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Player and Coach Profiles Of This Year

Player Profiles

Ty Brewer

Ty, 17, hit well for the Orioles last summer, earning All-Berks Honors
A middle line-up hitter with much power, Ty led Daniel Boone High School in home runs this past spring and was named to the All-Area team
Defensively, Ty will work at both first base and the outfield this summer

Ryan Campogiani

Ryan is a returning outfielder and pitcher

Ryan’s speed and grit are a true asset to the team

Ryan, 18, played varsity for Daniel Boone High School each of the past two springs.

Ryan will be attending North Carolina Wesleyan College this fall.

Pete Colon

Pete, 18, is a true veteran of the program, having appeared in a handful of games with the Orioles as a 14-year old double-roster player

He will be called upon as a front-end rotation pitcher and play either corner infield position and of course with the infield gloves.

Offensively, Pete’s power will be counted on as a middle line-up hitter. He earned All-Berks honors last summer.

Pete will be attending Kutztown University this fall.

Darren D’Achille

A quality back-up catcher and utility player, Darren joins the senior legion Orioles after playing for the junior legion.

He played junior varsity for Central Catholic High School.

One of only four new Orioles, Darren is looking forward to making the jump to senior legion competition

Eric Everhart

Eric, 16, started at shortstop for the Orioles last summer as a 15 year old.

Having been on the roster since he was 14, Eric brings a unique amount of experience for such a young player.

As a hitter, Eric’s discipline and speed make him a tough out at the top of the line-up for both the Orioles and Daniel Boone High School

Jim Everhart

Jim, 18, has emerged as a fine defensive catcher and leader on the field, earning AIl-Berks honors for his play last summer.

At the plate, Jim works a deep count and will be counted on to drive in runs at the top or middle of the line-up.

Jim has started varsity for Daniel Boone High School the past three springs.

Jim will be attending St. Michael’s College, Vermont this fall.

Jason Hammer

Jason, 16, joins the Orioles this summer after a standout spring with Daniel Boone High School’s junior varsity team.

A pitcher and middle infielder, Jason brings a smooth swing and desire to improve with him.

Jason could also see time in the outfield this summer.

Eric Noecker

Eric, 18, a veteran of the Orioles Senior Babe Ruth team, is new to the Legion team this summer.

He started most games at second base for Daniel Boone High School and will see time at several infield positions for the Orioles.

Eric is also likely to add pitching depth to the Orioles staff this summer.

Eric will be attending Penn State Berks this fall.

Steve Olshenske

A rotation pitcher for the Orioles last summer, Steve, 17, played varsity for Daniel Boone High School.

A southpaw, Steve saw a lot of time on the mound last summer and beat the defending Berks champion West Lawn Owls.

Steve will also see time as an outfielder.

Mike Owens

Mike, 17, pitched and played infield for the Orioles last summer.

Mike has recovered well from a broken leg suffered during football season this past fall.

This past spring, Mike played for Central Catholic High School.
Adam Ruffner

Adam, 17, returns to the Orioles as a solid back-up catcher and outfielder after another spring in Daniel Boone High School’s program.

Offensively, Adam has improved greatly and could earn a starting role for the Orioles.

Adam’s enthusiasm rubs off on his teammates and makes him a valuable asset to the organization.

Justin Shustack

Justin, 18, started several games for the Orioles last summer in each of the three outfield positions

On the mound, Justin will be asked to give the Orioles valuable innings from time to time.

Offensively, Justin showed streaky power at times and hit well for Twin Valley High School this past spring.

Justin will be attending Thaddeus Stevens College this fall.

Matt Simmons

Matt, 16, was a double roster JV and Varsity player for Daniel Boone High School this past spring.

A first baseman and possible pitcher, Malt swings from the left side of the plate.

Matt is making the jump from the Junior Legion Orioles to the Senior Legion team this summer
Kevin Walbert

Kevin, 18, emerged as a front-end rotation pitcher last summer and will be counted on to help lead the Orioles pitching staff again this summer.

He led Twin Valley High School in wins this past spring

Defensively, Kevin is a tremendous outfielder and should help the Orioles on the bases as well.

Kevin will be attending Millersville University this fall.

