2016 Spring Team Preview: Plymouth Wildcats
February 3, 2016
By Dylan Hefflinger, Aaron Wilson and PBR Staff
Editor in Chief/Scout / Assistant Director of Scouting
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2016 Spring Team Preview: Plymouth
Team Name: Plymouth Wildcats
Head Coach: Jason Crain 52-26 (3rd season)
2015 Record: 27-13
Conference Record: 12-3
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 5/7
- 3 Division Championships (’12, ’14, ’15)
- 1 District Championship (’15)
2016 Team Strengths: Our starting pitching will be an asset. Returning to our staff are: Josh Sulak ’16 (Northwood Commit, pictured right) was, Owen Spryszak ‘16, Kyle Wolter (Lawrence Tech Commit) ’16, Taylor Burke ’16, Regan Fleisher ‘16, Cameron Stella ’16, Josh Janovsky ’17. Newcomers Brendan Lacorato ’17 and Mike Matovina ’17 will contribute to a deep staff. We will be strong behind the plate with Evan Claggett ’16 and Ryan Elliott ’16 returning after strong Junior seasons. Pete Carravallah ’16 will anchor our outfield and is also a returning after a strong junior season. Kyle Wolter ’16 will be a 3-year starter who will anchor our infield and provide senior leadership. Mike Wischer ’17 returns after a short stint with the varsity last season. We look forward to contributions from him and several others, including Austin Scheffer ‘17, Jake MacBrien ‘17, Nik Patel ’17 and Chase Timko ‘17. We also have several sophomores who have a chance to contribute this season.
2016 Team Weaknesses: We are losing several key pieces from last years’ team. Kevin Anthony P/3B, Seth Hubbard 1B (Concordia University), Patrick Downing RF/P (Concordia University), Andrew Hejka 2B, Jared Merandi LF (Schoolcraft College) and Andrew Jossey (Saginaw Valley State). We are confident in returning players to fill these roles.
Coach Outlook: Head Coach Jason Crain "We are excited with how athletic our team will be. We have added speed and depth to our roster and can’t wait to see them perform. As usual, we have a difficult schedule featuring: Saline, Northville, Grosse Pointe South, Bay City Western, Brother Rice and many other great opponents. Our cross campus rivals Canton and Salem are always great games and we look forward to those matchups as well."
Top Returning Players:
- Josh Sulak, 3B/P, 2016, 3-year varsity player, .304 BA, 2.88 ERA (Northwood commit)
- Cameron Stella (pictured right),OF/P, 2016, 3-year varsity player, .303 BA, 2.06 ERA
- Kyle Wolter ,INF/P, 2016, 3-year varsity player, .225 BA, 3.5 ERA (Lawrence Tech commit)
- Pete Carravallah, OF, 2016, 2-year varsity player, .441 BA, .532 OBP, 1.013 OBP
- Evan Claggett, C, 2016, 2-year varsity player, .278 BA, .322 OBP
- Owen Spryszak, P, 2016, 2-year varsity player, 0.50 ERA, 28 Innings, 38 K’s
- Josh Janovsky, P, 2017, 2-year varsity player, 2.33 ERA
A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles: