Introducing Ashland, OH STOCKPACK

Ashland, Ohio

Ashland STOCKPACK (formerly the Ashland Merchants) have completed a successful off season overhaul that involved much more than just a name change. We have added five seasoned players to an already strong core of players in hopes of making a serious run at the ISC II title in Appleton this August. Leading the new additions is pitcher Tyron McKinney. Many will remember Ty from his exploits as a young gun with the Ashland Coors Light team before he played for multiple season with the Midland Explorers, followed by a season with Ashland MVD Sports. Ty has earned a long list of accomplishments in his comparatively brief history in fastpitch, and following the 2007 season in which he did not play, is very anxious to get back on the field. We also have added Jim Yates to our pitching rotation. Jim has pitched for numerous teams in the Ohio/PA/MI region and brings not only his tremendous talent, but also a vast knowledge and love of the game to our team. In addition, we have been fortunate in adding three top-level position players in Jason Whiteley, Pete Spoerl and Rick Yoder. Jason comes to us following a year at Elkland, and has made stops with the Midland Explorers, Albaugh, Reasnor, and the Orrville, OH Knights among others. Jason will man centerfield for us this year and will undboubtedly be one of our top hitters as well. Pete joins us after spending the last few years with the NY Bombers, and has a long list of top-notch teams that he has played and excelled for. Pete can play anywhere and has consistently shown he has the ability to hit good pitching. Rick has also spent the past few years with the NY Bombers following many successful seasons with the Orrville, OH Knights and Spencer Fastpitch. Rick is one of the best gloves around and will be a great addition to our batting lineup as well.

These five significant additions will join a strong core of players that have battled to 5th place finishes at the TOC in each of the past two years. These players include: Shane Flinner (C), Trevor Urban (SS), Junior Rodriguez (OF), Chad Honaker (2B), Shane Queer (Utility), Nick “Tennessee” McCurry (DH) and Scotty Robinson (IF). Jim Saffle will be increasing his responsibilities this summer as he steps into the Managers role. Jim has been very involved in team operations since the teams inception, and is excited to step into his new role of “running the show.”

While we don’t have our entire schedule completed yet, we know we will be attending the Snapper Shootout in June, the ISC state tourney in Ashland in late June, Frankenmuth, MI in mid-July and the ISC II in August. We are looking to confirm a few more events in the next few weeks and will post our formal schedule as soon as its completed.

Jason Whiteley

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