Luke Raley — Highland outfielder
Highlights: Division I first-team All-Ohio. … First-team All-Suburban League. … Two-time All-Gazette. … Hit .568 with 50 RBIs, 40 runs, eight home runs, seven triples, 12 doubles and school-record 26 stolen bases. … Added .650 on-base percentage and 1.095 slugging percentage. … Hit two home runs with eight RBIs against Copley. … Began season with 25-game hitting streak. … Batted .644 with runners in scoring position. … Committed zero errors in 95 chances. … Set school career records for batting average (.494) and doubles (30). … Lake Erie recruit.
Hornets coach Jay Grissom on Raley: “He never, ever gave at-bats away — ever. I remember two bad swings all year long.” [br]
Kyle Michalik — Brunswick shortstop
Highlights: Northeast Ohio Conference River Division co-Player of the Year. … NOC River Division co-Pitcher of the Year. … Finished 6-1 with 1.71 ERA … Led county with 0.89 WHIP. … Pitched no-hitter vs. Medina. … Added one-hitter against Hudson in Hudson Division I District championship. … Batted .383 with team-high 27 runs. … Added 14 RBIs, 10 doubles and five stolen bases. … Did not commit error over final 15 games. … School’s career doubles tri-leader (27). … Fourth in school history with 112 career hits. … Ohio State recruit.
Blue Devils coach Todd Winston on Michalik: “Kyle Michalik speaks for himself. He’s a two-way guy and will be at Ohio State as well. He’s not recognized only by his stats and his peers, but by our conference, which is a grind in itself.” [br]
Anthony Ondrejcak — Highland first baseman
Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League. … Batted .422 with 31 RBIs, 23 runs and 11 steals. … Smashed school record with 12 hit by pitches. … Recorded .530 on-base percentage and .522 slugging percentage. … Struck out four times in 115 plate appearances. … Nine mulithit games. … Eight games with multiple RBIs. … Hit. 422 in SL action. … Was 12-for-23 (.522) from May 3-14. … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior.
Hornets coach Jay Grissom on Ondrejcak: “Having A.O. hitting behind Luke (Raley) inflated Luke’s numbers because teams didn’t want to pitch to A.O., either. It’s pick your poison. The protection in the lineup was huge and he did a nice job at first base, too.” [br]
Kyle Burson — Brunswick second baseman
Highlights: First-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference River Division. … Struck out twice in 121 plate appearances. … Batted .333 with 22 runs, nine doubles, two triples and team highs in walks (17) and hit by pitches (8) for .471 on-base percentage. … Committed two errors in 74 chances. … Had multihit postseason games against Cloverleaf and Twinsburg. … Two-time All-Gazette.
Blue Devils coach Todd Winston on Burson: “Businesslike. That’s Kyle Burson. You won’t hear much out of him at all. He’ll be the one running the hardest on the bases and you can’t keep the kid off the field.” [br]
Riley Campbell — Wadsworth shortstop
Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League. … Batted .410 with team-high 32 runs and 19 RBIs. … Stole team-leading 15 bases in 16 attempts. … Set school record with 14 hit by pitches. … Tallied single double, four RBIs and three runs against state semifinalist Aurora. … Added five hits vs. Barberton. … Four hits and two runs in SL win over Highland. … Two-year starter. … Brother, Aden, two-time honorable mention All-Gazette.
Grizzlies coach Greg Pickard on Campbell: “Riley was the catalyst for our offense out of the leadoff spot.” [br]
Ricky Esker — Highland shortstop
Highlights: Second-team All-Suburban League. … Batted. 407 while tying teammate Luke Raley for Medina County lead in runs (40). … Also had 11 doubles, two triples, 20 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. … Hit .455 with runners in scoring position. … Sixteen multihit games. … Was combined 4-for-5 in tournament against SL champion Nordonia and Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division kingpin Hudson. … Scored run in 24 of 30 games. … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior.
Hornets coach Jay Grissom on Esker: “Rick’s probably not a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he filled that void very, very well. He played a pretty solid shortstop most of the season and was a big part of Luke (Raley) driving in 50 runs.” [br]
Andrew Vaughn — Black River shortstop
Highlights: First-team All-Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division. … Second in Medina County in home runs (4), third in stolen bases (18) and fifth in slugging percentage (.602). … Batted .418 with 31 runs and 18 RBIs. … Added six doubles and two triples. … Fifteen multihit games. … Hit two home runs in upset victory over Wayne County power Triway. … School’s all-time leading scorer in football. … Converted outfielder.
Pirates coach Dozier Hendershot on Vaughn: “Andrew is an amazing athlete who has led us in almost every offensive category for two years. By the end of things, he could be the best player to ever play at Black River.” [br]
Brad Scheiman — Wadsworth third baseman
Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League. … Led team in batting average (.488), slugging percentage (.713), OPS (1.236), doubles (11), triples (2) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.488). … Improved batting average 212 points from junior year. … Won in relief and added two singles, home run and two RBIs against Green. … 5-0 with 3.79 ERA. … Struck out 19 in 20 1/3 innings.
