Conference Preview: District 9 Class AA

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season getting started we have been previewing conferences around the state leading up to opening day. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each conference.

             district 9 Class AA

Preseason Favorite

Karns City (18-2) 

The Gremlins are the prohibitive favorite to repeat as district champs. Scott Kiser (.439, 27 RBI) and Nick Ganter (.436, 18 RBI) were lost to graduation, but Karns City returns more than enough offensive production and the top two arms from last year's 18 win season to make a push for a deep playoff run.


Preseason Player of the Year

Nathan WeckerlyNathan Weckerly, Karns City HS (Class of 2014)

Weckerly led a potent Gremlins' offense a year ago hitting an even .500 while driving in 16 runs and scoring 25 times. Weckerly walked 20 times in addition to his 25 hits giving him an eye popping .658 on base percentage as a junior. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound catcher has shown solid defensive actions at multiple PBR events with sub-2.20 pop times.


Top Prospects


Jaren Ross, OF (Class of 2014)
Ashtin Matthews, RHP/IF (Class of 2014)
Shawn Blochberger, IF/C (Class of 2015)
Kyle Dunkle, C (Class of 2016)


Tanner Elensky, SS (Class of 2014)
Brett Gardner, RHP/OF (Class of 2014)
Kyle Johns, RHP/IF (Class of 2014)

Karns City

Tyler Kepple, RHP/IF (Class of 2014)
Zach Moore, OF (Class of 2014)
Mike Riley, 1B (Class of 2014)
Nathan Weckerly, C (Class of 2014)
Matthew Yough, SS/RHP (Class of 2014)
Holden Martin, 2B (Class of 2016)


Colton Cumberland, RHP/SS (Class of 2014)
Austin Blauser
, RHP/C (Class of 2015)
Kaleb Eshenbaugh, 1B (Class of 2015)
Jacob McBride, RHP/IF (Class of 2015)
Josh McBride, RHP/IF (Class of 2015)
Zack Jewart, LHP/OF (Class of 2015)

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