Winter Warm-up – Sharon

   April 21, 2013 10:48 pm    0

 

Sharon Tigers
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Mike Tomko (4th season, 37-19)
2012 overall record: 16-5
2012 region record (place): 7-3 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Fairview 13-6 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Saegertown 2-1 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Joe Tomko, Xavier Mosley, Jason Sypolt, Anthony Martwinski, Gino Merolillo
Top returning players: Nick Carlo, Josh Nichols, Vinnie Shaffer, Justin Stefanowicz, Cody Frazier, Michael Songer
Assistant coaches: Travis Martwinski, Gary Revale, Marty Gargano
Outlook: Sharon will be an interesting team this season with heavy graduation losses. The Tigers will have to overcome the departure of Joe Tomko, Xavier Mosley, Jason Sypolt, Anthony Martwinski and Gino Merolillo. Mosley and Tomko are first-team outfielders, while Martwinski (shortstop) and Merlillo (pitcher) are second-team selections. The Tigers will turn to Nick Carlo, Josh Nichols, Vinnie Shaffer, Justin Stefanowicz, Cody Frazier and Michael Songer to lead a young team. Nichols (catcher), Songer (first base) and Shaffer (pitcher) are returning second-team all-region selections. Sharon returns six varsity players with experience and has a strong freshman class. The Tigers are in a loaded region this season with plenty of Class AA teams looking to make a run at Saegertown. Sharon will need to fill in its graduation losses quickly in order to stay competitive in Region 2 and make a run to the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Schedule
April
2 at Slippery Rock L, 3-4
3 at Hickory* W, 8-6 10 innings
5 Mercer* W, 5-4 9 innings
8 at Commodore Perry* W, 11-4
10 Wilmington* PPD
12 Kennedy Catholic PPD
15 at Sharpsville* 4
17 Reynolds* 4
19 Rocky Grove 4
20 at Shenango noon
22 West Middlesex* 4
24 Hickory* 4
26 Brookfield (Ohio) 4
29 at Mercer* 4
May
1 Commodore Perry* 4
6 at Wilmington* 4
8 Sharpsville* 4
10 Grove City 4
13 at Reynolds* 4
15 at West Middlesex* 4
*Region 2 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Mike Bochert (3rd season, 15-19)
2012 overall record: 8-12
2012 region record (place): 1-5 (tied for third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Diana Revale, Yonshale Powell
Top returning players: Mallory Torr, Kristina Jacoway, Gabby Gadola, Amelia Crawford, Taylor Moore, Abriana Dellibovi, Kayla Reardon, Kelsie McGranahan
Assistant coaches: Geno Rossi, Julie Norris
Outlook: Sharon has steadily improved under third-year coach Mike Bochert and the Tigers are looking to make the next step and finish above .500. Sharon has only two seniors back this year after losing Diana Revale and Yonshale Powell to graduation. Powell was a first-team all-region outfielder as a senior. The Tigers return Mallory Torr, Kristina Jacoway, Gabby Gadola, Amelia Crawford, Taylor Moore, Abriana Dellibovi, Kayla Reardon and Kelsie McGranahan to lead a young team. Dellibovi is a first-team designated player, while Gadola is a second-team pitcher and McGranahan is a second-team outfielder. Sharon could also receive contrbutions from new player Marissa Monnin, a senior. The Tigers went 13-1 over the summer in the Mercer County league and have developed confidence as a program. Sharon has speed and depth and will need to overcome its youth and inexperience to start the season. The Tigers might be one year away but teams shouldn’t sleep on them this season.

Schedule
April
4 Slippery Rock W, 19-4 3 innings
5 Commodore Perry W, 13-3 5 innings
6 Grove City W, 5-1
9 at Wilmington* L, 4-6
11 at Mercer* L, 0-4
13 Franklin 11 a.m.
15 at Brookfield (Ohio) 4:30
16 Lakeview* 4
18 at Jamestown* 4
22 Boardman (Ohio) 4
25 Wilmington* 4
30 Mercer* 4
May
1 at Hickory 4
3 at Reynolds 4
7 at Lakeview* 4
9 Jamestown* 4
10 Farrell 4
13 at Franklin 4
15 at Commodore Perry 4
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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