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NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE

AUSTINTOWN, OH- Did you ever find it very interesting how nobody ever figured out that Clark Kent was just a cover for Superman?  The fact that the only difference between the two was one was a mild-mannered reporter who had glasses on, the other was a superhero that saved the day fighting for truth, justice, and the American Way?

The joke is on us, because we’ve had the same style riddle provided the entire time in Austintown, in the form of Fitch senior, Joe Roth.

His fastball is comparable to a speeding bullet, his bat is more powerful than a locomotive, and he’s been able to leap all adversity he’s faced along the way in a single bound.  Simply put- Joe Roth is a sports Superman.

Roth had been aware of his “superpower” in baseball for some time.  As part of the Youngstown Pony League All-Star Team, Roth planted himself on the map as an outstanding backstop and utility player that coaches could put in any position and be successful.  That same skill and determination have spilled over into other sports such as basketball but certainly have trickled into his everyday routine.  Joe is known for his sparkling personality, and ability to make friends at the drop of a hat.  He’s done so locally, and on the national stage as a member of the World Champion Youngstown All-Stars in Laredo, Texas.  Joe’s jersey was actually taken to be placed in the Hall of Fame as a memory of the series in 2021.

With his senior year in process, Roth is looking forward to his last moments as a Falcon, as he trades in his Fitch gear, for that of a Zip at the University of Akron, where he’ll join the “Rowdies” on the baseball team in the fall of 2022.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Joe on a snow day in Northeast Ohio to talk about his journey, and what’s left to do before turning the tassel to the other side.

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URSULINE WINS BATTLE OF THE IRISH IN STYLE

STRUTHERS, OH- In another dramatic walk-off thriller, The Ursuline Irish have found yet one more reason to get excited about baseball at “The U.”

Akron St. Vincent St. Mary was in town to do battle against Coach Weymer and his troops in a game that went back and forth all night before Ursuline’s Joel Kreuzweiser ripped a double in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Colin Balas and Vince Armeni to win the game 13-12.

Jeremy Kreuzweiser would pick up the victory on the bump in relief.  The Irish would also push out Dan Yoder, Brady Shannon, and Colin Balas with Joel Kreuzweizer starting the game and giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one batter.  Leading the way offensively was Kreuzweiser with 2 RBI, and Dante Walker with three.  Andrew Sabella, John Schatzel, Armeni and Jeremy Kreuzweiser also drove in one runner apiece.

For Akron SVSM, Garrett Bischof started the game on the mound and gave up 4 runs on six hits, walking four and striking out one.  Knox would take the hard-luck loss giving up four runs on five hits.

 

AKRON ANSWERS THE BELL

LISBON,OH- What was a rollercoaster of emotions for Lisbon’s Logan Bell quickly turned into a dream come true.

The Lisbon Ace signed on with Chris Sabo’s University of Akron Baseball team officially on Monday. Bell has solid career numbers as a Blue Devil with an 18-6 record, 1.67 ERA, and 180 strikeouts to his credit. Logan also has paced the offense with his offense with a career .387 batting average with 58 RBI including 3 HR.

Bell looks to take the hill at the next level with his blazing 90 MPH fastball, and his bucket of off-speed that keeps hitters guessing. He will also serve as a foundational piece of the reformed Akron Baseball team that last played in 2015.

Logan will also be studying numbers off the field as he plans on majoring in accounting.

From all of us at YSN, we wish Logan the best of luck at the next level as a Zip.

YOUNGSTOWN GUMBO

In the south there’s a great dish that is a collection of ingredients when by themselves are average, but when stewed together over the course of hours or days, it becomes a great, hearty meal that is a fan favorite by everyone.

In Youngstown we have a player that has seasoning from his travels, a great arm, defensively solid, an outstanding bat, and is as smart as they come.  Youngstown Gumbo comes to us in form of Junior Catcher, Tanner Montgomery.

Youngstown State Baseball 2019 Photo Day – Dec. 7, 2018 (Photo by David Dermer)

Montgomery has been thrust into the starting role as an upperclassman to help lead the Penguins.  Last year he proved his worth when he did not commit an error in 18 chances in the field.  Montgomery also was 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in five Horizon League games, and by the time conference action comes around in 2019, “Youngstown Gumbo” will be even more seasoned, and ready to serve it up to his opponents.

Youngstown State Baseball 2019 Photo Day – Dec. 7, 2018 (Photo by David Dermer)

YSN’s Steve Leslie sat down with the kid from Akron for this week’s YSU Baseball Player Profile: YOUNGSTOWN GUMBO.

GIRARD INDIANS FIND NEW TRIBE AT NEXT LEVEL

The Girard Indians held their signings today for their student-athletes.  We wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and thank them for allowing us to share in their big day!  Good luck at the next level, Indians.  We’ll be cheering for you!

 

SIGNINGS INCLUDE:

Brennan Kuzman- LAKE ERIE COLLEGE SOCCER

Marco Donatelli- AKRON FOOTBALL /Terrance Davis- AKRON FOOTBALL / Daryl Smith- NOTRE DAME COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Jenna Bornemiss – PENN STATE SHENANGO VOLLEBALL