Here are our area baseball preview capsules for the 2010 season. As you can see, we're still missing a few. We'll try and get most of them rounded up the next couple of days.
HEAD COACH: Ben Thaxton (2nd year)
2009 RECORD: 2-16 overall, 0-9 Northwest Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cody Mattson, sr., IF; Tyler Simmons, sr., C-P; Caleb Duffy, jr., 2B-OF; Austin Everhart, jr., SS-P; Aaron Weyer, jr., OF-P; Christopher Beaschler, soph., OF; Drew Crabtree, soph., OF-P; Matt Gray, soph., 1B-P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Robert Guyton, jr, 1B-P; Austin Cobb, fr., SS-2B, Brendan Szippl, fr., 2B-OF.
NOTABLE: Weyer was honorable mention all-NWC after hitting .389 last season. Simmons hit .435 with 9 steals. Mattson hit .250 with 2 triples. Gray hit .367 a year ago. Bulldogs should be better with 8 returning letterwinners.
HEAD COACH: Dereck Uitto (2nd year, 14-3)
2009 RECORD: 14-3 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Julian Pina, sr., P/IF; Jordan Duncan, sr., C/OF/P; Jake Metzger, sr., P/IF; Anthony Elchert, sr., P/SS; Trevor Colman, soph., P/2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Nick Spridgeon, jr., OF; Blaize Vogelsong, jr., OF; Zach Bame, jr., OF/2B; Garrett Schling, soph., C/IF; Johnston Baird, soph, 1B/P; Kevin Keefe, fr., OF; Robbie Craddolph, fr., OF; Brandon Ludwig, soph, OF.
NOTABLE: Pina was a first-team all-BVC pick and a second-team all-district selection after hitting .368 and going 5-3 with a 1.64 ERA on the mound. Metzger hit .298 and was 2-0 on the hill; Colman batted .270 and was 1-0 on the mound. Arcadia is deep in experienced pitchers but overall numbers are down.
HEAD COACH: Tom Yates (8th year, 119-35)
2009 RECORD: 18-4 overall, 8-1 BVC
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Justin Bruley, sr., 3B; David Feller, sr., SS/P; Matt Morehart, sr., C; Trever Gast, sr., P/1B; Zane Leonard, sr., CF/P; Kevin Rogers, sr., P/1B; Trevor Bower, sr., LF; Aaron Cheney, jr., 2B/ P; Jake Leonard, so., RF/1B; Matt Cheney, so., OF/C/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Troy Essinger, sr., OF; Evan Hill, sr., 1B; Scott Mohr, jr., OF; Brian Mohr, so., 3B; Adam Inniger, so., SS/2B; Corey Freed, fr., so., 1B/P; Nick Price, so., C; Sam Yates, so., 2B/P; P.J. Hatton, OF/P; Blaiz McBride, fr., IF/OF; Steven Hatton, fr., IF/P; Mason Werst, fr., C/P; Joe Riemen, fr., 3B; Ben Neiling, fr., OF; Jacob McWilliams, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Arlington appears to be locked and loaded for another successful season in 2010. Trever Gast, last season's Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year, returns after putting up a 0.39 E.R.A on the mound and batting .556 at the plate. Justin Bruley, Matt Morehart, Zane Leonard and Kevin Rogers are also back after earning letters in their first three seasons.
HEAD COACH: Matt Scholz (1st year)
2009 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 7-2 Northwest Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Matt Suderman, sr., P/3B; Evan Skilliter, sr., 1B/P; Joel Groman, sr., 2B/P/OF; Frank Long, sr., C; Nathan Cheney, P/3B/SS; Gabe Goldsberry, jr., SS/P; Brandon Falk, jr., OF; Clay Wannemacher, jr., C/OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Josh Anderson, sr., OF/2B; Christian Smith, sr., OF; Logan Steingrass, soph., OF/P; Jeremy Basinger, soph., UT; R.J. Stratton, soph., OF; Brandon Myers, soph., OF; Nathan Risner, fr., 1B/P.
NOTABLE: The Pirates return eight starters from last year's team. Pitching is a strength: Cheney (.299 batting average) was a first-team all-NWC pick with a 1.67 ERA and 51 strikeouts last season. Suderman (.306, honorable mention all-NWC) had a 2.01 ERA and Goldsberry (.275) a 2.30 ERA. Falk hit .362 last season, Wannemacher .269, Groman .265 and Skilliter .244.
