2016 Boardman Baseball Preview

Boardman opens play with Howland.

Boardman High School Baseball

2016 Boardman Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Joe Gabriel, 3rd season (22-34)
2015 Record: 18-11 (8-2), 1st in AAC Red

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Key Losses: The loss of players such as Brian Fryda, Scott Lendak, Gino Beato and Mike Despotorich, who meant so much to last year’s conference championship team, is a huge void for any club to fill. Shortstop Fryda – who is playing at Hiram this season – and second baseman Lendak were key pieces of the Spartan infield. Beato led Boardman in hitting.

Key Returnees: The Spartans return a solid senior class which features Lou Cardona (C), Hudson Widrig (P), Sam Varga (P), Drew Wagner (OF) and Danny Joyce (P). A pair of juniors – Gaven Strines (OF) and Nick Stamp (1B) – saw extensive action last year as sophomores. Six talented sophomores will begin their play on the varsity level this Spring in Luke Cardillo (OF), Dom Stilliana (IF), Alex Cardona (IF), Mike Melewiski (IF), Cameron Burford (P), and Bob Toth (IF/P).

Outlook: Boardman returns their entire pitching rotation from a year ago in Widrig, Varga and Joyce. The pitching staff will shoulder much of the team’s fate, luckily the Spartans also return their starting catcher and one of their leaders in Cardona.

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
State Finalist: 2 (1967, 1991)
Regional Championships: 4 (1967, 1981, 1991, 2001)

Last Five Years in the Post Season
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
District Championships: None
Sectional Championships: 3 (2011, 2012, 2015)
Playoff Record: 4-5

Schedule
Apr. 4 – Howland, 5
Apr. 5 – at Howland, 5
Apr. 6 – St. Ignatius, 5
Apr. 7 – at Niles, 5
Apr. 8 – at Massillon, 5
Apr. 9 – at Walsh Jesuit, 12
Apr. 11 – at Fitch, 5
Apr. 12 – Fitch, 5
Apr. 13 – Hoover, 5
Apr. 14 – at Jackson, 5
Apr. 15 – Toronto, 5
Apr. 16 – Hudson, 11
Apr. 18 – Canfield, 5
Apr. 19 – at Canfield, 5
Apr. 21 – Steubenville, 5
Apr. 23 – Crestview, 2
Apr. 25 – at Harding, 5
Apr. 26 – Harding, 5
Apr. 28 – Jefferson, 5
Apr. 30 – Walsh Jesuit, 12
May 2 – Poland, 5
May 3 – at Poland, 5
May 5 – at Steubenville, 5

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