Tallmadge Blue Devils Baseball: Welcome
"Where Winning is Tradition....Home of the 2002,2017 D2 State Champions"
Monday, June 12
In the Regional Semi-Finals the Blue Devils took on Maumee. Zach Boyd took to the hill and was his consistent self going the distance and surrending 1 run on 5 hits to give the Devils a 4-1 win. Throughout the game the Devils displayed what they consider the "Best Defense in the State" by making several key defensive plays to back Zach Boyd up and getting out of crucial innings. Offensively the Devils who have been playing "small ball" took out the lumber and clubbed several extra base hits to show their versatility. They were led by Jared Burick (2) 2B, 1B, RBI, Run; Josh Taylor 3B, RBI, Run; Scott Seeker 3B, run; Jake Rensel 3B, RBI; Sam Seeker Inside the Park HR, RBI, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, Zach Boyd 1B.
In the Finals the Blue Devils took on Dayton Chaminade Julienne. Jared Burick took to the mound and was dominant going 6 1/3, surrendering only 2 hits and 0 runs in the contest. Mikah McGlaughlin come on in relief to finish out the remaining 2 outs to give the Blue Devils the victory 4-0 and the State Title, their first since 2002. The Blue Devils continued to flash their strong defensive play and offenisvely the Blue Devils kept the hot bats going and were led by Scott Seeker (2) 1B, (2) RBIs; Phil Glasser (2) 1B, (2) Runs; Josh Taylor 1B; Jared Burick 1B; Jake Rensel 2B, RBI, Rich Eyre 1B, Run; Seth Gergely SAC, RBI.
After winning the district title, it was on to the Regionals for the Blue Devils. In the semi-finals they were matched up with NDCL. It was a tough game, but the Devils came out on top 3-1. Taking the mound was Junior, Zach Boyd and he was on point holding NDCL to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin finished out the game for the save. Offensively the Devils were lead by Jake Rensel 3B, RBI; Seth Gergely 1B, RBI; Zach Boyd 1B, RBI; Sam Seeker 1B, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, Run; Rich Eyre 2B.
In the finals, the Devils played Canfield Cardinals out of Mahoning County. Once again another tough battle that the Blue Devils prevailed in with a 3-2 win to advance to the State Final 4 for the first time since 2002. Junior, Jared Burick took the mound and surrendered 2 runs through 5 innings and Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin came on once again to close it out for the save. Offensively the Devils were led by Zach Boyd (2) 1B, RBI, Run; Josh Taylor 1B, RBI; Scott Seeker 1B, Run; Sam Seeker 1B; Rich Eyre 1B.
The Blue Devils improved to 23-7 on the year and will take on Maumee on Thursday 6/1 @ 7pm at Huntington Park in Columbus for the State Semi-Finals.
The Blue Devils faced Northwest for the District Championship at Canal Park on May 18th. Tallmadge last earned a District Championship in 2015 and were hungry for another. Northwest jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, however it was a matter of time until the Blue Devils offenise erupted when they plated 8 runs in the 2nd inning and they never looked back winning in 5 innings by run rule 14-4. Junior, Jared Burick got the start on the mound and after a shaky 1st inning settled down to only give up the 2 earned runs and 4 hits on the day in the win. The win improved his record to 8-1 on the season. Offensively the Blue Devils were led by: Seth Gergely 3B, 1B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs; Phil Glasser 3B, 1B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs; Zach Boyd (2) 1B, 3 RBI's, Run; Rich Eyre (2) 1B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs; Scott Seeker 3B, 2 RBI's, Run; Jake Rensel 2B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs; Sam Seeker 3B, 2 Runs; Jared Burick 1B, Run.
The Win brings their overall record to 21-6
Tallmadge will play on Thursday May 25th at 2pm at the Ballpark in Hudson VS NDCL in the Regional Semi Final
Tallmadge Blue Devils played Springfield Spartans in the District Semi Finals at Canal Park and came out on top 6-2 to move on the the District Finals and move their overall record to 20-6 on the season. Junior, Zach Boyd started for the Blue Devils and went all 7 innings while only surrendering 6 hits and 2 runs. The win moves Boyd to 5-2 on the year. Offensively the Blue Devils were paced by: Seth Gergely 2B, 1B, 3 RBI's, Run; Jake Rensel 2B, 1B, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, 2 RBI; Zach Boyd 2B, RBI; Jared Burick 1B, Run; Rich Eyre 1B, Run.
