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BOARDMAN CAPTURES DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP IN THRILLER

BOARDMAN, OH- In one of the wildest games you’ll ever witness, and despite trailing by six runs, Boardman staged a thrilling comeback to beat Canfield 11-9 on Monday at the Fields of Dreams and raising the 2024 District 2 Championship Banner.

Canfield jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Peyton Veres doubled, driving in two runs, followed by another run on a separate play. They extended their lead in the second with Jake Smith’s single and a dropped third strike by Boardman, each bringing in a run. In the third, Jake Kibby’s single made it 6-0.

Boardman fought back, tying the game at eight in the top of the sixth thanks to Evan Letendre’s groundout. They then took a 9-8 lead in the eighth when Dom Viglio singled to score a run. Canfield tied it up again in the bottom of the inning with a single from Jake.

In the top of the ninth, Boardman pulled ahead for good after an error by Canfield and an RBI single from Letendre, each scoring a run.

Chase Walker secured the win for Boardman, allowing one hit and no runs over 1 2/3 innings, striking out four. Mason Erjavic took the loss for Canfield, pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits, striking out six and walking four. Max Sutch started for Boardman, giving up six hits and six runs (five earned) over three innings, striking out seven and walking three. Mark Horvath was on the mound first for Canfield, allowing four hits and four runs (one earned) over 3 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three. Mason McLelland threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Boardman, striking out five and walking three.

Chase Walker and Matthew Murphy each had two hits for Boardman. Andrew Marks, Evan, and Dom each drove in a run. Boardman showed patience at the plate, drawing seven walks and playing error-free defense, with Evan handling 14 chances in the field.

Canfield collected 10 hits, with Peyton, Jake, Mason, and Jake each getting two. Peyton, Mason, and Jake each drove in two runs. Dom Nicastro led with three walks, and the team drew 11 walks overall.

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CELEBRATING CARLOS

AUSTINTOWN, OH- On our latest episode of YSN’s podcast, we were graced by the presence of a true baseball legend, Carlos Baerga. A linchpin of the mid-90s Cleveland Indians, Baerga’s luminous career is marked by his gold glove defense, silver slugger prowess, and infectious enthusiasm for the game. This episode was a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, and heartfelt reflections from one of baseball’s beloved heroes.

Carlos Baerga didn’t hesitate when asked about his favorite teams during his tenure with the Cleveland Indians. When DJ Yokley posed the question of whether 1995 or 1997 was the better team, Baerga responded with palpable nostalgia, “I have to say that 1995 was a special, yeah, was a special thing… They already got three hall of Fames. They gonna have Omar Bisquell, Manny Ramirez, that’s five… You guys had the opportunity to watch one of the best clubs in the game.”

This team resilience was not only a factor on the field but also a mindset that drove them game after game. “Every time we step in the field, we believed we were going to win,” Baerga remarked. “When you win hundred games, 140, that’s amazing.”

Baerga’s career is peppered with unforgettable moments, and one such instance was his two-home-run feat in a single inning against the Yankees. Recalling the moment, Baerga shared, “I don’t even know it was a record… For me to do it, I don’t even know it was a record.”

His connection with Puerto Rico was significant too. He proudly reflected on his accomplishment with the World Baseball Classic team and the grand stage of baseball, “To put that uniform for Puerto Rico, it was something special.”

As a father and mentor, Baerga offers sage advice, drawn from his vast reservoir of experience and observations in the game today. To aspiring players, he emphasized the value of education first, considering the current competitive landscape of professional baseball, “I want the parents to know, send your kids to school first, go to college and in there you’re gonna know if you got the opportunity.”
For younger children just starting their baseball journey, Baerga underscored the importance of appreciating sacrifices made by their parents, “You know how much it cost that glove, those spikes, that bag… give thanks to your family, to your parents and that’s very important.”

Not one to mince words, Baerga expressed his concerns about some of the modern changes to the game, particularly the pitch clock, “The clock is killing the pitching staff right now… there’s so many Tommy Jones this year than never before.”

He is dismayed at the shift towards prioritizing game speed over tradition and quality, adding, “The fan doesn’t care how many hours they’re going to be there of the game… When you have a good merchandise in the field, I’m talking about players, and you win it, nobody want to go home.”

