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Carey Baseball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Joey Roark, sixth season

2013: 6-18, 4-6 tied for 4th MAL

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Matt Holsinger (2B/P); Dylan Musgrave (P/OF); Brandon Zechman (CF). Junior Satchel Strahm (P/SS); Brady Mullholand ( C).

Others: Junior Noah McCartney (IF). Sophomores Marcus O'Flaherty (3B); Cody Ferguson (Utl.); Steve Yonts (P/1B); Nathaniel Griffen (P/OF) Freshman Jonathan Racheter (1B/C);

Outlook: Carey has a proud athletic tradition. The football program boasts a state championship and is a perennial league and playoff contender.

Both the boys and girls basketball programs have cut down nets at all levels of tournament play.

And the wrestling program is one of the finest in the area.

None of those sports require a bat.

The Blue Devil baseball team doesn't have the pedigree some of the other programs in the school does, with only one league title and four sectional titles since 1990.

Roark's team, though, is arming itself to turn things around. And, it starting on the mound.

"We got a new assistant coach this year, he's really done good work with pitchers," Roark said referencing Garrett Krause, a former pitcher at Tiffin University. "He's got a lot of drills they've been doing. He's got some good conditioning programs to strengthen the arms. When you're a small school, it gets a little tough at times. Building up arm strength is good to extend the kids a little longer than they have in the past."

Roark says the team has a deep pitching staff, but lacks having one dominant strikeout artist. Instead, the Blue Devils have several arms they can rely on to get the job done.

"Steve Yonts, he's a big kid, throws hard," Roark said. "Matt Holsinger can throw hard, brings it pretty good. We're deep at pitcher. We don't have the kid that can come in and strike you out, but a lot of kids that can throw strikes and throw good."

Roark says the team will benefit from being healthier than a year ago, as two of the team's top players, Holsinger and Strahm, played through injuries all year.

"Satchel was second team MAL as a freshman, had a tear in his labrum last year. He toughened it out all year, but had a bit of a down year, but he's back 100 percent," Roark said. "Same with Matt Holsinger. He had knee surgery a week after the season from a football injury. He's back 100 percent. Those are two guys I was counting on, that shouldn't be on the field, but they were out there giving all they had."

Roark says the team has a lot of versatility in that most of the players can play several spots on the diamond, depending on who in on the mound on a given day.

He also says there is a great deal of team speed, which fits right in with Roark's philosophy toward the game.

"We have a lot of team speed a the top of the lineup and some big kids in the middle," he said. "I'm not someone who likes sitting round waiting for the big two-run home run. I like to be out there causing havoc on the bases."



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