2015 Team Preview: Kirtland

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

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2015 Team Preview: Kirtland

School Name: Kirtland
Coaches Name/Record: Luke Smrdel, 35-18
2014 Record: 20-6
Conference: Chagrin Valley Conference (Valley Division)
Conference Record/Finish: 10-0, 1st
Division Level: III

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 2014- District #1 seed
  • 1965, 1974, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2014 – Sectional Champions
  • 1965, 1995 – District Runner-Up

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Ryan Loncar, CF
  • Anthony Veneri, SS
  • Domenic Camino, C
  • Jon McCollister, 2B
  • Erik Guhde, 1B

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4/5

Strengths of Team:

  • Pitching
  • Defense
  • Speed
  • Hitting for average

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Experience
  • Hitting for power

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Matthew Finkler, SR., P/3B, 6'3"-230, R-L, Comments: 2014 CVC player of the year, All-District, All-County, All-CVC, Team MVP
  • Adam Hess, 3B/1B, SR., 5'11"-205, R-R, Comments: 2014: All County, All-CVC
  • Jacob Boyd, SS/OF, SR., 6'1"-180, R-R, Comments: 2014 All CVC
  • Seth Carn, P, SR., 6'2"-240, R-R, Comments: Threw no-hitter in 2014
  • Steven Kusar, C, Sr., 6'-175, R-R

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Michael Kmentt, P, JR., 5'8"-145, R-R, Comments: Made 5 varsity pitching starts and threw no-hitter in 2014
  • Anthony Fortuna, P, JR., 6'3"-190, R-R, Comments: Made 4 varsity pitching starts in 2014
  • Joey Bates, OF, JR., 5'10"-175, R-R
  • Vinny Matticoli, OF/C/P, JR., 5'10"-165, R-R
  • David Allchin, 3B/SS/2B, JR., 5'8"-145, R-R

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Palmer Capretta, 2B/SS, SO., 5'10"-135, R-R
  • Ben Stark. C/3B, SO., 5'10"-165, R-R
  • Ryan Friedenberg, DH/2B/OF, 5'8"-140, R-R

Top Prospects in Class of 2018:

  • Tyler McCrory, P, FR., L-L

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • John Turk(2006)- University of Akron
  • Greg Turk(2006)- Mercyhurst College
  • Alex Fenstermaker(2013)- Bethany College
  • Kyle Torok(2012)- Hiram College
  • Clayton Torok(2012)- Hiram College

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