2016 Girard Baseball Preview

Girard begins their 2016 season with a home matchup with McDonald.

Girard Indians High School Baseball - Girard, Ohio

2016 Girard Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Aaron Alejars, 4th season at Girard (48-25)
2015 Record: 16-12 (10-4), AAC Blue

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2015 Team Statistics
Batting Average: .279
Earned Run Average: 3.11
Fielding Percentage: .938

2015 Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Austin DeGregory, .432 (35-81)
On-Base Percentage: Austin DeGregory, .489
Base Hits: Austin DeGregory, 35
Runs Scored: Kyle Harris, 36
Doubles: Austin DeGregory & Kyle Harris, 5
Triples: Kyle Harris, 4
Homeruns: Kyle Harris, 2
Runs Batted In: Austin DeGregory & Kyle Harris, 21
Stolen Bases: Kyle Harris, 33

Earned Run Average: Christian Bello, 1.56 (36.0 IP)
Wins: Kyle Harris, 6-2
Strikeouts: Kyle Harris, 48
Saves: Christian Bello, 2

Key Losses: Losing the likes of Kyle Harris, Christian Bello and Austin DeGregory won’t help a team which is light on experience. Harris hit .353 (30-85) with 11 extra base hits and 21 RBIs to go along with 33 steals in 35 attempts on the base paths. Harris also led the team with a 6-2 record on the mound as he accumulated a 1.71 ERA in 41 innings of work while striking out 48 and 2 complete games in 7 starts. Bello was also lights out for the Indians’ staff. Number 5 tossed 3 complete games while compiling a 1.56 ERA (led the team) and struck out 44 batters compared to just 12 walks in 36 innings. DeGregory was a hitting machine as he batted .432 (35-81) at the plate while driving in 21 runs.

Key Returnees: Seniors Troy Trumbetta (SS/P) and Dominic Gainey (C) are both back. Trumbetta amassed a 3.27 earned run average on 25 2/3 innings of work. Troy was 3-1 for the Indians in 7 appearances. Gainey accrued a .961 fielding percentage (2 errors in 51 chances) as he also had 9 hits and scored 6 runs in 2015. Sophomore Tyler O’Dell (CF/P) is also back following a freshman season which saw him score 10 runs and steal 8 bases. Freshman Nick DeGregory (P) has been identified as a newcomer to keep an eye on this year.

Outlook: The Indians will rely on their freshmen and sophomore classes as they only return three letter winners. Coach Alejars says, “we will be young and inexperienced in a lot of places. (Our weaknesses) is pitching depth and hitting for power.”

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
State Finalist: None
Regional Championships: None

Last Five Years in the Post Season
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
District Championships: None
Sectional Championships: 4 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Playoff Record: 7-5

Schedule
Mar. 26 – McDonald, 1
Mar. 28 – Struthers, 5
Mar. 29 – Champion, 5
Mar. 31 – at Champion, 5
Apr. 1 – Springfield, 5
Apr. 4 – at Campbell, 5
Apr. 5 – Campbell – 5
Apr. 9 – at Niles, 5/7
Apr. 11 – Brookfield, 5
Apr. 12 – at Brookfield, 5
Apr. 15 – at Hubbard, 5
Apr. 16 – Hubbard, 12
Apr. 18 – at East, 5
Apr. 19 – East, 5
Apr. 21 – Edgewood, 5
Apr. 22 – Howland, 5
Apr. 23 – at Southeast, 11/1
Apr. 25 – Liberty, 5
Apr. 26 – at Liberty, 5
Apr. 30 – Lakeside, 12
May 2 – at LaBrae, 5
May 3 – LaBrae, 5
May 5 – at Lakeview, 5
May 9 – at Newton Falls, 5
May 10 – Newton Falls, 5

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