2017 Spring Team Preview: Elyria Catholic Panthers

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
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With the 2017 spring season right around the corner, PBR Ohio is eagerly anticipating bringing the Buckeye state the best high school coverage throughout the entire state.

Starting in Mid-January, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2017 Spring Team Preview: Elyria Catholic Panthers

Team Name: Elyria Catholic
Head Coach: Bruce Lisicky
Division: III
2016 Record: 27-4
Conference Record: Great Lakes Conference, 12-0
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/4

2017 Team Strengths:

  • Starting Pitching
  • Defense

2017 Team Weaknesses:

  • Experience at the bottom of the batting order
  • Replacing key players from last year
  • Covering the outfield corner spots

Coach Outlook: "We have high expectations this season after a disappointing loss in the Regional Finals last year. We are returning our whole Starting Pitching staff lead by Nebraska commit Andrew Abrahamowicz. We have a nice mix of experienced underclassmen to go along with our 4 Seniors. Our #3 hitter Ryan Strittmather (.385) is a Junior and 3 Sophomores that started as Freshman will have another year of experience. Jack Laird P/1b (5-0), CF Leighton Banjoff (.429) and Catcher Grant McClure who caught 20 games last season."

Top Returning Players:

  • Andrew Abrahamowicz, Team Captain, Sr., P, Nebraska commit, 6'3" 190, R/R, 1st team All Ohio pitcher 2016, 7 wins, 0.85 era, 0.73 whip, 59 K's
  • Leighton Banjoff, Soph., CF, 6' 180, R/R, Great Lakes Conference player of the year 2016, .429 Ave., 29 RBI', 12 SB
  • Tony LoParo, SS, Sr., 5'8" 155, Baldwin Wallace commit, R/ R, Team defensive player of the year 2016, .312 Ave. 19 rbi's
  • Ryan Strittmather, 3b/2b, Jr., 5'11" 175, Ohio University commit, R/R, .385 Ave., 33 runs, 19 SB, 5 triples
  • Jeff Spencer, Sr., 3b/1b/P, R/R, 5'11" 175, .375 Ave., 21 rbi's, 2.15 era, 1.03 whip
  • Grant McClure, Soph., Catcher, 5'5"" 155, R/R, 19walks, .393 obp
  • Jack Laird, Soph. P, R/R, 6'2" 190, 5-0, 1.35 era, .99 whip, 33 K's
A Look Back At 2016 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2016 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2016 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.