2016 Mineral Ridge Baseball Preview

Mineral Ridge begins the 2016 season with a matchup against Springfield.

Mineral Ridge Rams High School Baseball - Mineral Ridge, Ohio

2016 Mineral Ridge Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Andrew Barker, 5th year at Mineral Ridge (41-47)
2015 Record: 11-11 (4-6), ITCL Blue

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2015 Team Stats
Batting Average: .237
Earned Run Average: 3.04
Fielding Percentage: .862

2015 Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Aaron Frantz, .344
On Base Percentage: Mac White, .455
Base Hits: Aaron Frantz, 22
Runs Scored: 17
Doubles: Sam Kooyman, 7
Runs Batted In: Aaron Frantz, 13
Stolen Bases: Nick Ferguson, 17

Earned Run Average: Aaron Frantz, 2.07
Wins: Jared Gherardi (3-3), Aaron Frantz (3-1) and Nick Ferguson (3-1)
Strike Outs: Aaron Frantz, 28
Saves: Nick Ferguson, 1

Key Losses: Coach Barker, who is 3 wins shy of 100 victories during his career, must replace all three outfield positions. However, the loss of four-year letter winner Nick Ferguson – who was the team’s captain last year – and Darren Colon will be difficult to substitute. Ferguson finished the season with 14 hits (4 2Bs) and accumulated a 2.12 ERA in 36 1/3 innings of work. Colon had an on-base percentage of .377 in 72 plate appearances.

Key Returnees: The Rams return a pair of All-League seniors in Mac White (C/P) and Aaron Frantz (1B/P). “Both will be counted on to lead the team offensively and defensively again this year,” says Barker. “They’ll (see) an increased workload on the mound.” White hit for a .333 average (21-63) while reaching base at a .455 clip for an on-base percentage. Mac closed out 2015 with 6 doubles and 10 RBIs. Frantz also had a stellar year by leading the team with his .344 average (22-64) which included 5 doubles and 13 RBIs. Both were solid on the hill as White garnered a 2.23 ERA in 15 2/3 innings while Frantz accumulated a 2.07 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. Three-year letter winner Jared Gherardi also returns for his senior season. The middle infielder also solidifies their pitching rotation. Last Spring, Gherardi pitched in 27.1 innings and finished with a 2.56 ERA as he struck out 27 batters and compiled a 3-3 mark. Sophomore Mike McLean is expected to take the next step after a solid freshman season. McLean batted .250 (11-44) and reached base 33% of the time he was up to bat.

Outlook: The Rams return a lot in terms of their senior class as well as the core of a pitching staff which had an earned run average (as a team) of just over 3.00. With four freshmen (Jordan Zupko, Jacob Carfolo, Cole Tidswell, Cameron Watkins) joining the varsity roster – Ridge will need them to acclimate to their new surrounding quickly to vie for the league title.

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: None
Playoff Record: 4-5

Schedule
Mar. 29 – at Springfield, 5
Mar. 30 – Southern, 5
Apr. 2 – at Rootstown, 11
Apr. 5 – McDonald, 5
Apr. 6 – at McDonald, 5
Apr. 8 – at Columbiana, 5
Apr. 11 – at Western Reserve, 5
Apr. 12 – Western Reserve, 5
Apr. 13 – United, 5
Apr. 14 – at Crestview, 5
Apr. 18 – Lowellville, 5
Apr. 19 – at Lowellville, 5
Apr. 20 – East Palestine, 5
Apr. 21 – Mathews, 5
Apr. 22 – at Pymatuning Valley, 5
Apr. 23 – Bristol, 5
Apr. 25 – Jackson-Milton, 5
Apr. 26 – at Jackson-Milton, 5
Apr. 28 – at Leetonia, 5
Apr. 30 – Badger, 10/12
May 2 – at Sebring, 5
May 3 – Sebring, 5
May 5 – Lisbon, 5
May 6 – at Wellsville, 5

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