Baseball: Celina’s Lonsway Named WBL Player of the Year

(5-21-17) The Western Buckeye League announced their 2017 All Conference Baseball Team today.

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WBL Player of the Year – Seth Lonsway

(Celina photos courtesy Snap In Time Photography)

Celina LHP  pitcher Seth Lonsway (Sr) has been named the WBL Player of the Year. Lonsway has committed to play at Ohio State, but will be a target in the upcoming MLB draft.

Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell:

Seth Lonsway is a rare combination of talent and work-ethic. I have never seen someone dedicate themselves to a sport like he has to baseball and making himself as good as he can be.

In my mind he is now the best pitcher in the state and right there with the best in the country.

He his definitely a rare athlete but most importantly a rare person. He has gone through so much in his short life and has always maintained an exceptional personal standard and humility. He is always willing to help out with younger players, field maintenance or just any odd job I have for baseball or personally; he has always been there to help whoever needed it.

Wapakoneta Head Coach Jason Brandt was named as WBL Coach of the Year.

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Kole Murlin

Other Bulldogs named to the All-WBL team, Kole Murlin (Jr) was named to the second team, Isaiah Eichler (Sr) and Parker Maurer (Soph) were named to the third team.  Shawn Rose (Sr) was named Honorable Mention.

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Mauer and Eichler
2017 All-WBL Baseball Team
2017 All-WBL Baseball Team
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Shawn Rose
2017 WBL Champion - Wapakoneta
2017 WBL Champion – Wapakoneta – courtesy of @Wapak_Baseball twitter

 

Wapakoneta picked up the WBL Conference Championship going 8-1 on the season.

2017 WBL Standings
Teams			WBL Record
1.  Wapakoneta		8-1
2.  Defiance		7-2
2.  Kenton		7-2
4.  Celina		6-3
5.  Ottawa-Glandorf	5-4
5.  Bath		5-4
7.  Van Wert		3-6
7.  St. Marys		3-6
9.  Shawnee		1-8
10.  Elida		0-9

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Baseball:Ruling Not So ‘Rare’ In Georgia, You Be The Ump

(5-19-17)  -You be the umpire, how do you make the call?

What took place at a Georgia High School Association Tournament game last night:

Johns Creek thought it had won the game vs. Lee County on a bases loaded walk in the seventh inning, but the umpires ruled that the winning run was nullified because the runner going from second base to third base never touched third to complete the play. That kept the score at 3-3, Lee County would go on to win the game 5-3 with two runs in the top of the eighth. Part of argument claims umpires used improper mechanics and used cell phones on the field to discuss the call with outside sources. Johns Creek originally argued rule 4.09b of the Official Baseball Rules,  which they later abandoned in favor of the proper NFHS rule (NFHS rule 9-1-1).

GHSA Release:

Citing inappropriate conduct by the umpires at the end of regulation play, Johns Creek High School officials have appealed the ruling of GHSA Executive Director Gary Phillips that Wednesday night’s 5-3 extra-inning loss to Lee County must stand as played.

GHSA counsel Alan Connell has ruled that the appeal can go forward, so a four-member Appeal Board will convene at the GHSA office in Thomaston Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., to hear the Johns Creek case.

The controversy arose during the seventh inning of the second game of the Class 6A semifinal doubleheader in Leesburg Wednesday. Lee County won the first game 7-4, but Johns Creek appeared to even the series at one game apiece when the Gladiators received a bases-loaded walk with the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.

Lee County coach Brandon Brock approached the umpires with the contention that the Johns Creek runner on second base had not completed the play by touching third base. After a lengthy discussion, the umpires ruled that Brock was correct and, therefore, the winning run was disallowed.

The game then proceeded into extra innings and Lee County won 5-3 to apparently sweep the series 2-0 and advance to next week’s state championship.

 

The Result is now final:

Deliberation was held in an open forum. After the discussion ended, the appeals committee decided that it was a judgement call by the umpires and could not be reviewed. Video from the game was not allowed as part of the process and was not considered in the decision.

The GHSA Appeals committee would vote 3-1 against Johns Creek. To overturn the call an unanimous decision would have been needed.

After the meeting Johns Creek appealed the decision to the Board of Trustees of the GHSA with the hearing scheduled for this Monday at 10:00 am in Thomaston.

