and can continue to build the program.

27 at Youngsville* 4
29 Villa Maria* 4
3 at Fairview* 4
5 Titusville 4
10 North East* 4
12 at Girard* 4
14 General McLane* 11 a.m.
17 at Iroquois* 4
19 Seneca* 4
21 at Northwestern* 4
24 Youngsville* 4
26 at Villa Maria* 4
28 Fairview* 11 a.m.
1 at North East* 4
3 Girard* 4
8 at General McLane* 4
10 at Iroquois* 4
15 at Seneca* 4
17 Northwestern* 4
*Region games

– Tom Reisenweber

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