Twinsburg entered Monday with a 6-0 record in baseball under first-year coach Jeff Luca.

The Tigers have wins over Youngtown Cardinal Mooney (13-2), Massillon (13-2), Cuyahoga Falls (17-4), Brecksville (5-2), North Royalton (3-0) and Woodridge (11-2) to open the season.

Pitchers Tyler Horvath and Zach Simchon are both 2-0, and Trey Montgomery and Matt Kahn are each 1-0. Horvath pitched a no-hitter at North Royalton with four strikeouts and no walks on 73 pitches in a seven-inning victory.

Twinsburg’s top hitters are Nick Bonnizzio (.632 average, 11 RBI), Max Brazie (.538), Dylan Jackson (.471, nine RBI), Zack Carinci (.429, one save) and Justin Laley (.412, one triple, one home run, five RBI).

Luca, 54, spent the past 12 seasons as a Twinsburg assistant coach under now retired Donald R. Jones. Luca played baseball and graduated from West Branch and the University of Akron.

 

Canton update

The Canton City Schools Board of Education approved Marcus Wattley as McKinley football coach on Monday.

Wattley was a University of Akron assistant coach under Terry Bowden in 2018 after compiling records of 7-5 in 2016 and 10-4 in 2017 as St. Vincent-St. Mary coach. The Irish made a Division III state semifinal appearance in 2017.

A 2000 Copley graduate, Wattley has a bachelor's degree and two associate degrees from UA (2003, 2006, 2010). He played football at both schools.

Wattley, who was an assistant coach for 12 years under Dan Boarman (three at Copley and then nine at St. V-M), guided the defense on the 2012 and 2013 St. V-M teams that won Division III state titles.

 

Firestone update

Firestone (6-3, 4-0 City Series) won four out of five baseball games last week.

Max Erisey led the Falcons to two wins over Kenmore-Garfield, 6-0 at Prentiss Park and 9-1 at Dave Marshall Field. He had 13 strikeouts, two singles and scored two runs on Tuesday, and then hit two home runs, one double and had five RBI on Wednesday.

Firestone topped host Streetsboro 15-1 and 6-4 on Saturday with James Spengler collecting five hits and four RBI during the doubleheader.

“Erisey and Spengler are hitting well, and Steve Johnston has been leading the team in the leadoff spot,” Firestone coach Jeff Sloan said. “As far as pitching, we are getting good outings out of Max Erisey and Joe Durkee.”

Spencer Sacha, Josh Alexander, Connor O’Brien, Jack Kirven, Ian Hartman and Aaron Lux are also solid hitters for Firestone.

St. V-M (4-4) topped Firestone 7-4 on Thursday with Andrew Morse, Johnny Lloyd, Mason Stams and Zacc Markulis combining for five hits, five RBI and three runs.

 

More baseball

• Ellet (4-3, 4-0) has two victories apiece over North and Buchtel. “Our top pitchers are Jack Tupta, Andy McClleland and Cameron Ridenbaugh,” Ellet coach John Sarver said. “Tupta, McClleland, Josh Jaeger and Josh Merring have had some big hits for us.”

• CVCA (4-4) beat host St. V-M 13-5 Friday with Austen Williams, Christian Isaacs, Andrew Schaeffler, Peyton Beebe, Matt Groggs and Alex Jacob combining for 10 hits, 11 RBI and six runs. Groggs pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief for the win.

• Mack Timbrook, Dylan Feltovich, Mason Tipton and Shawn Parnell each had two hits Sunday as Archbishop Hoban (2-5) beat St. V-M 6-3 at Canal Park. The four combined for four RBI and four runs. Parnell pitched 4 1/3 innings for the win.