Before signing off, co-host Sam Torres personally thanked Baerga, acknowledging not just his skill, but the inspiration he provided to fans. Emotional and sincere, Sam shared, “I just wanted to tell you thank you as somebody who got to watch and grow up and watch somebody from my father’s homeland and from my descent play the game at such a high level.

Baerga reciprocated with genuine gratitude, “Thank you very much to you guys and thank you for the job that you guys do.”

Carlos Baerga currently champions for Cleveland Guardians and warmly invited fans to experience the excitement of live games, “I want you to come to the ballpark… We are first place and we’re going to the playoffs.”

Our conversation with Carlos Baerga wasn’t just an interview; it was a journey through history, filled with wisdom and passion that continue to inspire fans old and new. As Cleveland fans and baseball enthusiasts, we look forward to more legendary moments, on and off the field, with heroes like Carlos Baerga leading the way.

CANFIELD BASEBALL COACH’S CORNER (EP 1) WITH MATT WEYMER

CANFIELD, OH-  Canfield High School’s baseball program is gearing up for an exciting new chapter under the leadership of its newly appointed head coach, Matt Weymer. This first episode of “Canfield Baseball Coach’s Corner” with host DJ Yokley provided a deep dive into Weymer’s past experiences, his passion for the game, and his anticipations for Canfield’s future.

Weymer comes to Canfield with a rich history, having previously found success at Springfield and Ursuline. Speaking on his coaching journey, Weymer shared, “When you start coaching, you’re just so excited to get that first job. And I was really lucky at Springfield to kind of have that success.” He attributed much of his growth and development to these early experiences.

Reflecting on his tenure as an assistant coach at Canfield under Gary Niddle, Weymer noted the value of stepping back to gain new perspectives. “I had never been an assistant before,” he explained. “[It] really allowed me to kind of take that aerial view, if you will, and just really recharge my batteries a little bit.”

For Weymer, taking on this role is personal and deeply entwined with his family. Living in Canfield, coaching at Canfield, and having his young son Phil by his side represent a unique and fulfilling opportunity. “Phil’s probably the most excited person,” Weymer enthused. “When we told him that I was going to get the job, he said, ‘Does this mean I get to go with the baseball boys all the time?’”
#### Balancing Tradition with Innovation

When it comes to traditions, Weymer is mindful about ensuring they retain their meaning. The Canfield baseball team has a tradition of bleaching their hair — a practice that has sparked curiosity. When asked about it, Weymer said, “Sometimes traditions can run out their welcome. Sometimes you do them not because you buy into what it means, but just because, well, they’ve always done it, so we have to do it.”
He added, “I want the kids to feel like it means something, you know, to get back in touch with this idea of, hey, yeah, it’s a tradition, but…why don’t we find out what the root of that tradition was?”

Key to Weymer’s approach is fostering a transparent line of communication between himself, his players, and their parents. “A big part of it’s just communication with the kids, the parents. You want to be as transparent as possible,” Weymer emphasized. “If you’re upfront and you’re transparent, and then you stick to those principles…every kid deserves to be coached. Every kid should reach their full potential.”

The future looks bright for Canfield baseball, especially given the wealth of talent returning to the field. Weymer is excited to leverage this potential, stating, “The expectations couldn’t be higher…as a coach, that’s what you would want. You want to take over a situation where people expect great things from you.”

With a solid foundation under previous coaches and a clear vision for the program’s advancement, Weymer is set to lead the Canfield Cardinals into an era of continued excellence. “Can’t feel baseball is and always, hopefully, will be very successful,” he concluded, capturing the spirit of optimism and determination that he brings to the role.

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KNITTLE TO MAKE YSN ALL-STAR GAME HIS SWAN SONG

CANFIELD, OH- Over the last 11 seasons, Canfield Baseball Coach Gary Knittle has certainly made his mark.  As a coach, he’s helped lead the Cardinals to a 99-27 record over then 11 year span which qualifies him as the highest winning percentage in Canfield Baseball history.  Knittle also holds a 38-4 record in the AAC which also places him at the top of winning percentage in Cardinal history.

With all the accolades that Knittle has gained over the last decade, it’s the difference that he’s made in the lives of his players that the community will miss the most—placing player after player, year after year in college baseball, in the midst of his own battles that include one for his life in a bout with cancer.

Knittle gave an exclusive quote to YSN after learning about his decision to walk away from his position as Head Coach of the Canfield Cardinals after the 2024 season.

