STEUBENVILLE — Summer season baseball will begin taking its swings this weekend because the Jefferson County Elite 19U A and B groups, together with the 16U squad start play.
The Jefferson County Elite 19U has 26 gamers making up Crew A and Crew B. The gamers might be interchangeable, in keeping with supervisor Anthony Pierro. Crew B hosts the Tri-State Blue Dons in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at John Muth Subject in Mingo Junction. Crew A travels to Barnesville on Sunday for a midday twinbill at Memorial Park.
In the meantime, the 18-member 16U squad treks to Granville on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. It’s going to make its residence debut at State Lake Park in Richmond on Sunday when the Wheeling Wild Issues 15U go to for 2 video games, beginning at 1 p.m.
The older squads formally open their seasons as we speak in Mingo Junction after they meet within the first of seven intrasquad video games known as the “Black and Blue Sequence.”
“We’re able to go. The youngsters have been working towards actually arduous and are chomping on the bit to get some video games in,” Pierro mentioned.
The 19U rosters are comprised of gamers from six totally different colleges. Edison has eight gamers on the rosters, with Indian Creek having half-a-dozen and Carrollton 5. Large Pink has 4, Toronto two and Shadyside one.
“We might be taking part in in 4 or 5 tournaments on weekends and we additionally will play video games in the course of the week,” Pierro famous.
Though American Legion baseball has been sidelined for the summer season on the nationwide and state ranges as a result of world COVID-19 epidemic, Pierro and his workers have a full slate of video games scheduled for his or her groups.
He mentioned the 19U groups will most likely get just a few extra video games this summer season than the 16U simply due to the quantity of gamers.
“I feel we’ve acquired about 30 or 40 video games scheduled,” he added. “That may fluctuate with the climate and all the things.”
Pierro mentioned the groups will abide by well being and security tips set forth by Gov. Mike DeWine.
“Our aim is identical because it has at all times been. We’re making an attempt to get the perfect choices of taking part in as many video games as attainable,” he mentioned. “We wish to make youngsters higher for school.”
In keeping with the supervisor, the 19U workforce has a very good nucleus of proficient gamers returning.
“We have been searching for one other good summer season. We’ve acquired near 10 youngsters returning that have been on the school degree final yr.”
The 19U groups are made up of Edison merchandise Alec McBane (OF/RHP), Anthony Sinicropi (OF/LHP), Noah Woods (UTIL), Jayden Sanders (UTIL), Blake Connelly (INF/RHP), George Ash (RHP/1B), Andrew Kinney (3B/RHP) and Conrad Gump (C); Indian Creek’s Klay Cottis (OF/RHP), David Ferroni (C/INF), Coy Amis (OF, RHP), Connor Shultz (RHP/INF), Aiden Fernandez (UTIL) and Jacob Wright (UTIL); Carrollton’s Branyan Wade (1B/LHP), Caden Buxton (UTIL), Evan Lewis (OF/LHP), Brody Wade (INF) and Trevor Boggess (RHP); Large Pink’s Luke Zorne (OF/LHP), Quinn McCoy (1B), Aaron Ferguson (INF) and Clayton Cross (C); Toronto’s A.J. Clegg (RHP) and Zac Berger (1B/LHP); and Shadyside’s Caden Worth (RHP).
The 16U squad has gamers from Edison, Steubenville Large Pink, Carrollton, Catholic Central, Harrison Central and Indian Creek. They’re Isaac Zastudil (OF/1B), Tyler Griffith (OF/RHP), Cole Jackson (INF), Ian McBane (INF/OF), Cam Cooley (RHP/1B) and Eli Watson (C) from Edison; Steubenville’s Cooper Blackburn (UTIL), Hakim Edwards (OF/RHP), Parker Haney (OF/RHP), Kye Fleming (UTIL) and Niko Suriano (UTIL); Jaxon Rinkes (OF/LHP), Brandt George (UTIL) and Josh Worth (RHP) from Carrollton; Catholic Central’s Ryan Anderson (INF/RHP); Harrison Central’s Caleb Blawut (INF/RHP); and Indian Creek’s Hunter Rothacker (UTIL).