The 2012 PSUAC baseball season is right around the corner. All the teams have gone through the off-season preparations to get ready for this year. Each team has the same goal of making it to the conference championship and advancing to the USCAA Small College World Series. With Greater Allegheny coming off a record-breaking season in 2011, they are the team to beat in the PSUAC. Greater Allegheny finished 1st in the PSUAC pre season coaches poll. Brandywine, who finished second in the coaches poll, also received a first place vote. Penn College and Beaver came in 3rd and 4th, respectively.
After a strong 2011 season, Greater Allegheny has a strenuous 40 game schedule which includes USCAA powerhouse teams who were in the USCAA Small College World Series, Apprentice (VA), Briarcliff (NY), Rochester (MI) and Southern Virginia (VA). Greater Allegheny plays a competitive non-conference schedule before getting into PSUAC play. Head Coach, Jim Chester, said on the upcoming season, "We return a strong core from our 2011 Championship team, but championships are not won in January. I strongly believe that if this group continues to work hard and can develop the right chemistry then we can achieve the same 2011 success and more." Not only did the Greater Allegheny baseball team have an outstanding 2011 season but so did head coach Jim Chester, who received PSUAC Coach of the Year and the 2011 Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year award. He coached his team to Greater Allegheny's first PSUAC league championship and qualified for their 4th straight USCAA Small-College world series appearance finishing 3rd, an all time best.
Penn State Greater Allegheny looks to have another successful season with many starters returning and talented freshmen joining their squad.
Returning Starters: Jonathan Lutz (Senior, pitcher), Ted Fricke (Senior, if/p), Mike Visloski (Junior, of), Zak Schmidt (2011 PSUAC player of the year, Sophomore, of), Adam Wehr (Sophomore, 1B), and Tim Connelly (Sophomore, pitcher).
Top Newcomers: Eddie Emes (Freshman, pitcher), Tyler Thellman (Freshman, inf), Zach Zeroski (Freshman, utl), Oliver Girman (Freshman, inf/p), and Clay Groff (Freshman, c).
Fayette's pre season outlook is short and sweet. They "need to stay healthy and to eliminate their mistakes," commented Head Coach Ray Smitley.
Fayette has seven starters returning: Sam Beucher (Senior, ss/p), Zach Durbin (Senior, 1b/p), Cody Ward (Junior, lf/3b), Conner MeKeel (Junior, c/p), Blaine Shrun (Sophomore, 2b/p), Chris Jeffery (Sophomore, rf), Braden Royer (Sophomore, cf).
They have six top newcomers joining their team: Alex Fogel (Freshman, ss/p), Colvin Adey(Freshman, c/of), Harold McCutchen (Freshman, p/rf), AJ Torwzydio (Freshman, 2b), Nolan Zavora (Senior, 3b/p), and Timothy Vankirk (Freshman, of).
Merle Guyer, head coach at Mont Alto, said about the upcoming 2012 season, "we look to have a successful season and play within ourselves to our best ability. We have a lot of new ball players this year with some good talent."
Mont Alto returns six starters: Cody Casey (Sophomore, 1b/of), Brandon Dupert (Sophomore, pitcher), Zeb Thorson (Sophomore, inf/of), Nathan Topper (Sophomore, c), Nick Hedges (Sophomore, c), Travis Barthalow (Sophomore, c).
Mont Alto has five top newcomers listed: Jeremy Pagano (Freshman, 1b/p), Zach Harvey (Freshman, inf/of), Justin Warner (Freshman, UTL), Chase King (Freshman, p/of), Chris Torres (Freshman, inf/of).
Scranton is ready for the 2012 baseball season. "Our numbers look good this season and we are excited about the athletes we have in place. Their attitude and motivation to win is exceptional. We are hopeful of being competitive in each game this season," head coach Stephen Plevyak comments.
Scranton has six returners: Austin Eltora (Sophomore, of), James Columbo (Sophomore, inf), Ryan Janesko (Sophomore, p/of), Matt paradise (Sophomore, inf), Justin Green (Sophomore, of), Casey Ware (Sophomore, of/p).
Top newcomers for Scranton: Colin Deita (Freshman, if/of/c), Joe DeMarco (Freshman, 2b/ss), Bob Best (Freshman, of/inf), Tyler Cunningham (Freshman, c/of), Nick Trainor (Freshman, ss/of), Fred Brunori (Freshman, of/3b), Ryan Grande (Sophomore, of), Tim Voepal (Freshman, 3b/of/p), Jim Sagona (Freshman, 1b/of), Chris Krouchick (Freshman, inf/p), Ryan Noone (Freshman, c/of/p), Jerod Loch (Freshman, 3b/1b), Geoff Demming (Freshman, p/of/1b), Matt Snyder (Freshman, inf), Ryan Smith (Freshman, p/of), Frank Depietro (Freshman, of/inf), Dom Avvisato (Freshman, ss/p/1b), Brain Longo (Freshman, inf/of).
Brotherhood is the "reason for the season" is what the Brandywine baseball team is going by for the 2012 season. After being 1 run shy of making it to the USCAA Small-College World Series two years in a row, Brandywine is ready for this year to be theirs.
Head Coach Thomas Calvecchio said, "this is the closest knit group of ball players I have been around my entire life; both as a player and a coach. I think we are ready to go!"
With a mixture of returning players and 16 new faces, Brandywine is looking to rebuild. They have a tough USCAA schedule and a strong MCAA schedule before starting their PSUAC games. But when it is all said and done, Penn State Brandywine looks to make a trip to Springfield, Ill.
Brandywine returns five starters: Travis Crammer (Sophomore, 2b), Bobby Harper (Senior, rf), Jordan Mayer (Senior, of), Anthony Kyne (Sophomore, if), Tre Herman (Sophomore, pitcher).
There are five top newcomers for Brandywine: Matt Debarberie (Junior, of), Gabe Encarnacion (Freshman, 1b), Joe Samohod (Sophomore, pitcher), Rejean Daily (Freshman, Pitcher), Georgiy Nikinenko (Freshman, p/of/dh),
Coach: Chris Howard
Returning starters: Garrett Hornung (Senior, 2b), Josh Longsderff (Sophomore 3b/p), Tommy Hughes (Senior, ss), Skylar Gingrich (Senior, 1b), Jared Johnson (Senior, rf), Harrison Myers (Sr, pitcher), Brain Santangelo (Sophomore, pitcher)
Top newcomers: Zach Buterbaugh (Sophomore, cf), Zach Yetter (Freshman, pitcher), Travis Hendershot (Freshman, p/1b), Michael Scully (Freshman, 1b), Kevin Fink (Sophomore, c).
Beaver, coached by Jack Kilfinger, will have five starters returning: Alex Filippi, Cory Wagner, Jim Musgrave, Tom Lewis, and Ron Wilkins.
Hazleton, York and Wilkes-Barre did not participate in the pre season poll.