THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2002 D7
Ohio Baseball All-Stars
Highlights: Senior pitcher/ outfielder batted .438 and went 8-1 with a 1.24 ERA.
Highli~ts: Led Eagles to school-record 25-6 season, finished second at state.
Madeira Highlights: Led Mustangs 23-7 record and to state semifinals in Division Ill.
The junior · infielder batted .408.
The freshman infielder batted .407 with six homers and 23 RBI.
Highlights: The junior outfielder batted .395 with 34 runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
Fairfield Highlights: The senior pitcher went 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA.
New Highlights: The senior pitcher was 7-2 with, a 1.69 ERA and 87 strikeouts. He also batted .429.
Highlights: The sophomore infielder • batted .419.
Badin Highlights: The senior pitcher went 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 55 strikeouts.
Kings Highlights: The senior P/DF went 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA and .batted .422.
HONORABLE.MENnON: DIVISION I Steve Thomas, Elder; Jim Ryan, St. Xavier; Ryan Kuhlman, St. Xavier; Josh Reinhart, Amelia; Nick Mohr, Colerain; Matt Wagers, Hamilton; Fred Riess, Oak Hills; Kevin Koch, Lakota East; Ryan McKeever, Colerain; Zane Nance, Hamilton; David Fischer, Oak Hills; Jason Laine, Hamilton; Drew Keese, Colernin; Matt Stelletell, Lakota East Jason Laine, Oak Hills; Jeff Day, Lakota East; Joe Hagood, Lakota East; Matt'Kiinker, Lakota West; Steve Raszka, Middletown; Shawn Haley, Middletown; Joe Oliver, Lakota West; Ben
HONORABLE MENTION: DIVISIONS 11-111-IV
Ohio Softball All-Stars Fairfield pitcher Stephanie Broccolo was named to the Division I All-Star softball team but was inadvertently left out of the paper.
Humphrey, Lakota West; Drew Roberts, Sycamore; IV!'ike Barnard, Milford; Neil Gamble, Milford; Alex Stul1z, Milford; Blaine Williams, Wilmington; Travis Stern, Wilmington; Zach Grove, Wilmington; Nick Meyer, Loveland; Nick Agee, Loveland; Vincent WBrd, Woodward; Dwight Richardson, Aiken; Jolin FL'.IIer, Princeton; Danny Williams, Withrow; Ddmon Moore, Mount Healthy; Tyrone Ward, Wl.)odward; Mike Kroeger, Elder; Jason Butts, . Hughes; Jeff Wise, Woodward; Luke Robinson, WatnutHills. ·
The senior pitcher went
14-6 with a . 0.81 ERA and
104 strikeouts. She also batted .299 with 22 RBI.
Danny Hayden, McNicholas; Grant Bailey, Summit Country Day; Ryan Scott, CHCA; Dustin Wietmarschen, Deer Park; Mett . Heber, Batavia; Josh Baird, Taylor; Steve Tudor, Madeira; Ted Appleton, Cincinnati Country Day; Steve Johnson, Summit Country Day; Nathan Steinkeonig, Lockland; Brett Fiehrer, Badin; Drew Thieken, Badin; Brad Ketterer, Badin; David Duncan, New Richmond;
Kyle Royse, New Richmond; Brett Wiseman, New Richmond; Kort Smith, CCD; Jordan Gaietto, CHCA; Zack Ellis, Landmark Christian; Chris Roberts, New Miami; Ryan Lantz, St. Bernard; A.J. Burke, Seven Hills; Chad McQueen, Norwood; Keith Menchen, Norwood; Mike Matthews, Norwood; Rob Westaway, Kings; Mike Wagers, McNicholas; Matt Kaiser,
McNicholas; Bobby Grube,r, McNicholas; Brian Cupp, Little Miami; Nathan Poole, Williamsburg. Mike Wagner, Madeira; Dennis Gilligan, Madeira; Seth Ellis, Batavia; Matt Heber, Batavia; Mike Cook, Batavia; George Ramirez, Madeira; Nic Laumann, Mariemont; Alex Russell, Wyoming; Neil Smiley, Wyoming; Matt Birkofer, Deer Park.
