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THE SALEM ROCKET

SALEM, OH-  In the latest episode of the YSN Player Profile podcast, we had the distinct pleasure of profiling an incredible young talent who has captivated our attention for the past four years: Carson Rhodes. As a standout baseball player for the Salem Quakers, Carson’s journey is a beacon of dedication, hard work, and leadership. We chased Carson, humorously noted by host DJ Yokley, “like the dragon,” and finally captured his thoughts as he prepares to transition to collegiate baseball at Virginia Tech.

Carson Rhodes has had his share of ups and downs throughout his high school baseball career. Reflecting on the team’s performance, Carson described the extraordinary transformation from a rocky regular season to a strong playoff run in 2023.

“During the season, we were very inexperienced, [with] a lot of young guys,” Carson explained. “So, me and a couple of other senior guys really tried to rally around and get the guys to learn the game.”
The team’s perseverance paid off, significantly improving their defense, which Carson acknowledged as a pivotal factor in their playoff success. “In the tournament, it’s been crazy how much different our defense has gotten…everybody had to step up and make plays. And right now, we’re making plays at the perfect time.”

Carson, along with teammate Lance Bailey, has been instrumental in guiding younger players through the trials and tribulations of high school baseball. Recounting his experiences, Carson praised the camaraderie and mentorship crucial in fostering a winning environment.
“Watching even for me, just watching [my brother] Lane lead that team the way he did and those senior guys…watching those guys lead us the way they did…we knew how to make it that far. And to make it that far, you have to have leaders.”

Facing immense pressure is something Carson has learned to handle with grace. Given his early commitment to Virginia Tech, opponents often saw pitching against Carson as a challenge they wanted to conquer, adding another layer of intensity to each game he played.
“Every team is so fired up every time I pitch…I’ve learned to kind of block that out, take a couple of deep breaths between every pitch…just other teams love it when I don’t succeed against them, I guess.”

As for his future, Carson couldn’t be more eager to step onto the collegiate stage with the Hokies. With a new pitching lab and a robust program awaiting him, his goals are clear: to outwork everyone and make an immediate impact.
“I want to get down there on the right foot…I want to be a guy that goes in there, works hard, and hopefully get some innings as a freshman.

Finally, Carson highlighted the values instilled in him by his family, which will continue to guide him as he moves forward.
“Everybody in my family is just a hard worker, and they’re always determined. If they have something on their plate, they’re going to get it done.”

With immense talent and an unwavering drive, Carson Rhodes’ future looks incredibly bright. Here’s to his next chapter at Virginia Tech and beyond.

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QUAKERS UPSET FIELD; ADVANCE TO DISTRICTS

MOGADORE, OH- On the mound, both teams brought their A-game Wednesday, but Salem Quakers edged out Field Falcons with a tight 3-2 upset victory. Lance Bailey was the workhorse for Salem, going the distance with a complete seven innings, yielding just two unearned runs while fanning three.

The game hung in balance until the seventh inning when Salem seized the lead. With the scoreboard knotted at two, Colin Riesen hit into what could have been a rally-killing double play, yet Salem managed to sneak a run across the plate to grab the lead.

Field Falcons initially fired up the scoreboard in the first, thanks to a single from Caden Kolesar and a walk from Kayden Smith, each bringing a run home.

Salem responded in the sixth, tying the game when Marshall Boron delivered a clutch single.

Bailey clinched the win for Salem, navigating through four hits across his outing. On the other side, Deagan Yutzy took a tough loss for the Falcons, stepping in late but holding his ground without surrendering hits or runs. Landon Homan started for Field, tossing six-plus innings, striking out five while giving up three runs.

At the plate, Boron made his hit count with a crucial RBI. Trenton McCoy and Troy Gibson sparked Salem’s lineup with two hits apiece, keeping the pressure on Field’s defense. Salem’s fielding was sharp, turning two double plays to stifle potential rallies.