The Blue Devils will face Northwest for the District Championship at Canal Park on May 18th at 2pm
In non-league action, Tallmadge Blue Devils took on Massillon Tigers at Dave Young Field. It was Senior day to honor the Blue Devils lone Senior, Josh Taylor. The Blue Devils jumped out early on the Tigers as Zach Boyd blasted his 1st HR of the year over the rightfield fence giving the Devils an early 2-0 lead. The Blue Devils built on the lead in the ensuing innnings to follow with some timely hitting from Josh Taylor, Phil Glasser, and Rich Eyre. With postseason games approaching the Blue Devils used multiple pitchers in the game including, Josh Taylor, Cam Knutty, Sam Seeker, Mikah McGlaughlin, Todd Bangston, and Scott Seeker. The Tigers would not go quietly as they came back to tie the game at 6-6 in the 6th inning. Scott Seeker blanked the Tigers in the top of the 6th giving the Blue Devils the ability to win the game in walk off fashion. With 1 out, Jared Burick doubled down the 3rd baseline and on the ensuing errant throw to 2nd he took 3rd. In stepped Garrett Sands. On the 2nd pitch, Sands laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt that scored Burick for the Winning run. Blue Devils win 7-6. Scott Seeker picked up the win on the mound. Offensive leaders were: Josh Taylor 2B, 1B RBI, Run; Zach Boyd HR, 2 RBIs, Run; Phil Glasser 2B, 2 RBIs; Garrett Sands 1B, RBI, Run; Jared Burick 2B, Run; Rich Eyre 1B, Run.
Tuesday May 9th, the Blue Devils opened up Post Season play with a home game against Canton South. The Blue Devils came into the game as favorites, but in post season nothing comes easy and Canton South was doing their best to spoil the Blue Devils hopes of making a deep run in Post Season. The Blue Devils had Junior, Zach Boyd on the mound and he was his consistent self for much of the first 4 innings of the game. Limiting the Wildcats offense to 2 runs. The problem was Canton South's pitcher had the Blue Devil hitters on the ropes for the majority of the game. The Blue Devils took an early 1-0 lead, but Canton South battled back to not only tie the game, but eventually take the lead 2-1. With the Blue Devils down 2-1, the coaching staff made the decision to go to a fresh arm on the mound in Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin who was solid in his outing to keep the Devils within striking distance. The Blue Devils were able to muster 2 more runs to take a 3-2 lead and held that lead for the remaining 2 frames to win the game and live to see another day. McGlaughlin picked up the win on the mound to move his record to 3-1 on the season. Offensive Leaders: Seth Gergely (2) 2B, RBI; Josh Taylor 1B; Phil Glasser RBI, Run; Zach Boyd RBI.
The Blue Devils move their record to 18-5 on the season.
The Blue Devils will be back in action for the Postseason on Wednesday May 17th at 7pm at Canal Park as they take on Springfield Spartans.
The Blue Devils took to Dave Young Field against Hoban Knights on May 8th and wasted no time jumping on the Knights to make their way to a 7-4 victory. The win moved the Blue Devils to 17-5 on the season. Senior, Josh Taylor pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win, while Junior Mikah McGlaughlin come on in to close the book on the Knights. Offensive Leaders on teh day were: Seth Gergely (2) 1B, 2B, RBI, Run; Zach Boyd 2B, 1B, 2 RBI, Run; Sam Seeker (2) 2B, 2 RBI; Josh Taylor 2B, 1B, 2 Runs; Jared Burick 1B, RBI, Run.
Saturday, May 6
The Blue Devils hosted Aurora Greenmen at Dave Young Field in an effort to split a share of the Suburban League Title with the Greenmen. However, in a game that did not produce much hitting the Blue Devils fell short as they lose to Aurora 8-1. The score did not indicate how close the game was. In a 4-1 contest a controversial call that would have brought the Blue Devils to the plate in the 7th down 3 runs ended up not going their way and led to a 4 runs inning for the Greenmen. With 1 out and bases loaded the Aurora batter struck out for the 2nd out of the inning. On the play it was a dropped 3rd strike. The batter was called out and unable to advance to firstbase. Baserunners who can run at their own risk stood their ground except for the runner on thridbase who took off for home. Tallmadge's catcher Rich Eyre flipped the ball to Mikah McGalughlin who applied the tag and got the out call from the HP ump for the 3rd out of the inning. After some discussions with the Aurora coach the umpire reversed his call at the plate scoring the Aurora runner, indicating he thought it was a force at the plate and the pitcher did not get the tag down in time. The Blue Devils could not get anything going offensively on the day and took the loss 8-1. Junior, Jared Burick (7-1) who only gave up 4 hits on the day in 6 complete innings, took his first loss on the year. Offensively, the Blue Devils could only gather 5 hits on the day and were led by: Sam Seeker HR, RBI, Run; Jake Rensel 2B, 1B; Seth Gergely 1B; and Josh Taylor 1B.
