’16 PREVIEW: Wilmington High School baseball


Compiled by Mark Huber



The Wilmington High School baseball team, from left to right, front row, Brett Bell, Brad Keller, Andrew Davis, Ryan Hottinger, DJ Ames; middle row, Kaden Laufer, Brady McCune, Marlyn Frisco, Chad Davis, Jake Vaughan; back row, Zack Wyrick, Tyler Wells, Stephen Krause, Jordan Ianson, Alec Manser. Team members Drew Carey, Chris Wolary and Alex Miller were not present for the photo.


Courtesy Photo

TEAM RECORD IN 2015

9-12 overall, 5-5 in SCOL, tied for fourth place

COACH

Rick Kneisel, 25-plus years coaching experience

COACH’S RECORD

244-135

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Varsity assistant coaches Brian Roberts, Paul Krause, Bill Davis; JV head coach Dusty James, JV assistant coaches Bill Hall, Ron Spendlove, Zach Black.

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

6

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS

6, five position players and one pitcher

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Senior Jordan Ianson (P, 3rd), led Hurricane in pitching the last two years, signed to play baseball at Heidelberg University. 38 Ks; senior Brad Keller (2nd base, P), will become a four-year letter-winner in baseball, mainstay at second the last three years. .333 BA; senior Brady McCune (OF,P), our winningest pitcher in 2015, also a leader in the outfield. 4-1 1.50 ERA; sophomore Stephen Krause (SS,P), highly-rated player by Perfect Game, stronger and will hit for average and power. .421 BA, 561 SLG, 16 RBIs in 2015; junior Chris Wolary (RF), came on very strong as sophomore, led team with .523 BA., .754 SLG, 24 RBIs in 2015, 1st team All-SCOL in 2015

KEY NEWCOMERS

None listed

KEY PLAYERS LOST

2015 graduates 3B Garrett Scott, P Jared Mitchener, CF Andy Fisher, C Matt Ray, INF John Heywood, 1B Alex Miller (due to injuries)

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

Pitching. The Hurricane will have a veteran pitching staff along with four young left-handers which will add depth. Two of three starting outfielders return along with shortstop and second base. Defense should be a strength of the team.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

Catching. The Hurricane have several candidates to fill the catching position which is a must. With that position filled, this will be a fairly strong team.

LEAGUE FAVORITE

Washington returns a veteran line-up with very good hitting and strong pitching.

ROSTER (Number Player Position Class Height Weight)

1-Brad Keller 2B/P Senior 5-9 170; 2-Andrew Davis INF Senior 5-6 145; 4-Chris Wolary OF/P Junior 6-5 195; 5-Alec Manser OF/P Senior 6-1 155; 7-Jake Vaughan 1B/P Freshman 5-10 165; 10-Marlyn Frisco OF Senior 5-10 165; 11-Brady McCune OF/P Senior 6-1 170; 12-Kaden Laufer C/OF Senior 6-0 180; 13-DJ Ames 3B/2B/C Freshman 5-8 165; 14-Chad Davis 1B/2B Junior 6-0 170; 15-Tyler Wells 1B Junior 6-4 215; 18-Ryan Hottinger OF/P Junior 5-10 155; 20-Jordan Ianson 3B/P Senior 6-2 200; 22-Stephen Krause SS/P Sophomore 6-2 220; 25-Drew Carey OF/P Junior 5-11 120; 27-Brett Bell OF/P Sophomore 5-7.5 160; 33-Zach Wyrick OF/P Sophomore 6-3 185; 45-Alex Miller 1B Senior 6-4 210

SCHEDULE

March 26 vs Little Miami DH 11 am, 230 pm; March 29 vs Lebanon 5 pm; March 30 vs McClain 5 pm; March 31 @Cin Northwest 5 pm; April 1 @Hillsboro 5 pm; April 3 vs Farmington Mich DH 130 pm, 330 pm; April 4 @Miami Trace 5 pm;

April 6 vs Clinton-Massie 5 pm; April 8 vs Clinton-Massie 5 pm; April 9 vs Winton Woods 230 pm; April 11 @East Clinton 5 pm; April 13 vs Chillicothe 5 pm; April 14 vs Blanchester 430 pm; April 15 @McClain 5 pm; April 18 vs Hillsboro 5 pm;

April 19 vs Northwest 5 pm; April 20 vs Miami Trace 5 pm; April 22 @Clinton-Massie 5 pm; April 25 vs Washington 5 pm; April 27 vs East Clinton 5 pm; April 28 @Chillicothe 5 pm; April 29 @Western Brown Tournament 630 pm; April 30 @Western Brown Tournament Time TBA

The Wilmington High School baseball team, from left to right, front row, Brett Bell, Brad Keller, Andrew Davis, Ryan Hottinger, DJ Ames; middle row, Kaden Laufer, Brady McCune, Marlyn Frisco, Chad Davis, Jake Vaughan; back row, Zack Wyrick, Tyler Wells, Stephen Krause, Jordan Ianson, Alec Manser. Team members Drew Carey, Chris Wolary and Alex Miller were not present for the photo.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_BB_wilmteam.jpegThe Wilmington High School baseball team, from left to right, front row, Brett Bell, Brad Keller, Andrew Davis, Ryan Hottinger, DJ Ames; middle row, Kaden Laufer, Brady McCune, Marlyn Frisco, Chad Davis, Jake Vaughan; back row, Zack Wyrick, Tyler Wells, Stephen Krause, Jordan Ianson, Alec Manser. Team members Drew Carey, Chris Wolary and Alex Miller were not present for the photo. Courtesy Photo

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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