Winter Warm-up – West Middlesex

   April 2, 2012 1:00 am

 

West Middlesex Big Reds
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Jerry Novosel (33rd season, 408-216-6)
2011 overall record: 8-6-1
2011 region record (place): 5-1 (co-champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Cochranton 12-7 and lost to Conneaut Lake 3-1 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Bryce Newton, James Shelby, Jared McFarland, David Anderson, Travis Combine, Jason Devlin
Top returning players: Dom Pape, Sage pope, Jerod Palmer, Ryan Snyder
Assistant coaches: Walt Novosel, Toddy Anthony, Tom Wilson
Outlook: West Middlesex made a strong run in the District 10 Class A playoffs before running into Conneaut Lake. The Big Reds have some holes to fill with the graduation of Bryce Newton, James Shelby, Jared McFarland, David Anderson, Travis Combine and Jason Devlin. Shelby (first base), Newton (third base, pitcher) and McFarland (outfield) were all-region selections. Middlesex returns four starters, including Jerod Palmer (shortstop), Dom Pape (second base), Sage Pope (pitcher/outfield) and Ryan Snyder (centerfield). Palmer, Snyder and Pope were named to the all-region team last spring. The Big Reds finished as co-champions in Region 1 last season and have the experience and talent to claim the region title outright this spring.

Schedule
March
26 Conneaut Lake 4
April
3 at Mercer 4
9 Hickory 4
11 Rocky Grove* 4
16 at Sharpsville 4
18 at Jamestown* 4
19 Brookfield (Ohio) 4
21 General McLane 12
23 Wilmington 4
25 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
30 at Sharon 4
May
2 at Rocky Grove* 4
7 Mercer 4
9 Jamestown* 4
14 at Reynolds 4
16 Kennedy Catholic* 4
*Region games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Gene Rubeo (12th season, 162-57)
2011 overall record: 12-5
2011 region record (place): 9-3 (second)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Youngsville 5-3 and Maplewood 9-8 before losing to Cochranton 12-2 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Ashley Comninos, Maegan Kristyak, Heather Michaels, Lena Aiken
Top returning players: Amanda Novosel, Jordyn Allen, Taylor Gilliland, Jade Kroesen
Assistant coach: Rachel Donner
Outlook: West Middlesex loaded its schedule with tough games against Saegertown, Wilmington, Mercer, Fort LeBoeuf and Brookfield (Ohio). The Big Reds put together an impressive run last spring with three freshmen starters and will need more underclassmen to step up to repeat that success. Middlesex lost all-region selections to graduation in Ashley Comninos, Maegan Kristyak, Heather Michaels and Lena Aiken. The Big Reds have first-team shortstop Amanda Novosel along with second-team pitcher Jordyn Allen back to lead the way. Taylor Gilliland and Jade Kroesen are also back after terrific 2011 seasons. Allen has become a leader and Middlesex might go as Allen goes on the mound. The Big Reds will have newcomers in the lineup this season and building chemistry early on will be crucial for the rest of the year.

Schedule
March
24 Saegertown 2
29 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
31 Mercer 12
April
2 Grove City 4
3 Farrell* 4
3 Farrell* 5
5 at Wilmington 4
10 Sharpsville* 4
12 Reynolds* 4
17 Commodore Perry* 4
19 at Brookfield (Ohio) 4
19 at Brookfield (Ohio) 5
24 at Rocky Grove* 4
26 Kennedy Catholic* 4
28 at Mercer 4
May
3 at Sharpsville* 4
7 Fort LeBoeuf 4
8 at Reynolds* 4
10 at Commodore Perry* 4
15 at Sharon 4
17 Rocky Grove* 4
*Region games

— Tom Reisenweber

 

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