American Legion Post #103/Ashtabula Rubber Company: Welcome

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Welcome to ARC Post #103 Baseball


Welcome to the ARC / Post 103 Baseball site. ARC has one of the richest
baseball history's in the country having been in existence for over sixty
years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, American
Legion Post #103
and The Ashtabula Rubber Company
for their longstanding commitment to this community treasure. The team
started out as Hershberg Rubber and the Jammal family has continued it's
generous support through the years. The mission of this program is to
provide the opportunity for the areas top high school athletes to perform
in an atmosphere where they will be exposed to college recruiters in the
hopes that their baseball skills may provide a means to higher education.
We seek young men who are dedicated to high levels of performance on the
baseball field and in the classroom and pledge to be drug, alcohol and
tobacco free. Countless area athletes have used ARC as a springboard to
college and many have gone on to sign professional contracts. In 1963 ARC
/ Post #103 captured the Ohio State American Legion State Championship.
1984 and 1989 they brought home State Runner-up hardware from Athens. Some
notable ARC Alumni include Brian Anderson of the KC
Royals, Urban Meyer (head football coach of Florida
State), Lou Coccia and Lou Wisnyai who
each signed professional baseball contracts. Mark Wagner
is a former Rubberman who had a long major league career, playing for the
Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. Matt Bragga who caught
for Brian Anderson is head baseball coach for Division I Tennessee Tech.

you are a high school player under the age of 19 and are interested in
pursuing a college baseball opportunities then consider playing for ARC.
We will provide you with the opportunities to play in front of college and
professional scouts in Ohio and surrounding states and will do everything
we can to promote you individually to the colleges you are interested in.
Download the PlayerProfile.pdf file from the "Handouts" section of this
website and return to us

Many ARC alumni are currently playing
college ball including

Chad Campbell starts at shortstop for Walsh University,
Jeremy Gerger pitches for Division 1 Duquesne University,
Brian Doberdruk
patrols centerfieild and Cory Pallutch plays infield and pitches for Shawnee
State University
Reily Kreisher starts at 1B for Baldwin Wallace College,
Brendan Palm starts at SS for Martin Methodist College,
Jon Schulz
catches for Mount Union
Matt Wantz and Sean McFarland play for Lakeland Community College.
Benji Jarabeck plays 1B for Mercyhurst NE
John Rowan catches at Capital University
Adam Miller pitches at NCAA Div 1 Tennessee Tech
Jordan Suydam pitches at Hendrix College



Friday, January 29
Frank Cole named manager for 2009

Frank Cole of Ashtabula will take over as manager of Post 103 for the 2010 season.

 Frank replaces Bill Bodnar who retired following six years as manager.

Wednesday, July 8
Coach Bodnar to retire

After many weeks of deliberation, I have decided to retire as manager of the ARC/Post 103 Baseball team at the end of the current season. I have been coaching for 28 years, baseball is in my blood and always will be. I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years managing the ARC/Post 103 baseball team. It has truly been an honor to be at the helm of this community treasure. I will cherish the bonds that I have formed with my players and parents that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years.

It is time for me to pass the torch to new leaders to guide the program so that I can spend more time with my family.

I'd like to thank all those who have supported me throughout the years including the Jammal family who has been so generous with their financial support, American Legion Post 103, my employer Delta Railroad Construction who has allowed me to duck out early to make to away games and especially my wife Carol who has been a silent partner working countless hours on the reverse raffle every year, running errands for the team and holding dinners for me late at nights..

I have taken special pride in seeing so many of my charges go on to play college baseball and it's my hope that many of those will someday join the coaching ranks themselves. I plan to finally use some of my vacation time to actually go on vacation, start knocking off some of those many chores that get put on hold from March - July and to spend more time in my garden.

 I will leave the door open a crack to serve the team in a lesser capacity as a part time coach or business manager, but the time requirements to do it all is just so overwhelming for one person to do.

Bill Bodnar

Monday, June 8
Player of the week honors - Week 2

Offensive player of the week honors go to Bucky Schubert.  Bucky was on a tear this week hitting .526  with two doubles, a triple and a home run.   Bucky also drove in 9 runs giving him the team lead (10) on the season.  Schubert also scored five runs.

 With two complete game victories, Preston Wright earns pitcher of the week.  In his 14 innings of work, Preston gave up 5 earned runs, while striking out 7 and walking 4 batters.

 Derek Kovach wins the defensive player of the week for the 2nd straight week, this time for his play in left field where he made several diving catches including one against Kirtland which killed a sixth inning rally by the Hornets.

Team Leaders

Average: Tyler Margolis .545, Derek Kovach .525, Ronnie Nara .435

Home Runs: George "Sanchez" Shapiro and Bucky Schubert (1)

RBI: Bucky Schubert (11), Brian Mehalic (10, Joey Streets (9)

Runs Scored: Derek Kovach (10), Joey Streets (9), Brian Mehalic & Andy Dedomenic (8)

Hits: Derek Kovach (21), Buckey Schubert (12), Joey Streets, Ronnie Nara and Tyler Margolis (10)

Doubles: George Shapiro, Tyler Margolis and Bucky Schubert (3)

Triples: Brian Mehalic, Bucky Schubert, Jake Pridemore and Derek Kovach (1)

On Base Percentage: Dom Tremaglio .643, Tyler Margolis .600, Derek Kovach .568

Slugging Percentage: Tyler Margolis .722, Bucky Schubert .667, Derek Kovach & George Shapiro .600

Stolen Bases: Joey Streets (4), Jake Pridemore (3), Derek Kovach, Andy DeDomenic and George Shapiro (2)