American Legion Post #103/Ashtabula Rubber Company: My Site News

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)