Baseball: 2015 Major League Update - J.J. Hoover (Elizabeth Forward)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

J.J. Hoover has had quite the bounceback season for the Cincinnati Reds.

The right-hander reliever from Elizabeth Forward is 5-0 with one save and a 1.53 ERA in 36 games. In 35 1/3 innings, he has allowed 19 hits and 16 walks while striking out 26 while serving as the primary set-up man to closer Aroldis Chapman.

A year ago, Hoover was 1-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 54 games.

Hoover, 27, made 16 consecutive scoreless appearances, covering 15 2/3 innings, before being touched for a run in one inning of work Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.


Softball: South Feature Athlete - Elizabeth Forward's Caitlyn Arico

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Caitlyn Arico
High School: Elizabeth Forward
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Elizabeth Forward senior Caitlyn Arico is one of five returning starters back this season for Elizabeth Forward. Arico led the Warriors last season, batting .479. She has been just as consistent this year. Arico was batting .498 earlier this season.


Softball: Elizabeth Forward a factor in quest for title

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Elizabeth Forward softball team.

"After a productive spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Elizabeth Forward softball team returned home to face unsoftball-friendly weather.

They had won all three games at the Ripken Experience but their final game was March 23 and upon returning home they were stuck inside for practices.

They did not emerge from indoor practice facilities until seven days later and that was to play a game.

An important game at that."



Softball: Elizabeth Forward knocks off rival, defending champs

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Any game against Thomas Jefferson would be a big one this season. The Jaguars are after all the defending WPIAL Class AAA champions. For Elizabeth Forward, games against TJ are big no matter what season it is.

"We never need a reason to get up for TJ," EF coach Harry Rutherford said. "They are out natural rival, being the school right next to us. Getting up for them is never an issue but I think with them being the defending champions, we had a little extra incentive."

The Warriors erupted for 17 hits defeated the reigning champions in a 13-3 win against the Jaguars.

"I was probably a little shocked that we exploded with our bats in the first two games," Rutherford admitted. "We hit them really hard, we had some nice hits."


Alumni Update - Ryan Meier (Bethany College)

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Ryan Meier was terrific in his first start of the season, allowing just three hits and four baserunners over seven scoreless innings of work.Meier Bethany He didn't allow more than a single and struck out a career-high nine in Saturday's 6-1 win over Wilkes.


Meier opened his season by striking out the first six batters he faced, including punching out the first three on just 10 pitches.

The Elizabeth Forward graduate earned PAC Pitcher of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Bethany College)