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Posts tagged "Meadville baseball"
Posted: June 11th, 2013

Charlie Fessler

Billy Fessler

A pair of brothers who attend Cathedral Prep, Billy and Charlie Fessler, have been selected to compete in the Big 26 Baseball Classic in July.

Players who recently completed their sophomore and junior seasons from throughout the state were invited to try out for the Big 26, which is baseball’s equivalent to the Big 33 Football Classic. College coaches and Major League Baseball scouts were invited to attend the tryouts.

The Pennsylvania players selected will face a team of Maryland all-stars in a three-game series July 26-28 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.

Billy Fessler, a 6-foot first baseman, will be a senior in the fall. Charlie Fessler, a 6-foot 4-inch outfielder, will be a junior. Also selected were Franklin junior-to-be pitcher Zach Guth and Meadville senior-to-be middle infielder Ted Williams.

Pottsgrove’s Mike Welch will serve as the Pennsylvania team’s head coach.

Check out the complete Pennsylvania roster.

Posted in: Baseball, District 10
Posted: April 11th, 2013

Meadville Bulldogs
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.

23 Allderdice L, 6-16
23 South Park L, 1-16
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
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

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.

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
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: March 25th, 2012

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach (season, record): Joe Hruska (7th season, 62-51)
2011 overall record: 4-10
2011 region record (place): 3-6 (tied for fourth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Keane Bontrager, Nick Latta
Top returning players: Corey Lynn, Terence Goodrum, Ted Williams, Colton McCurdy, Matt Thompson, Alex Glatch
Assistant coach: J.J. Potts
Outlook: Meadville has a strong group back this season and is looking to improve on its four-win season. The Bulldogs lost Keane Bontrager and Nick Latta to graduation, but Corey Lynn, Terence Goodrum, Ted Williams, Colton McCurdy, Matt Thompson and Alex Glatch are back. Lynn, West Virginia Wesleyan recruit, should be back by mid to late April from injury. Lynn has plenty of power, while Terence Goodrum, Ted Williams, Colton McCurdy, Matt Thompson and Alex Glatch are big-time contributors as well. The Bulldogs could also receive quality playing time from Jaylin Custard and Harry Boyer. Meadville has a strong defense this season and will need several players to step up to compete in a tough Class AAA region.

2 at Titusville 4
5 at Grundy County (Tenn.) 8:30
6 at Alvin C. York Institute (Tenn.) 11:15 a.m.
6 at White County (Tenn.) 3:45
7 at Cannon County (Tenn.) 9 a.m.
10 at McDowell 4
13 at Franklin* 4
16 Slippery Rock* 4
18 Harbor Creek 4
20 Commodore Perry* 4
23 Girard 4
25 at Grove City* 4
27 at Oil City* 4
2 Franklin* 4
4 at Slippery Rock* 4
7 at Strong Vincent 4
9 at Commodore Perry* 3
11 Grove City* 4
14 at Warren 4
16 Oil City* 4
*Region games

Coach (season): Addie Lipps (1st season)
2011 overall record: 6-9
2011 region record (place): 4-6 (tied for fourth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Katie Evanovich
Top returning players: Destinee Seahers, Lauren Aucker, Courtney Woods
Assistant coaches: Kristy Porter, Brian Nottingham, Brian Lipps
Outlook: Meadville will be under new direction this season as Addie Lipps takes over as head coach. The Bulldogs lost Katie Evanovich to graduation but they return Destinee Seahers, Lauren Aucker and Courtney Woods. Seahers is a standout outfielder, while Aucker is a third baseman and Woods is a catcher. Freshman Katie Newman, a pitcher and a catcher, could be a big-time contributor this season. Meadville is in a tough region with several perennial powerhouses and rebuilding won’t be easy. The Bulldogs’ success will depend on how quickly the underclassmen come together and develop into varsity players.

27 at Titusville 4
31 at Reynolds 12
3 at Mercer 4
5 Mercer 4
10 Wilmington 4
12 Slippery Rock* 4
14 at Grove City* 10 a.m.
17 at Sharon 4
19 at Hickory* 4
24 at Franklin* 4
26 Jamestown* 4
1 at Slippery Rock* 4
3 Grove City* 4
5 Rocky Grove 1
5 Rocky Grove 3
7 at Villa Maria 4
8 Hickory* 4
10 Franklin* 4
15 at Jamestown* 4
*Region games

Monday: Mercyhurst Prep, North East

– Tom Reisenweber

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