The Blue Devils drop to 16-5 on the season and 8-4 in the League.
The Blue Devils in an attempt to keep their hopes alive for a Suburban League Conference Title, traveled to Aurora to battle the Greenmen. Junior, Zach Boyd took to the mound and pitched a complete game gem in the Blue Devils 7-3 victory. Boyd improved his record to 3-2 on the year, while only giving up 3 runs on 5 hits in the complete game performance. Aurora took an early lead in the contest 1-0, however after the first inning lead Aurora could not get anything going against Boyd. Offensively the Blue Devils tied the game in the 3rd inning on a double by Sophomore, Sam Seeker who later scored on a Phil Glasser sac fly. After that a combination of Aurora's defensive miscues and timely 2 RBI double by Junior, Jared Burick the Blue Devils never looked back. Tallmadge topped off the victory in the 6th inning as Sam Seeker blasted his 1st varsity homer over the right field fence. Offensively the Blue Devils were led by: Sam Seeker HR, 2B, RBI, 2 Runs; Jared Burick 2B, 2 RBI, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, RBI; Rich Eyre 1B, RBI; Scott Seeker 1B, Run; Zach Boyd 1B, Run.
The Blue Devils improved their overall record to 16-4 and 8-3 in the Suburban League.
Saturday, April 29
April 28th the Blue Devils went on the road to face D1 powerhouse Jackson Polar Bears. Jackson entered the game as the #1 ranked D1 team in the state of Ohio with a perfect 17-0 record and carried a 43 game regular season win streak into the contest. Junior, Jared Burick got the start on the mound. After retiring the first two Jackson batters in the 1st inning, the next few hitters proceeded to get 3 consecutive hits to take a 2-0 lead. It wasn't until the the 3rd inning that the Devils got on the board to tie the game at 2-2. However, Jackson came right back to add two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Burick seemedd to get stronger as the game went on as he retired the next 3 Jackson hitters in order by striking out the side in the 4th. In the top of the 5th, Tallmadge got their bats going and along with a patient eye at the plate, the Devils put a 5 spot up in the board to take a 7-4 lead. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin came into the game in the 5th inning and retired Jackson's hitters 1-2-3. As we headed to the 6th inning, mother nature was proving she would not cooperate and the skies opened with a downpour. With the radar not looking good, heavy rains making field conditions unplayable the umpires called the game final after 5 complete. Jared Burick improved his record on the mound to 7-0 this season and the Devils were led offensively by: Rich Eyre 2B, 1B, Run; Scott Seeker (2) 1B, RBI; Sam Seeker 1B, RBI, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, RBI, Run; Jared Burick 1B, RBI; Josh Taylor 1B, Run.
Tallmadge improved their overall record to 15-4
The Blue Devils traveled to Revere for a Suburban League contest and looked to sweep the series with the Minutemen. However, Revere would not go quietly. Senior, Josh Taylor go the start on the mound for the Devils. Coach Linn proceeded to use a number of pitchers to finish out the game in Juniors Cameron Knutty, Mikah McGlaughlin, Scott Seeker, and Sophomore Sam Seeker. Coach Linn indicated he wanted to get a number of pitchers work and that was the gameplan from the start. The Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead on Revere, but each time the Devils tried to stretch the lead, Revere battled back in the bottom half of the innings to keep the game fairly close. It wasn't until the 6th and 7th innings that the Devils offense proved to be too much for Revere. The Devils pounded out 17 hits enroute to a 15-10 win. Junior Mikah McGlaughlin got the win on the mound and the Offensive leaders were: Scott Seeker HR, 3B, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs; Phil Glasser (2) 2B, (2) 1B, 4 runs; Zach Boyd (3) 1B, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs; Jake Rensel (3) 1B, 3 RBIs, Run; Sam Seeker 1B, 2 RBI, 3 Runs.
|Coach Kenny Linn|
Coach Kenny Linn, who has been at the helm of the Blue Devils Coaching Staff for 10+ years reached a milestone on April 25th. As the Blue Devils recorded a victory over the Revere Minutemen, the victory gave Coach Linn his 300th win.
