Fairport Harding’s baseball team returns four starters and a host of others with varsity experience from the 2019 season.
The Skippers will need that experience as they open up play in a new conference after moving from the Chagrin Valley Conference to the Northeast Athletic Conference.
“I really have no idea how we will do since we are in a new conference this season,” said Skippers coach Dan Wolf. “I know Mathews and Maplewood are strong programs.”
Fairport’s projected starting lineup includes Ryan Heller at catcher, Andrew Marcelli or Caleb Jones at first base, Ryan Chipps at second, Nate Kopp at shortstop, and Joey Tanker at third. The outfield consists of Mitch Myers in left, Sam Honkala in center, and Quentin Piotrowski in right.
Kopp, Tanker, Myers, Chipps, Marcelli, Josh Parson, Honkala, and Gabe Lawson all will see time on the mound.
“We have a strong core of returning players that have a great deal of experience,” Wolfe said “Our biggest concerns are we only have 11 players on our roster and not one returning pitcher that has ever won a varsity game yet.”