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    2019 CVC Valley Division Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll

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    The addition of Beachwood, Richmond Heights and Wickliffe adds some intrigue in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division this spring.

    Defending champion Hawken bumped up to the Chagrin Division leaving the league wide open for a new champion.

    OhioVarsity.com polled the league’s coaches to see how they see things coming together this spring.

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS

    Did not respond.

    BEACHWOOD

    The Bison are low in numbers and will rely on 14 or 15 different players to step up on any given day.

    Beachwood does return eight lettermen from last season, providing the Bison with a solid nucleus to lead the program this spring. Add in several newcomers and the Bison have the potential to remain competitive in the Valley Division.

    BERKSHIRE

    Over the past two seasons, Berkshire’s baseball team has started more than its fair share of freshmen and sophomores.

    Now, with an experienced group of upperclassmen, the Badgers are in a position to again compete for the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title. Berkshire won just six games last season but the Badgers return 11 players who started at various times last season and has 13 letter winners on the roster.

    Click here for the full Berkshire Badgers preview.

    CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS

    Cuyahoga Heights became a small-school powerhouse under head coach Marc Lowther, who won 301 games at the school on his way to the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.

    Now, it’s Jacob Solomon’s program and the first-year head coach plans to follow Lowther’s lead. The Redskins are just as eager as their new head coach to begin the next chapter in the program’s history.

    The defending Medina District champions return just three starters but several upperclassmen should be ready to step in and carry the torch.

    Click here for the full Cuyahoga Heights Redskins preview.

    INDEPENDENCE

    Independence’s baseball team will rely on a deep and talented pitching staff to maintain its competitiveness this spring.

    The Blue Devils return just four starters this season but feature a pitching staff anchored by University of Toledo commitment Jamie McMahon, a junior, and Hiram commitment Jordan Mallernee, a senior. Seniors Sam Belitz, Brad Watroba and Tim Marcinko and sophomore David Dorko round out the pitching rotation.

    Click here for the full Independence Blue Devils preview.

    WICKLIFFE

    Wickliffe enters the 2019 season in good health and with more depth than in year’s past. That leaves the Blue Devils well within reach of their goals for the season.

    The Blue Devils return six starters from last year’s squad, which will provide the core for this year’s team. They also get a boost from the return of junior shortstop Evan Rypinski, who missed all of last season with a labrum injury.

    Click here for the full Wickliffe Blue Devils preview.

    CARDINAL

    With eight returning starters from last year’s squad that finished 9-11 overall and 6-5 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division, the Cardinal Huskies are hungry to take another big step this spring.

    Last year, the Huskies gained respect among their league counterparts and this year they hope to compete for the league title and now they’re among the most experienced teams in the league with six seniors in the everyday lineup.

    Click here for the full Cardinal Huskies preview.

    KIRTLAND

    With six returning starters from last year’s district championship team, the Kirtland Hornets are hoping for another deep postseason run.

    Seniors Joey Torok and Seann McGill earned preseason All-Ohio honors from Prep Baseball Report and will be counted on to produce for the Hornets on a consistent basis.

    The Hornets are equally as deep on the hill where they have at least six quality starters.

    Click here for the full Kirtland Hornets preview.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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