GHSA Release:

An Appeal Board voted 3-1 on Friday to deny Johns Creek High School’s appeal of a state semifinal baseball game with Lee County last Wednesday. Johns Creek and Lee County officials presented their arguments during a 90-minute meeting at the GHSA office in Thomaston Friday morning before the board voted to uphold the ruling that the game stands as played.

Johns Creek officials indicated after the meeting that they would appeal to the full GHSA Board of Trustees. That appeal, the final step in the GHSA appeals process, is expected to take place Monday morning, also in Thomaston.

Citing inappropriate conduct by the umpires at the end of regulation play, Johns Creek appealed the ruling of GHSA Executive Director Gary Phillips that Wednesday night’s 5-3 extra-inning loss to Lee County must stand as played. GHSA counsel Alan Connell ruled that the appeal could go forward, so the four-member Appeal Board convened at the GHSA office in Thomaston Friday morning to hear the case.

The controversy arose during the seventh inning of the second game of the Class 6A semifinal doubleheader in Leesburg Wednesday. Lee County won the first game 7-4, but Johns Creek appeared to even the series at one game apiece when the Gladiators received a bases-loaded walk with the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.

Lee County coach Brandon Brock approached the umpires with the contention that the Johns Creek runner on second base had not completed the play by touching third base. After a lengthy discussion, the umpires ruled that Brock was correct and, therefore, the winning run was disallowed.

The game then proceeded into extra innings and Lee County won 5-3 to apparently sweep the series 2-0 and advance to next week’s state championship.

Not a ‘Rare’ Call in Lee County games

It’s the second time this year the call has worked for Lee County when they beat Northview in an earlier tournament game.

Northview Coach

 

 

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Baseball: Indian’s Thwaits Named MAC MVP, Cav’s Harlamert is Coach of the Year

 

(5-16-17) The MAC released it’s 2017 All-Conference Baseball Team.

Ft. Recovery’s Nick Thwaits (Jr) was named the Player of the Year.

Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert, after leading the Cav’s to their 30th MAC baseball title was named Coach of the Year.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Dylan Thobe (Sr). Marion Local’s Duane Leugers represents the Flyers on the 1st team. Joining Thwaits on the 1st team was teammate Cole Wendel (Jr). Representing Parkway was Trace Walls.

2017 All MAC Baseball Team
2017 All MAC Baseball Team

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Shawnee Wins 2017 SSN National Public HS Baseball Championship

Shawnee Celebration after winning State Title

(5-14-17) Shawnee is the 2017 SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings Champion. The Wolves finished a perfect season(40-0) picking up their third consecutive 5A Oklahoma State Baseball Championship this weekend beating Claremore 12-7.

Shawnee Head Coach Todd Boyer told news-star.com after the championship:

“If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would win 40 straight, I’d have told you that you were crazy… There’s so many variables that can happen throughout the ballgame with high school kids. It’s just an incredible feat.”

North Gwinnett continues to win and is still ranked #2.

#3 La Cueva, who started the season with a loss, reeled off 28 straight wins and beat Cleveland 10-4 this weekend for the New Mexico 6A State Championship. The title is La Cueva’s fifth in the last ten years.

La Cueva’s Senior center fielder Ryan Phillips told the Albuquerque Journal after the state final game:

“We stand as a team. The past 28 games has been a fun ride.”

Two teams,  Huntington Beach and Owasso, dropped out of the rankings this week after both picked up their fourth loss of the season.

Earlier this year, Neuqua Valley baseball coach Robin Renner was inducted to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the “skipper” gives his thoughts on the award.

Two northern schools take their place for the first time this season, Neuqua Valley (28-1-1) and Saline 22-1.

Three schools moved up to #4, #5 and #6 after this past week, Massillon Jackson, Spring Hill and Rancho Bernardo.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
May 15th

  1. – (1) Shawnee (Okla), 40-0
  2. – (2) North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), 34-2
  3. – (3) La Cueva (NM), 28-1
  4. – (7) Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 24-1
  5. – (9) Spring Hill (Tenn), 33-2
  6. – (10) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif), 27-3
  7. – (4) Buchanan (Clovis, Calif), 26-3 – lost to Clovis North 3-2
  8. – (8) West Monroe, (La), 38-3 lost to Baton Rouge Central (30-13) 4-2
  9. – (NR) Neuqua Valley (Illinois) 28-1-1
  10. – (NR) Saline, (Mich) 22-1

Dropped Out—
– (5) Huntington Beach (Calif), 25-4 – lost to Newport Harbor (13-16) 17-2
– (6) Owasso (Okla), 31-4 – lost to Mustang 3-0

 

 

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Baseball:Oyster River’s (NH) Brennen Oxford Named SSN National Player of the Week

(5-14-17) – Oyster River’s (New Hampshire) Brennen Oxford (Junior, LHP) is this week’s SSN National High School Baseball Player of the Week.