“Over the past 11 seasons, I have been blessed to be part of the Canfield Cardinals baseball program. It has been an honor to be on the short list of Head Coaches in our storied tradition. However, all good things must come to an end. and after much consideration, I have decided to step away as the Head Baseball Coach at Canfield High School. “Family” is how we break every practice and after every game, and that is what we preach to our young men in our program. It is why former alumni show up in force as we make our runs in tournament play.

It is why former and current players help out in our youth programs in Canfield. It is also why we have had such great success. We could also not have had all the success without the tireless hours our entire coaching staff has poured into our “Family”. It is a year-round commitment. The coaching staffs that I have worked with over the years are the best in the state and I would argue that with anyone. I thank you for helping our “Family” over the years. While I have gained a huge “Family” while being part of the Canfield Cardinal baseball program, I also have a “Family” at home that I need to focus on. Though I have tried to keep my battle with Cancer these past two seasons off the radar, it’s hard to hide getting treatment every couple of weeks.

It has been a valuable lesson for our players as they truly understand that there are a lot bigger things in life to worry about other than going Outer or losing a game in walk off fashion. At home my unbelievable wife has been the Head Coach of our team in the Winter and Spring the last 11 seasons and she is undefeated! But it is time to enjoy being a husband and dad watching my son’s hockey games and my daughter cheering The memories made during my time at Canfield are ones that I will never forget. Winning 24 games in a row, all the Spring trips down South, watching over two dozen former players continuing their careers at the collegiate level, but most importantly watching these young men go on to do great things in the community and give back to the “Family” that is what Canfield Cardinal Baseball is all about!

Bear Out! Go Cards!”

 

WE ARE IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

By DJ Yokley

COLUMBIANA, OH- There’s a scene in the series finale of NBC’s The Office where the happy-go-lucky, musically-inclined character, Andy Bernard mentions “I wish there was a way to know you’re” in the Good Old Days before you’ve actually left them.”

For sports in Northeast Ohio: They’re here, folks.

You see, the good old days are not just felt with wins and losses, they’re parlayed with competitive balance (not the OHSAA kind,) with a dash of generational talents, incredible coaches, knowledgable fan-bases, and an opportunity to be seen by more than just those in their community.

The last decade in this region has put our area back on the map.  While we’ve patiently awaited manufacturers to come back, and jobs have come and gone- our sports have shined through.  Our area of the state has a hunger for sports like no other- and not just when the trees lose their leaves.  We all know and bow down to football, but it’s fact that there are more of our student-athletes playing on a diamond at the next level than any other sport.  You look at this time of year, and our tiny place on the map we call home has representatives at all four different levels competing to win championships, our boys aren’t far behind.

I’m not taking anything away from players of yesteryear- they’re all being enshrined in halls all over for the work they did, but they were at a disadvantage with who could see them, and who heard their name called throughout the year.  Simply put, nobody told the fans, the coaches, the media, or the players that those moments were the best we’d have until their kid’s names were on the backs of jerseys.

It’d be a tragedy to see that happen again in this region.

In 2022, we witnessed what we felt was impossible when Canfield and South Range struck gold in back-to-back games in the OHSAA State Championship.  We’ve seen the return of high expectations for Ursuline football and basketball, and the championship story continues for Warren JFK in nearly every sport they compete in.  Fitch, Canfield, and South Range return to the states where we saw Austintown Fitch battle their way to a 2023 title, and look to repeat again.  Champion continues to be a household name in most circles thanks to Hall of Fame Coach, Cheryl Weaver.  We’ve seen other sports like soccer,  bowling, and lacrosse really truly excel including Howland’s soccer run was one we may never witness again.  Boardman’s State Bowling Title this year.  Archbishop Hoban Boys Basketball ending the draught in hoops with a gold trophy, and another great run the following year.  West Branch and Salem girls basketball of the last few years have been remarkable with the superior talent on the court and on the sidelines.

We’re sending over 100 athletes to Dayton this weekend to compete for championship(s) for their respective schools in track and field.  Absolutely unheard of.

I know I’m missing teams, and the list does certainly go on.

While most people play schools from the MAC, and need new shorts- its OUR teams that never waiver, and bring the best games to those teams.  Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn, but my point is that it takes two to tango in today’s day and age, and while that particular conference to the West has a fair share of titles, it’s understanding in the back of their mind that they’ll see our school’s on the other side of the bracket that keeps the dynasty talk muffled.

