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Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Titusville Rockets
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Mike Hlad (3rd season, 10-30)
2012 overall record: 18-3
2012 region record (place): 7-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Union City 15-2 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Sharpsville 2-1 in the semifinals. Titusville then lost to Saegertown 8-4 in the D-10 championship.
Top players lost: Luke Hipple, Robby Johnson
Top returning players: Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Zach Horn, Ryan Schwab, Ethan Rapp, Tyler Ripper, Mike Gionti
Assistant coaches: Uriah Sampson, John Horn
Outlook: Titusville will be an interesting team to watch this season. The Rockets made their way to the District 10 Class AA championship before running into powerhouse Saegertown. Titusville is in a new region with new opponents to worry about this season. How quickly the Rockets adjust will determine how their season goes. Titusville will have replace Luke Hipple and Robby Johnson, who graduated, and will have a new head coach in Michael Hlad, who has coached Titusville in the past. Hipple (third base) and Johnson (shortstop) were voted to the all-region first team, and Hipple was a second-team pitcher. The Rockets will turn to Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Zach Horn, Ryan Schwab, Ethan Rapp, Tyler Ripper and Mike Gionti for leadership. Bleday, a Virginia recruit, was voted to the first team at outfield and pitcher and Foltz is a second-team outfielder. The Rockets could also receive big contributions from new players Seth Mehlenbacher and Cody Sines, who are sophomores, along with freshman J.J. Bleday. The Rockets have a senior-laden team and will be in the mix for not only the region title but a contender for the D-10 title as well.

Schedule
April
5 North East W, 5-2
8 at Meadville W, 2-1
9 at Seneca W, 11-1 1 innings
10 at Eisenhower* PPD
12 Franklin* PPD
15 Oil City 4
17 at Youngsville* 4
20 Oil City
22 at Northwestern 4
24 at Iroquois* 4
26 Eisenhower* 4
29 Fairview 4
May
1 at Franklin* 4
6 Youngsville* 4
10 Corry 4
11 at Warren 11 a.m.
13 Iroquois* 4
16 at Mercyhurst Prep 4
17 Meadville 4
*Region 4 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Jim Becker 10th season, 109-51)
2012 overall record: 18-1
2012 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Wilmington 4-3 in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top player lost: Laney Brown
Top returning players: Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Kim Finley, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort, Megan Bowser, Katie Neely
Assistant coaches: Megan Titus, Mark Sawatsky
Outlook: Titusville will face new challenges this season with a new region. The Rockets ran into former region rival Wilmington in the D-10 semifinals last season and are looking to get back to the playoffs. Titusville will have to replace Laney Brown, an outfielder who hit .445 and graduated in the spring. The Rockets have everyone else back, including Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Kim Finley, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort, Megan Bowser and Katie Neely. Grosch (pitcher), Garrett (outfield), Finley (third base), Clark (catcher) and Johnson (second base) are first-team selections, while Vandervort (outfield) and Bowser (first base) are second-team picks. Grosch was voted region pitcher of the year and Clark is the region player of the year. Titusville returns eight of nine starters this season and has the talent to make a playoff run. The Rockets have plenty of offensive firepower and a solid pitcher in Grosch. Titusville is a strong favorite to win its new region and looks like the strongest contender to keep Fairview from winning another D-10 Class AA title.

Schedule
April
4 Corry L, 6-7
5 Grove City W, 17-2 3 innings
6 Cranberry W, 13-3
9 at Eisenhower* W, 9-3
11 Franklin* PPD
13 at Strong Vincent 11 a.m.
16 at Iroquois* 4
18 at Youngsville* 4
20 Sharpsville 11 a.m.
22 at Harbor Creek 4
23 Rocky Grove* 4
25 Eisenhower* 4
27 at Cambridge Springs noon
May
1 at Franklin* 4
7 Iroquois* 4
9 Youngsville* 4
14 at Rocky Grove* 4
16 Jamestown 4
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: May 14th, 2012

Titusville travels to Fairview today for a Region 6 showdown between two playoff baseball teams. The winner clinches at least a share of the Region 6 title and will be one win from taking the region outright. Fans can receive live updates throughout the afternoon via Twitter at twitter.com/ETNreisenweber.