Oxford pitched his third consecutive no-hitter on May 10th beating Laconia 4-0, striking out 15 and walking 5.  On May 3rd he beat Pembroke 3-0 , striking out 8 and walking four, his first of the three no-hitters was on April 27th in 9-0 win over Goffstown.

Over his last four appearances he now has 23.2 hitless innings of baseball.

Laconia Head Coach John Meyers told fosters.com:

“Honestly, we haven’t seen somebody throw that hard in a couple years. (Oxford) has very good presence. He’s certainly very confident in his curveball, mixes it up so well it is hard to get our timing down.”

Oxford has verbally committed to play his college baseball at Wake Forest

Lonsway and the MLB Draft

 

(5-13-17) When Seth Lonsway is on the mound for the Celina Bulldogs this past season there is always a gaggle of MLB scouts in the stands with radar guns in hand.

Last night in Celina’s OHSAA D II Sectional game was no exception.  Celina picked up a 7-3 win over Shawnee, Lonsway went 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win on the mound. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 11 to pick up the win.

2080baseball.com Draft look at Lonsway

The all-time Celina strike out ace, who has signed to play baseball in the fall at The Ohio State University could see that all change with the upcoming MLB draft in mid-June.  LHP pitchers are a commodity that MLB baseball teams love and that makes Lonsway a big target for teams to select him.

His pitching #’s according to prepbaseballreport.com:

  • Max Fastball: 94 Fastball: 89-93
  • Curveball: 72-74 Changeup: 74-75
  • Slider: 74-76

draftsite.com :

  • Projected to be drafted in 2017 MLB Draft: 5th Round, 145th Overall Pick by Los Angeles Angels

Will Lonsway make it to Ohio State? How high does he need to be drafted to even consider to making the move to be a professional?

In November when committing to the Buckeyes he said:

“I have always dreamed of being a Buckeye. I like what the coaching staff has done with this program. Ohio State’s academics are second to none. It’s an amazing honor and I am really looking forward to working with the coaches and my teammates next year.”

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Celina pitcher and OSU commit Seth Lonsway on a recent Fish Report

Over the years Mercer County has some highly sought after prospects get drafted.

Marion Local’s Cory Luebke, who just retired from baseball due to arm issues, is a LHP pitcher much like Lonsway.

Luebke was drafted three times before he made the jump to become a professional ball player:

  • June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round of the 2004 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 2006 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 7, 2007: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round (63rd pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. Player signed June 23, 2007

In 1984 Coldwater’s Mark Brunswick was drafted straight out of high school in the 3rd round by the NY Mets, he never made it to the Majors after a career ending injury took place in the minor leagues. Brunswick is now a successful high school coach at Marysville (Ohio), after a very successful run at Bellefontaine.

How high Lonsway goes in the draft could depend on what he decides to do with his future. That is why many Bulldog and Buckeye fans will be watching this June during the draft.

For now he wears the ‘green and white’ and fans know he is all about team, so for now the draft is not even on the board.

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Ohio Looking To Extend The High School Baseball Season

Parkway Team at mound
photo courtesy Pat Agler – http://www.pantherzden.com

 

(5-12-17) The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) board of directors could vote on June 1st on a proposal that would extend the baseball and softball seasons by two weeks starting in 2019.

The 2019 season for baseball and softball, if the proposal passes,  would be scheduled to start March 23, the ending date would be the state tournament June 13-15. Ohio schools are presently allowed this season to play regular season games until June 10th,  but many end their season after a tournament loss or shortly after that.  The extension would allow two weeks more of the regular season to be played before the tournament starts.

In the past unpredictable weather conditions were the main concern, with the new pitch count rule starting this year, many felt it would be important to extend the season with scheduling of pitchers during the season. The adjustment this year for coaches has been a learning situation.

