Strongsville’s 2018 baseball season started in the sunshine, dealt with the snow, and ended with tears in a college ballpark as the Mustangs fell in a regional final to Anthony Wayne High School. The 10-2 defeat marked the end of a magical run the Mustangs embarked on for the second consecutive year. In 2017, Strongsville advanced to the Division I State Final, falling to Massillon Jackson 8-2. This year’s Mustangs nearly made it back to Columbus behind the arms of seniors Mitch Midea and Matt Brosky and the timely hitting and defense of Seniors Austin Mucurio, Trevor Denning, and Midea, Juniors Joey Venter, Jack Frank, Giovanni Lombardo, Jesse Kramer, Ryan Hartman, and Matt Bush, and Freshman catcher Ben Lien.
Brosky started the state tournament on the mound with a 5-1 complete game victory vs. Normandy. Midea threw a complete game, 12 strikeout, 3 hit shutout in a 3-0 win against Brecksville in the district semifinal. The next day Brosky beat St. Ignatius in the district final with a complete game for the second consecutive year in a 3-1 victory. Brosky followed his gem against the Wildcats with a more impressive outing against the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association’s top ranked Amherst Steele Comets in the regional semifinal. After falling behind 1-0 in the 4th, Jack Frank singled home Austin Mucurio, who was at 2nd base following a leadoff walk and stolen base, to tie the game at 1. It would stay that way until the 8th when Giovanni Lombardo singled over the right fielder’s head with the bases loaded and 1 out to give the Mustangs a 2-1 win and a ticket to the regional final at Bowling Green.
Following two consecutive trips to the final 8 in the state, Strongsville looks to reload for 2019 behind a group of experienced position players and inexperienced arms. With the season just six short months away, Strongsville will begin their optional preseason strength and conditioning work in early November to see who puts themselves in a position to impact the 2019 campaign.