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Tiffin University junior transfer Cory Horynak (Genoa/Youngstown State) is starting at center field for the Dragons and also was to be the man at the top of the starting pitching rotation.
On the mound, although billed as a starter early on, the right-handed Hornyak has appeared in two games. In seven innings, he has allowed only six hits and one earned run with a 1.29 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting .222 against him.
In Tiffin’s first win of the season, its third game played during the nightcap of a doubleheader at West Georgia, the Dragons rallied to win 9-6 in 12 innings after dropping the opener 12-3. Hornyak got the win, his only decision this year. He started the game pitching six shutout innings.
At the plate, the 6-foot-3, 225 pound Hornyak is batting .342 (53-for-155) with eight doubles, three home runs, and 26 RBI in 46 games. He also has two stolen bases with a .941 fielding percentage.
“Cory has been a jack of all trades for us. He had a great fall pitching and playing the outfield,” Tiffin coach Lonny Allen said.
At 23 years old and in his fifth season with the Bowling Green State University baseball team, Kevin Leady is soaking it all in.
He appreciates every opportunity he gets to take the mound for the Falcons, and even those three-hour bus rides don't seem so bad anymore.
Leady, a former three-sport star at Eastwood, has been through more adversity than most college athletes after recovering from two major injuries. If Leady chooses, he can play baseball again next season for the two-time defending Mid-American Conference regular-season champions after being granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
The 6-3, 195-pound right-hander has earned his teaching degree and will graduate on May 8.
“I've been looking forward to that,” Leady said. “I've gone to school for a reason, to get my degree, and it feels great.”
Leady secured a student teaching position this year and teaches math and science to fourth-graders at Haskins Elementary in the Otsego school disrict.
“I love it,” Leady said. “It's awesome. It's what I love to do.”
Rob Schimmoeller has been in a pretty good mood lately, and for good reason.
For starters, as of Tuesday his Oak Harbor baseball team was tied for first place in the Sandusky Bay Conference with perennial SBC power Perkins. Secondly, on April 12 the sixth-year coach got his first win over the Ray Neal-coached Pirates when the Rockets handed the visitors a 4-3 loss.
“That gave us a lot of confidence, to beat the defending league champions,” said Schimmoeller, whose team traveled to Perkins on Wednesday. “They've won our league at least eight or nine of the last 10 years. Beating them gave the kids a ton of confidence going into the league schedule.”
Senior pitcher Damion McAtee scattered nine hits over five innings to earn the win over Perkins, using his fastball, slider, curve, and knuckleball to “keep Perkins' hitters off-balance,” according to Schimmoeller.
Through 15 games, Oak Harbor had a 12-3 overall record including 5-1 in the SBC. Its only conference loss (4-0) was to an Edison team that returned most of a squad that reached the regional tournament in 2009.
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