2015 Team Preview: Sparta Highland



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

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2015 Team Preview: Sparta Highland

School Name: Sparta Highland
Coaches Name/Record: Donnie Kline, 7-18
2014 Record: 18-6
Conference: MOAC - Blue Division
Conference Record/Finish: 11-1/1st
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • MOAC Div Champs 8 of 10 years, Last (5) years - won (or tied) MOAC Champs

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Marcus Chapman - C - Leadoff and Good Def player
  • Garrett Weikel - CF - Really good defensive player

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/4

Strengths of Team:

  • Experience
  • Solid Pitching
  • Good defense

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Finding C and CF
  • Baserunning

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Dalton Stambaugh, 1B, LHP - R/L - MOAC Blue POY; Central District; U of Akron commit; good leader; 72 K in 53 IP; 6-3, ERA under 1
  • Jett Swetland, SS, RHP - R/R - MOAC 1st Team; Central District; FL Southwestern; Athletic, Conference Player of Year in Basketball 2014; led team in BA, Doubles in 2014; 5-2, ERA under 1, 68 K in 53 Inn
  • Byron Belcher, 3B, RHP - L/R - MOAC 1st Team; Central District; leadoff in 2014 (.370 BA, 21 BB, 3 K in 73 AB). Pitt CC commit
  • Justin Tuggle, 2B, Utility - R/R- 3-1 Record, ERA 1.4; 4 year starter; can play all def positions

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Wyatt Gresh, RF - L/R - 2nd Team MOAC, Central District - Top 3 all Off Hitting Categories; Led Team in RBI (24)...6'3" 180...3rd year on varsity
  • Shane Carney, LF - R/R - 3rd year on Varsity

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Max Schreiber - Middle IF - R/R (JV in 2014)

Top Prospects in Class of 2018:

  • Lane Ballard - C - R/R (Mid-Ohio Bullets)
  • Sam LoPiccolo - P - R/R (Ohio Elite)

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Tim Belcher- P

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