Congratulations Coach Linn on reaching this milestone and here's to wishing you many more victories!
On April 25, the Blue Devils hosted the Revere Minutemen in a quest to improve their Suburban League record. Junior, Zach Boyd got the call and did not disappoint on the mound throwing 5 scoreless innings of 2 hit ball and 9 k's in a shortened 5 inning game due to run rule 10-0. The win improved Boyd's record to 2-2 on the season and helped the Blue Devils to improve on the season to 13-4 overall and 6-3 in the Suburban League. The Blue Devils had opportunities early in the game to break things open, but could only muster one run through the first 4 innings. However, in the 5th inning the Blue Devils got the bats going with a string of consecutive hits breaking the game open by scoring 9 runs, making it a 10 run game. Offensive Leaders on the day were lead by the hot hitting Seth Gergely who continued to hit the baseball all over the field with a 1B, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs. Other leaders were: Jared Burick 2B, 2 RBIs, Run; Scott Seeker 2B, RBI, Run; Phil Glasser (2) 1B, Run; Jake Rensel 2B, Run; Josh Taylor 1B, RBI; Zach Boyd 1B, Run; and Rich Eyre 1B, Run.
After a postponed game due to rain, the Highland Hornets and Talllmadge Blue Devils game was rescheduled for MOnday April 24th. After a disappointing extra inning loss at home to the Hornets, the Blue Devils looked to even the score and keep the Suburban League title hopes alive. Once again the Blue Devils took advantage of a rocky start by their opponents starting pitching and jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a big 2 RBI double by Sophomore, Sam Seeker. The Devils continued to apply pressure on the Hornets by adding more runs in the ensuing innings with timely hitting and a good eye at the plate. With the lead at 7-0 the Devils turned their focus on pitching and defense. Junior, Jared Burick (6-0 on the season) got the start and went a solid 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 8 Hornets. Junior, Scott Seeker came on and recorded the final two out of the game to secure the shutout. Offensive Leaders were: Sam Seeker 2B, 2 RBIs; Zach Boyd 2B, 2 runs; Seth Gergely (2) 1B, Run; Scott Seeker 1B, 2 runs, RBI; Jared Burick 1B, 2 RBIs, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, Run; Rich Eyre 1B; Andrew Ayres 1B.
The win brings the Blue Devils record to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in the Suburban League.
After a few days of rain, the Blue Devils picked up a Non-League contest against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The Blue Devils headed to Ytown on Friday April 21 and didn't waste any time in taking the early lead in the top of the 1st inning 4-0. Cardinal Mooney's starting pitcher struggled early with control and when he did find the plate, the Blue Devil hitters took advantage. One of those key hits early on was a 2 RBI double by Senior, Josh Taylor. Mooney battled throughout the game with a number of hits, but just could not get much going against the Blue Devil staff. Final score 10-4 good guys. Senior, Josh Taylor started and went 3 strong innings until Coach Linn made the change to bring Junior, Jared Burick in relief. Burick also went 3 strong innings, giving up zero runs. Sophomore, Sam Seeker came on in the 7th to finish out the game. Josh Taylor got the Win to bring his record to 3-1 on the season. Offenisve Leaders were: Josh Taylor 2B, 3 RBIs, Run; Jake Rensel 2B, 1B, 2 RBIs, Run; Sam Seeker 2B, RBI, Run; Phil Glasser 1B, RBI, Run; Jared Burick 1B, RBI, Run; Seth Gergely 2B, Run; Derek Lightel 1B, Run; and Andrew Ayres 1B, RBI.
The win brings the Blue Devils record to 11-4 and they sit at 4-3 in Conference Play.
