2013 Liberty Baseball Preview

2013 Liberty Leopards’ Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Gary Knittle
Record: 13-11-1
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Division III Struthers Sectional Final to Girard 7-1 on May 8.

2012 Team Statistics
Batting Average: .348 (222-638)
On-Base Percentage: .453
Earned Run Average: 4.85 (81 ER – 150.0 IP)

2013 Schedule
April 2 – at Howland, 5 p.m.
April 5 – East (DH), 11 a.m.
April 8 – Lakeview, 5 p.m.
April 9 – at Lakeview, 5 p.m.
April 10 – Poland, 5 p.m.
April 11 – Newton Falls, 5 p.m.
April 12 – at Springfield, 5 p.m.
April 13 – at Mathews (DH), 11 a.m.
April 15 – Girard, 5 p.m.
April 16 – at Girard, 5 p.m.
April 18 – at LaBrae, 5 p.m.
April 19 – at McDonald, 5 p.m.
April 20 – at Jefferson, 5 p.m.
April 23 – Jefferson, 5 p.m.
April 25 – Champion, 5 p.m.
April 26 – at Boardman, 5 p.m.
April 27 – at Brookfield (DH), 11 a.m.
April 29 – at Campbell, 5 p.m.
May 2 – at Niles, 5 p.m.

2013 Roster
Tyler Evans, SS/CF/P
Justin House, SS/P
Michael Moamis, 1B/P
Luis Rivera, CF/P
Brandon Stevens, OF

Nick Byce, C/P
Nathan Derenzis, 3B/P
Chayton Gilcher, 1B
Anthony Ramsey, OF/P
Greg Sop, OF
Bobby Stanovcak, IF/OF/P
Eric Weimer, 2B/P

Richie Bardol, C
Chris Fiorenzo, 1B/P

Kaylon Davis, OF
John Griffin, IF
Jack Kirr, OF

This Spring, Liberty once again plays one of the most difficult nonconference schedules in the area facing the likes of Poland, Springfield and Boardman. The Leopards hope to utilize this philosophy to get them primed for a post-season run. Liberty has won one playoff game in three of the last four seasons. However, the Leps have not been able to win the Sectional Championship.

Coach Gary Knittle will have to replace a group of players who excelled for the Maroon and Gold in 2012.

Returning Individual Pitching Leaders
Earned Run Average: Tyler Evans, 0.00 (0 ER – 7.0 IP)
Pitching Wins: Michael Moamis, Tyler Evans, & Nathan DeRenzis – 1
Strikeouts: Michael Moamis, 8

Losing a pair of arms in Jared Wiesen (2.64 ERA, 4-2, 30 Ks) and Dom Gore (3.80 ERA, 3-2, 54 Ks) can’t help although a handful of others received varsity experience on the hill last Spring. Michael Moamis threw 13 innings, fanning 8 and registering a victory in the process. Tyler Evans and Nathan DeRenzis combined for 12 innings of work, allowing just 9 hits and not permitting a single earned run.

Returning Individual Hitting Leaders
Batting Average: Tyler Evans, .394 (26-66)
Base Hits: Tyler Evans, 26
Runs Scored: Luis Rivera, 15
Doubles: Tyler Evans, 6
Triples: Luis Rivera, 1
Homeruns: Justin House, 1
Runs Batted In: Justin House, 16
Stolen Bases: Tyler Evans, 5

The Leopards featured six players with at-least 50 plate appearances who hit for over .320 a year ago. With Jared Weisen (.560 BA, 3 HRs, 29 RBIs), Dom Gore (.409 BA, 9 2Bs, 22 RBIs) and Mark Seals (.383 BA, 3 3Bs, 16 RBIs) all graduated, Coach Gary Knittle will look to a trio of senior bats this Spring. Justin House slugged his way to a .373 batting average with 25 hits and 16 RBIs. Tyler Evans leads all returnees with a .394 average on 26 of 66 at-bats. Evans belted 6 doubles to finish with 14 RBIs.  Luis Rivera hit for a shade under .300 (.289 BA) while compiling 22 base knocks and scored 15 times.

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