by Dan Timmerman
Loveland, Ohio – Loveland High School Tiger Baseball is under new leadership this 2019 season with Steve Plitt as the Varsity Head Coach. Coach Plitt is a long time Loveland resident where he and his wife Julie have raised their 3 children; Bryce, Drew, and Marie. Bryce and Drew, LHS grads in ’13 and ’16, respectively, and Marie soon to be in May. Steve is a graduate of Xavier University where he received an athletic scholarship and was the team’s starting shortstop. He has an extensive assistant and head coaching experience at the high school and college level and was named AAU Coach of the Year in 1995. Steve is the founder of the Cincinnati Stix AABC baseball organization based in Loveland.
The co-defending Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) champion Tigers return 3 All-Conference players from last year’s team including Senior and University of Cincinnati commit Zach Segal, Junior Carson Deer, and Sophomore Spencer Rodriquez. They are joined by returning varsity lettermen, Seniors Garret Gillespie and Matt Westly, Juniors Ian Cox and Alec Soth.
Rounding out the 2019 roster are Seniors Shane Chrusniak, Carter Schlesner, and Joe Timmerman. They are joined by Juniors Bobby Keifer, Jack Laudick, Matthew Losekamp, Sie McNally, Will Myklebus, and Tripp Towle, along with Sophomores Zachary Bebout and Jaedon Shepardson and Freshman Jackson Lux.
The Tigers begin their schedule with a scrimmage at Elder on March 15, an Alumni Game at LHS’s Dave Evans Field on the 16th (which should be a lot of fun) and a scrimmage at Princeton on the 19th.
The regular season begins with non-conference games at “The Dave” vs. Clermont Northeastern on the 23rd, Ryle on the 25th, Madeira on the 27th, and at Moeller on the 29th.
The defense of the conference championship begins on April 1 at Anderson High School and concludes on May 6 with the Tigers hosting West Clermont.