The Blue Devils hosted Highland Hornets on April 18th at home in a must win league game for the Devils. Highland sat atop of the Suburban League with an undefeated league record and The Blue Devils sat two games back. Junior, Zach Boyd got the start for Tallmadge, while Junior, Billy Keller took the mound for Highland. Boyd cruised early on, giving the Blue Devils the chance to strike first on a Scott Seeker 2 Run Blast to Deep Right Center. Highland battled back to bring them within one run with a Solo Blast of their own by Junior, Riley Fisher. Then the unfortunate sat in for the Blue Devils with a few walks, errors in the insuing innings allowing the Hornets to regain the lead. With Highland leading 4-2, the Devils had an opportunity to get something going when the first two batters reached base safely. The Blue Devils failed to execute bunts and unfortunately could only muster one run, making it 4-3. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin who came on in relief of Zach Boyd, continued to pitch well to keep the Blue Devils within striking distance. As the Devils headed to the bottom of the 7th, pinch hitter Junior, Jake Rensel led off with a double. He later scored to tie the game 4-4. Highland managed to get out of the inning with anymore damage as we headed to extra innings. In the top of the 8th, Highland managed to get a few guys on via walk. With one out and bases loaded, The Blue Devils went to Senior, Scott Seeker who got out two. With a 2-2 count and bases loaded, the next Highland batter hit a chopper back to the mound that bounced up over Seeker's head and just out of his reach. The go ahead run came home putting Highland up 5-4. In the bottom of the 8th and two outs, Sophomore, Sam Seeker singled to keep the Devils hopes alive. With 2 outs Freshman, Luke Thomas pinch ran for Seeker and proceeded to steal 2nd base. The game ended on a sharp ground ball to the thirdbaseman leaving Thomas stranded on 2nd. Final Score 5-4 Hornets. Mikah McGlaughlin took the loss in the game. Offenisve Leaders were:Scott Seeker HR, 2 RBIs; Jared Burick 1B, 2B, Run; Seth Gergely (2) 1B, RBI; Zach Boyd 2B, Run; Josh Taylor 1B, RBI; Jake Rensel 2B; Sam Seeker and Rich Eyre each with 1B.
The Blue Devils were back in action at home against the Barberton Magic in a Suburban League Conference game Monday. In back to back weeks with a loaded game schedule, the Blue Devils coaching staff went with a pitcher by committee approach in preparation for this week's big league games versus Highland on Tuesday and Thursday. Junior, Jared Burick started the game and was kept on a pitch count in his 2 inning appearance. He then was relieved by Zach Boyd, Phil Glasser, Sam Seeker, Cam Knutty, and Josh Taylor who all pitched an inning. Offensively the Blue Devils got on the board early, taking a 3-0. They later extended that lead to 6-0 until a combination of defensive errors, walks, and a timely hit brought The Magics back in the game 6-5. The Blue Devils would rally offensively and plate 3 more runs to wrap up the victory 9-6. Jared Burick got the win to bring his record to 5-0 on the season and Sam Seeker picked up his first save on the year. Offensively the Blue Devils were led by: Rich Eyre (2) 1B, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs; Sam Seeker 1B, 2B, 2 RBIs, Run; Josh Taylor 1B, 2B, RBI, 3 Runs; Phil Glasser (2) 1B, RBI; Jared Burick 1B, 2 Runs; Scott Seeker and Seth Gergely each with a 1B.
The win brings the Blue Devils overall record to 10-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Suburban League. They will be back in action Tuesday 4/18 at home vs Highland and Thursday 4/20 on the road at Highland.
|2017 Blue Devils Varsity|
Tallmadge Blue Devils took on the Canton Glen Oak Eagles in the Annual Cancer Classic at Kent State University on Friday April 14th. Sophomore, Sam Seeker got the call on the bump for the Blue Devils and started off very hot in the 1st inning retiring the top three Eagle hitters in order. The Blue Devils wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead in the 1st 1-0. However, the top of the 2nd inning was a different story for the Blue Devils as they saw 6 Eagle runners cross the plate on a few walks, hits, and an error giving the Eagles a 6-1 lead. In the 3rd inning, the Blue Devils started pecking away at the lead by drawing closer making the game 6-3. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin came on in relief of Sam Seeker in the 3rd inning and went 4 strong innings keeping the Eagles at bay and allowing the Blue Devils to mount their comeback. Starting in the 4th inning, the Blue Devils started to get to Eagles starting pitcher Senior, Chad Andrezcyck until they knocked him out of the game in the 5th inning. From there on the Blue Devils took advantage of the Eagles relievers taking an 11-6 lead. Later the Blue Devils would surrender 1 more run to the Eagles, but add 3 more of their own to end the contest 14-7. McGlaughlin (1-0) picked up the win in the contest and Junior Scott Seeker came on in relief in the 7th inning to wrap up the game. Offensively the Blue Devils were led by: Phil Glasser (3) 1b, 4 Runs, RBI; Jared Burick (2) 1B, 2b, 2 RBI, Run; Garrett Sands (3) 1B, 2 Runs; Seth Gergely 1B, 2 Runs; Scott Seeker 1B, 2 RBIs, Run; Zach Boyd 1B, 2 Runs, RBI; and Josh Taylor 1B, RBI. The win brings the Blue Devils overall record to 9-3 on the season.