Baseball coaches from around the area tell us what they see in the possible extension of the season.

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Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell- thanks to http://www.snapintimepics.com

Celina Head Coach Andy Mikesell:

Explain why you would be for/against making a change on length of season?
 
Extending the length of the season would help most with the development of players. Unlike football, basketball, soccer, we don’t have time to make adjustments or work on adjusting swings, pitching mechanics, etc. because we play almost everyday. When we do get a day off that we can practice on (does not include Sundays), most coaches want to give their players a mental and/or physical break and will have a short practice. This especially applies to pitching. There is no time for a short bullpen to work on something because they have to pitch every 4-5 days and play the field all the other. It will definitely help with instructional time during the season which will ultimately lead to better baseball.
 
**Would it help your pitching with pitch count rule?
I am sure it would help but for me that isn’t the main reason for the change. If anything it will allow for teams to develop more pitchers which will help everyone with the pitch count rule.
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Luke Clouse – courtesy Pat Agler – www.pantherdenz.com

Parkway Head Coach Luke Clouse:

People a lot smarter than me make those decisions. I will show up and play on the days my schedule says.  If we can stretch the season out, of course you could pitch your top pitchers more. Is that good for baseball or bad for baseball I don’t know.

Tom Held
Tom Held

Defiance Hall of Fame Coach Tom Held gave us five reasons why he likes the proposal:

Number one reason is the pitch count, which in return is the health of the pitcher. If the Feds think pitch count is the reason for arm injuries, then the extension of the season is essential.

Number 2. – Weather

Number 3 – quality of the game at the HS level would be much stronger as you can pitch 3-4 guys at each of your level’s and be competitive with a pitch count and an extended season.

Number 4. able to finish your regular season before tournament.

Number 5 – Practice time. Once the season starts, we only average one practice a week on our ball field.

Held’s cousin Tim (Held), who is a graduate of Bryan,  is the Head Coach at national power Cincinnati Moeller, he told wcpo.com:

“I’m glad they are moving forward with it. I think it will be better for the pitchers and will allow more competitive games throughout the season and it will also allow us to practice during our season.”

Not everyone is on board with the move, in the same wcpo.com story, Lakota West Athletic Director Scott Kaufman and is a member of the Southwest District Athletic Board says:

“Personally, I do not support extending the baseball season.”

“Going into mid-June, when most school years are ending in mid-May now, is a bit much for me.”

Ohio’s present state tournament dates are one of the earliest of surrounding states. Illinois, separates their state tournament dates, their 1A and 2A tournament is the same weekend as Ohio. The 3A and 4A Illinois tournament is one week later.

Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky all have the same state tournament schedules, June 16-17.  The extension, if passed, would put Ohio on the same schedule.

2017 State Play-off Dates

Ohio
June 1-3 State Tournament (regular season ends June 10th)

Illinois
Class 1A & 2A: Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 2017
Class 3A & 4A: Friday & Saturday, June 9-10, 2017

Indiana
All Four classes – Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17

Michigan
MHSAA Semifinals – June 15-16
MHSAA Finals – June 17
Kentucky
June 16-17

The weather is the main concern in softball, but there is no pitch count and most softball pitchers can go to the circle whenever needed.

So why should the softball season also be extended?

OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass told WCPO.com:

“The reason for this is that so many schools schedule their baseball and softball games at the same sites for transportation reason. Going away from that could be expensive to schools and a scheduling dilemma.”

In Northwest Ohio the change would have some effects on the ACME baseball summer program and scheduling would have to be adjusted, other summer travel team programs would also get players later in the season than they currently do.

 

 

Coldwater Picks Up 30th MAC Baseball Title

(5-9-17)  The Coldwater Cavaliers picked up their 30th Midwest Athletic Conference championship trophy after knocking off Marion Local last night (5-8-17) 7-2. For Coach Brian Harlamert it is his 11th as the Cavalier Head Coach.

After the game Coldwater pitcher Dylan Brosher told Press Pro Magazine:

“This makes 15 wins for us now. They said we’d be decent at the start of the year, but no one ever thought we’d be MAC champs.”

The MAC has played baseball since 1974, the league which started in 1973,  did not compete in baseball the first season.  The Cavaliers under Hall of Fame Coach Lou Brunswick won 9 of the first 10 MAC titles (1974-1984).  Brunswick picked up 16 of the 30 titles during his run as Head Coach, his last one was in 1993.

