Multiple Teams · HOOVER BASEBALL NEWSLETTER – JULY 2020


HOOVER BASEBALL NEWSLETTER – JULY 2020 Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! Some exciting upgrades to the Hoover baseball building are taking place this summer. The west wall will be cosmetically finished including insulation and painting. Partitions will be installed in the locker room bathroom. Six new LED lights will be added to the hitting area. Lastly, graphics and wall hangings will be added to the locker room. Current memorabilia displayed in the building includes the names of all NoCaHi and Hoover players between 1945 and 2020, pictures of former coaches Hertler, Knisely, Long and Hite, pictures of numerous former Vikings players who went on to play college/professional baseball, a picture of Dick Miller whose name adorns the Hoover baseball field and jerseys worn in the 1970s and from 2005-2018. A new project of recognition will be posting items connected to teams winning at least a District title or Federal League championship. Federal League Senior All-Star Game – Plans are underway for graduated seniors to get a chance to return to the playing field one last time as high school players after losing their entire senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven of Hoover’s nine graduated seniors have committed to play August 1st at Jackson High School in a nine-inning game or two games each six innings in length. Teams will be separated by talent regardless of school. The event will also serve as Senior Night where players can walk across the field with their parents. OHSBCA Academic All-Ohio Recognition – Seniors Logan Corbit, Jamison Ellis, Connor Mayle, Ben Mohler, Nick Presutto, Nate Schuster and Jaideep Seth were all named 2020 Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-Ohioans. Beacon Journal Spring Sports Spotlight – Coach Bryan Ashby summed up the cancelled 2020 season very eloquently when interviewed by writer Michael Beaven. As part of his quote, Ashby said, “Having the season cancelled was definitely upsetting and frustrating for sure. Many spring athletes missing opportunities to compete in sports they love tears your heart out. You don’t get those days back and that’s what makes it so difficult, although we all know that safety and well-being of everyone, young or old is of more importance. I am definitely very proud of our team and how they handled a tough situation with compassion, maturity and respect.” 2020 MLB Draft – Two 2017 graduates of Federal League foe Jackson High School were drafted in the recent 2020 Major League Baseball Draft. Dillon Dingler, a catcher from Ohio State, was selected in the 2nd round (38th pick) by the Detroit Tigers. Shortly thereafter in the Competitive Balance Round B, Kyle Nicholas, pitcher from Ball State, was selected by the Miami Marlins (61st pick). The only other selection with Ohio connections in the draft was outfielder Mac Wainwright from Lakewood St. Edward High School. Wainwright was selected in the 4th round by the Cincinnati Reds (113th pick). College Commitment – Graduated senior Ben Mohler will be continuing his education and baseball career at Walsh University starting this fall. Mohler joins fellow 2020 graduates Connor Mayle (John Carroll), Nick Presutto (Mount Union) and Griffin Wieck (Mobile) in aspiring college playing careers. With Deepest Sympathy – Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former NoCaHi player Dwayne DeLong (1949 team) after learning of his death in Napa, California at the age of 88. DeLong was a former police officer and longtime barbershop harmony singer. As always, Go Vikings! Craig Haueter (and3kids@aol.com), (330) 936-1695