2015 Team Preview: Crestwood

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

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2015 Team Preview: Alliance

School Name: Crestwood
Coaches Name/Record: John Bakalar, 49-55
2014 Record: 13-13
Conference: Portage Trail Conference (Metro Division)
Conference Record: 7-7
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Regional Appearances: 1995, 1993
  • District Champions: 1995, 1993
  • District Appearances: 2008, 2005, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1980, 1974

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Joshua Hampton: .390, 21 RBI, 16 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 4 SB, 2nd Team All-Conference MIF, 2nd team All-District and Captain.
  • Matthew Lyons: .197, 7 RBI, 13 R, 5-1, 2.60 ERA, 35.0 INN, 26 K, 2nd Team All-Conference P and Captain and #1 SP
  • Matthew Czerny: .143, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1-2, 4.81 ERA, 27.2 INN, 29 K. Pitcher Only, was our #3
  • Craig Turner: .333, 2 RBI, 3 R. Was a Utility/Bench player

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/11

Strengths of Team:

  • Number of returning players, potentially 15 if all make it. Experienced infield with 3 All-Conference players (Surgeon, Bailey and Ross Nielsen)
  • A number of players can pitch and have had some success at Varsity level
  • Our offense 4 returning players hit over .300 (Surgeon, Bailey, Ryan Erway and Ross Nielsen)
  • Team speed: Sr. John Reid stole 27 bases last year, Sr. Torre Filippi was 2nd with 7 and Jr. Ryan Erway had 5 as a SOPH
  • Emerging young talent to mix with experienced players. Zack Sefcik is a RH power hitting 1B, So. Derek Crislip is an outstanding defensive SS and Fr. Treyvor Kress has the potential to find some innings

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Gabe Surgeon (1st team All-Ohio 2014) tore his ACL in football game at the end of fall and will miss 4-6 months, potentially whole season. Earliest return would be late April. Was to be #1 Starting pitcher and #3 Hitter
  • Top 2 talented players (Michael Leeper and Jared Bailey) will be potentially academically ineligible
  • Lost a lot our innings from last year (Lyons 35, Czerny 27, Surgeon 24). Need pitchers to step up
  • Defense: 59 errors in 2014 but it has improved over years (65 in 2013, 80 in 2012)
  • Finding quality and reliable arms out of the bullpen

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Gabe Surgeon, 5'11/185, LHP/OF, L/L. 1st Team All-Ohio 2014 hitting .604 and went 2-1, 4.67 ERA 24 INN 21 K in '14. Was Honorable Mention DIV QB and led team to playoffs. Currently considering Tri-C and Lake Erie. 
  • Jared Bailey, 5'11, 205, C/3B/P, R/R. HM All Conference hitting .371, 20 RBI, 18 R, 7 2B. 
  • Ross Nielsen, 6'3, 200, 1B, R/R. HM All Conference hitting .303 with 19 RBIs and 15 R. Currently recruited by Hiram College and John Carroll. 
  • John Reid: OF/LHP, L/L Leadoff hitter hit .294, 5 RBI, 18 R, 27 SB. Is recruited by Thiel, Hiram College, Mount Union, and Allegheny. 
  • Joe Slechta: 6''1, 170 RHP/3B hit .273, 7 RBI, 7 R and went 1-2, 5.86 ERA. Has been recruited by Muskingum and Hiram College.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Ryan Erway, OF, Jr. , 5'9, 165, R/R. Started as sophomore and hit .346 with 6 RBIs and 17 R, 4 SB hitting at bottom of order, hoping can be our #2 hitter. 
  • Zack Sefcik, 1B, Jr. 5'11, 215, R/R. saw time on varsity as So.(2/5 .400) Has big time power potential and should see time as middle of order player at 1B/DH.
  • Danny Jones, P/INF, 6'5, 190, R/R. Made V as so. but shoulder injury early in the year made him miss most of year and he had started 5 games as 9th. Hoping to see him healthy and for him to fill void in rotation.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Derek Crislip, SS, so. 5'7, 135, R/R. Outstanding defensive SS, have to wait and see on his bat but is pushing for varsity spot.
  • Brandon Douglas, 1B/3B/P, So. 6'1, 185. Is another power hitting 1B but trapped behind Nielsen and Sefcik, may look at other positions or wait a year.
  • Colton Rahach, OF, 5'8, 150, So. Named 9th grade MVP, just a hard nosed gamer. Father played football at Akron and sister is P committed to Coastal Carolina.

Top Prospects in Class of 2018:

  • Treyvor Kress, 6'4, 170, R/R, P/3B. Is best P in his class with large loss of innings could see some time in on conference games.

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Ryan Fedor (2013) Hiram College
  • Aaron Jackson (2012) Pittsburgh – Bradford
  • Brian Etling (2011) Thiel College
  • Jordan Fedor (2010) Malone University
  • Bobby Butvin (2009) William Woods College
  • Matt Thomas (2004) Pittsburgh
  • Brandon Fedor (2003) Mount Union
  • Adam Crowder (1999) Kent State
  • Greg Wiggers (1998) Xavier
  • Chuck Crowder (1995) Georgia Tech/Colorado Rockies AA

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