Winter Warm-up – West Middlesex

   April 22, 2013 1:59 am    0

 

West Middlesex Big Reds
Baseball
Coach (season): Jerry Novosel (34th season)
2012 overall record: 15-6
2012 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Linesville 8-0 in the District 10 Class A semifinals before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 1-0 in the District 10 championship. Mercyhurst Prep then forfeited the D-10 championship and West Middlesex advanced to the PIAA playoffs. The Big Reds lost to Elk County Catholic 6-2 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Ryan Snyder, Kyle Gilmore
Top returning players: Mike Ginther, Jerrod Palmer, Dom Pape, Sage Pope, Riley Atterholt, Chaz Burger, Mark Colella, Mike Comninos, Christian Porterfield, Aaron Webb, Dillon Fair
Assistant coaches: Todd Anthony, Walter Novosel, Geno Colella
Outlook: West Middlesex went through an emotional roller coaster in the District 10 playoffs. The Big Reds fell to Mercyhurst Prep in the D-10 championship before finding out the next day that they were still alive. Mercyhurst ended up forfeiting the D-10 title, giving the Big Reds a spot in the PIAA playoffs. West Middlesex has almost its entire team back with the exception of Ryan Snyder and Kyle Gilmore. Gilmore was voted to the all-region team as an outfielder. The Big Reds have a strong group back, including Mike Ginther, Jerrod Palmer, Dom Pape, Sage Pope, Riley Atterholt, Chaz Burger, Mark Colella, Mike Comninos, Christian Porterfield, Aaron Webb and Dillon Fair. Porterfield is an all-region catcher and the region player of the year, while Ginther is an all-region pitcher and the region pitcher of the year. Staunch (first base), Pape (second base), Palmer (shortstop), Pope (outfield, pitcher) and Colella (designated hitter) are returning all-region selections. The Big Reds will face new challenges this year with a move up to Class AA. Among the road blocks to repeating as D-10 champion is Saegertown and several Erie and Mercer County powerhouses. West Middlesex will need to adjust to Class AA baseball right away to stay competitive. The Big Reds have the experience and talent to make some noise this season and adjusting to a higher level will determine how far they can go.

Schedule
April
3 Mercer* W, 7-0
5 at Wilmington* L, 8-10
6 Maplewood W, 8-0
8 Reynolds* W, 4-0
11 Hickory* L, 1-5
12 at Lakeview PPD
15 at Commodore Perry* 4
17 Sharpsville* 4
19 Jamestown 4
22 at Sharon* 4
24 at Mercer* 4
29 Wilmington* 4
May
1 at Reynolds* 4
3 Bookfield (Ohio)
6 at Hickory* 4
8 Commodore Perry* 4
13 at Sharpsville* 4
15 Sharon* 4
*Region 2 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Gene Rubeo (13th season, 177-63)
2012 overall record: 15-6
2012 region record (place): 9-3 (tied for second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Youngsville 8-4 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals before losing to Saegertown 1-0 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Dani Monaco, Amanda Bowers, Amanda Novosel
Top returning players: Chelsey Reed, Jade Kroesen, Taylor Gilliland, Aly Andrusky, Jordyn Allen
Assistant coaches: Rachel Catale, Bob Michaels, Dan Kristyak
Outlook: West Middlesex gave Saegertown everything it could handle in the District 10 Class A semifinals last year. The Big Reds have a solid team back to make another run in the playoffs. West Middlesex will have to replace Dani Monaco, Amanda Bowers and Amanda Novosel, who graduated in the spring. Novosel was voted to the all-region first team at shortstop, while Bowes was a second-team third baseman and Monaco was a second-team outfielder. The Big Reds return everyone else, including Chelsey Reed, Jade Kroesen, Taylor Gilliland, Aly Andrusky and Jordyn Allen. Allen was voted to the first team as a pitcher and Andrusky (catcher) and Kroesen (second base) were named to the second team. West Middlesex has to replace its corner infielders and corner outfielders but everyone else is back. The Big Reds will also be without Megan Hazlett for a few weeks as she rehabs from an offseason injury. Freshman pitcher Tori Roth could step in and start right away or at least contribute this season. The Big Reds have experience and a strong program but they will need several underclassmen to step up this season to get back to the postseason.

Schedule
April
2 at Grove City W, 13-3 5 innings
4 at Mercer L, 5-6
5 at Wilmington L, 2-6
6 Maplewood W, 5-1
9 at Kennedy Catholic* W, 7-5
11 Commodore Perry* W, 10-0 5 innings
12 at Lakeview PPD
16 at Reynolds* 4
18 at Sharpsville* 4
23 Farrell* 4
25 Kennedy Catholic* 4
30 at Commodore Perry* 4
May
2 Mercer 4
7 Reynolds* 4
9 Sharpsville* 4
11 Wilmington 4
14 at Farrell* 4
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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