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Depth apparent early in Western Reserve Conference baseball | Opinion

Published in The News-Herald
April 11, 2019
Nate Barnes

Hardly three weeks into the 2019 baseball season, no team remains undefeated in Western Reserve Conference play.

The WRC is perennially one of Northeast Ohio’s most competitive leagues. But the 2019 season appears to hold a transcendent level of parity within the conference.

North swept Mayfield. Brush knocked off Chardon with a late rally. Madison pushed Kenston to extra innings.

Through the first three weeks, the Bombers and Rangers are tied atop the league table with identical 4-1 records.

Kenston, the defending WRC champion, graduated a significant amount of talent highlighted by 2018 WRC most valuable player Matthew Cassaro. But the Bombers are reloaded, not rebuilding, behind a core led by Tyler Mintz, Jason Vasil, Blaise Gorski, Craig Roch and Jon Tomcufcik.

Kenston’s lone stumble in WRC play so far came in a loss to Riverside. Otherwise, the Bombers have swept Madison and picked up wins against the Beavers and Chardon.

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