Our talent is significantly better than it’s ever been- and before all you Summer Joe Torre’s start barking about travel ball- my estimation is the work that is done in the offseason is the biggest difference-maker for these teams.  Studies show a direct correlation between understanding the game better, knowing their bodies better, and simply training and playing multiple sports boost student-athletes in several categories.  The days of specialization are done, or are at least reserved for the elite (no, sadly that’s probably not you.) With the construction of indoor facilities like Athletix in Columbiana popping up, athletes have scientific data to get better and aren’t just working hard, they understand strengths and weaknesses, and attack them with their own data- and the last decade has shown technology if used in the proper context, instead of a carnival game- excels those who participate regularly.

Surely, some doubters will tell us about “how soft” this generation of athletes are with wanting to look good, to feel good, to play good.  However, just remember those bicycle shorts you used to think made you look officially like a coach on the sidelines.

We are sending more student-athletes to college than ever before.  More skilled tradesmen and women than ever before.  This is the era this area has been salivating for a generous helping and a big thank you is owed to sports.

This particular generation over the last decade has proved our area’s work ethic.  In the open sea of college recruiting in today’s era, coaches would rather fish in the murky waters of a portal than the clean springs of high schools.  Loyalty is rare in college sports, the athletes will put something on tape and will jump to the next best opportunity for them and their families.  I don’t blame them, and I would never judge- but it just seals the deal for me that high school and amateur sports are one of the last things that we can hold sacred in sports.

This area, while fiercely competitive, gets it.

We pull for the teams that continue even though our team didn’t.  We either show up or tune in to watch this area succeed with that glimmer of hope and maybe a misty eye when the final score is posted.

We understand that when COVID killed our sports seasons, it was more important than ever to become creative at home and perhaps get a golf club into the student-athletes’ hands for the first time.  Not to mention the first major events back to a somewhat normal level?  Sports.

This area continues to excel in all levels of sports, not just because we’re good.  It’s because in some cases, these memories we create now are the only ways to restore the flames of what once was.

A story.

A picture.

A memento.

Paying homage.

As I prepare and reflect on the potential these next 2 weeks of competition could bring to the area, I wish ALL the teams well- bring home the gold, enjoy every moment, and cherish every memory.

These are the good old days, folks.  I’m here to tell you.

HERALDS BATS STAY HOT IN DISTRICT SEMI WIN OVER MCDONALD

Photo Credit: Joclyn Nicholas

Parma, OH- The St. John Heralds looked sharp against the McDonald Blue Devils, winning 12-2 in the District semi-final game of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Tuesday. The Heralds wasted no time in establishing their lead, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Williams walked, Anthony Severino singled, and the Heralds scored their first run on a wild pitch. Kyle Hejduk and AJ Henslee followed with RBI singles, giving the Heralds a 3-0 lead.

The Heralds extended their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of a double by Williams. They continued to pile on the runs in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five more on four hits. Joe Cappuzzello induced Aaron Wychock to hit into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored. Henslee drew a walk, scoring another run, and Will Anderson and Brady Cole each added an RBI single.

Will Anderson started the game for the Heralds, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings, while striking out nine and walking two. Klase, the starting pitcher for the Blue Devils, surrendered 10 hits and seven runs over four innings, striking out three and walking four.

The Heralds’ offensive onslaught was highlighted by a 15-hit performance. Henslee, the number nine hitter, led the way with two RBIs, going 2-for-2 on the day. Cole, Bryson Vennitti, Williams, Henslee, Severino, Ezra Campbell, and Hejduk each collected two hits for the Heralds, who showed patience at the plate, amassing six walks.

For the Blue Devils, Logan Presco, Hickox, Zach Shobal, and Brady Klockner each collected one hit. Presco and Shobal drove in the team’s only two runs. The Blue Devils played flawless defense, not committing a single error, with Avery Maley handling the most chances in the field with six.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Heralds will move on in the tournament to play the Hillsdale Falcons on Thursday 05/23/24 at 5pm at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma for the district championship.

RISHEL LEADS THE WAY AS JFK PUNCHES TICKET TO FINALS

NILES, OH- Jaden Rishel had a stellar game, driving in four runs on three hits to lead Kennedy past Maplewood 6-1 on Tuesday in the District Semifinals at Wilder Field. Rishel knocked in runs with singles in the second, fourth, and sixth innings.