The Blue Devils will be back at it on Monday April 17th at home vs Barberton, Tuesday April 18th at home vs Highland, Thursday April 20th @ Highland.
Tallmadge Blue Devils traveled to Barberton to take on the Magic in a Suburban League contest. The Blue Devils broke out in a big way with a 17 run 17 hit barrage in a 17-7 shortened game by run rule. Senior, Josh Taylor (2-1) was the winning pitcher for the Blue Devils, while Junior, Cam Knutty finished the last few inning in relief. Offensive leaders were not availble at the time of article and will be updated when available. The win brings the Blue Devils to 3-2 in the Suburban League and 8-3 overall.
Next game will be on Friday April 14th at Kent State in the Cancer Awareness Classic.
Saturday, April 15
The Blue Devils traveled to Copley for the second game of the series with the Indians. Jared Burick took the mound for the Blue Devils against Senior, Mastreangelo for Copley. The Blue Devils were able to take an early lead on the Indians 2-0 and maintained that lead for the first few innings of the game until Junior, Seth Gergely led off with a solo blast for his first HR of the year deep over the rightfield fence. From there the Blue Devils never looked back with a barage of runs against the Indians to stretch the lead to 9-0. Offensive Leaders were Seth Gergely HR, 1B, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs; Zach Boyd 1B, 2 RBIs, Run; Mikah McGalughlin 3B, RBI, Run; Garrett Sands 1B, RBI, Run; Luke Thomas 1B, Run; Josh Taylor 1B; and Freshman, Andrew Ayres collecting his first varsity hit. Jared Burick went 6 innings collecting his 4th win on the season and bringing his record to 4-0. Junior, Scott Seeker came in to finish the 7th. The victory brings the Blue Devils to 7-3 on the season and 2-2 in Suburban League play.
After a nice all around game by the Devils against Kent Roosevelt, the Blue Devils were home against Copley. Junior, righthander Tyler Hays was on the hill versus Zach Boyd for the Devils. This was a rematch from last season where Boyd got the better of Hays and the Indians in a 1-0 victory. Zach Boyd pitched effectively and kept the Blue Devils in the game all the way into the 6th inning, but departed trailing 2-0. Sam Seeker came on in relief of Boyd to finish out the game. As good as Boyd was, Hays was just a bit better cooling the Blue Devils bats and only conceeding 3 hits on the day and 0 runs. The Blue Devils had opportunities with base runners throughout the game, but could not get the timely hit to get the Blue Devils on the board. The Blue Devils dropped the game 5-0. Offensive Leaders on the day were Jared Burick 1B, 2B and Phillip Glasser 2B. The Blue Devils drop to 6-3 on the season and 1-2 in League play.
The Blue Devils were slated to play St. Ignatius Saturday April 8th, but rain postponed the game.
After a disappointing loss to Kent Roosevelt to open Suburban League play, the Blue Devils bounce back to earn an 8-2 victory over the Rough Riders. The Blue Devils were led by the strong pitching of Junior, Jared Burick who took a no hitter into the 7th inning before surrending his first hit of the game. Before departing and giving way to Josh Taylor in relief, Burick gave up 1 hit on 9 strikeouts to move his record to 3-0 on the season. Senior, Josh Taylor recorded the final three outs of the game. Offensively the Blue Devils were paced by the hot bats of Phillip Glasser 1B, 3B, 2 RBIs and Seth Gergely (2) 1B, 2 RBIs. Other offensive leaders were Zach Boyd (2) 1B, RBI and Josh Taylor (2) 1B, 2 RBIs. The Blue Devils improve to 6-2 on the season and even their record in league play to 1-1.
