The 2016 Ohio Varsity All-Star Classic presented by Scorestream.com is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.
The fourth annual baseball all-star game will be played at Classic Park in Eastlake on Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch and the third annual softball game will be played the following day at Case Western Reserve University’s Mather Park with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch.
A total of 62 athletes representing 28 area schools will participate in the event, an official fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project.
All proceeds from the event benefit the WWP. Heading into game weekend, the OVASC has raised over $600 for wounded warriors and the goal is to hit $1,000.
In a salute to the Armed Forces, all four teams will wear camouflage uniforms representing a different branch of the military.
The Air Force will play the Marines in the baseball game while the Army and Navy go head-to-head in softball.
Last year, the Air Force and Marines couldn’t break a 9-9 tie in a 10-inning game, so bragging rights are on the line Saturday night. The Marines hold a 2-0-1 all-time lead over the Air Force.
The Army defeated edged the Navy, 5-4, last season, improving its series lead to 2-0 over its rivals.
Participating players were nominated by area coaches based on their success on the field and in the classroom.
Of the 62 participants, 55 carried a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Twenty-two players earned a 3.5-4.0 and 10 achieved a 4.0 or better.
Kirtland’s Michael Kmentt, who will study at Ohio State, led all baseball players with a 4.14 gpa while Madison’s Samantha Tromba recorded the highest overall gpa of 4.206. She will continue her education and softball career at the College of Wooster.
A total of 25 participants will continue to play baseball or softball in college and two others will play another sport.Another impressive feat, Cardinal’s Haley Adams recorded perfect attendance from Kindergarten through graduation.
On the field, the all-stars collected an impressive amount of hardware.
The baseball game will include a total of four All-Ohioans.
Mayfield’s Jack Longo and Cuyahoga Heights’ Aaron Kucia both earned first team all-Ohio honors while Mentor’s Matt Eiswerth and Kirtland’s Joey Bates were named to the second team.
The softball game features Denner, a first team all-Ohioan, and Kirtland’s Olivia Mancisio, an honorable mention selection.
Over two dozen players earned all-district honors.
Eiswerth was named Player of the Year and Kucia earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Berkshire head coach Steve Smetana, who is coaching the Marines All-Stars, earned a special distinction with the Field of the Year award.
Other all-district honors went to first teamers Eiswerth, Kucia, Longo, Bates and Jarett Smetana (Berkshire), second teamers Kmentt, Michael Hartman (Cuyahoga Heights), Shawn May (Beachwood), Phillip Goth (Wickliffe), Grant Zarrinmakan (Gilmour Academy) and Dominic Zingale (Wickliffe). Kenston’s Barrett Weber and Harvey’s Jeff Pillar both were named honorable mention.
Several players and coaches also were recognized by the Lake County News Herald.
Eiswerth was named Player of the Year while Mayfield’s Don Ramer, head coach of the Air Force All-Stars, was named Coach of the Year.
Longo, Smetana and Zingale were named first team, while Bates, Goth, Kmentt and Weber earned second team honors. May and Zarrinmakan were third team selections and Chardon’s Joe Mysyk and Dakota Hill, Pillar, North’s Eric Scavnicky and Wickliffe’s Zach Hopton were named to the honor roll.
Mentor’s Allison Golic was named the News Herald’s Softball Player of the Year and Madison’s Alicia Major, Riverside’s Alexis Vargas, Mancisio and NDCL’s Camille Pollutro were named to the first team.
Kirtland’s Hallie Ward was a second team selection while Fairport Harding’s Cora Paolino, Wickliffe’s Carlie Stephens, Chardon’s Jacque Hunter, Geneva’s Alyssa Donato and South’s Morgan Hodge were named to the third team.
Named to the Honor Roll were Danae Scoville (Brush), Taylor Wilson (Fairport Harding), Isabelle Wilms (Geneva), Taylor Stoltz (Geneva), Josie Lausin (Lake Catholic), Samantha Tromba (Madison), Ivori Coleman (Mayfield), Samantha Ohly (NDCL), Martha Clark (Perry), Paige MacMullan (South) and Katie Hopton (Wickliffe).
A handful of participants will be playing in their second Ohio Varsity all-star event. Cardinal’s Andrew Miller and Haley Adams, Berkshire’s Jarett Smetana, Perry’s Martha Clark and Chardon’s Jacque Hunter all played in the 2016 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout basketball all-star game in April.
Presale tickets for the 2016 Ohio Varsity All-Star Classic are available through Friday, June 17. Baseball tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door. Specially priced student (K-12) tickets are just $7 on game day. Softball tickets are $7 online or $8 at the gate.
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