HOOVER BASEBALL NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2018
Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! The 2018 season begins on Saturday, March 24th when the Hoover Vikings host Youngstown Ursuline at Dick Miller Field. The following players have been selected for either the varsity or junior varsity teams, with final roster decisions to be determined by mid-March: Seniors – Bryce Grisez, Jordan Hite, Justin Houston and Ryan Murphy; Juniors – Brendan Auman, Ryan Ball, Sam Bucher, Hudson Davis, Nick Friedl, Gabe Galeano, Ryan Hendershot, Markos Kantzos, Alex Ledger, Mitch Maurer, Josh Salinas, Brendan Snyder, John Wackerly, Brody Ware and Cody Wilson; Sophomores – Jamison Ellis, Drew Johnson, Connor Mayle, Nick Presutto, Samuel Roach, Jake Sawtell, Jacob Scaffidi, Nate Schuster, Jaideep Seth, Luke Trieff and Ben Wirick; Freshmen – Connor Ashby, Owen Blacklege and Allen Diaz.
Coaching Staff – Jeff Hite enters his 14th season leading the baseball Vikings. Hite currently stands as the winningest varsity coach in school history with 570 career wins (341 softball, 229 baseball). Bryan Ashby returns for his 9th season as varsity assistant coach and Josh Runner enters his 4th season on the varsity staff. Tim Detweiler moves up to lead the junior varsity squad and Kyle Young joins the coaching staff as the new Frosh coach.
2018 Canton District – The teams competing in the 2018 Division I Canton Sectional/Districts will be Hoover, Austintown Fitch, Boardman, McKinley, Dover, Youngstown East, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, New Philadelphia, Perry and Massillon. Green and Wooster are moving to Akron/Barberton and Louisville is competing at the Division II level. Sectionals will be May 7-8 (at higher seed sites) and Districts May 14-15 (Munson Stadium).
College Commitments – Seniors Bryce Grisez and Jordan Hite have committed to continue their baseball careers beyond this spring. Grisez will be attending Capital University in Columbus who is coached by Ryan Grice (Walsh University grad). Hite will attend Malone University in Canton who is coached by Tom Crank.
Opposing Player Watch – As usual, the Federal League, Stark County and the Canton District will have several players to watch during the 2018 season. They include: Austintown Fitch – Kenny Misik (Jr); Boardman – Alex Cardona (Sr); Dover – Alec Sayre (Jr) and Owen Poland (Jr); Central Catholic – Cameron Johnson (Jr) and Austin Beck (Soph); GlenOak – Ryan Bergert (Sr); Green – Trent Montgomery (Sr); Jackson – Davis Graham (Sr), Yianni Skeriotis (Jr), Spencer Stanton (Jr), Trey Wright (Jr), Ethan Kulich (Jr), Clay Crawford (Jr), Trent Jones (Soph), Josh Romans (Soph), Benny Hymes (Soph) and Jake Ryan (Soph); Lake – Riley Pavlik (Sr), Paul Troyer (Jr), Cameron Martin (Jr), Kaden Davis (Soph) and Carson Nicodemo (Soph); Louisville – Bryce Zuppe (Jr) and Davis Burick (Soph); Marlington – Zach Dezenzo (Sr) and C.J. Greiner (Soph); Massillon – Chris Machamer (Jr) and Aidan Longwell (Soph); Perry – Ryan Thompson (Sr), Kasey Centeno (Jr), Bryce Warwick (Jr) and Noah Kandel (Jr).
Memorial Stadium Mastery – Two no-hitters highlighted the 1959 Regional Tournament held at North Canton’s Memorial Stadium. Dean Chance of Northwestern and Tom Adolph of Mogadore both hurled no-hitters on May 14th. Chance defeated Springfield 2-0 and Adolph bested West Lafayette 4-0. Chance hurled an amazing 17 no-hitters during his high school career prior to a 11-year major league baseball career. Adolph went on to be a three-sport star at the University of Akron.
As always, Go Vikings!
Craig Haueter (firstname.lastname@example.org), (330) 936-1695