Winter Warm-up – Fairview

   March 17, 2013 3:36 pm    0

 

Fairview Tigers
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Joe Spinelli (4th season, 25-24)
2012 overall record: 14-5
2012 region record (place): 6-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Sharon 13-6 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Bobby Jackson, Zach LaRocca
Top returning players: Tom Connell, Nolan Roberts, Chris King
Assistant coaches: Brian Hardner, Don Patrick
Outlook: Fairview put together one of its best seasons in a long time in 2012 with 14 wins and a District 10 Class AA playoff spot. The Tigers ran into a talented Sharon team in the first round but Fairview is looking for a second chance this year. The Tigers will have to replace Bobby Jackson and Zach LaRocco. Both graduated and were big contributors as seniors. Jackson was voted to the all-region second team at second base after collected 24 hits last year, while LaRocca was 8-0 with a 0.63 ERA. Faiview has a solid group back, including Tom Connell, Nolan Roberts and Chris King. Connell, a catcher, hit .400 and was voted to the second team as a junior, while Roberts hit .323 and was voted to the all-region first team at first base and the second team as a pitcher. King was named all-region at utility and hit .322 in 2012. Fairview could also receive contributions from new players Mike Connell, a freshman infielder, and freshman Nolan Green, a pitcher and an outfielder. Tanner Tregaskis is coming off a football injury but should be back to man the outfield along with Hunter Jageman and Nick Samsel. Chris King, Scott Klemm, Gabe Malthaner and Mike Connell could start in the field and Tom Connell behind the plate. Roberts will be in the rotation but Fairview will need to quickly develop its pitching staff in order to compete. The Tigers will take on Mercyhurst Prep, North East, Northwestern and Seneca in region play along with a strong non-region schedule. Fairview will take on several big schools, including East, Strong Vincent, Franklin and Girard.

Schedule
April
3 Iroquois 4
5 at Eisenhower 4
10 at Mercyhurst Prep* 6:30
12 North East* 4
15 at East 4
19 at Northwestern* 4
22 Youngsville 4
24 at Seneca* 4
26 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
29 at Titusville 4
May
1 at North East* 4
3 Strong Vincent 4
8 Northwestern* 4
13 Seneca* 4
15 Franklin 4
17 at Girard 4
*Region 5 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Anita Deloe (7th season, 96-31)
2012 overall record: 23-1
2012 region record (place): 18-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Iroquois 5-2 and Wilmington 11-0 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Fairview then defeated Greensburg Central Catholic 7-0 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs before losing to Neshannock 4-3 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Michalla Martin, Holly O’Brien, Kelsey Everhart
Top returning players: Raven Rozantz, Kayla Kupniewski, Aubree Martin, Roni Lipinski, Caitlyn MacKelvey, Courtney Kupniewski
Assistant coaches: Dave Masterson, Julie (Deloe) Nye, Craig MacKelvey, Candace Magraw, Bob Hall
Outlook: Fairview came three outs away from the state semifinals last spring and the Tigers are looking for a similar opportunity this year. Fairview returns the District 10 Player of the Year and one of the best pitchers in the state in Raven Rozantz. She is back for her senior year after a terrific junior season. Rozantz was named all-state, all-district and all-region after having a 0.50 ERA with 211 strikeouts and a .398 batting average. She will be a leader for a young team that needs to replace Michalla Martin, Holly O’Brien and Kelsey Everhart. Martin was named all-state as an outfielder and all-region with a .323 average. O’Brien was an all-region designated player and Everhart contributed as well last spring. Along with Rozantz, Fairview returns Kayla Kupniewski, Aubree Martin, Roni Lipinski, Caitlyn MacKelvey and Courtney Kupniewski. Kayla Kupniewski is a returning all-district shortstop and an honorable-mention selection. She hit .458 last year and was voted to the all-region first team. Aubree Martin was voted to the second team as an outfielder after hitting .360 last year and Lipinski hit .394 to make the second team at catcher as a freshman. Martin could be moving to first base this spring. MacKelvey is back to anchor the outfield, while Courtney Kupniewski is projected to start at third base. Freshman Rosie Myers could step in and start at second base, while sophomore Hannah Rossman could start in the outfield this year. The final outfield spot could be decided in camp. The Tigers have a young team this year but enough experience to be the favorite in Class AA once again. Harbor Creek moved down from Class AAA and Northwestern is always a contender. Fairview will start the season at the Ripken experience in Myrtle Beach before jumping into region play with four straight road games. The Tigers also have showdowns with Fort LeBoeuf, Corry and McDowell.

Schedule
March
28 at Carmichaels (in S.C.) 11 a.m.
29 at Minford (in S.C.) 11 a.m.
April
2 at North East* 4
4 at Villa Maria* 4
9 at Northwestern* 4
11 at Harbor Creek* 4
16 Girard* 4
18 at Seneca* 4
23 General McLane* 4
25 North East* 4
27 at Corry noon
29 at Fort LeBoeuf (at Behrend) TBA
30 Villa Maria* 4
May
2 Northwestern* 4
7 Harbor Creek* 4
9 at Girard* 4
10 Edgewood (Ohio) 4
13 McDowell 4
14 Seneca* 4
16 at General McLane* 4
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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