Baseball Primer (4/21)

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High School Baseball Primer
April 21 Edition

Jackson-Milton
Record: 6-2 (3-2), ITCL’s Lower Tier
…Coach Kevin Hogue’s group is off to a 6-2 start. The Jays have compiled a team Era of 2.50 and Nick Woloschak has registered a 0.86 average in 16 1/3 innings of work. Woloschak also leads the staff with 17 strikeouts. Nate Clark, who holds the team’s lone save, has also been very effective on the bump as he’s fanned 12 in 9 innings. Clark ranks second on the team with a 1.56 ERA…Tyler Totani (.579) and Nate Clark (.500) have both been able to keep their batting averages at or above .500. Totani is currently second on the team with 11 hits and is tied (with Jeremy Fitzpatrick) with 13 runs scored. Clark leads the Blue Jays in doubles (5) as well as runs driven in (11).

Howland
Record: 9-1 (1-1), AAC American
…Howland has won eight straight games since falling to Poland 18-6 on April 2. Since that setback, the Tigers have outscored the opposition by a count of 62-7 which includes five shutouts…Senior Evan Steele has put together a five-game hit streak to push his season average up to .619 (13-21). Steele’s classmate Kyle Watson continues to be on a tear as he leads the Tigers in base hits (15) and RBIs (17). Watson has recorded a .455 average…Junior Stephen Hornack has compiled a 0.39 ERA in 18 innings. He has not allowed an earned run this month. He has struck out 8 batters compared to 0 walks. Opponents have only been able to manage a .208 batting average against the righty.

Heartland Christian
Record: 3-1
…The Lions feature three batters who are hitting .400 or better. Nate Montgomery (.462), Phil Bell (.417), and Andy Sodergren (.400) combined are batting a .429 average. Bell and Sodergren have also swiped 6 bases a piece…Bell was roughed up by Ursuline on April 8 but rebounded well against Lowellville on Thursday (April 17) to record a complete game victory over the Rockets (4-2).

East
Record: 0-5 (0-4), AAC National
…Sophomores Carlos Uribarry and Ali Mujahed have been two pleasant surprises for the Panthers’ offense this spring. Uribarry leads East in batting average (.364) with 4 hits in 11 at bats. Mujahed was 1-5 (.200) as a freshman a year ago. This season, Ali has reached base a third of the times he’s been at bat (4-12). Number 18 leads the team in RBIs with 5. Brandon Jackson (.500) and Jeremy Woodberry (.467) both have exceptional on-base percentages so far. Jackson has stolen 7 bases while Woodberry has been able to swipe 6…East has committed 33 errors during their first 25 innings in the field…Coach Eric Pellegrini has two pitchers with sub-5.00 ERAs (Jeremy Woodberry and Brandon Jackson). This week, the staff will be put to the test as the Panthers play each day until Saturday. This evening, they’ll make the trip to Champion to take on the Golden Flashes.

Sharon
Record: 2-4 (1-4), District 10, Region 2
…Sophomores Noah Nichols and Andrew Tomko have been two of the bright young stars for the Tigers this season. Nichols is batting .435 (10-23) with a team-high 7 steals and 7 runs. Tomko has amassed a .412 average (7-17). Matt Wallace leads Sharon in batting average (.462) and on-base percentage (.588) as well as OPS (1.203)…The Tigers have had their difficulty on the hill as they’ve accumulated a 7.41 ERA in 39.2 innings. Jonathan Williams has pitched in both of the team’s victories this season. Williams’ ERA currently stands at 1.50 as he’s pitched in 4 2/3 innings.

Pymatuning Valley
Record: 2-5 (2-2), NEC
…After opening the season with an 0-3 mark after dropping games to North Carolina schools, the Lakers knocked off Badger and Grand Valley by a combined three runs…Junior Travis Kiser continues to belt the ball around the park as he leads the team with a .600 batting average, 8 runs, 12 hits, 11 steals, and 3 doubles…Pitching has been the bugaboo for Py Valley. The staff has compiled a 6.84 ERA and has issued 35 walks compared to 33 strikeouts. In their five losses, Laker pitchers have allowed on average 8 earned runs per game.

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