Winter Warm-up – Maplewood

   March 24, 2012 10:00 pm    0

 

Maplewood Tigers
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Robert Finkbeiner (2nd season, 5-9)
2011 overall record: 5-9
2011 region record (place): 2-5 (fourth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jon Moody,Vaughn Popeney, Kole Lane
Top returning players: Jordan Turner, Eric Willey, Joel Mowris, Nate Klingler, Joel Robinson, Josh Kohnen
Assistant coaches: Andrew Burdick, Jason Ruggiero, Scott Kelly
Outlook: Maplewood had some early-season success last spring and is looking to build on that this year. The Tigers lost Jon Moody, Vaughn Popeney and Kole Lane to graduation, but they return Jordan Turner, Eric Willey, Joel Mowris, Nate Klingler, Joel Robinson and Josh Kohnen. With only three seniors, Maplewood will have a young but hungry team. Mowris, a first-team all-region secondbaseman, is back and moving to shortstop, while Turner and Klingler are projected to lead the offense with Mowris. Turner and Klingler could also be the leaders on the mound along with Robinson. The Tigers might see plenty of production from the underclassmen, including sophomores Carl Douglas, Henry Coyle, Isaiah Stearns, Alex Reagle and Stephen Reed.

Schedule
March
27 at Rocky Grove 4
28 at Conneaut Valley 4
30 Conneaut Lake 4
April
2 at Cambridge Springs* 4
4 Linesville 4
9 Saegertown* 4
13 Union City* 4
16 at Lakeview* 4
18 at Cochranton 4
20 Conneaut Valley 4
23 at Conneaut Lake 4
25 Cambridge Springs* 4
27 at Linesville 4
May
1 at Saegertown* 4
8 at Union City* 4
10 Lakeview* 4
15 Cochranton 4
*Region games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Kelley Onderko (3rd season, 21-15)
2011 overall record: 14-4
2011 region record (place): 13-3 (champion)
2011 playoff results: Lost to West Middlesex 9-8 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Nicole Brunot, Emily Ray
Top returning players: Emma Parker, Taylor Smith, Emily Merritt, Abby Sansom, Jaricka Simmerman
Assistant coaches: Hannah Parker, Mark Parker
Outlook: Maplewood took a step forward last season with a playoff berth before falling in a battle with West Middlesex. The Tigers are looking to use that experience and a strong returning group to get back to the postseason. Maplewood lost Nicole Brunot and Emily Ray to graduation but return Emma Parker, Taylor Smith, Emily Merritt, Abby Sansom and Jaricka Simmerman. The Tigers have plenty of speed and experience this season and could receive contributions from the younger players, including Madalyn Nicols, Brianna Proudfoot and Laurel Smith. Expectations are high in Guys Mills but the Tigers and third-year coach Kelley Onderko seemed primed to make a run at the postseason.

Schedule
March
27 at Rocky Grove 4
28 at Conneaut Valley* 4
30 Conneaut Lake* 4
April
2 at Cambridge Springs* 4
4 Linesville* 4
9 Saegertown* 4
13 Union City* 4
16 at Lakeview* 4
18 at Cochranton* 4
20 Conneaut Valley* 4
23 at Conneaut Lake* 4
25 Cambridge Springs* 4
27 at Linesville* 4
May
1 at Saegertown* 4
8 at Union City* 4
10 Lakeview* 4
15 Cochranton* 4
*Region games

Later today: McDowell

— Tom Reisenweber

 

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