Gabby Wilker, who coached four years between Brunswick and Harlamert, won three out of four MAC titles during his tenure.

The MAC has had a good run at the state level in baseball over the years, Coldwater has 6 State titles, St. Henry has 3 state trophies, while Parkway and Minster both have 2 in the trophy case.

 1974 Cavalier Team That Won 1st MAC Title

1974 Coldwater Baseball
1974 Coldwater Cavaliers
MAC Baseball Titles (1974-2017)
School	       Total	Outright Champs	Co-Champs
Coldwater	 30             20	   10

Titles: (30): 2017, 16, 14, 13, 10, 09, 08, 05, 04, 01, 00, 
1997, 96, 94, 93, 92, 91, 88, 87, 86, 84, 83, 82, 81, 79, 
78, 77, 76, 75, 74

(1974-1993) Lou Brunswick (16 titles)
(1994-1997) Gabby Wilker (3 titles)
(1998- ) Brian Harlamert (11 titles)

WBL Championships (1959-1973)
School	    	TOTAL	Outright Champs	Co-Champs
Coldwater	  4	      1		   3		

Titles: (4): 1972, 61, 59, 58

(1959-1973) - Lou Brunswick (3 titles)
(1958) - Joe Reed (1 title)

Coldwater, was a member of the Western Buckeye League and competed in baseball from 1958-1973. According to WBL records, the Cavaliers won 4 titles. However; the WBL played in divisions for several seasons during the 1970’s and did win some division titles as well.

Brunswick won 3 WBL titles to add to his 16 MAC trophies as the head coach.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings – May 8th, 2017

(5-7-17) Shawnee has now won 49 straight games, 37-0 this season, and will try and pick up a third straight Oklahoma State championship this week.  The Wolves look to be hard to knock off in the final week of the tournament, the most solid ‘team’ in the US from top to bottom.

Making the biggest jump in the rankings this week is La Cueva, from #6 to 3#, who won four games this past week and only gave up one run in the process.

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One new team cracked the rankings this week for the first time is West Monroe (home of Duck Dynasty). The Rebels haves been playing well as the season winds down and are headed to the Louisiana State Championships and land at #8 this week.

Massillon Jackson represents teams from the North and moves from #10 to #7 and picks up their 4th  Federal League title.

Spring Hill fell again this week to #9 from #4 after a 9-1 loss to Independence.

Decatur, who had been a main-stay in the rankings this year drops out this week after finishing the season with two straight losses to Cullman in an Alabama Class 6A baseball quarterfinal playoff series.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings

May 8th

  1. – (1) Shawnee (Okla), 37-0
  2. – (2) North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), 32-2
  3. – (6) La Cueva (NM), 25-1 – 4 wins this week, gave up just 1 run
  4. – (5) Buchanan (Clovis, Calif), 25-2
  5. – (3) Huntington Beach (Calif), 24-3
  6. – (7) Owasso (Okla), 29-2
  7. – (10) Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 20-1
  8. – (NR) West Monroe, (La), 37-2
  9. – (4) Spring Hill (Tenn), 31-2 – lost to Independence 9-1
  10. – (8) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif), 24-3 – went 2-1, lost to Westview 2-1

Dropped Out— – (9)   Decatur (Alabama) 32-5 lost twice to Cullman 4-1 and 2-1 in a Class 6A baseball quarterfinal playoff series

 

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BASEBALL: Dimond’s (Alaska) Sean Gardeline Named SSN National Player of the Week

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Sean Gardeline-photo courtesy Family Art Photo http://www.familyartphoto.com

(5-7-17) – This week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the Week is Dimond’s (Alaska) Sean Gardeline (Sr P).

Gardeline threw a five-inning perfect game, including 8 strike outs,  to lead Dimond to a 17-0 win over Bartlett  ( Friday) in a Cook Inlet Conference  game at Mulcahy Stadium.

The CIC baseball season in Alaska is a seven-game, 16-day regular season that began on Monday and is the shortest in Alaska high school sports. Each CIC team will play just one game against each conference member before the league tournament.

The 2017 season was not helped by a cooler than normal spring and a lack of indoor practice facilities due to the collapse of The Dome in Anchorage. Teams had to find any place they could to practice and work out..