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ECIC IV Baseball Conference Preview

School Name: Alden High School

Head Coach: Justin Luksch

Assistant Coaches: Joe Olaf

2021 Varsity Record: 9-5 Overall

Key Players Returning: John Watson (Senior)

New Players to watch out for: Aidan Hart (Senior), David Earsing (Sophomore), John Weglarski (Junior/Pitcher), Nic DePaolis (Junior/Pitcher), Riley Streit (Junior)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Ben Chowaniec, Dom DePaolis, Connor Streit, Tyler Noel, Joe Motz, Tony Muscoreil

Any Additional Information: Last year had 10 seniors graduate and leaves us with only 1 returning starter (John Watson) and Aidan Hart who joined the Varsity team for their playoff run and earned a starting position. This years team will be very young but under the leadership of senior captains John and Aidan, they are focused on putting in the work to make another push for Sectionals.

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

John Watson- Hilbert College

School Name: Cleveland Hill

Head Coach: Michael Hamner

Assistant Coaches:  None

2021 Varsity Record: 7-5. Lost in 2nd round of playoffs

Key Players Returning: Tanner Betz, Zack Phillips, Justin Rojek, Ben Tobin, Shane Brannigan, Kyle Camp, Mason Hart

New Players to watch out for: James Carlucci, Presten Johnson, Oliver Tadusz, Collin Whalen

Key Losses due to Graduation: Tim Ransbury, Gio LoGrasso, Steven Collins, Andrew Gerber, Evan Rohe, Josh LaCourse

Any Additional Information: We are a rebuilding team with a nice hard working group of players dedicated to a team first mentality

School Name: Eden Raiders

Head Coach: Eric Cooper

Assistant Coaches: Gordy Karstedt, Donald Genco

2021 Varsity Record: 9-3 in league (co-champs), 11-7 overall

Key Players Returning: SS-Brian LoTempio, C-Trevor Masocco, OF-Jacob Souder, 1B-Drew Cassidy, P-Noah Panek, 3B- Peyton Koszelak

New Players to watch out for: Connor Baker, Richie Nordblum, Billy Yohn

Key Losses due to Graduation: Noah Brosnick, Ian Macauley

Any Additional Information: Some talented experienced returners and talented newcomers should make for a competitive season.

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known? No commits at this time but Masocco, Souder and Panek in contact with several teams.

School Name: Holland CSD

Head Coach:  Allan Bett

Assistant Coaches:  Matt Helm, Pierce Gardon

2021 Varsity Record:  1 – 11

Key Players Returning:  Ryan Rummenie (CF/P); Noah Howlett (SS/P); Colton Smith (3B/P), Neil Ball (1B)

New Players to watch out for: Dax Bengert (C/P); Jack Brown (3B/P)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Mark Lewandowski, Brandon Neischel, Carter Pickett,

Ryan Grisewood

School Name:  JFK

Head Coach:  Nick Coronado

Assistant Coaches:  None

2021 Varsity Record:  6-6

Key Players Returning:  Bryce Firkins, Jared Meredith, Max Hoerner, Aiden Buczek

Key Losses due to Graduation:  Zach Holdsworth, Josh Knox, Austin McNaney, Matt Sugg,

Tim Witnaver, Matt Mergenhagen

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Bryce Firkins- SUNY Fredonia

School Name: Lackawanna Steelers

Head Coach: Richard Lehr

Assistant Coaches:  None

2021 Varsity Record: 2-6 League

Key Players Returning: Matt Rodriques, Robert & Michael Greaves, Matt Bender, Brett Plehinger

New Players to watch out for: Ian Eich, Damian & Logan Wall

Key Losses due to Graduation: 3 seniors

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Matt Rodriques-Finger Lakes Community College, Robert Greaves-St. Bonaventure

School Name: Tonawanda

Head Coach: Jordan McGregor

Assistant Coaches: Joey McDonald

2021 Varsity Record: 6-8

Key Players Returning: Sam Baker

New Players to watch out for: Josh Warthling (9), Casey Wright (10)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Joe Downey, Joe McDonald, Brian Stone, Colin Zientara

Any Additional Information: New Head Coach, Very young team

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