Winter Warm-up – Titusville

   April 22, 2013 12:24 am

 

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

 

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