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The Toledo Area Athletic Conference baseball coaches voted Andrew Pinciotti as the best center fielder in the conference last season.

So when Andrew graduated from Cardinal Stritch last June, guess who got tabbed to take over his spot in center for the 2010 season. Gabe Pinciotti, Andrew's younger brother.

Gabe, a senior, played left field as a junior and earned honorable mention All-TAAC honors. He said he felt “a lot of pressure” following his brother as the Cardinals' center fielder.

“Andrew was good,” Gabe said. “He could cover a lot of ground and make some catches I know I couldn't have. It's your big brother; you've got to fill his shoes. We're pretty close. We're both usually pretty positive and not dogging on each other.”

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Across Ohio, 776 prep baseball teams are striving to accomplish what Pemberville High School was able to achieve in 1939 — win a state championship.
 
Pemberville historian Dale Bruning can account for four members of that team who remain alive today, including then-sophomore outfielder Tom Bowlus, now a retired medical doctor, and senior catcher Donnan Marten, now an 88-year-old Bowling Green resident.
 
In 1939, Pemberville concluded a 25-1 season under the direction of Coach John F. Huebner by defeating Lockbourne Hamilton 8-6 in the Class B (small school) state final on the campus of Ohio State University.
 
It remains the only prep state baseball championship won by a school that eventually consolidated into the Eastwood district, and was also Wood County’s first state title.
 

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Clay Rolf and Clayton Ruch aren't related, but they probably feel like brothers.

The three-sport standouts, both seniors at Eastwood, live about a mile apart and have known each other “our whole lives,” Rolf said.

One (Rolf) stands nearly 6-foot-8 and the other is 6-5, and they've both been All-Suburban Lakes League baseball, football and basketball players the last few years.

Rolf, a pitcher and first baseman, bats third in the Eagles' order and Ruch, who pitches and plays shortstop, bats fourth for first-year coach Dave Barkholz. In a few weeks, their playing days together will come to an end.

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