By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
High school baseball preview for the Aurora Greenmen’s upcoming 2023 season:
Head Coach: Trent Dalton.
Coaching Staff: Robbie McKinney, John Scott, Victor Torres, Jake Knapp, Collin Witherspoon, Andrew Knapp, Derek Knapp.
2022 Record: 14-7 overall, 11-3 Suburban League.
Returning Lettermen (13): Ben Schechterman, sr.; Nathan Balkinsoon, sr.; Nathan Fletcher, jr.; Andrew Eichenauer, sr.; Zach Williams, jr.; Dominic Trivisonno, jr.; Nolan Just, sr.; Alex Harrell, sr.; Sam Retton, sr.; Dean Larrance, jr.; Jameson Embrescia, jr.; Nate Albanese, jr.; Sam Bianco, sr.
Lettermen Lost (9): Jack Cardaman, Ryan Weber, Kepler Rhoden, Tyler Fernandez, Hunter Lane, Colin Skolaris, Aiden Grubb, AJ Alexander, Anthony Dolata.
Team Captains: Ben Schechterman, Sam Retton.
Undderclassmen to Watch: Brady Carlson, Carson Smith.
“We play a difficult schedule, but the preparation leading up to it has been phenomenal,” Dalton said. “The guys have really come together and continue to come together. They know in order to have a successful season, they must be unified. This is why they have come up with the motto: ‘Unity in adversity’.”
Two returning all-conference performers and a college commit anchor the infield for the Greenmen.
Balkisoon and Bianco were named All-Suburban League last spring, while Jayce Unverferth has committed to Notre Dame College.
Expect Embrescia, Lawrence and Eichenauer to all fill out spots across the infield throughout the season for the Greenmen.
Schechterman spotlights the outfield for Aurora. The senior standout, who is also leads the program’s pitching staff, was ranked as a Preseason All-American by Rawlings-Perfect Game and has committed to play at Ohio State University.
Retton is the only other returning lettermen expected to receive time in the outfield, while a new group, including Ryan Tierney, Brady Carlson, Carson Smith, Jacob Truck, Jacob Cici, Dylan VonderHaar and Tyler Tartibini, will all get their opportunity to earn a spot.
The starter is Trivisonno, with Will Pififfner also expected to be there.
Multiple college commits lead a sparkling Aurora staff.
The aforementioned Schechterman, along with Nate Fletcher (Rhode Island) and Nolan Just (Clarion) should give the Greenmen a formidable group.
Zach Williams, Alex Harrel, Connor Tonsing, Nate Albanese and Kyle Hanna all will also be arms for the Greenmen.
April 4: at Copley
April 5: Cuyahoga Falls
April 6: at St. Ignatius
April 10: Tallmadge
April 11: at Kent Roosevelt
April 13: Barberton
April 14: at Strongsville
April 15: at Olmstead Falls
April 18: Highland
April 19: at Revere
April 21: Wadsworth
April 22: at Hudson
April 24: Copley
April 25: at Cuyahoga Falls
April 27: at Tallmadge
May 2: Kent Roosevelt
May 3: at Barberton
May 4: at Walsh Jesuit
May 6: Hoban
May 9: at Highland
May 11: Revere
May 12: Avon
May 13: Brecksville