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: March 30th, 2012

Titusville Rockets
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Roy Schweitzer (3rd season, 26-10)
2011 overall record: 13-3
2011 region record (place): 7-1 (co-champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Hickory 11-9 and lost to Saegertown 8-5 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jimmy Burt, Nick Cubbon, Brennan Becker
Top returning players: Lucas Hipple, Robby Johnson, Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Ryan Schwab, Tyler Ripper
Assistant coaches: Mike Hlad, Denny Pattison, John Horn
Outlook: Titusville made a run through the District 10 playoffs before running into red-hot Saegertown. The Rockets lost Jimmy Burt, Nick Cubbon and Brennan Becker to graduation. Burt was a multiple all-region selection at second base and pitcher, while Cubbon was a four-year starter at shortstop. Titusville has several standout players back including Lucas Hipple, Robby Johnson, Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Ryan Schwab and Tyler Ripper. Hipple is a returning all-district third baseman after hitting .490 with five home runs and 35 RBIs last spring, while Bleday is a solid hitter at .488 and 13 extra-base hits. Bleday is an even better pitcher, collecting a 5-1 record with a 1.63 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 30 innings as a sophomore. Johnson is a returning first-team outfielder, while Corklin is a second-team catcher. Titusville could also receive key contributions from Zach Horn, Mike Gionti, Tobey Bernard, Austin Christy and Seth Mehlenbacher as new players to the varsity level. The Rockets have two interesting games against Corry and Meadville to start the year before opening region play at Seneca on April 4.

Schedule
March
30 at Corry 4
April
2 Meadville 4
4 at Seneca* 4
9 at Mercyhurst Prep 6:30
11 Iroquois 4
13 at Youngsville 4
16 Eisenhower 4
18 at Northwestern* 4
20 Fairview* 4
23 North East* 4
27 Seneca* 4
30 Mercyhurst Prep 4
May
2 at Iroquois 4
7 Youngsville 4
9 at Eisenhower 4
11 Northwestern* 4
14 at Fairview* 4
16 at North East* 4
18 at Warren 4
*Region games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Jim Becker (9th season, 91-50)
2011 overall record: 12-5
2011 region record (place): 7-1 (co-champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Iroquois 3-0 and Wilmington 6-3 before losing to Fairview 7-1 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Ashley Smith, Lindsey Sawatsky, Kylie Rogers
Top returning players: Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort, Katie Neely
Assistant coaches: Megan Titus, Mark Sawatsky
Outlook: Titusville could be an interesting team this season with no seniors on the roster. The Rockets have experienced underclassmen and could be a dangerous team this season and next year. Titusville made its way to the District 10 championship before running into undefeated Fairview. The Rockets lost all-state selection Ashley Smith along with Lindsey Sawatsky and Kylie Rogers, but Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort and Katie Neely are back. Grosch (first base), Garrett (outfield), Clark (third base), Johnson (second base) and Vandervort (outfield) were voted to the all-region team last spring. Sophomores Megan Bowser and Laney Brown along with junior Kim Finley could be contributors this season as new players to the varsity. The Rockets loaded their schedule with bigger schools and will gain experience before a huge game at Wilmington on April 14.

Schedule
March
26 Mercyhurst Prep 4
27 Meadville 4
29 at Slippery Rock 4
April
3 Franklin 4
5 at Eisenhower 4
10 at Grove City 4
14 at Wilmington* 12
17 Hickory 4
19 at Mercer* 4
21 Rocky Grove 11 a.m.
23 at Reynolds 4
24 at Sharon* 4
28 at Rocky Grove 11 a.m.
30 at Cranberry 4
May
3 Wilmington* 4
8 Mercer* 4
10 Sharon* 4
12 Central Tech 4
14 Cambridge Springs 4
17 at Jamestown 4
*Region games

Saturday: Union City, Villa Maria, Warren

– Tom Reisenweber

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