2015 Team Preview: New Middletown Springfield

By Dylan Hefflinger 
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: New Middletown Springfield

School Name: New Middletown Springfield
Coaches Name/Record: Matt Weymer, 83-29
2014 Record: 21-6
Conference: ITCL (Tier I)
Conference Record/Finish: 11-3
Division Level: III

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Division IV state runner-up in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
  • Regional qualifier in 2012 (D IV)
  • Lost in district semi-final last year in D-III

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • James Hillyer, P/DH....6-1 with 2 saves and an ERA under 2
  • Joe Wrask, 1B....reliable 3-year starter that provided pop in the middle of the lineup

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/5

Strengths of Team:

  • Experience (9 seniors)
  • Team speed

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Lineup depth
  • Offensive efficiency

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Hunter Snyder, C, 5'10 160, R/R. 4-year starter behind the plate with great tools on offense and defense. Youngstown State commit
  • Dalton Donachie, P, 5'9, 150, R/R, 4-year starter who will enter his third year as the ace of the staff. Mercyhurst Northeast JUCO commit.
  • Ryan Kohler, CF, 5'10 160, R/R, 4-year starter with outstanding speed. Will be counted on to bat in the middle of the lineup.
  • Brandon Chamberlain, 3B/P/RF, 6'3 180, R/R. Versatile 4-year starter who excels at several different areas.

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