ABOUT THE TEAM
This Enquirer All-Star team was selected by high school wrtter Tom Groeschen and contributing wrtter Dave Schutte. Input from area coaches and results .of postseason play were weighed in the selections.
D6 FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2002
THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
Baseball: Division I preview
Big Blue already a hit Hamilton starts season at top of coaches poll By Dave Schutte Enquirer contributor
Tradition has it that the season after a team reaches the Fmal Four, coaches vote that school No. 1 the next year. Although Hamilton lost two outstmding starting pitchers to graduation. coach Dan Bowling's Big Blue received nine first-place votes and are No. 1 in the EttQUirer's Division I preseason poD. "We were probably ranked because of our past successes," veteran coach Bowling (478119 career record) said "We're young on the mound, but we have some pretty good pitchers."
Here's a look at the top teams. 1. Hamilton: If the Big Blue remain on top, it will be because of pitchers Lance Trester (3-1, 1.68 ERA) and juniors Jon Camp, Justin Boyd and Brandon Moore. 'All of these guys pitched a little last season but not in any of the big games: Bowling said. ·we·ve @>1 quite a few hitters back, and if we get The Cincinnati Enquirer/MICHAEL SNYDER some pitching, we'll be pretty @JOCI: Hamilton shortstop Matt Wagers waits on a relay throw Nate Mahon (.467 batting~~) during indoor fielding practice at Hamilton Monday. and MattWa~ (.427) will anchor the offense along with transfer An~ infielder Brad Duesing, catcher RJ. other veterans on the team. Johnson, Nick Mahon and Matt Monis. Neimer and pitchers Bruce Hill and ·we have some strong arms, but 'Pitching depth is more important Braden Bennie. offense will be the kef, first-year this year with the season shortened The pitching duties will be shared by coach Rodney Hubbard said. a week; Bowling said. Jim Ryan, Brian Craft and Sean Quinn Hubbard looks for newcomers 2. Elder: Coming off a 22-7 seawith junior AaiOn Prince taking Mrthe Jason Morningstar, Danny Spradling, son, coach Mark Thompson fields an defensive hot spot at shortstop. Chris Braun and Donnie Schultheiss experienced team with 10 seniors 4. Moeller: 'We lost six starters to contribute. on the roster. pius our two best pitchers: 6. Lakota West Pitching will be Elder's top pitchers are Steve Crusaders coach Mike Cameron the strength with returning starters Thomas (3-1, 1.56 ERA) and Jim said. 'The defense should be good Jon Oliver, Ryan Galloway and Josh Volpe. Elder's offense will be led by and team speed, especially in the Tenhover sharing the duties. the Bolger brothers, Keith (.389 outfield, is improved: Look for Ben Humphrey (.302 batting avera~) and Brett (.400) Jeff Brandt, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound batting average), Scott Hicks (.291), along with Joe Voelker (.343), Mike senior, will anchor a pitching staff that Kyle Chapman (.250) and Brad Kroe~r (.231). also will feature Tony Cunningham, Seltzer to be the offensive leaders. 'Our strengths are pitching depth Brad Alvin and Rob Siemers. "We ha.e a solid @OUP of seniors and defense; Elder coach Mark Andrew Bradley (.407 batting v.t1o contributed to our success last Thompson said. 'Offensively we avera~) is the top returning offen}eel(. coach Bill Dreisbach said. "We could struggle: sive player along with Jim Wood. need some ~ fiom theN team to 3. Sl Xavier: Graduation (seven 5. Fairfield: Pitching will be the step up and produce at the varsity le.el~ starte!S) and season-ending surgery strength of an Indians. Seniors Bobby 7. Harrison: The Wildcats will be to pitcher Marty Mooney affected the Nelson (2-1, 2.33 ERA), Mike the surprise team of 2002 if the Bombers as coach Bill Slin~r faces Elsasses (2-0, 1.45 ERA), Jason pitchers live up to expectations. a rebuilding season. · Brown and JerryWiiSch will handle Coach Dave Bader returns a solid 'We played four juniors down on the pitching duties but without consis- pitching staff that includes Steve the junior varsity last season; Slin~r tent hitting, the team could struggle. Strassell (3-0), An~ Robben, Alan said. 'Sometimes this works and Keith Cungin (.412 batting averBrech (4-1) and Tony wells. other times it doesn't This time it a~) is the only returning hitter with But replacements tor six position worked and ail will start" a .300-plus average with Jeff Rickert players must be found with wens Those Slin~r referred to are (.235) and Jason BlOWn (.213) the (.306) and Rob Redelman (.464) the
BasebaU: Divisions II-IV preview
Staff Badin's strong point 1
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8. Colerain .,.", .... ,.•,,.,•. ,..,~,,~ .. 9. Oak Hills ................................24 10. La Sane ~.:.:.~ .. ::::::.~:~:::~::::2r 10.Anderson .........................•..21 Others: Mason 12, Loveland 9, Glen Este 9, Sycamore 7. only 300-plus hitters in the lineup. 8. Colelaln: If pitchers Mike Mueller and Robbie Stockmeier come thiOUgh as expected, the Cardinals could do well. ·we had a ~ung group of pitchers last year that matured as the season went on; Cardinals coach Chris Newton said. Although Colerain lost its entire outfield, the offense will be led by Nick Mohr (.432 batting a.erage), Josh Miller (.382), Ryan McKeever (.361) and Curt Schulte (.351). 9. Oak Hills: Returning starters Fred Riess (.320), Joe Besl (.385), Jason Nintrup (.370) and Dan Buchwald (.227) must carry the load for a ~ung team that lacks experienced pitching. Sophomore Mike wemke, juniors Bill Abell and Jim Striecher and seniors Kyle Buckley, Steve House and Nintrup will handle the pitching. •Offensively we will be better, and we need to play solid defense through the middle~ Highlanders coach Chuck Laumann said." 10. La Salle: Coming off a disappointing season, the Lancers will be an impiOved team. Coach Phil Reichle will build the team around five returning starters and a solid pitching staff that is anchored by Adam Curley, Nick Schulz and Brad Warman. Jason Hugentobler and Mike Ertel, both .400-plus hitters in 2001, will provide much of the offense. 'Last ~ar the team struggled because of a lack of leadership; Reichle said. 10. Anderson: Jensen lewis, rated the best pitcher in Cincinnati (commited to Vanderbilt), will anchor a staff that includes Josh Keipper (3-3 record) Fred Schroeder, Rick Alsep and Matt Bolan. Sean Munninghoff and Ben Terry will shoulder much of the offensive burden for a ~ung and inexperienced team with three seniors on the roster.
Rams also have good lineup returning
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Second-year Badin coach Rick Kunkel returns eight proven pitchers, the main reason the Rams were voted No. 1 in the Enquirers Divisions II-IV poll. Ross, a school located less than five miles from Badin, was voted No. 2 with McNicholas, New Richmond and Roger Bacon rounding out the top five. 1. Badin: The Rams have won or shared 10 consecutive Greater Catholic lea@.ie North Division championships and this year shouldn't be an exception. Besides veteran pitchers Chase Lampl, Zach Marcum, Stelle Sarns and Chris Sutton, the Rams ha.e excellent offensive and defensive talent back. Look forbny Nichtin (.292 batting avera~). Brett Fiehrer (.277), Graham Crain (.339) and Matt Bra~ (.304) to lead the way for an offense that could light up the scoreboard. 2. Ross: Although the Rams lost two starting pitchers, the staff will be solid as a rock. Coach Jay Lytle has confidence in veterans Wanen Sizemore and Jon Christophel with Zak Morris, Brian Guenther, Dustin Owens and Matt Meyers also expected to contribute. Offensively, Kevin Hutson (.365 batting avera~). Jeff Wilson (.348) and Matt Couch (.337) will lead the team. 3. McNicholas: After suffering through a 1315 season that was marred by injuries, Rockets coach Willy Corbett is confident the team will be vastly improved. Veterans Nate Condon (3-4 record, 3.14 ERA), Matt Buckhanan (4-0, 2.84 ERA) and Matt Kaiser (2-5) will handle the pitching duties. The Rockets also will be strong offensively with Drew Zaugg (.3 75 batting average), Joe Haarmann (.310), Nick Schmidt (.321) and Dan Hayden (.385) providing the spark. ·our strength is depth, especially in the pitching staff with four of the top five back; Corbett said. 