The bottom of Kennedy’s lineup was clutch, with Santino Ciambotti, Rishel, and Nico Ciminero combining for six of the team’s 12 hits, scoring once and driving in six runs.

Kennedy got on the board in the second when Rishel singled to bring in a run.

Rishel also shined on the mound, going the distance and giving up just two hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two. Coleton Logan took the loss for Maplewood, pitching six innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, striking out five and walking two.

Taggart Carfangia, Andrew Lapolla, Micheal Bartoe, and Ciminero each had multiple hits for Kennedy.

For Maplewood, Logan and Kenyan Clover each had a hit. Zach Suba drove in the lone run for the Rockets, who also turned two double plays in the game.

The Eagles will return to action on Thursday against either Mineral Ridge or Jackson Milton at 5pm.

HE’S GOT YOUR BAX

CANFIELD, OH- In a thrilling episode of YSN Player Profile, South Range senior Logan Baxter shared insights into his incredible journey on and off the baseball field. Set to join West Virginia University, Logan’s reflective narrative paints a picture of a dedicated, versatile athlete who has navigated challenges and triumphs with grace and an unwavering team spirit.

Logan’s versatility on the field is well-known. He’s filled numerous roles, including catcher, shortstop, and pitcher. Reflecting on his favorite position, Logan shared, “I’d probably say shortstop. Just kind of being that guy that can control the entire team, be there to help my guys.” Despite stepping into various roles due to team needs, an extensive understanding of the game has been key to his success. As Logan explained, “I’ve played for such a long time that I think I know what to do in almost every situation. Moving spots doesn’t really bother me.”

Logan’s clutch performances have been crucial for the South Range Raiders, particularly in high-stakes situations. When asked about handling pressure, Logan admitted, “I’d say I’m a little bit calm. I get up there and I think, ‘I can do this. This is my time to do it.’ It’s about doing whatever you can to get these guys in, and whatever happens, happens.”

His contributions have been pivotal in helping South Range reach and win district titles consistently. Commenting on this legacy, Logan noted, “I think it is kind of the expectation, going there three straight years now, fourth, and winning it three straight years. You’ve got eyes watching you. You gotta put on a show.”

The bond among the senior class at South Range has been another significant factor in their success. Logan emphasized, “I’ve known Luke since I was probably in second grade. Tyler and Luke for eight years since I was like 10 or 12… we know what each other need.” This camaraderie has fostered a unique team dynamic, where mutual support and understanding are pivotal. “We’re more unified than a lot of other teams. It’s something special to see, and it can make a team go a long way,” said Logan.

As Logan steps towards a future at West Virginia University, he remains grounded in his roots. His reflection on representing South Range showcases his deep connection to the community. “I’ve been here since kindergarten. I grew up watching my brother play baseball. That’s who I looked up to. Putting on that jersey, seeing how much of an impact it has on people inside and outside the program, it’s really special.”

When asked about his post-high school aspirations, Logan, ever the contemplative thinker, shared, “I think I am ready to hang up the cleats. But there’s always potential to come back. I love this sport.” Even contemplating a future in coaching, Logan enthused, “If coach offers, I’ll definitely do it. I could see myself being a big part of that coaching staff.”

Logan’s life extends beyond baseball. A self-professed sports enthusiast, his passion spans various activities, including basketball and video games like “The Show.” When it comes to food, he revealed, “I probably have to say I’m a big steak guy. Medium, medium rare.” His humility and grounded nature reflect in his pursuits and interactions, whether on the field or off it.

Speaking about his heroes, Logan pointed to his family’s unwavering support, especially his brother, whom he emulates. “My parents, they’ve always been there for me. My biggest one is my brother. Just watching him when I was little, I always wanted to be like him.”

Logan Baxter’s journey is a testament to dedication, versatility, and team spirit. As he prepares to embark on a new chapter at WVU, his legacy at South Range will undoubtedly inspire future generations. With his blend of humility and tenacity, Logan Baxter represents the epitome of what it means to be a Raider.

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LABRAE PUTS REBELS ON LOCKDOWN

By Ty Bartell

STRUTHERS OH- For the third time this season, the LaBrae Vikings shut out the Crestview Rebels, this
time securing a 9-0 victory in the Division III Northeast 1 District Semi-Final.