For Field Falcons, Sam Confer, Kolesar, Grady Eader, and Homan each bagged a hit. Kolesar also notched an RBI, tying the game early on. Eader showcased speed on the bases, swiping two, while Drexal McAmis worked the count for three walks, demonstrating Field’s strategic patience at the plate.

As both teams flashed leather with two double plays each, the matchup proved a defensive gem as much as a pitching duel. Salem looks to carry this hard-fought momentum into their next game at the District level, while Field’s season comes to a close.

WARRIORS FALL IN EXTRAS TO LCC

HARTVILLE, OH- In a heart-stopping showdown that stretched to eleven innings, West Branch Warriors fell to Lake Center Christian Tigers 4-3 on Monday, with Dylan Maninga delivering the game-ending hit to drive in the winning run.

The Warriors kicked things off in the top of the first, capitalizing on a couple of fielding errors by Lake Center Christian to grab an early lead. However, the Tigers quickly countered in their half of the first with Harrison Coblentz smashing a double and Maninga following up with a single to even the score.

The pitching duel intensified as the game wore on. For Lake Center, Nathan Bryant kicked things off on the mound, yielding just one hit and three unearned runs across over six innings while fanning four. Caleb Shelly, who took over in the eleventh, threw a clean sheet to clinch the win.

West Branch’s pitching saw Aaron Tucker start, surrendering three runs over seven solid innings. Gavin Bell, who eventually shouldered the loss, gave up the decisive run in his three-plus innings of work.

The West Branch lineup saw hits from Hunter Shields, Charlie Biskup, and Jeremiah Thomas, with both Thomas and Anthony Perry driving in runs. The team was sharp defensively, turning two double plays to keep the game tight.

On the flip side, Maninga and Grant Coblentz were the offensive stars for Lake Center Christian, each bagging a couple of hits and combining for all four RBI, sealing a dramatic win for the Tigers.

BOARDMAN BUSTS OUT IN EXTRAS

MARLINGTON, OH- Grayson Eicher was on fire with three hits as Boardman took down Marlington 6-1 on their turf at Marlington. Eicher kicked things off with singles in the first and fifth innings, then sealed the deal with a clutch two-RBI single in the ninth.

The game was quiet until Boardman’s Landon Whippo laced a double to bring in a run in the second. Marlington answered in the fifth, tying it up with a Drew Simmons double.

But Boardman wasn’t done yet. They exploded in the ninth, cranking out five runs to clinch the game. Tyler Kirlik was stellar on the mound, handing out zeros in all but one inning over eight strong, striking out seven along the way to snag the win. Isaiah Andrews shouldered the loss for Marlington after a tough outing where he allowed one run over more than six innings.

Boardman’s bats were buzzing all game, racking up 16 hits. Whippo wasn’t just a one-hit wonder; he drove in three runs, going 3-for-5. Kirlik, Charlie Young, and Adam Konnerth each had multiple hits, contributing to the team’s hefty hit count. Defensively, Boardman was flawless, with Young leading with eight plays.

For Marlington, Simmons brought in their only run, while Parker Woods added a couple of hits. Wyatt Dillon nabbed two bags, but the Diamond Dukes just couldn’t spark enough offense to keep up.

Next up, Boardman heads to Lakeview on Thursday, looking to keep the momentum rolling.

BRANCH LOCKS DOWN MOONEY OFFENSE

STRUTHERS, OH- Tuesday’s showdown at the mound was a nail-biter, but West Branch squeaked by Cardinal Mooney with a 1-0 victory. Aaron Tucker was solid as a rock for West Branch, punching out five and walking just two across seven shutout innings to snag the win.

Both sides were challenged on the basepaths as each team were picked off of first base at least once in the contest.

The lone run came in the fourth when Hunter Shields cracked a single to bring a runner home. Tucker and Shields were in sync, knocking two hits apiece and setting the pace for West Branch.

On the flip side, Cardinal Mooney’s Jonathan Brenner matched Tucker’s seven innings but allowed that crucial run among six hits. Despite his strong showing, he walked away with the loss.

