2015 Team Preview: Gilmour Academy

By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Gilmour Academy

School Name: Gilmour Academy
Coaches Name/Record: Jay Fowler, 57-48
2014 Record: 10-13
Conference: Independent
Conference Record/Finish: N/A
Division Level: III

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 2008 - State Final Four
  • 2009- D4 District Championship
  • 2011 - D3 District Runner-Up
  • 2013- D3 Sectional Champion
  • 2014 - D3 District Champion

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Benny Clark, 3B/OF, Leadoff man who hit .500
  • Matt Botek, P, led the staff to wins in the Sectional and District Championships
  • Brandon Jaces, P, helped win the District Semi-Final and led team with a 2.1 ERA
  • Peter Dolan, C, hit .359 with 17 RBI

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 5/5

Strengths of Team:

  • Defense
  • Baseball IQ

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Inexperience

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Ethan Pawlak, OF/IF, Senior, 5'10-165, L-R, Can play multiple position and is an excellent athlete with sub 6.75 speed. He can hit to all fields and will look to lead the Lancer club this year at the plate and on the field
  • Kevin Hale, C, Senior, 6-3-210, R-R, Newcomer to the program with excellent catching skills, a solid arm to all bases, and the ability to hit to all fields
  • Nick Regalbuto, OF/P, Senior, 6'1, 165, R-R, 3 year Varsity player who can play all outfield positions, great speed, excellent player in the clutch, and
  • Grant Weiss, OF, Senior, 5'8, 150, R-R, Helped revive the Lancer offense last year in his first Varsity experience and hit .379

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Connor Lesko, IF/P, Junior, 5'10-155, R-R, hit .400 last year with an OBP of .479, also finished with a 2-1 record on the mound
  • Grant Zarrinmakan, 1B/P, Junior, 5'9-180, R-L, hit .379 with a .493 OBP last season in first Varsity experience,
  • Mike Murphy, P/3B, Junior, 6'0-180, R-R, limited Varsity experience last year but looks to take over the reigns at 3B this year and will be relied on to pitch a number of innings, very good offspeed pitcher
  • Jaret Pustai, P, Junior, 6-1-165, R-R, newcomer to Varsity this year will pitch a number of innings for the team and look to help stabilize the staff

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Jackson Clark, IF, Sophomore, 5'9-155, L-R, will gain first Varsity experience at both middle infield positions, excellent hands, and great eye and patience at the plate.

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Billy Urban - St. Bonaventure '09
  • Danny Urban -- St. Bonaventure '13
  • Brandon Jaces - Gannon University '14
  • Zach Schlotter - Bethany College '13
  • Colin Rae - Johns Hopkins
  • Craig Frey - Washington and Jefferson

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