HEAD COACH: Joey Roark (2nd year, 11-11).
2009 RECORD: 11-11 overall, 3-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cy Strahm, sr., SS/P; D.J. Dyer, sr., CF; Winston Stansberry, jr., P/3B/C; Mason Tong, jr., P/1B; Dillon Sammons, soph., P/C
TOP PROSPECTS: Dillon Niederkohr, sr., 2B; Logan Norden, sr., OF; Blake Phillips, sr., OF; Denzel Baker, jr., OF/P;' Austin Patton, fr., OF; Corbin Blair, fr., IF/C; Bryce Mullholand, fr., 1B; Austin Tuschman, fr., OF; Gene Chauncy, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Carey won a sectional title for the first time since 2003 last season. Strahm is the top returnee for the Blue Devils as he hit .407 and stole 23 bases.
HEAD COACH: Cory King (8th year, 81-100)
2009 RECORD: 17-9 overall, 6-3 Northwest Conference, 5-2 Putnam County League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandon Hovest, sr., P-1B; Jessie Maag, sr., OF; Eli Ricker, sr., P; Kyle Stechschulte, sr., OF-1B; Jacob Miller, jr., OF-P; Ryan Birkemeier, jr., 3B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Zach Barrientes, soph., SS; Gavin Windau, soph., P-1B; Brad Miller, jr., P.
NOTABLE: Bulldogs lost second-team all-state catcher Garret Wolfe and 80 percent of the team's offensive production to graduation. Six pitchers return with varsity experience, and Hovest and Maag are three-year lettermen. Bulldogs need to find some offense to finish in top half of both leagues.
HEAD COACH: Wesley Schroeder (1st year)
2009 RECORD: 1-20 overall, 0-7 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Rexx Louiselle, sr., C/P; Shane Howell, sr., P/SS; Chase Ordway, sr., 3B; Chris Baden, sr., 1B; David Slattman, sr., OF; Brandon Burke, soph., SS/P; Brandon Scott, soph., OF/P; Spencer Ordway, soph., 2B/P; Scott Deken, jr., OF/IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Ben Schwarzman, sr., OF; Austin Sharp, jr., OF; Dakota Scott, soph., OF/IF; Tyler Dockery, fr., C.
NOTABLE: The Pirates have plenty of work to do to become competitive this season. Louiselle is the top returning player after batting .208 last season.
HEAD COACH: Robert Businger (23rd year).
2009 RECORD: 7-10 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Alex Barlekamp, sr., P/OF; Chad Thacker, sr., C; Austin Michel, sr., P/SS; John Anderson, sr., P/2B; Josh Curth, sr., P/OF; Cody Thacker, jr., P/3B; Jeremiah Alspach, soph., P/Ofl Grant Marshall, soph., P/1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mason Banner, soph., C; Tyler Harris, fr., P/OF.
NOTABLE: Michel and Anderson were both honorable mention all-conference selections for the Hornets in 2009.
HEAD COACH: Kyle Reiser (26th year, 424-155).
2009 RECORD: 10-17 overall, 8-5 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Reid Rothenbuhler, sr., SS/P/C; Adam Tyson, sr., P/3B; Tyler Chamberlain, sr., 1B/P; Cody King, sr., OF; Jack Waldock, jr., OF; Kevin Hammer, jr., 2B; Jon Bodi, jr., OF/P; Nate Benschoter, jr., P; Conlan Varty, soph., P/3B; Trey Marsh, soph., C/3B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jeff VanScoder, soph., OF; Dylan Torrey, jr., P.
NOTABLE: It was an uncharacteristic losing season for Elmwood last season. Rothenbuhler gives them a solid No.1 starter on the mound and he wields a big bat too. He hit .537 last season with 21 RBI.
