2016 Spring Team Preview: Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
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2016 Spring Team Preview: Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs

Team Name: Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs
Head Coach: Aaron DeBord, 35-46
Division: I
2015 Record: 9-16   
Conference Record: Suburban League (1st year 2016) / 2015 - Northeast Ohio Conference, 1-9
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4/7

2016 Team Strengths:

  • Pitching
  • Catching
  • Middle INF

2016 Team Weaknesses:

  • Leadership
  • Varsity Hitting Experience
  • Outfield

Coach Outlook: "This season we will have a young team, but we will have an experienced pitching staff. We return 7 kids who threw varsity innings last year including my #1 and #2 pitchers Jake Dohar and Jeremy Parton. We also have depth in the bullpen with 2 senior arms who threw 20+ innings last season in Logan Huffman and Frankie Peck. Behind the plate we have a 3-year letter winner in Owen Fankhauser. I believe that if we can manufacture runs our pitching and defense will lead us to a successful season."

PBR Outlook: Coach Aaron DeBord and the Bulldogs have a nice mix of upper and lower classmen that look to contribute in 2016. With the arms returning for Stow-Munroe Falls, look for them to be competitive in 2016.

Owen FankhauserTop Returning Players:

  • Owen Fankhauser (pictured right), C, R/R, 3 year starter, returning captain, great bat, solid defensively, team guy
    -.250 BA, 18 hits, 1 HR, 10 RBIs 9 SB in 2015
  • Jake Dohar, LHP/CF, L/F, locates great on the hill, controls 3 pitches well, works deep into games
  • Jeremy Parton, RHP/3B, R/R,
    -30 2/3 IP last season, 3.65 ERA, 23 Ks, 10 BB
  • Matt Conger, UTIL, R/R, solid bat, quick hands, above average fielder, power bat
    -1/4 on varsity last year. Played a lot of D for us but did not hit much. Big expectations for this season
  • Nick O’Verko, RHP/2B, R/R, + fastball on the hill, good curveball, fields quicker than his times would show
  • Scott Swango, C/1B, R/R, excellent bat, frames the ball well
    -.378 Avg, 14 hits, 6 RBIs in 2015
  • Frankie Peck, RHP, R/R, great work ethic, excellent in relief 
    -15 1/3 IP last season, 5.1 ERA, 13 Ks, 7 BB
  • Logan Huffman, RHP, R/R, excellent in relief
    -11 1/3 IP last season, 2.47 ERA, 9 Ks, 7 BB

Top Players – Class of 2016:

Nick O'VerkoTop Players – Class of 2017:

  • Matt Conger, UTIL
  • Nick O’Verko (pictured right), RHP/2B
    -20 IP last season, 4.8 ERA, 15 K’s, 18 BB
  • Max Stillisano, INF, R/R solid utility INF, above average defensively
    -JV last season
  • Nick Kollar, OF/RHP, R/R
    .286 avg in limited varsity ab’s
  • Jordan Jolly, OF, L/R
    -JV last season
  • Jack Miller, RHP, R/R
    -JV last season

Collin LangTop Underclassmen:

  • Collin Lang (pictured right), SS/RHP, R/R, SS/RHP, great range/hands, limited varsity experience as a freshman, will get varsity innings on the hill this season too.
  • Eric Schilling, 1B/RHP, R/R, 1B/RHP, limited varsity experience as a freshman, will get varsity innings this season.
  • Brett Rhodes, LHP/OF, L/L OF/LHP, solid hitter, commands the ball well on the hill and will get varsity innings on the hill this season too.
  • Thomas McLaughlin, 2B/3B/OF, L/R, 3B, great range/hands, above average lefty hitter
  • Drew Bradley, C, R/R, likely 2017 starting C, limited varsity experience as a freshman, will compete for everyday job
  • Jarod Zavodnik, RHP/INF, R/R, possible Varsity arm
  • Nick Arlequeeuw, C/OF/RHP, R/R, Incredible arm from OF, potential power bat
  • Evan Bainbridge, P


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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