2016 Niles Baseball Preview

The Red Dragons will open their season in Myrtle Beach once again this year.

Niles Red Dragons High School Baseball - Niles, Ohio

2016 Niles Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Mike Guarnieri, 9th season (124-83)
2015 Record: 17-10 (9-3), 2nd place in AAC White

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2015 Team Statistics
Batting Average: .310
Earned Run Average: 3.28
Fielding Percentage: .925

2015 Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Garrett Pitts, .389 (35-90)
On-Base Percentage: Murphy Miller, .520
Base Hits: Garrett Pitts, 35
Runs Scored: Garrett Pitts, 27
Doubles: Richard Limongi, 7
Triples: Geno Barricella & Jaret Johnson, 1
Runs Batted In: Richard Limongi, 19
Stolen Bases: Geno Barricella, 13

Earned Run Average: Jaret Johnson, 1.72 (36.2 IP)
Wins: Jaret Johnson & Chance Hanshaw, 3
Strikeouts: Tyler Srbinovich, 46
Saves: Tyler Srbinovich, 1

Key Losses: Niles graduated Murphy Miller and Chance Hanshaw from last year’s 17-win season. Miller played an important role for the Dragons as he batted .368 (2nd on the team) with 6 doubles and 18 RBIs at the plate. Hanshaw hit .304 (14-46) while driving in 9 runs. Chase also finished the season with a 3-0 mark on the hill while allowing 6 earned runs over 14 innings of work (3.00 ERA).

Key Returnees: Coach Guarnieri returns a bevy of talented seniors led by Geno Barricella (.351 BA, 13 SBs), Cameron Carson (15 RBIs; 2-0, 2.33 ERA), Jaret Johnson (.361 BA, 6 2Bs, 15 RBIs, 10 SBs; 3-0, 1.72 ERA), Richard Limongi (.293 BA, 7 2Bs, 19 RBIs), Garrett Pitts (.389 BA, 6 2Bs, 13 RBIs, 12 SBs), and Brandon Wedia. Tyler Srbinovich (.304 BA, 13 RBIs; 2-1, 2.57 ERA) is back as well as Damion Coleman (.323 BA, 16 RBIs) and Jeff Hosey who represent a strong junior class. Marco DeFalco has a solid freshman year as he drove in 8 runs and started 4 of 7 games he pitched. The team will feature a handful of newcomers this season in juniors Tre Martin, Tyler Woak, Joe Proper, Jeff Kester, sophomore Luke Swauger, and freshmen Corbin Foy and Nick Guarnieri.

Outlook: The Red Dragons will be heading south once again to begin their season at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on March 29 through Apr. 1. Coach Mike Guarnieri is beginning his 9th season at the helm of the Niles baseball program. He is one win shy of reaching 125 for his career. As it may sound like a broken record, Niles once again will rely on their strong pitching staff. Last season, the team went to six different pitchers to throw in at least five contests. The Dragons’ experienced group will be joined by an athletic bunch of youngsters which will be eyeing a league championship and a deeper run in the playoffs.

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
State Finalist: 1 (1962)
Regional Championships: 1 (1962)

Last Five Years in the Post Season
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
District Championships: None
Sectional Championships: 2 (2011, 2013)
Playoff Record: 4-5

Schedule
Mar. 29 – vs. Fordham Prep, 9 pm*
Mar. 30 – vs. Fairmont, 3 pm*
Mar. 31 – vs. St. Francis DeSales, 1:30 pm*
Apr. 1 – vs. Fordham, 8:30 am*
Apr. 1 – vs. East Lincoln, 11 am*
Apr. 4 – at Edgewood, 5 pm
Apt. 5 – Edgewood, 5 pm
Apr. 6 – Hubbard, 5 pm
Apr. 7 – Boardman, 5 pm
Apr. 9 – Girard, 5/7 pm
Apr. 11 – Lakeside, 5 pm
Apr. 12 – at Lakeside, 5 pm
Apr. 13 – at Hubbard, 5 pm
Apr. 14 – at Howland, 5 pm
Apr. 15 – Poland, 5 pm
Apr. 18 – at Struthers, 5 pm
Apr. 19 – Struthers, 5 pm
Apr. 21 – at Brookfield, 5 pm
Apr. 26 – Mathews, 5 pm
Apr. 28 – at Canfield, 5 pm
Apr. 30 – Warren Harding, 1 pm
May 2 – Lakeview, 5 pm
May 3 – at Lakeview, 5 pm
May 5 – Champion, 5 pm (at Eastwood Field)
May 9 – Jefferson, 5 pm
May 10 – at Jefferson, 5 pm
*-Myrtle Beach, SC

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