HEAD COACH: Brooks Lance
2009 RECORD: 19-10 overall, 9-5 Northern Ohio League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Bulkowski, sr., P;
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HEAD COACH: Denny Maag (6th year, 37-80)
2009 RECORD: 3-19 overall, 3-7 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nathan Hammer, jr., IF/P; Elli Hipsher, jr., IF/C; Blake Weber, jr., IF/P; Chase Beam, soph., IF/P; Josh Digby, soph., OF; Alex Galvan, soph., IF; George Iannantuono, soph., OF/P; J.D. Nye, soph, IF/C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mike Gutierrez, jr., OF; Levi Morel, soph., OF/P; Tyler Rumschlag soph, OF; Zach Miller, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Mohawks have no seniors but plenty of experience back from last season. Hammer hit .328 and had a 4.76 ERA a season ago and was honorable mention all-MAL. Maag is counting on his juniors to mature and provide team leadership.
HEAD COACH: Brady Mast (6th year, 22-79)
2009 RECORD: 5-12 overall, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Robert Gault, sr., OF; Reid Parsons, sr., C; Nathan Ruhlen, sr., 2B; Dylan Shepherd, sr., SS/P; Benji Shepherd, jr., OF; Tommy Wheeer, jr., SS/P; Colin Geiger, soph., OF/P; Reed Poling, soph., OF/P; Austin Roby, soph., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Joe Walter, sr., OF; Dan Hastings, jr., 1B.
NOTABLE: Gault, Ruhlen and Dylan Shepherd are three-year letterwinners; Shepherd (.267) was a second-team all-BVC pick after winning four games and striking out 74 in 46 innings last season. Ruhlen hit. 317 with 11 walks; Wheeler batted .415 with 3 home runs.
HEAD COACH: Tony Swanagan (8th year)
2009 RECORD: 23-4 overall, 8-2 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jake Schuld, sr., 1B/UT; Miles Chapman, sr., P/OF; Aaron Kapelka, sr., CF; Cody Feathers, sr., C; Logan Sendelbach, soph., SS/P; Tyler Tyree, soph., 3B/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Ethan Fuller, sr., P/2B; Derick McGee, sr., P; Brandon Schaade, sr., OF; Kervin Werstz, sr., OF; Eric Depinet, soph., P/1B/C; Al Ratchen, soph., C/DH; Austin Harrison, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Chieftains have a lot coming back from last year's district champion team. Kapelka (.406, honorable mention all-MAL) and Feathers (.400) are the leading returning hitters; Tyree, all-district and second-team all-MAL last year, hit .386, Schuld .315, Sendelbach .299 and Chapman .286 a year ago. Sendelbach was 3-0 on the hill with a sparkling 0.91 ERA. Chapman was 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Jim McBride (27th year, 305-218).
2009 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 5-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Basinger, sr., IF/P; Nick Guisnger, soph., P/IF; Paul Utendorf, soph., P/C/OF; Ryan Unverferth, sr., IF/P; Mike Bockrath, sr., IF/P; Cody Spicer, sr., C; Tyler Verhoff, sr., IF; Mike Niemeyer, sr., P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mike Turnwald, sr., OF; Jeff Gerding, sr., OF; Logan Recker, jr., IF/OF; Kristopher Osterhage, jr., IF/OF; Mike Niemeyer, sr., P.
NOTABLE: The Wildcats lost five key letterwinners to graduation, including first team all-PCL pick Ryan Kleman.
HEAD COACH: Darren Henry (9th year)
2009 RECORD: 21-10 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference, 5-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jay Maag, sr., 2B/P; Derek Mangas, jr., OF/P, Corey Berger, jr., SS/P; Levi Haselman, jr., C/P; Jake Ellerbrock, jr., OF; Spencer Selhorst, jr., 1B/P; Trevor Schroeder, soph., 3B/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brett Maag, jr., OF; Travis Schroeder, soph., UT; Nate Schey, soph., OF; Ty Maag, soph, UT; Brady Schroeder, soph., 1B/OF.
NOTABLE: Mangas was a first-team pick in both the BVC and PCL after hitting .423 with 7 homers, 33 runs and 31 RBIs a season ago. Pitching should be a strength: Maag hit .301 and was 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA; Berger was 4-1 with a 3.37 ERA; and Trevor Schroeder was 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Jim Rucki (4th year, 51-15)
2009 RECORD: 18-7 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brett Pasche, sr., P/C/SS; Wade Russell, sr., OF; Josh Mason, sr., P/OF; Jacon Dean, jr., SS/P; Eric Stanton, jr., C/IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Dylan Hoop, jr., OF; Austin Insgleston, fr., IF/P; Grant Moses, soph., OF; Kyle Yake, jr., 1B; Andrew Kotey, fr., 1B; Mitch Young, fr., IF.
