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State College High Baseball Team Looks to Continue Winning Ways

by and on April 04, 2015 3:45 PM

A closer look at the 2015 State College Area High School baseball team:

Head coach — Bill Tussey, 12th season.

2014 record — 16-6, District 6 champions. Lost in PIAA tournament to Red Land.

Key losses — Nick Raquet, Calvin Sichler, Derek Van Horn, Alec Lose, Jonathan Berg, Keith LeBarron and Ken Craig.

Key returnees — Caleb Walls (outfield), Chris Adams (shortstop), Tyler Hall (second base), Brandon Raquet (outfield), Kyle Peterson (pitcher), and Bailey Ishler (pitcher) and Sam Plafcan (catcher).

Outlook — The State College Little Lion baseball team won the last two District 6 championships, but after a 16-6 campaign last year, State High lost early in the state playoffs to Red Land.

That team began as a young one, but it improved as the season progressed and had a strong finish.

As the 2015 season begins, the Little Lions are not so young and will begin the season with a wealth of experience from last year.

State College returns 12 lettermen, and there is a definite feeling of optimism surrounding the team.

"We're feeling very positive about this year," head coach Bill Tussey says. "We have 12 lettermen back, including five fielding starters and all of our pitching with the exception of (Nick) Raquet and (Keith) LeBarron. So we're feeling positive about this group."

The returning fielders include center fielder Caleb Walls, second baseman Tyler Hall, catcher Sam Plafcan, third baseman Chris Boal, and shortstop Chris Adams, Harrison Walls, Brandon Raquet, Tucker Triebold, and Ben Shawley.

On the mound, starters Kyle Peterson and Bailey Ishler return, along with Brett Graham, Oliver Dailey, Tristan Ballenger, and Triebold.

The Little Lions have already successfully begun their season with a 7-2 win over Red Land. With no outside practice time to speak of, State High's experience came through, just as Tussey hopes it will throughout the season.

"They (the team) are experienced," he says, "and they were successful last season, winning the District 6 championship. Our division (in the Mid-Penn) is just so tough, but if the pitchers get consistent, throw strikes, and we get confidence in our defense, we'll scratch out some runs."

Circle these dates — vs. Carlisle (Tuesday, April 7); vs. Cumberland Valley (Thursday, April 9); at Elizibethtown (Saturday, April 11).


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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at [email protected]
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