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Warrior baseball program wants to build on last year’s season

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Carrollton High School baseball returning lettermen
Carrollton baseball returning letterman (from left): Adam Warner, Brandon Johnson, Zach Fry, Troy Fairclough, Adam Birtcher, Zach Brannick and Tyler Krantz.

The Carrollton varsity baseball team enjoyed a successful 2013 season and is looking to build on that success.

The Warriors finished with an overall record of 17-12 and placed third in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference with a 9-5 mark.

“Our program has made great strides the last two years and we look to continue to get better with each game,” said Head Coach Butch Wood.

The Warriors return seven veteran players from that team.

They are seniors Tyler Krantz at third and pitcher, Zach Fry at first and pitching, Adam Birtcher at pitcher, Brandon Johnson in the outfield and pitching and Adam Warner at second base. Junior Troy Fairclough will pitch and Zach Brannick will be at first and in the outfield.

Promising newcomers to this year’s team are senior Matt Yoder at catcher, juniors Logan Russ at catcher and outfield and Trenton Leggett at catcher and designated hitter, sophomore Drake Anders in the outfield and freshmen Aiden Pasiuk at shortstop and Brian Riggs at pitcher.

Coach Wood has been pleased with what he has seen so far during pre-season practice.

“They guys are working hard and our team chemistry is good with our younger players fitting in with our upperclassmen,” he said. “I have been very pleased with our ability to field the ball and our team speed will be very good.”

In high school baseball pitching is the key.

“We don’t have a lot of pitching depth, so we need to stay healthy on the mound,” noted Wood.

“We have a lot of contact hitters, but not a lot of power.”

Two-time defending champion Canton South is the early favorite to win the NBC with Louisville fielding a strong team.

“If our pitching holds up we will compete,” Wood said.

Also on the Carrollton staff is Ken Pasiuk, pitching coach; Mike Miller, bench coach and Colton Newell, hitting coach.

Storm Hill and Josh DeCarlo will coach the junior varsity team.

The Warriors will open their season this Saturday with a double header at home against East Liverpool at 11 a.m.

They will host Alliance next Tuesday and travel to Alliance on Thursday. The Warriors will be on the road next Saturday at United Local for an 11 a.m. double header.

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