2016 Spring Team Preview: Rittman Indians

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
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2016 Spring Team Preview: Rittman Indians

Team Name: Rittman Indians
Head Coach: Joe Staley
Division: III
2015 Record: 22-7
Conference Record: Wayne County Athletic League, 8-6
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/4

2016 Team Strengths:

  • Starting Pitching
  • Defense
  • Hitting

2016 Team Weaknesses:

  • Leadership

Coach Outlook: "We return all of our pitching from last year’s team that finished #10 in the final OHSBCA state poll. Manny Garza leads the returnees as a junior after being named 2nd team all state in Division IV by the OHSBCA last year along with four other All-WCAL returnees. We do move up to Division III this year but the expectations remain the same."

PBR Outlook: Coach Staley and the Indians move up to Division III in 2016, but the expectations should remain the same as they return the core of a team that finished 22-7 in 2015. Look for the Indians to make a name for themselves in D-III this season with five All-WCAL performers returning in 2016.

Manny GarzaTop Returning Players:

  • Manny Garza (pictured right), SS/RHP, 2017, 5-11/175, L/R, 2nd team All-Ohio last season as a sophomore, 0 strikeouts in league, hit .433 out of the lead off spot with a .600 on base percentage. Went 5-2 on mound with a 1.71 ERA in 50 innings to go with 67 Ks. Will be a three-year starter this year.
  • Kaleb Bauman, INF/RHP, 2018, 6'2 165, R/R, 1st team All League as a freshman hit .400 while playing all four infield spots. Went 2-1 on the mound with a 1.31 ERA to go with 30 Ks in 16 innings. Also led team with 12 stolen bases and 43 RBI.
  • Tyler Gault, 3B/RHP, 2016, 6'5 185, R/R, Was 4-0 on the mound with a 1.93 ERA in 40 innings to go with 52 Ks. Will be a four-year starter.
  • Caleb Keck, 1B/RHP, 2016, 6'4 160, R/R, 5-4 on mound as #2 starter. Had a 1.30 ERA. He is an innings eater who throws a lot of strikes. Will be three-year starter.
  • Tristen Kidd, OF, 2016, 5'9 165, Hit .411 and was hottest hitter down the stretch. Has a lot of Speed and will play football in college. Will be a three-year starter this year. 
  • Matt McMillen, OF/INF, 2016, 6'1 165, Can play several positions. Slotted as the CF this year. Hit .290 last season, and will be a three-year starter.

Top Underclassmen:

  • Jacob Carr, C/RHP, 2018, 6'2 220, R/R, Will be a first-year starter this year. He has a lot of power with a strong arm.


A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

To view the 2015 Preseason State Rankings, click below.

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