'But we don't have a lot of team speed and lack consistent powe(. 4. New Richmond: A lack of experienced pitching might be tough to overcome. The Uons could negate this v.eakness with a solid offense that includes standout hitter Mike Halcomb, Bret Wiseman, Chris Kil@>re, Bl)'an Bellamy, John McMonigle, 1Yier Henderson and Branden Van. 5. Roger Bacon: First-year coach Joe Corcoran inherited a Spartans team with above avera~ pitching and a host of proven hitters. Roger Dicks (4-2, 3.97 ERA) and An~ Schaefer anchor the pitching staff that includes Eric Riechman, Brad Lakes and l}'ler Bien. Schaefer also is one of the top offensive players (.397 batting average) along with Tim M~ (3.29), Lakes (.355) and Ron Auer (.357). 6. Purcell Martan: First-year coach Dan Roberts inherited a team loaded with veterans, including senior pitcher Jesse Foley and a pair of promising sophomore pitchers, Andrew Spaulding and James Smith. Although the Cavaliers must find a replace-
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10: .BataVia.... :::~ .....::;:•. ;,.'".:.;;.:~.:...::.:;:~:.: .....28. ! 10. Turpin ........................................................28 Others: Cincinnati Country Day 15, Madeira 8, Mariemont 7, Norwood 7, Reading 6, Indian Hill 5, Western Brown 4, Finneytown 3, Fayetteville 3, Clermont Northeastern 1. ment at shortstop, they are solid at the other infield positions with Jake Suer (catcher) and Josh Woods (second base) the standouts. David Fairbanks and Dustin Woods will handle the outfield duties along with Rickey Ross, Alex Davis and Matt Barney battling for the other starting spot 7. Taylor: The return of catcher Nick Katsetos (injured last season), bolsters an alrea~ strong offensive Yellowjackets team Josh Baird (24 RBI) will not only be the best pitcher (3-2, 3.41 ERA) but also will lead the offense along with Ryan Hoffman (.389) and Mike Clayton (.489). 'We return five starters and transfer Mike Sullivan will help considerably,' coach Chris Hannum said. 'Hoffman and Baird have the potential to take this team a long way': 8. Summit Country Day: Se.len starters return from a Silver Knigh1s team that v.ent 2Q-5 in 2001. Mitch Duggins (7-1 record) anchors a solid pitching staff with Steve Johnson (.567 batting average), Grant Bailey (.398) and Joe Sanzere (.560) leading the offense. 9. Kings: Taking the Knights lightly would be a mistake. Pitching will be one of the Knights' many strengths with veteran Kevin McCarty (2-1 record, 3.42 ERA), Billy McKinney (4-3, 3.66) and Brett Browning (4-2, 2.95) the catalysts. The offense also will be potent Look for Chandler Dethy (.345 batting average), Pat Geyman (.250), Jason Karlen (.281), Chris Moore, Rob westaway (.370), McConty (.323) and McKinney (.423) to score lots of runs. 10. Batavia: Pitching, speed and defense are the strengths of a Bulldogs team that could quickly rise in the poll. Coach Bl)'an Anstaett's team features se.en returning starters (Seth Ellis, Matt Heber, Mike Cook, Brian Clark, Doug C<¥~e. Matt Meyer and Bret Harris, along with a strong ~P of sophomores. The Bul~ lack a po.wr hitter, but this can be OYelt:OITle with 3JOd defense and alert base running. 10. Turpin: Solid pitching will be the strength of a Spartans team that has six sophomores battling for starting positions. Jason Seibert (3-4 record, 5.20 ERA) and Eric Ostoich (4-1, 3.00 ERA) anchor the pitching staff but without offensive support from unproven performers, it could all be for naught
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