The defending Division IV state champs will have a new look in 2009.
Patrick Henry cruised to a state title last season and the Patriots will have a new coach and several new faces in the lineup on the diamond in 2009.
University of Findlay and Patrick Henry graduate Shawn Sunderman takes charge of the program after veteran coach Gregg Inselmann decided to step down after last season when the Patriots posted a 28-3 record.
Patrick Henry lost a couple of key players in first team all-Northwest Ohio Athletic League selections Kyle Reese and Zach Botjer.
The cupboard isn’t bare though as seven lettermen return including a pair of three-year letterwinners in senior shortstop Cody Meyer and outfielder Mitch Leonard.
In the Blanchard Valley Conference, Arlington and Liberty-Benton are the defending co-champs and both team return several outstanding individuals.
The Red Devils will live and die with a terrific junior class that includes returning all-BVC first-teamer Trever Gast, who hit .581 and posted a 0.63 ERA while on the mound.
The Eagles have five returning senior lettermen. Brennan Lieb was a first team all-conference pick as he hit .316 with a 5-1 record as a pitcher.
Elmwood was perfect in the SLL last year but veteran coack Kyle Reiser will have a lot of new faces on the field in 2009.
One Royal to watch will be shortstop Reid Rothenbuhler, who hit .380 and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore.
No information was received from the following schools: Bluffton, Kalida, Ottawa-Glandorf, Ottoville and Upper Sandusky.
HEAD COACH: Ben Thaxton (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 9-13 overall, 0-9 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tyler Simmons, jr., P/SS/C; Garrett Hays, jr., 1B; Trey Klopfenstein, jr., OF; Cody Mattson, jr., C/IF; Austin Everhart, soph., IF/P; Aaron Weyer, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Matthew Flower, sr.; Robbie Allen, jr.; Zach Gibson, jr.; Jordan Grace, jr.; Matt Walker, jr.; A.C. Benfield, soph.; Caleb Duffy, soph.; Ronnie Roberts, soph.; Christopher Beaschler, fr.; Drew Crabtree, fr.; Matt Gray, fr.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs were 9-4 outside of the league but amazingly went 0-9 in the NWC last season. The Bulldogs may be in rebuilding mode though with a first-year coach and one senior on the roster.
HEAD COACH: Dereck Uitto (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 8-11 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jeff Huffman, sr., OF/P; Kyle Mason, sr., OF; Andrew Parks, sr., OF; John Kummerer, sr., OF/.IF/P; Landon Fleegle, sr., IF/P; Julian Pina, jr., IF/P; Anthony Elchert, jr., IF/P/OF; Aaron Lynch, sr., C; Jake Metzger, jr., IF/OF/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: New Riegel graduate Dereck Uitto takes over the reins of the Arcadia program this season. He he has a solid returning cast and the Redskins could finish above the .500 mark this season.
HEAD COACH: Tom Yates (7th, 101-31).
2008 RECORD: 21-2 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trever Gast, jr., P/1B; Matt Morehart, jr., C; Zane Leonard, jr., CF/P; Kevin Rogers, jr., P/1B; Justin Bruley, jr., 3B/P; Aaron Cheney, soph., 2B/SS; Trevor Bower, jr., LF.
TOP PROSPECTS: David Feller, jr., SS/P; Jake Leonard, fr., RF/C; Cory Glick, jr., OF; Matt Cheney, fr., OF/P; Adam Inniger, fr., 2B/SS/P; Troy Essinger, jr., OF/1B; Evan Hill, jr.; OF/1B; Josh Rowan, soph., P/OF; Brian Musgrave, soph., OF; Nick Price, fr., C; Cory Freed, fr., 3B/P; Sam Yates, fr., 2B/P; Scott Mohr, soph., OF; Brian Mohr, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: There are no seniors on the roster for the defending BVC champs. But there is a very large and talented junior class led by Trever Gast, a first team all-conference pick who hit .581 and posted a 0.63 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Ty Boone (1st year).
2008 RECORD: No team.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: None.
TOP PROSPECTS: Steve Schwochow, soph., OF; Brandon Butler, soph., UT; Evan Shank, soph., IF/OF; Jacob Hossler, fr., SS/3B/P; Zach Warnick, fr., 2B/OF; Evan Shank, fr., IF/OF; Jordan Harrison, fr., SS/2B/P; Anthony Meza, fr., OF; Dominic King, fr., IF/P; Dominic Miccichi, fr., 1B; Eric Bender, fr., 2B/OF; Eric Stang, fr., OF; Taylor Blausey, 2B/OF.
