Winners announced for Girls’ Softball and Boys’ Baseball & Coaches of Mahoning Valley “Best of the Best”

Announcement of the Mahoning Valley Fan Players/Coaches of the Year

(Youngstown, Ohio) Spanning the Need with Anthony Spano, and Malutic Live with Austin Malutic announce the 2021 Mahoning Valley Fan Baseball/Softball Players/Coaches of the Year as voted on by the fans. The voting, which lasted two weeks upon completion of the regular season, drew over 9101 votes, which were cast by Mahoning Valley area sports fans.

All recipients are being announced and recognized on May 18, ‘live’ on #SpanningtheNeed podcast (below), joining a prestigious rank of the Mahoning Valley’s “Best of the Best” this year. This voting was the closest it has ever been, just within a few votes separating each individual in specific categories.

We are grateful for the support of the community during these difficult times. The list was compiled by the community in multiple ways during the allotted time frame through the specific schools and recommendations.  The goal was to recognize outstanding performances this past season and honor their achievements.
Winners include:

***UPDATED MESSAGE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, I will be making an announcement later this afternoon regarding the Mahoning Valley Fan Softball Coach of the Year, who was chosen to be the Best of the Best Coach in Softball this year. The criteria for the award is that the winner is the head coach on record at their respective school. I regret that I made a mistake but need to make things right so I apologize to Coach Angelo and the entire Canfield community. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. I am a person of God and doing the right thing is over everything else. Thank you to everyone for the support and for supporting our student-athletes during these difficult times.

About Spanning the Need
Anthony Spano created the podcast “Spanning the Need.” This podcast examines a variety of subjects that impact everyday life around the world.  Some of the topics include politics, heartfelt-feel good stories, health, education, sports and giveaways. Our show is new, but Anthony felt a calling to tell the stories and launch his podcast in 2020 as it is a part of his master’s course requirement. More info at