Shields wasn’t just swinging; he was everywhere on the field, handling seven plays without a hitch. Cardinal Mooney’s defense was on point too, with Gabe Saunders swinging a hot bat with two hits and Vince Gentile locking down the infield.

Both teams flaunted some slick glove work, with Cardinal Mooney turning two double plays to keep things tight.

West Branch is gearing up to host GlenOak next Wednesday, hoping to carry the momentum forward, while Mooney will host Howland in the nightcap tomorrow night at 7pm.

SIXTH INNING PROVES THE DIFFERENCE FOR HOWLAND

HOWLAND, OH- The Howland Tigers took down Salem 9-4 on Monday in a game that really heated up in the later innings.

The Tigers kicked things off in the first inning with Dominic Santee driving one home and Aidan Anders bringing in another run with a sacrifice fly, setting the stage early.

Luca Fronzaglio then amped up the lead to 3-0 in the second inning with a crisp single.

The real action unfolded in the fifth inning when Howland erupted for six runs. Santee and Brayden Kovarik each slapped singles to bring in runs, Richie Ansel worked a bases-loaded walk, Keaton Perry forced in a run on a fielder’s choice, Fronzaglio took another walk that scored a run, and a wild pitch let another runner scamper home.

Brendan Ray was solid on the mound for Howland, pitching a full seven innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five. On the other side, Salem’s Riesen struggled, surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits over four innings.

At the dish, Howland totaled 11 hits with Santee and Ray each grabbing a couple. The lineup showed balance with runs batted in from Fronzaglio, Santee, Kovarik, Anders, Ansel, and Perry. The base paths were busy too, with Fronzaglio and Santee swiping multiple bags as part of six total steals.

For Salem, Gibson knocked in two runs, highlighting a lineup where several managed to get hits, but couldn’t string enough together to challenge Howland’s lead. Despite the loss, Salem was flawless in the field, with Colbert getting involved in several plays.

Howland is gearing up to face Cardinal Mooney next Wednesday, hoping to carry over their momentum.

AVIATORS RALLY PAST FITCH LATE

ALLIANCE, OH- Coming off the heels of clinching a share of the AAC Crown, Austintown-Fitch fell to Alliance 6-2 on Thursday in a game where early runs shaped the outcome.

Austintown-Fitch struck first when Jackson Cheeks knocked a single to bring in a run. But Alliance quickly flipped the script in their half of the first. Ryan Bruni smacked a double that drove in two runs, swinging the momentum Alliance’s way with a 2-1 lead.

Chris Hall was the standout on the mound for Alliance, holding Austintown-Fitch to just two unearned runs over more than six innings, striking out four along the way. Anthony Wibert shouldered the loss for Austintown-Fitch, allowing three runs across four and a third innings.

Cheeks managed a hit and an RBI for Austintown-Fitch, but it was Frank Senediak who was on fire at the plate, bagging three hits to try to spark his team. Austintown-Fitch’s defense was on point too, turning two double plays.

For Alliance, Bruni wasn’t just a hero with the bat, driving in three runs on his lone hit of the day. Samuel Gress and Bo Davis also made noise. Gress collected a pair of hits and swiped two bases, while Davis worked the count for two walks, contributing to the team’s six-walk day. Alliance was aggressive on the bases, stealing seven bags in total.

Next up, Austintown-Fitch heads to face Ursuline on Monday, hoping to rebound against a familiar foe.

BRANCH HOLDS OFF SALEM RALLY TO TAKE GAME ONE

SALEM, OH- The West Branch Warriors built a solid 6-run cushion by the sixth inning and narrowly clinched a 7-5 win over the Salem Quakers on Tuesday, despite a late rally from Salem.

Aaron Tucker was on fire for West Branch, banging out three hits. He got things rolling with singles in the first, third, and fourth innings, really setting the tone for his team.

West Branch jumped ahead early, scoring in the first when Jeremiah Thomas worked a walk that brought a runner home. Salem quickly responded, tying it up at 1-all when Carson Rhodes blasted a homer to left field in the bottom half.