Grizzlies coach Greg Pickard on Scheiman: “Brad’s hard work in the weight room paid off, as he was our leading hitter.” [br]
Devin Cunningham — Cloverleaf outfielder
Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League. … Two-time All-Gazette. … Third in Medina County in batting average (.432) and home runs (3), fourth in slugging percentage (.662) and OPS (1.197), fifth in on-base percentage (.535) and stolen bases (15). … Hit .417 with runners in scoring position. … Nine outfield assists. … Tallied four pickoffs in 16⅓ innings on mound. … School’s all-time leading scorer in football.
Colts coach Josh Boggs on Cunningham: “He was definitely a clutch performer at the plate. It was a testament to his abilities that he was able to step up in every situation. Each time we needed a hit, he got the hit.” [br]
Gerry Salisbury — Brunswick designated hitter
Highlights: First-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference River Division. … Fifth in Medina County with team-best .429 batting average. … Added 19 RBIs, 19 runs and 11 doubles. … Left-hander finished 5-4 with 2.37 ERA. … Struck out 74 in county-best 65 innings. … Tossed two-hit shutout against rival Strongsville. … Allowed one run on seven hits in tournament victories over Cloverleaf and Twinsburg. … Third in school history with 151 career strikeouts. … Two-time All-Gazette. … Ohio recruit.
Blue Devils coach Todd Winston on Salisbury: “For the three years, as well as this year, everybody knew when he was on the mound we had a legit No. 1 as well as our best defense out there.” [br]
Jacob Pries — Highland pitcher
Highlights: Second-team All-Suburban League. … Right-hander finished 7-3 with 1.86 ERA. … Struck out 53 in 56⅓ innings. … Compiled 5.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Tallied 1.20 ERA over final six appearances (29 innings). … Allowed three hits over six shutout innings in win over Wadsworth. … Only pitcher in school history with consecutive seven-win seasons. … Two-time All-Gazette. … Wooster recruit.
Hornets coach Jay Grissom on Pries: “He’s a guy who wants the ball. He pitched in some big spots and some big games. He’s going to be a tough guy to replace, that’s for sure.” [br]
Eli Kraus — Buckeye pitcher
Highlights: First-team All-Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division. … Left-hander finished 7-1 with 1.33 ERA. … Struck out county-best 97 in 58 innings. … Led area in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.06). … Tossed no-hitter against Keystone. … Added one-hitters against Firelands and Clearview. … Zero earned runs in 32⅔ innings of PAC play. … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior. … Kent State recruit.
Bucks coach Steve Wright on Kraus: “Each time Eli went to the hill, we felt confident as a team we would win that game. The five starts he had in conference we the five most dominant I’ve seen.” [br]
Nick Bebout — Wadsworth pitcher
Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League. … Led Medina county in wins (8) and ERA (1.25). … Right-hander Struck out 43 in 44⅔ innings. … Walked eight for 5.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Hurled five-hit shutout against SL champion Nordonia. … Allowed zero earned runs over five-plus innings in win over Brunswick. … Second varsity season.
Grizzlies coach Greg Pickard on Bebout: “Nick had an outstanding sophomore year on the mound.” [br]
Mike Ellenbest — Medina pitcher
Highlights: First-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference River Division. … Right-hander finished 4-1 with 2.21 ERA. … Struck out 43 in 38 innings. … Compiled 1.13 ERA in rugged River Division. … Earned decision in key 1-0 division victory over rival Strongsville by allowing five hits and striking out nine over six innings. … Hurled five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts against Johnson County (Ky.) at Vero Beach (Fla.) Sports Village. … Saginaw Valley State recruit.
Bees coach Nick Kaplack on Ellenbest: “He has a great haircut. Anyone with a mullet is going to be a great pitcher. I would kill for that mullet.” [br]
BRUNSWICK — BRIAN LEES (Sr., C, .330), COREY WELSH (Jr., 3B, .323), RYAN KUNTZ (Jr., OF, .349), NICK FURMAN (Jr., P, 5-1, 2.23). BUCKEYE — SCOTT CLOUDY (Sr., C, .354), JOE BRUENING (Sr., 3B, .370), VINNIE GALIZIO (Jr., SS, .413). HIGHLAND — ALEX HARRIS (Jr., 2B, .382). MEDINA — CORY TEAHCOUT (Sr., P, 4-1, 1.66). WADSWORTH — KYLE KARAFFA (Sr., C, .345), JACK PECNIK (Sr., OF, .348), ADEN CAMPBELL (Jr., 1B, .372), JEFF STOVER (Sr., P, 2-3, 2.55).