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Seneca East Baseball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Frank Lamoreaux, 28th season.

2013: 23-5, 8-2 MAL. Regional semis

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Ben Cramer (3B/OF/P); Mason McWilliams (OF/P); Ethan Caudill (SS/3B/P); Joe Roth (OF/C); Braden Nagel (1B). Juniors Alex Scheiber (2B/SS/P); Carson Pipher (OF/P); Jack Daniel (2B/OF/P). Sophomores Braedon Tipple (OF); Nate Snavely (C).

Others: Seniors Mike Hoy (OF); Lantz Bohrer (OF/DH). Sophomores Ryan Bowerman (1B/P); Corey Coppes (2B); Drewe Tipple (3B/SS/P).

Outlook: The Tigers graduated nine seniors from last year's regional semifinalist.

That group also went to the regional final in 2012.

But the pandemonium of being a Sweet 16 team last season has done little to fire up the measured Lamoreaux. The long time Tigers mentor said tournament success is nice, but there are still a lot things the squad wants to accomplish in the regular season.

"I don't think there's a target on our back. We've done well but we haven't been league champs. The last time was 2009. There are teams that are ahead of us, like North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon; two pretty good programs the last several years. All it takes is one or two kids not to come out or a couple strong freshmen and anyone can be in contention.

I'd like to think we're one of the top three to four teams in the league," Lamoreaux said. "It'd be nice to vie for a MAL title. That will be anybody's goal this year. With it being the last year, who knows."

The coach said a lot of history has been compiled over the years in the league.

"It's always been strong. St. Joe was another team. My gosh we've had so many good baseball players come through the league," Lamoreaux said. "So many guys who went on to college careers and a couple of professional careers. There's pretty good baseball blood in the MAL."

Continuing that trend will be McWilliams, who is slated to go matriculate to Ohio University in the fall. He will play in right field when not on the mound.

On the mound, the senior hurler had 110 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings last year while compiling a 1.99 ERA. When he's not beating teams on the mound, he's beating them with a bat. McWilliams hit .433 last year with 32 RBI and 16 steals.

Caudill and Cramer all figure as part of the rotation, with Schieber, Daniel and Pipher logging some innings as well.

"Pitching depth is definitely one of our strengths," Lamoreaux said. "It's one area of our team where we have experience."

That's not the case everywhere though.

"We're unproven in a lot of areas at the varsity level," Lamoreaux said.

The pitching staff figures into regular spots all over the field depending on who is on the mound.

Schieber and Daniel will platoon at second with Caudill at shortstop and Schieber backing him up. Cramer should handle third with Drewe Tipple seeing some time as well. Nagel will play first base.

Snavely and Roth will play behind the dish while Pipher and Braedon Tipple are battling for time in center field. Roth, Hoy and Bohrer are angling for time in left field.

If things come together, maybe the Tigers make it back to the regionals for a third straight year.

"I'd like to think our kids expect to do well. I just hope they don't think it's a given. It's never a given," Lamoreaux said. "I think our top goal has to be is to see if we can be in a position at the end of the year to be an MAL champ. That has to be one of the top goals. Any time you have success in the tournament, you'd like to get back to where you were and take one more step. It takes a tremendous amount of work and I hate to say luck, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to have some."



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