Welcome back Hoover baseball fans!  The May portion of the 2019 season started with a six-game winning streak and ended with a bitter extra inning 4-3 District Final defeat at the hands of Jackson on May 23rd.  The Vikings were 8-3 in the month of May, ended the season with an overall 17-12 record (8-4 in the Federal League) and played in an amazing one-run games (2-8 record). Team statistical leaders were:  Connor Ashby .380 batting average, Nick Friedl 21 RBIs, Connor Ashby 38 hits (3rd in Federal League), Connor Ashby 24 runs, Josh Salinas and Nick Friedl both had a .440 on base percentage, Connor Ashby 13 stolen bases, Mitch Maurer 50.2 innings pitched, Brody Ware and Mitch Maurer 5 wins each, Sam Bucher 0.70 ERA and Brody Ware 69 strikeouts.

College Update – Ten former Vikings recently completed their 2019 college seasons.  They are Nick Binnie, Soph Cornell (OF), 34 Games, 105 ABs, .257 BA, 7 RBIs; Tyler Drabick, R-Soph Kent State (P), 1-0 Record, 3 Saves,31.1 IP, 3.73 ERA; Nathan Fox, R-Fr Ashland (P), 4 APP, 2.2 IP, 13.50 ERA; Bryce Grisez, Fr Capital (OF), 33 Games, 125 ABs, .304 BA, 15 RBIs, 13 SB; Will Haueter, R-Sr Northern Kentucky (1B), 57 Games, .304 BA, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs,12 Doubles, 6 SBs; Jordan Hite, Fr Malone (Red-Shirt); Tony Iero, R-Jr Ohio U. (P), 15 APP, 6 IP, 0-1 Record, 12.00 ERA, 7 Ks; Cameron Mayle, Jr. John Carroll (P), 11 APP, 9 IP, 0-0 Record, 15.0 ERA, 3 Ks; Sam Russo, Sr Butler (C), 12 Games, 25 ABs, 5 RBIs, .280 BA, 3 Doubles; Kevin Scheppler, Soph Walsh U. (JV Team).

College Commitments – Josh Salinas is the latest Hoover player to commit to continue his playing career.  Salinas will attend Malone University this fall. He joins Brendan Auman (Mount Union), Mitch Maurer (Malone), Brody Ware (Kent State) and Cody Wilson (Hiram) as graduating seniors aspiring to continue playing baseball in college.

Back In The Dugout – Former Vikings head coach Jeff Hite returns this summer to coach the collegiate team of the Stark County Terriers in the Western Reserve Collegiate League.  The Terriers will be using Dick Miller Field for their home games.

Hoover Baseball Skills Camp – Coach Bryan Ashby and the Hoover Baseball coaching staff is conducting a Skills Camp on June 17, 18, 19 at Dick Miller Field and the Baseball Field House for youth in Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

Post-Season Awards – Six Vikings received All-Federal League recognition.  Connor Ashby, Nick Friedl and Brody Ware were named to the First Team.  Sam Bucher and Mitch Maurer earned Second Team honors. Josh Salinas made Honorable Mention designation.

With Deepest Sympathy – Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former NoCaHi player Dick Hammond who passed away May 15th.  Dick played in 1953 and 1954 and served as North Canton Police Lieutenant for 30 years.

OHSAA Partners With GameChanger – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced a sponsorship agreement with GameChanger, the leading scorekeeping and management app for baseball.  The OHSAA encourages all coaches to utilize GameChanger for scorekeeping and pitch counts. Utilizing GameChanger will allow the OHSAA to effectively monitor pitch counts and view all games and statistics in a single centralized location.  GameChanger also works in conjunction with OHSAA sponsor MaxPreps, a website for high school athletics news, stats and recruiting, to sync game data and pitch counts automatically between both platforms. Hoover Baseball actively utilizes MaxPreps and has used GameChanger for scorekeeping since the 2013 season.

As always, Go Vikings!