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    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.”

    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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