2016 Newton Falls Softball Preview


2016 Newton Falls Softball Preview

Head Coach: Bill Pelyak, 5th season (76-27)

2015 Record: 22-7 (9-3), AAC Blue

Key Losses: Right fielder Brooklyn Bungard and second baseman Madison Spahlinger leave the program after starting for the past four years.

Key Returnees: Thirteen players who started or played in varsity games last season return from the district runner-up team. Pitching and hitting should a strength of this year’s bunch. Newton Falls brings back a solid senior class led by Jenna Ballas (P), Kate Wainwright (3B/SS), Cammie Cochran (OF), Ronda Rothacker (C), Bailey Marten (1B), Natale Georgalas (OF), and Megan Wilson (IF/OF). They’ll also welcome back junior outfielder Madi Pelyak and sophomores Alex Staton (P-IF-OF) and Savanna Wilcox (OF) who saw time last year for the Tigers. Joining Staton and Wilcox are a few of their classmates who will be newcomers to the varsity program this season in Micaih Butler (2B/SS), Kelli Harrah (1B/OF), and Heidi Hauk (3B).

Outlook: As coach Pelyak says, “defense will need some work if we are going to compete for the league title.” If the Lady Tigers maintain their pace, they’ll reach the 100-won plateau in five seasons. That’s averaging twenty wins per year since Pelyak and his staff took over.

Post-Season History

State Championships: None

State Finalist: None

Regional Championships: None

Last Five Years in the Post Season

State Championships: None

Regional Championships: None

District Championships: None

Sectional Championships: 4 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Playoff Record: 6-5

Schedule (unofficial)

Mar. 28 – at Hubbard, 5

Mar. 29 – East, 5

Mar. 31 – at East, 5

Apr. 4 – Champion, 5

Apr. 5 – at Champion, 5

Apr. 7 – Lordstown, 5

Apr. 11 – Liberty, 5

Apr. 12 – at Liberty, 5

Apr. 14 – at Cardinal Mooney, 4:30

Apr. 18 – at Campbell, 5

Apr. 19 – Campbell, 5

Apr. 21 – Boardman, 5

Apr. 22 – at Poland, 5

Apr. 25 – LaBrae, 5

Apr. 26 – at LaBrae, 5

May 2 – Brookfield, 5

May 3 – at Brookfield, 5

May 4 – Garfield, 5

May 9 – Girard, 5

May 10 – at Girard, 5

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