The Warriors broke the deadlock in the fourth. Tucker came through with another RBI single, followed by Hunter Shields who added a single of his own, pushing their lead to 4-1.

Anthony Perry was solid on the mound for West Branch, limiting Salem to just one run on four hits over five innings, striking out seven. Rhodes, on the other hand, struggled a bit for Salem, giving up four runs across five innings in the losing effort.

West Branch wasn’t just hitting well—they were disciplined at the plate, drawing eight walks. Boston Mulinix, Perry, and Thomas each took two free passes, helping to keep the pressure on Salem’s pitchers.

In the later innings, Shields continued to be a key player, driving in two runs and anchoring the middle of the lineup. Perry also had a good day with the bat, notching two hits.

West Branch was aggressive on the bases, swiping six in total, with Perry and Thomas causing havoc for Salem’s defense. Defensively, the Warriors were flawless, notching zero errors, with Shields involved in 11 plays.

For Salem, Troy Gibson put up a strong fight, driving in two runs on a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Cyle Burt and Rhodes also had multiple hits, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

The two teams are set to face off again on Wednesday, and if this game was any indication, it’s going to be another intense matchup.

THE SOMMERS OF SALEM; QUAKERS WALK IT OFF

SALEM, OH- It all came down to the last swing on Monday when Salem Quakers snatched a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Cardinal Mooney, thanks to Keegan Sommers’ clutch walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.

Pitching was top-notch on both sides. Salem’s pitchers managed to strike out one, while Cardinal Mooney’s Ben Oddis racked up six Ks.

Salem jumped ahead early in the first inning, capitalizing on a passed ball to score. However, an error by Salem in the fifth let Cardinal Mooney even the score at one apiece.

Marshall Boron was stellar on the mound for Salem, going the distance with a seven-inning outing, giving up just one unearned run on four hits, with a couple of walks and a strikeout. On the flip side, Ben Oddis was the hard-luck loser for Mooney, surrendering two runs (one earned) across nearly seven innings, while striking out six.

At the plate, Carson Rhodes led Salem with two hits from the top of the order. Sommers, who went 1-for-3, delivered when it mattered most, driving in the game-winning run.

For Cardinal Mooney, Kaden Reese was a menace at the top of the lineup, snagging three hits in four at-bats and swiping four bases, part of a total of seven steals for Mooney. They also played sharp in the field, not committing a single error, with Trent Litman getting in on plenty of action with eight chances.

Next up, Salem stays home to face West Branch on Tuesday, riding high from their dramatic win and looking to keep the momentum rolling.  Mooney will prepare for Ursuline on Wednesday at Bob Cene  Park.

 

BAILEY’S BIG DAY KEEPS THE CATS AT BAY

SALEM, OH- Lance Baileyput on a show,  racking up three hits as the Salem Quakers cruised to a 10-0 shutout against the Struthers Wildcats on Friday. Bailey was everywhere, knocking singles in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

The Quakers set the tone early, jumping ahead in the first inning after Troy Gibson drew a walk that brought in a run. They tacked on another in the second when Carson Rhodes grounded out, but the real explosion came in the sixth inning. They unleashed five runs off seven hits, with Bailey, Trenton McCoy, and Austin Chaffin delivering big hits to drive in runs.

McCoy was stellar on the mound, tossing a gem by allowing just two hits and zero runs over six innings, fanning eight. On the other side, Michael Scavnicky had a rough go, giving up eight runs across five innings for the Wildcats.

The Quakers’ bats were hot, amassing a total of 21 hits. McCoy went a perfect 4-for-4, leading the charge, while Chaffin, Gibson, and Bailey each knocked in two runs. The team was aggressive on the bases, swiping six bags, with Rhodes stealing two himself.

For Struthers, Scavnicky and Eddie Bradley managed to pick up a hit each in a tough outing where they also turned a double play.

Next, the Quakers are set to face the Cardinal Huskies on Saturday. With momentum on their side, they’re looking to keep the wins coming.