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    2024 Baseball Preview: Brush Arcs

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    With nine returning starters and several others with varsity experience, the Brush Arcs head into the 2024 season as optimistic as ever.

    Last spring, the Arcs finished 8-18, but this spring, the Arcs have the potential to flip the script.

    “Our goal is to have a winning record this season,” said Brush coach Brett Munn. “We return nine starters and 11 that have played meaningful baseball at the varsity level, so I believe that we can make a big jump from last year’s eight-win season. Since we are not in a conference, our goal is to accumulate wins against quality opponents throughout the season and to also win a playoff game and see what happens from there. Our main focus has been to work on the little things each day, which should lead to consistent baseball day in and day out.”

    To find success, the Arcs need their pitchers to be consistent, but the key is for them to remain injury-free.

    “Our pitching staff needs to stay healthy in order for us to be successful this season,” Munn said. “If
    they stay healthy and pitch to their potential then we will be in a lot of games. Almost everyone on our roster is a returning varsity player so I expect them to hit the ground running on opening day.”

    The Arcs boast an impressive pitching staff.

    Junior Owen Thompson posted a 3.50 earned run average and struck out 44 batters in just 42 innings of work. Junior Dominick Taylor was equally as impressive with a 4.32 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

    Senior Quinlan Stubblefield (21 Ks), junior Jelani Carr (21 Ks), sophomore Isaac Sypniewski (22 Ks), and junior Kyle Farrell (17 Ks) also will chew up innings for the Arcs.

    “One of our biggest strengths is our pitching depth,” Munn said. “We have seven pitchers who have thrown at the varsity level and they logged 91 percent of our innings pitched last season. That experience will be invaluable as we will once again play a competitive schedule this season.”

    The Arcs are nearly as deep in other positions.

    “We have five solid outfielders and also eight infielders that we can rotate into the lineup on any given day,” Munn said. “Most of our players can play multiple positions so it will give us some flexibility depending upon who is pitching and who is hot at the plate.”

    Thompson and Stubblefield will alternate at third base when they aren’t pitching.

    “Owen Thompson will be our opening-day starter and is going to be one of our workhorses on the mound this season. He has several pitches and can throw them all for strikes. He pitched 42 innings last season, and we look for him to eat up a lot of innings this year as well. Owen will also play third and catcher when he is not on the mound and has shown tremendous growth at the plate since last season,” Munn said. “Quinlan Stubblefield is one our most valuable players because he can play in the outfield and also both corner infield positions, will give us quality innings on the mound, and is one our top hitters. He will hit cleanup and has good power to all fields. I look for Quinlan to get to double-digit extra-base hits this season and also be one of our top arms in his final season in the brown and gold.”

    Farrell is a three-year starter at catcher.

    “(Farrell) does an excellent job handling the pitching staff,” Munn said. “At the plate, he will once again hit towards the top of our lineup and will rack up quality at-bats. He has a good feel for the strike zone and will find a way to get on base one way or another.”

    Taylor is a returning starter at shortstop.

    “Dominick Taylor is a three-year letterwinner and is our returning starter at shortstop. We are in good hands defensively at one of the most important positions because he will make the routine play consistently and can also make the highlight reel play,” Munn said. “Dom will hit third for us and we look for him not only to hit for average but also to provide some power to the middle of the lineup.”

    Junior Keith Feagin will hit leadoff and patrol left field for the Arcs.

    “He has made nice strides at the plate this offseason and will be a tough out at the top of the lineup,” Munn said. “Keith has top-level speed, so we look for him to wreak havoc on the basepaths all season.”

    Carr will play center field while Stubblefield and senior Brandon Johnson will split time in right.

    Juniors Drew Jeffries and Braden Stewart will platoon at first base and junior Dylan Taylor and Sypniewski will split time at second.

    Senior Robert Hill will provide depth in the outfield while sophomore Deshawn Dammons will DH and play first.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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