NOTABLE: Liberty-Benton will feature a young roster this season. Pasche was a first-team all-BVC pick a year ago after hitting .427. Stanton hit .324 and Dean .294. Mason was 3-3 on the hill with a 3.10 ERA; Dean was 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Aaron Roth (3rd year, 20-28).
2009 RECORD: 10-15 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mason Roth, jr., CF; Andrew Dee, jr., C/P; Jesse Cramer, sr., SS/P; Clay Lilly, sr. 1B/P; Taylor Hanes, jr., 3B/OF; T.J. Griffith, jr., 1B/P; Matt Newcomer, jr., OF; Dylan Meares, jr., 2B; Jacob Lanning, soph., SS; Austan Westenbarger, soph., OF; Andy Bishop, jr., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mason Abbott, soph., SS; Ryan Mustard, soph., C.
NOTABLE: Look for some serious improvement on the diamond from the Panthers this spring as Roth has 11 returning letter winners on his roster.
HEAD COACH: Mark Theis (3rd year, 17-28)
2009 RECORD: 8-16 overall, 6-4 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zach Clouse, sr., IF/P; Cory Smith, sr., OF; Josh Lucius, sr., OF/P; Mitch Reinhart, jr., OF/P; Andrew Mack, jr., C; Brooks Hall, jr., IF/P; Jordan Gonzales, jr., IF; Alex Acree, jr., OF/P; Dustin Wagner, soph., IF/OF; Zach Arbogast, soph., IF; Brent Orians, soph., DH/OF; Zack Reihnart, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brady Hall, fr., IF/P; Andrew Hohman, fr., IF/P; Brandyn Reinhart, fr., IF/P; Josh Nye, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Clouse, a three-year letterman, was a second-team all-MAL pick a year ago when he hit .329. Mack (.329) was also a second-team all-league selection. Mitch Reinhart (1.83 ERA) and Hall (3.96 ERA) are the top returning pitchers. Reinhart also hit .299 last year and Hall .297. Zack Reinhart batted .333 last season.
HEAD COACH: Larry McCullough (11th season, 85-137)
2009 RECORD: 5-15 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference, 2-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kyle Hall, sr., P/CF; Nathan Lee, sr., C/P; Seth Swary, sr., CF/P; Seth Rosselit, sr, OF; Kurt Mullins, sr., OF; Amos Eutsler, soph., P/IF/OF; Levi Hovest, soph., 3B; Nathan Schutz, soph., 2B; Lucis Ladden, soph., 1B/OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Josh Breece, soph., SS/P; Abram Basinger, fr., OF/P; Brady Schulte, fr., OF; Austin Titus, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Hall returns after hitting .298 and recording 51 strikeouts on the mound last season. Eutsler had a 5.19 ERA and 51 strikeouts. Lee had a .446 on-base percentage and stole 11 bases. Swary hit .288 with 16 steals. Team speed and senior leadership are strengths; the Rockets need to find some consistency on the mound.
HEAD COACH: Shawn Sunderman (2ndyear, 25-4).
2009 RECORD: 25-4 overalll, 7-1 Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luke George, sr., CF; Kasey Spence, jr., SS; Josh Almanza, jr., 3B; Nick Gerschutz, soph., P/2B; Kevin Kline, soph., P/1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: The defending Division IV state champs have some work to do with just five returning letter winners back. George will be one of the players to watch for the Patriots after hitting .478 last season with 36 RBI.
HEAD COACH: Kevin Kliesch (1st year).
2009 RECORD: 5-14 overall, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Drew Bostic, sr., P/SS; Taylor Chiow, sr., OF; Dillon Kliesch, jr., P/C; Clint Patrick, jr., OF; Jeremy Javersak, soph., OF; Stuart Stone, soph., P/OF; Caleb Clark, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Josh Clymer, fr., C/IF; Lee Summers, fr.; Zac Garber, fr.
NOTABLE: Bostic was a first team all-BVC selection for the Wildcats last season. They'll have 10 players on the roster this season and a new head coach in Kevin Kliesch.