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Rams have new diamond coach

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – New Roy-Hart varsity baseball Coach Jeff Ziemicki meets here with three of the Rams seniors including Ben Maynard, Justin Heschke and Joe Nolan.

With new Coach Jeff Ziemicki at the helm and a good nucleus of returnees on hand, Roy-Hart is prepping for open the Niagara-Orleans League baseball season at home against Barker on April 4.

The senior quartet of Andy Xapsos (second base), Joe Nolan (pitcher/outfield), Justin Heschke (first base) and Ben Maynard (outfield), along with sophomore Al Xapsos (shortstop), provides a good nucleus of returning starters for Roy-hart which went 7-7 in N-O competition last spring.

Andy Xapsos earned first team N-O All-League honors while Maynard and Al Xapsos were both second team honorees.

The Rams are also looking to juniors Jake Stern (catcher), Eric Fitch (catcher/pitcher), Brendon Hess (third base) and Cam Meadows (pitcher) along with sophomores Jake Bruning (pitcher/outfield) and Ben Schwab (pitcher) and freshman Charlie Bruning (pitcher/first base).

“I’m really excited about our young pitchers,” said Ziemicki. “We’ve got a nice mix of upperclassmen and young kids. We should make a run at the N-O.”

Schedule:
April 2 – at Lyndonville, 1 p.m.
April 4 – Barker, 4:45 p.m.
April 5 – Niagara-Wheatfield, 4:45 p.m.
April 7 – at Tonawanda, 4:30 p.m.
April 11 – at CSAT, 4″45
April 12 – Williamsville North, 4:45 p.m.
April 13 – at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
April 14 – at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
April 16 – at St. Mary’s Lancaster, 12 p.m.
April 18 – Albion, 4:45 p.m.
April 19 – Medina, 4:45 p.m.
April 22 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
April 27 – at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
April 29 – CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
May 2 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
May 4 – Akron, 5 p.m.
May 6 – at Albion, 4:45 p.m.
May 9 – at Medina, 7:30 p.m.
May 11 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m.