Thursday, April 13
After a successful Spring Trip, the Blue Devils returned back to Ohio's wet and rainy weather to open up Suburban League play against Kent Roosevelt. In a back and forth game, with not much offense from either side, the Blue Devils found themselves in a 2-2 tie until Sophomore Catcher, Rich Eyre sent a deep drive to leftfield.......way back.......and gone for his first HR on the season to put the BlueDevils up 3-2. With the crafty Boyd on the hill it normally might have been enough to get the Blue Devils the win. However, Kent Roosevelt bounced back and landed a few runners on base via walk and a hit batter. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin came on in relief with runners in scoring position. On an inside pitch, the Kent batter fought it off and hit a bloop single just over the firstbaseman's head to score the deciding 3rd and 4th runs for the Kent 4-3 victory. Tallmadge had chances squandered in the game with untimely hitting and base running mistakes. Zach Boyd (1-1) responsible for the runners on base, took the loss to bring his record to even on the season. Offense was lead by Rich Eyre HR; Phil Glasser 1B, 2B; Seth Gergely 1B; Zach Boyd 1B.
|Blue Devils at Ripken Experience|
Several years ago the Baseball Program started the tradition of going south to start the season over their spring break. The past years the trip has led the Blue Devils to southern ohio around the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Last year, the Blue Devils made the trip to Myrtle Beach to take in the Ripken experience. This year they duplicated that effort and headed back to the beach again.
The Blue Devils enjoyed success going 3-1 on the trip and returning home to league play with an overall 5-1 record.
In game 1 the Blue Devils took on Elkhorn, Wisconsin and won 5-1. Junior, Zach Boyd (1-0) got the start on the mound and pitched 6 innings of 1 hit baseball to get his first win on the season. Junior, Mikah McGlaughlin came on in relief to close out the 7th. Offensively the Devils were led by: Josh Taylor (2) 1B; Seth Gergely (2) 1B; Phil Glasser 1B, RBI, Run; Zach Boyd 1B, RBI; Jake Rensel 1B, Run; Scott Seeker 1B; Rich Eyre 1B, Run.
In game 2 the Blue Devils played Sullivan North, Tennessee and won 11-0 in a 5 inning run rule game. Junior Jared Burick (2-0) started on the mound to pick up is second win on the year and Cam Knutty came on in relief to close it out. The two combined for 11 K's and 1 hit baseball. Offensive leaders were: Zach Boyd 3B, RBI, 3 Runs; Jared Burick 2B, 2 Runs; Phillip Glasser 1B, 2 Runs; Derek Lightel 1B, RBI; Josh Taylor 1B, 2 RBIs; Rich Eyre 1B; Scott Seeker 1B.
In game 3 the Blue Devils opponent was Germantown Academy, Pennsylvannia and they won 10-3. Sophomore, Sam Seeker (1-0) started on the mound for the Blue Devils to pick up his first win on the season. It was a bullpen by committee with Josh Taylor, Scott Seeker, and Mikah McGlaughlin all contributing on the mound to close it out. Offensive leaders were: Seth Gergely (2) 1B, 2B, RBI, Run; Zach Boyd 3B, RBI, 2 Runs; Phil Glasser 2B, RBI, Run; Jake Rensel 2B; Luke Thomas 1B, RBI; Eyre RBI.
In the final game the Blue Devils took on Peters Township, Pennsylvannia and took their only loss on the trip 8-2. Senior, Josh Taylor (1-1) got the call and took the loss in teh contest. Phil Glasser and Seth Gergely also contributed a few innings on the mound but the Blue Devils had no answers for the hot Peters Township bats. Offensively the Blue Devils managed only 8 hits and 2 runs in the contest.
Saturday, March 11
Ben Pratt - Ben completed his baseball career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2016. A multiple varsity letter winner, rounded out his high school career with 1st team honors in the Suburban League. Ben (Freshmen) chose to continue his academic and athletic future at Marietta College where is competes at 2B/3B for the Pioneers.
Tyler Duben - Tyler completed his baseball career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2016. Tyler earned multiple varsity letters and Suburban League honors. Tyler (Freshmen) currently is playing for Hiram College as a two way 1B/RHP. Tyler picked up his 1st college win on the mound on March 9, 2017 versus Rivier Raiders during the teams Spring trip to Fort Myers, Florida.
Will Howell - Will completed his baseball career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2016. Will rounded out his high school career as a multiple letter winner for the Blue Devils. Will (Freshmen) currently is playing at Hiram College at 3B/2B for the Terriers. Will collected his 1st college hit and RBI on March 5, 2017 versus Dominican University during the teams Spring trip to Fort Myers, Florida.
