Winter Warm-up – Union City

   April 22, 2013 12:57 am    0

 

Union City Bears
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Frank Cutshall (10th season, 87-80)
2012 overall record: 12-9
2012 region record (place): 5-3 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Titusville 15-2 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Austin Waters, Colton Yost, Kyle Hetrick, Jarrod Ossa
Top returning players: Schuyler Hopson, Drake Burgess, Austin Kinney, Alex Hoban, Shane Russell
Assistant coaches: Kevin Woods, Josh Lesik
Outlook: Union City used 2012 as a season to develop the program and still made it to the District 10 Class AA playoffs. The Bears are hoping to use that experience to make a deep run this season. Union City will have to replace Austin Waters, Colton Yost and Kyle Hetrick, who graduated, along with Jarrod Ossa, who is out for the season after having season-ending knee surgery. Waters was voted to the all-region first team at outfield, and Yost was a second-team outfielder. The Bears return a strong infield and have added some players to the outfield. Brody Mangel, Lucas Dougherty and Quentin Maynard are new players that could contribute right away this year. Union City could actually benefit from the Conneaut teams consolidating and moving out of the region. The Bears have lined up several non-region games to test their experienced team this year. Union City will find out where it stands against Saegertown in region play, and will look to use its experience to get back to the postseason.

Schedule
April
5 Harbor Creek L, 2-8
8 at Girard L, 0-6
11 Cochranton* PPD
13 Slippery Rock PPD
15 Saegertown* 4
17 Cambridge Springs* 4
19 at Hickory 4
22 at Maplewood* 4
26 at North East 4
29 at Cochranton* 4
30 Oil City 4
May
3 at Conneaut 4
7 at Saegertown* 4
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
10 at General McLane 4
14 Maplewood* 4
15 Corry 4
17 at Youngsville 4
*Region 3 games

Softball
Coach (season): Frank Snyder (1st season)
2012 overall record: 7-11
2012 region record (place): 6-10 (tied for sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Matti Uber, Katie Kirik, Caitlynn Miller, Lauren Miller
Top returning players: Noelle Wienczkowski, Morgan Peterson, Lakyn Brumagin, Stacey Boyce, Meghan Mongera, Carrie Brown, Courtney Brumagin
Assistant coaches: Mike Krause, Dawn Frontera, Denise Bisbee
Outlook: It’ll be an unusual look for Union City this season with Jerry Van Zandt retiring in the offseason. Frank Snyder, a longtime assistant to Van Zandt, takes over this spring. Snyder will have some players to replace as Matti Uber and Katie Kirik graduated, while Caitlynn Miller and Lauren Miller decided not to play this season. Kirik was voted to the all-region second team at outfield as a senior. The Bears return Noelle Wienczkowski, Morgan Peterson, Lakyn Brumagin, Stacey Boyce, Meghan Mongera, Carrie Brown and Courtney Brumagin this spring. Wienczkowski was voted to the all-region second team at pitcher last season. Autumn Kinney, Jena Chelton, Tori Migliaccio, Carly Williams, Hayley Patchen, Jordyn Kosienski, Mariah Coleman and Mikayla Conant are new players to the varsity level that could contribute right away. Union City has senior leadership and the program has become a perennial contender. The Bears will need several younger players to step up and fill four starting positions. Union City is in a tough region loaded with Crawford County teams. If the Bears can keep their strong program going under a new, but familiar coach, they will be a tough team to beat this season.

Schedule
April
4 Jamestown W, 5-2
5 Harbor Creek L, 0-4
8 at Girard L, 10-18
11 Cochranton* PPD
12 Slippery Rock PPD
15 Saegertown* 4
17 Cambridge Springs* 4
22 at Maplewood* 4
24 Youngsville 4
26 at North East 4
29 at Cochranton* 4
30 Venango Catholic 4
May
3 at Conneaut 4
7 at Saegertown* 4
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
10 at General McLane 4
14 Maplewood* 4
15 Corry 4
17 Hickory 4
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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