Charlie Werner

Charlie, 18, has already played three full seasons with the Orioles.

A centerfielder with a solid youth bat from the left side, Charlie was among Daniel Boone High School’s leading hitters this past spring.

Charlie has improved greatly as a pitcher and should see some innings this summer.

Charlie will be attending Western Maryland College this fall.

Dan Wolfgang

Dan, 18, started last season at second base for the Orioles and at shortstop for Twin Valley High School.

Dan used best USSSA baseball bats and his bat helped lead the Orioles in the post season last year and will be counted on to continue driving in and scoring runs this summer.

Dan’s great attitude and desire to always improve his game will once again help the team have fun and improve at the same time.

Dan will be attending Albright College this fall.

Coach Profiles

Chris Drowne, Manager

Chris, 31, a native of Upper Nyack, New York, was graduated from The Hill School in 1989, Bucknell University in 1993, and just completed his Master’s Degree in Modern European History at Villanova University.

Chris teaches European History and Economics at The Hill School in Pottstown, where he also serves as the assistant varsity soccer and baseball coach, as well as a dorm parent.

He served as assistant head coach of the Orioles Legion team for five summers. Chris has coached every level of baseball from tee ball through Legion and has worked with several college coaches, as well as some of the more reputable coaches in the area such as Jim Finn, Bob Houck, and Jerry Reitnour. Chris and his wife, Robin, and their son, Rusty, live in Pottstown.

Jeff Pinder, Assistant Head Coach

Jeff, 28, a native of Gilbertsville, was graduated from Boyertown High School in 1990 where he enjoyed a stand-out career for both the high school and Legion team. Jeff competed in several state and national regional tournaments with the Bears.

He currently coaches Pottsgrove High School’s 9th grade team and has coached at the Legion level with Pottsgrove and Collegeville, whom he led to the playoffs in the Greater Norristown League. Jeff will coach third base and work with the outfielders.

Professionally, he works for Premier Applied Coatings in Boyertown. Jeff and his wife, Elizabeth, have a 4-year old son, Mitchell.

Ron Stiles, Jr., Assistant Coach

Ron, 54, is in his 10th year with the organization; he has served as manager, fundraiser, president, and assistant coach. Ron guided the program to its first Berks County playoff appearance in 1989 and its first consecutive winning seasons since the organization’s inception in 1964.

He also coached Norchester’s Legion team from 1993 to 1994. Ron currently serves as the organization’s business manager and the team’s first base coach and co-hitting instructor. The organization owes much to him for its field, reputation, and present state.

Ron also serves as Commissioner of the Berks County Junior Legion and has been nominated for induction in the Pennsylvania American Legion Hall of Fame. Ron served in the Air Force and attended Owen J. Roberts High School.

Beside baseball projects, Ron also join the softball projects especially about softball gloves. He have helped a lot of people get easy in picking softball equipment.

He and his wife, Linda, reside in Exeter township and have two children, Ron, 32, and Robin, 30.

Marty Bystrom, Pitching Coach

Marty, 42, a former major league pitcher with the Phillies and Yankees, posted a career 29-26 record and helped the Phillies win their last world championship in 1980 by going 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA after being called up from the minors.

Marty has worked with many young pitchers in the area, including former Birdsboro aces Toby Ranck and Jeremy Wunderlich. A Florida native, Marty and his wife, Meg, reside in Geigertown, with their daughter, Kristina, 13. Professionally, he works for the Benecon Group in Lancaster, a group health insurance provider.

John Guiseppi, Assistant Coach

John, 23, helped lead Birdsboro to its first regular season Berks title in 1996 with his superior play behind the plate.

Considered one of the area’s top defensive catcher’s, John’s work with the Legion and Twin Valley pitching staffs is well known.

The Plowville resident currently plays in the West Chester adult summer league and catches for Palm Beach College in Florida.

Chad Rightmyer, Assistant Coach

Chad, 19, captained the Orioles to their third-place finish in the Berks League last summer. A three year starter, Chad led the Orioles in several offensive categories.

He made the Dean’s List at Penn State Berks Campus this year where he also plays ice hockey. Chad will serve primarily as first base coach and work with infielders and hitters during each practice.