2013 Liberty Leopards' Baseball Preview
Head Coach: Gary Knittle
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Division III Struthers Sectional Final to Girard 7-1 on May 8.
2012 Team Statistics
Batting Average: .348 (222-638)
On-Base Percentage: .453
Earned Run Average: 4.85 (81 ER – 150.0 IP)
April 2 – at Howland, 5 p.m.
April 5 – East (DH), 11 a.m.
April 8 – Lakeview, 5 p.m.
April 9 – at Lakeview, 5 p.m.
April 10 – Poland, 5 p.m.
April 11 – Newton Falls, 5 p.m.
April 12 – at Springfield, 5 p.m.
April 13 – at Mathews (DH), 11 a.m.
April 15 – Girard, 5 p.m.
April 16 – at Girard, 5 p.m.
April 18 – at LaBrae, 5 p.m.
April 19 – at McDonald, 5 p.m.
April 20 – at Jefferson, 5 p.m.
April 23 – Jefferson, 5 p.m.
April 25 – Champion, 5 p.m.
April 26 – at Boardman, 5 p.m.
April 27 – at Brookfield (DH), 11 a.m.
April 29 – at Campbell, 5 p.m.
May 2 – at Niles, 5 p.m.
Tyler Evans, SS/CF/P
Justin House, SS/P
Michael Moamis, 1B/P
Luis Rivera, CF/P
Brandon Stevens, OF
Nick Byce, C/P
Nathan Derenzis, 3B/P
Chayton Gilcher, 1B
Anthony Ramsey, OF/P
Greg Sop, OF
Bobby Stanovcak, IF/OF/P
Eric Weimer, 2B/P
Richie Bardol, C
Chris Fiorenzo, 1B/P
Kaylon Davis, OF
John Griffin, IF
Jack Kirr, OF
This Spring, Liberty once again plays one of the most difficult nonconference schedules in the area facing the likes of Poland, Springfield and Boardman. The Leopards hope to utilize this philosophy to get them primed for a post-season run. Liberty has won one playoff game in three of the last four seasons. However, the Leps have not been able to win the Sectional Championship.
Coach Gary Knittle will have to replace a group of players who excelled for the Maroon and Gold in 2012.
Returning Individual Pitching Leaders
Earned Run Average: Tyler Evans, 0.00 (0 ER – 7.0 IP)
Pitching Wins: Michael Moamis, Tyler Evans, & Nathan DeRenzis – 1
Strikeouts: Michael Moamis, 8
Losing a pair of arms in Jared Wiesen (2.64 ERA, 4-2, 30 Ks) and Dom Gore (3.80 ERA, 3-2, 54 Ks) can't help although a handful of others received varsity experience on the hill last Spring. Michael Moamis threw 13 innings, fanning 8 and registering a victory in the process. Tyler Evans and Nathan DeRenzis combined for 12 innings of work, allowing just 9 hits and not permitting a single earned run.
Returning Individual Hitting Leaders
Batting Average: Tyler Evans, .394 (26-66)
Base Hits: Tyler Evans, 26
Runs Scored: Luis Rivera, 15
Doubles: Tyler Evans, 6
Triples: Luis Rivera, 1
Homeruns: Justin House, 1
Runs Batted In: Justin House, 16
Stolen Bases: Tyler Evans, 5
The Leopards featured six players with at-least 50 plate appearances who hit for over .320 a year ago. With Jared Weisen (.560 BA, 3 HRs, 29 RBIs), Dom Gore (.409 BA, 9 2Bs, 22 RBIs) and Mark Seals (.383 BA, 3 3Bs, 16 RBIs) all graduated, Coach Gary Knittle will look to a trio of senior bats this Spring. Justin House slugged his way to a .373 batting average with 25 hits and 16 RBIs. Tyler Evans leads all returnees with a .394 average on 26 of 66 at-bats. Evans belted 6 doubles to finish with 14 RBIs. Luis Rivera hit for a shade under .300 (.289 BA) while compiling 22 base knocks and scored 15 times.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made an off-season stop in the valley. The Care-A-Van met with fans and students to talk about bullying.
A business fire shut down a section of Route 422 in Pennsylvania Wednesday evening.
Very cold air will move into the area Thursday with high temperatures about 20 degrees colder than normal.
A Youngstown women's spiritual group held its annual Christmas celebration Wednesday.
Could the Affordable Care Act place a financial hardship on the men and women now risking their lives to keep us safe from fire?
Local clergy support Time magazine's choice in naming Pope Francis as its Person of the Year.
A group of Hubbard High School students spent the day Wednesday doing art projects with kids with developmental disabilities.
Local non-profits are teaming up with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport this week.
The ringing of the Salvation Army bell for the Red Kettle Campaign is a familiar sound November through December, but this year donors are slow to answer the call.
Two people were injured after a vehicle went off the road on Route 11 in Trumbull County.
A man accused of killing his girlfriend more than twenty years ago and found to be insane at the time of the murder is going to be re-evaluated.
A special religious event was held at Cardinal Mooney High School on Wednesday.
Scofflaws who run red lights in Pittsburgh will soon run the risk of being caught on camera.
A teenager has been charged in connection to an armed robbery and shooting outside of a beverage store in Warren.
One person was killed after crashing into a light pole in Youngstown.
A Boardman firefighter was treated for an injured ankle after battling a house fire Tuesday night.