John Rensel - John completed his baseball career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2015. After multiple varsity letters and All League honors, John chose to pursue his academic and athletic future at Eastern Michigan. As a Freshmen, John appeared in 33 games at 1B/DH for the Eagles and collected 15 hits on the season, including his 1st career college homerun on March 10, 2016 versus Oakland University. John suffered a setback in the offseason and is bouncing back after some knee surgery, but has appeared in 5 games to date as a Sophomore.
Matt Noel - Matt completed his baseball career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2015. Matt earned 1st team All Suburban League honors as a senior after some stellar hitting and catching to round out his high school career to go along with multiple varsity letters. After concluding his high school season, Matt continued his academic and athletic future at Malone. As a Freshmen, Matt appeared in 24 games with 19 starts. In those 24 appearances, Matt hit .304 as a freshmen with his best game coming on March 30, 2016 with a 4 for 4 game versus Notre Dame. As a Sophomore, Matt has appeared in 10 games and is hitting a whopping .486 with 3 doubles and 6 RBIs to date.
Jason Beaumont - Jason rounded out his playing career in Spring of 2014 after earning multiple varsity letters. Jason chose to attend Ashland University after graduating from Tallmadge to continue his academic and athletic careers. Jason later transferred to Gannon University where he is a RHP as a Junior for the Knights. Jason appeared in 1 game as a Sophomore and to date has made two appearances in the 2017 season as a Junior for the Knights.
Nick Carey - Nick completed his playing career at Tallmadge in the Spring of 2014 after earning multiple varsity letters. After his playing career at Tallmadge, Nick chose to attend Medaille to extend his baseball career and pursue his academics. Nick has made 9 appearances as a LHP for the Mavericks, 2 of those coming as a Junior in 2017 to go along with a current 0.00 ERA.
Tucker Linder - Tucker rounded out his career as a Blue Devil earning several accolades from multiple varisty letters to All League and All State honors. Tucker pursued a D1 Scholarship as a RHP at Kent State University. Arm issues shortened his career as a Golden Flash. Tucker was determined to get back in the game and found himself rehabilitating his arm in Texas at the Baseball Ranch and later back on the Diamond at Galveston Junior College. In 2017, Tucker transferred to Marshall University to be part of the Thundering Herd where he is a RedShirt Junior as a RHP.
On March 25th the Blue Devils opened their 2017 campaign at home by hosting the Uniontown Lake Blue Streaks and Ellet Orangemen.
In the first game against Lake Blue Streaks, Lake jumped out to an early lead in the 1st inning 2-0 but the Blue Devils equaled that deficit by plating 2 of their own in the bottom half of the 1st making it 2-2. Lake took the lead again in the 3rd inning by scoring another run putting them up 3-2. The Blue Devils would respond in the 4th inning with a game tying solo HR by Junior, Jared Burick. The game would stay tied until the 6th, when Lake put a few more runs on the board giving them a 5-3 lead heading to the final inning and the Blue Devils last At Bats. The Blue Devils were able to manage to get the first few hitters on base. Junior, Scott Seeker then drew a walk to load the bases and put the winning run on firstbase. Sophomore, Jake Reifsnyder pinch ran for Seeker and in to the box stepped Senior, Josh Taylor who proceeded to hit a double to center that beat the centerfielder scoring the game tying runs. On an errant thrown by the Lake shortstop that sailed to the backstop, an alert Reifsnyder scampered home for the winning run, giving the Blue Devils the home opener win 6-5.
Senior, Josh Taylor (1-0) who came in to relieve Junior starting pitcher, Zach Boyd got the Win on the mound. Offensive leaders in the game were: Jared Burick HR, 2B, RBI, 3 runs; Scott Seeker 2B, 1B, RBI; Derek Lightel (2) 1B; Josh Taylor 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Seth Gergely 2B.
In game two, the Blue Devils jumped out early on the Orangemen and never looked back. Junior, Phillip Glasser lead the way with a big game offensively with his 1st HR on the season, 1B, 2 RBI, and 2 Runs. Other notable offensive leaders were: Scott Seeker (3) 1B, Run; Josh Taylor 2B, (2) 1B, RBI; Zach Boyd 2B, RBI, Run. Jared Burick started on the mound and picked up his first win of the season (1-0) and Cameron Knutty came on in relief to wrap up the win. When all said and done, the Blue Devils walked away with a 6-2 win.