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BELL, STRANK ARE BIG DOGS OF THE YEAR ON THE DIAMOND

PHOTO CREDIT: JKB PHOTO

EAST PALESTINE, OH-  Some last pieces of hardware are to be handed out after great baseball and softball seasons respectively around the valley.  Two players who went out swinging and left their name in their respective school record books.

With the support of Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, YSN is proud to announce the 2019 Baseball and Softball Big Dogs of the Valley.

Lisbon’s Logan Bell was chosen as First Team in Division IV and represented the Northeast in their selections.  Bell boasted a 7-2 record this season with a 0.91 ERA in just over 60 innings of work.  He also shattered Lisbon school records for strikeouts in a game (18) and in a season (131).  Bell’s numbers at the plate were just as impressive with a .506 batting average in 2019 which ties a school record as well.

Those numbers are no surprise when you take a look at the University of Akron recruit’s career marks for strikeouts (311) and ERA at 1.59.

PHOTO CREDIT: PATTI FINCH

Crestview’s Olivia Strank got it done in the field, and in the batter’s box in 2019.  The Lady Rebel Senior broke the record for singles in a season (37) and total hits in a campaign with 41.  Liv also carried a .398 average through the season with 10 stolen bases.  In the field, Strank had a .987 fielding percentage along with 47 putouts, and 31 assists while only committing a single error this season.

Congratulations to both student-athletes on outstanding seasons, and representing their families, schools, communities, and fans so well in 2019.  Best of luck in all their future endeavors.  We’re incredibly proud of your success, and for the opportunity to cover part of your journey.

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