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Aurora High diamondmen start quick, pound K-Roosevelt twice

By STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: April 5, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- The Greenmen went 2-0 in the first week of the baseball season. Head coach Michael Brancazio was excited to get the work in during a stretch of rainy days.

In a five-inning affair March 30 against Kent Roosevelt, Aurora won 11-1 and played errorless ball. One day earlier, the locals pounded the Rough Riders 21-0. Both were Suburban League American Conference games at Roosevelt.

Rightfielder Ben Stawicki , a four-year starter, and infielder Evan Fromwiller, a three-year starters, each had a big game on offense.

Stawicki went 3 for 3 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Fromwiller was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, 2 runs and a stolen base. Michael Sapp earned the pitching win, allowing 4 hits while striking out four. Pitching well in relief was Dominic Tyburski.

Scoring 2 runs and knocking in one were Jacob Blue and Tate Larrance. Will Hermanowski had one hit, one RBI, one run and a steal and Bubba Arslanian had one RBI. Centerfielder Jonathan Blue and Will Carpenter each had a hit and scored a run.

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AHS exploded for 15 runs in the top of the sixth inning in the opener, managing an 18-1 advantage in hits. "It was the first time we were on a baseball diamond this year," said the mentor.

"Everything was solid. Defense is the biggest thing we're working to improve over last year, and for being the first time on the field, we executed well."

Chase Coady earned the win with a five-inning one hitter. He shared the shutout with Trevor Mitch, who struck out all three batters he faced in his varsity debut. Coady struck out 5 and walked 2.

"I thought the performance of all four of our pitchers was good," said the coach. "They attacked the strike zone and they all know we still have a way to go. I am comfortable with all of our pitchers being used in league games."

The Greenmen are scheduld to play at Barberton today (April 5) and at Mentor on April 7 and Chardon on April 8 (doubleheader). Next week, they're slated to host Medina Highland on April 10 and travel to Highland on April 11.

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Jonathan Blue had a big day in the season opener, going 3 for 3 with 4 runs, 2 RBI, a double, and a steal. Carpenter went 3 for 5 -- including a double -- with 3 RBI and 2 runs in his varsity debut. Carpenter had a double.

Drew McVay, a junior infielder, was 2 for 2 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, while Fromwiller had 2 hits, 2 RBI and one run. Stawicki added 2 hits, a double and one RBI, while Jacob Blue had 2 runs, 2 RBI and a hit.

Third baseman Brent Henderson had 3 RBI, 2 runs and a double and Joe Capretta contributed 2 runs, a hit and a steal. Another contributor was Jaret Rose with 2 RBI, 2 runs and a hit, plus Jacob Loudon and Hermanowski each had one hit, one RBI and one run. Arslanian scored 2 runs.

"I thought we worked the counts extremely well at the plate," stressed Brancazio. "I like our depth, not just with our pitching, but in the field; we are two-deep at each position."

Arslanian and Stawicki have nagging lower leg injuries, while junior pitcher Zach Elsawy has been cleared to start throwing.

The Greenmen are scheduld to play at Barberton today (April 5) and at Mentor on April 7 and Chardon on April 8 (doubleheader). They're slated to host Medina Highland on April 10 and travel to Highland on April 11.


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