Prep Baseball Report

Strongsville Mustangs

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With the 2019 spring season right around the corner, PBR Ohio is eagerly anticipating bringing the Buckeye state the best high school coverage throughout the entire state. Starting in January, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2019 Spring Team Preview: Strongsville Mustangs

Team Name: Strongsville Mustangs
Head Coach: Doug Cicerchi
Division: I
2018 Record: 16-13
Conference Record: Greater Cleveland Conference, 9-5 (T-3rd)
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/2

2019 Team Strengths:

  • Toughness
  • Senior Leadership
  • Team Offense
  • Team Defense

Coach Outlook: "Our schedule, both within the toughest conference in the Cleveland area and outside of the conference, will prepare us for the state tournament.  We have a lot of new varsity players but bring back a core of position players that will help lead us to be a better team in May than we will be in April."

PBR Outlook: Coach Doug Cicerchi always has his Mustangs playing a tough schedule and in 2019, that looks to be the case. Look for the talented Mustangs lineup to be battle-tested with hopes of playing their best ball come tourney time.

Top Returning Players:

  • Jack Frank (Video), CF, 2019, 6'/195 lbs, L/L, 3 year starter, Michigan State recruit and simply one of the best players in the state. .329/.500/.539, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 25 R, 10 2B, 18 BB, 10 HBP, 9 K, 11 SB, excellent defensive CF.
  • Jesse Kramer, 1B, 2019, 6'/190 lbs, R/R, 3 year starter, uncommitted. .324 avg, .449 obp, 7 RBI, 17 R, 12 BB, 5 HBP, 14 K, 11 SB, currently injured due to a tackle during the HS football season, but a true middle-of-the-order bat who we are hopeful can return this year.
  • Giovanni Lombardo, 3B, 2019, 5'11"/200 lbs, L/R, 3 year starter, uncommitted. Team leading .244 avg, 22 RBI, 10 R, 9 BB, 8 K, 5 SB, very good defensive 3B who will repeatedly give himself up at the plate to drive in a run.
  • Ryan Hartman, SS/OF, 2019, 5'7"/170 lbs, R/R, 2 year starter, Ohio Northern recruit.  .404 OBP, 10 R, 8 RBI, 16 BB, 8 SB, versatile defensive player who is good at both middle infield spots and both corner outfield spots.
  • Matt Bush, 2B/RHP, 2019, 5'10"/170 lbs, R/R, 2 year starter, uncommitted.  .393 OBP, 9 RBI, 6 R, 16 Ks in 11 IP, very good defensive 2B and relief pitcher with an excellent slider.
  • Bob James, RHP, 2019, 6'3"/210 lbs, R/R, Hiram recruit.  Saw limited action last year behind 5 senior pitchers but has improved as much as anyone in our program and should have a dramatically increased role this year.
  • Nate Uhas, C/OF, 2020, 5'8"/145 lbs, R/R.  Limited to 4 games last year due to injury, he should be back at full strength this year and will continue to be the excellent receiver he's been in the past.
  • Ben Lien, C/OF/RHP, 2021, 5'11"/170 lbs, R/R.  Started the last 3/4 of the season at catcher as a freshman for a senior-laden pitching staff and was a huge reason we reached the regional final. 

Top Newcomers:

  • Justin Kreller, LHP/OF, 2020, 5'10"/165 lbs, R/L
  • Caleb Haugen, RHP/1B, 2020, 6'1"/185 lbs, R/R
  • Jon Zacharyasz, RHP/2B, 2020, 5'10"/165 lbs, R/R
  • Jack Ballas, LHP, 2021, 6'6"/180 lbs, R/L
  • Caleb Warren, RHP, 2021, 6'5"/195 lbs, R/R
  • Darren Gyurky, OF, 2021, 5'11"/150 lbs, R/R
  • Gus Gregory, SS/OF, 2022, 5'9"/155 lbs, L/R

A Look Back At The 2018 Season:

To view the 2018 Team Previews, click here.

To view the OHSAA Baseball Tournament Roundup, click below.

To view the 2018 All-State Teams, click below.

To view the 2018 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

A Look Back At The 2017 Season:

To view the 2017 Team Previews, click here.

To view the OHSAA Baseball Tournament Roundup, click below.

To view the 2017 All-State Teams, click below.

To view the 2017 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.