BOARDMAN – Season 2021 was full of ups and downs for Boardman baseball.
The Spartans, who played with only a handful of seniors, finished 13-8 against the competitive schedule and came within reach of several other victories.
Now coach Joe Gabriel says the Spartans will be looking for 11 seniors, whom they will bring by 2022 as the basis of this year’s staff.
“We have a lot of young boys who are older now (this year), so this year we are very older,” Gabriel said. “We have 11 of them and they all play a pretty big role in what we are trying to achieve this year.”
The group – Griffin Widrig, Seth Cervello, Jack Dascenzo, Anthony Butto, Guy Young, Stephen Conti, Jason Triveri, Colin Thomas, Patrick Dorazio, Aiden Miller and Jac Cordon – has a combined 16 university letters that provide the Spartans with a rich experience. Juniors Gavin Hyde and Caleb Satterfield also wrote behind them and expect Lanny Burton, Isaiah Torres, Charlie Young and Kevin Pekkanen to be among them.
“I thought they were developing well (in the offseason),” Gabriel said. “They will bring some experience and they have played in many big matches. They improved during the year; they took steps. They took big steps in the strikes and we added a lot of depth to the hill this year. “
Gabriel estimates that the Spartans will have about 10 different pitchers that can stick to the hill at any given point.
Hyde will present himself as the team’s ace after finishing second 3-1 and ERA 1.66 before the season. He played seven shows. Widrig and Young will work in rotation for Hyde after 10 appearances in 2021. Widrig recorded an ERA of 1.68, while Young had 3.65. Cervello will work as No. 4, Gabriel said after missing much of the 2021 year due to injury.
When Gabriel boasted so deeply, he joked, “It’s a good problem to have.”
Offensively, Gabriel says the Spartans will have a little more pop this year, highlighting Triveri, a committed YSU, as well as Butt, Widrig, Thom and Conti. Satterfield also expects to contribute offensively this season.
Triveri had third place among all Spartans before the season and recorded an average of 0.308 and 10 RBI. Widrig made 71 plates and charged .304 with nine RBIs.
Boardman opened the season on Thursday with a 4: 2 victory at Toronto (OH). Conti won 3: 3, while Hyde dispersed the strike and two walks through four innings of work, in which he recorded seven strokes.
Gabriel said the Spartans scored well, but at first they looked a little tight. However, he was satisfied with the pitch and defense, but he also felt baserunning “everywhere” and will need to be addressed.
The Spartans continue to march today at 1 p.m. against Chardon.
Then Boardman will face the usual All-American conference program of Canfield, Austintown Fitch, Warren G. Harding and Howland. The Spartans also have non-conference matches with Poland, the South Range, Archbishop Hoban, Louisville, Berea, Struthers and Brunswick.
“I think we shoot for victory at the conference every year and I think our biggest goal is to win the district,” Gabriel said. “Boardman hasn’t won the district championship in 15 years, so getting to the region would be the ultimate goal for us. Then it is clear that this is always our goal. In Division I, it’s always a little harder, but that’s okay. It’s hard work. “