Dylan Simpson, one of the Vikings’ aces, took the mound, while Ethan Feezle started for the Rebels. Crestview managed a leadoff walk, but Drew Datillio was caught stealing by Brogan Collins, who made an impressive throw from his knees. Feezle worked around an error and a single in the bottom of the first to keep the game scoreless.

Simpson navigated through some baserunners in the second inning, stranding a pair to end the Rebels’ two-out rally. Feezle retired LaBrae in order in the bottom half, maintaining the 0-0 scoreline after two innings.

In the third, Simpson breezed through a 1-2-3 inning, bringing the Vikings’ bats back to the plate quickly. LaBrae struck first with three consecutive one-out hits. An RBI single by Austin Rowe scored Owen Boone, followed by a grounder from Collins that resulted in two more runs due to a throwing error, putting LaBrae up 3-0.

Simpson continued to dominate, retiring the Rebels in order again in the fourth. The Vikings added three more runs in the bottom half, highlighted by an RBI double from Boone and a two-RBI single from Collins, extending the lead to 6-0.

In the fifth, Simpson recorded his third 1-2-3 inning. Boone brought home his second RBI with a single, scoring Nate Goldner, who had doubled earlier, to make it 7-0. Goldner later capped the scoring with a two-RBI double, his second of the game, pushing LaBrae’s lead to 9-0.

Boone recorded the save, pitching the final two innings and securing the win for Simpson, who delivered five innings of stellar work. The Vikings recorded their third shutout of Crestview this season, sweeping the series and ending the Rebels’ season at 11-10.

No. 3 seed LaBrae (18-5-1) will advance to the Division III Northeast 1 District Championship game against the top-seeded Perry Pirates (20-6) on Wednesday, May 22nd, at Bob Cene Park with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

 

 

ALL-NE8 BASEBALL SELECTIONS RELEASED

VIENNA, OH- The 2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference (NE8) baseball season saw outstanding performances from athletes across the region, culminating in Poland Seminary being crowned the Team Champions. Highlighting the season’s accolades, Tyler Wright from Hubbard was named the Player of the Year, a testament to his exceptional contributions on the field.

The First Team selections include a mix of skilled pitchers, infielders, and outfielders who have demonstrated their prowess throughout the season. Pitchers Tyson Tarajack from South Range and Braydon Songer from Hubbard led the mound, while infielders like Matt Paparodis of Poland Seminary and Andrew Kali of Hubbard showcased stellar defensive and offensive skills. The outfield was patrolled by talents such as Andrew Brown from Lakeview and Jacob Hayes from Poland Seminary, ensuring tight defense and explosive offensive plays.

The Second Team selections also feature notable players who have significantly contributed to their teams. Pitchers Joe Zuccaro of Poland Seminary and Cam Herrick of Girard provided reliable arms for their squads. Infielders Gabe Rusnak from Hubbard and Carmine Tukalo of Poland Seminary were instrumental in their infield plays, while outfielders like Kristopher Hrosar of Niles McKinley and Matt Boccieri of Poland Seminary added depth to their teams’ defensive lines.

The versatility and talent within the NE8 Conference were further exemplified by the selections of catchers, designated hitters, and utility players like Jaden Royal from Girard and Nathan Paolucci from Lakeview, who played crucial roles in their teams’ success.

Congratulations to all the players for their well-deserved recognition and for contributing to an exciting and competitive 2024 baseball season in the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference.

2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference Champions / Selections

**Team Champion(s):** Poland Seminary

**Player of the Year:** Tyler Wright, Hubbard

FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Tyson Tarajack, South Range
– Braydon Songer, Hubbard

– **Infielders:**
– Matt Paparodis, Poland Seminary
– Andrew Kali, Hubbard
– Hayden Newton, Lakeview
– Brennen Klasovsky, South Range

– **Outfielders:**
– Andrew Brown, Lakeview
– Jacob Hayes, Poland Seminary
– Joe Marsco, Girard
– Johnny Reyes, Hubbard
– Will Hynes, Girard

SECOND TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Joe Zuccaro, Poland Seminary
– Cam Herrick, Girard

– **Infielders:**
– Gabe Rusnak, Hubbard
– Carmine Tukalo, Poland Seminary
– Landon Turner, Niles McKinley
– Michael Scavnicky, Struthers

– **Outfielders:**
– Kristopher Hrosar, Niles McKinley
– Matt Boccieri, Poland Seminary
– Tyler Wardle, South Range

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Jaden Royal, Girard
– Nathan Paolucci, Lakeview