NOTABLE: The Bobcats were unable to field a team last season and have 9 freshmen and 3 sophomores on this year's roster.
HEAD COACH: Joey Roark (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 6-14 overall, 2-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trace Thompson, sr., P; Jordan Stansberry, sr., C; Jason Higgins, sr., OF; Dereck Sammons, sr., 2B; Brock Tong, sr., OF/IF; Jay Hahler, sr., SS; Cy Strahm, jr., CF; D.J. Dyer, jr., LF; Mason Tong, soph., 1B; Winston Stansberry, soph., 3B; Nick Nusbaum, sr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Dillon Sammons, fr.; Josh Woods, sr.; Jeremy Woods, jr, Zach Baker, fr.
NOTABLE: With 11 returning letterwinners, expect Carey to make a push for a league title this season.
HEAD COACH: Cory King (7th year, 64-91).
2008 RECORD: 14-11 overall; 6-1 Putnam County League; 6-3 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nate Bogart, sr/, P/SS; David Creamer, sr., OF; Brett Reed, sr., 1B/C; Nate Schroeder, sr., 3B; Garrett Wolfe, sr., C; Brandon Hovest, jr., P/IF; Jesse Maag, jr., OF; Kyle Stechschulte, jr., 1B/OF; Jacob Miller, soph., P/UT.
TOP PROSPECTS: Nate King, sr., 1B; Eli Ricker, jr., P; Spencer Wolfe, soph., C/1B.
NOTABLE: With a big group of talented players back, Columbus Grove looks to defend its PCL title. Bogart was the PCL co-player of the year and a first team all-NWC pick last season.
HEAD COACH: Bradd Miller (4th year, 13-78).
2008 RECORD: 2-17 overall, 1-6 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Shane Howell, jr., IF/P/C; Chris Baden, jr., IF/P; Rex Louiselle, jr., OF/P/C; Chase Ordway, jr., IF/P/C; Brock Homier, soph., IF/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Curtis Weisenburger, jr., OF; David Slattman, jr., OF; Phillip Luersman, jr., IF/OF; Scott Deken, soph., OF/C; Nick Keck, soph., IF/P; Brandon Burke, fr., IF/C/P; Brandon Scott, fr., OF/IF/P; Spencer Ordway, fr., IF/P.
NOTABLE: The Pirates have no seniors on the team this season, but they should be improved, according to Miller. The team's hitting and defense should be a lot stronger.
HEAD COACH: Robert Businger (22nd year).
2008 RECORD: 7-9 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tony Rader, sr.; John Snodgrass, sr., Chad Carroll, sr.; John Anderson, jr.; Chad Thacker, jr.; Austin Michael, jr.; Josh Curth, jr.; Alex Barlekamp,. jr.; Cody Thacker, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jeremiah Alspach, fr., P/OF; Grant Marshall, fr., 1B/3B; Mason Banner, fr., DH.
NOTABLE: Businger has 15 players on the roster this season. Anderson is the top returning Hornet at the plate as he batted .282 last season.
HEAD COACH: Kyle Reiser (22nd year, 412-141).
2008 RECORD: 23-3 overall, 14-0 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Reid Rothenbuhler, jr., SS; Adam Tyson, jr., P; Aaron Blachuta, sr., OF; Tanner Tyson, sr., C; Kyle Benschoter, sr., 2B; Tyler Chamberlain, jr., 1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Look for another solid season for the defending SLL champs. Rothenbuhler could be in line for another outstanding season as he hit .380 with drove in 25 runs last season.
HEAD COACH: Jeff Swick (8th year, 65-71).
2008 RECORD: 11-11 overall, 4-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Josh Calvelage, sr., 1B/P; Jared Horstman, jr., SS/CF/P; Trevor VonSossan, jr., SS/P; Drew Mesker, jr., OF/P; Austin Norbeck, soph., P/IF; Tyler Good, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jred Calvelage, soph., P/3B/C; Brad Trentman, soph., P/OF; Ryan Schuerman, soph., 2B; Nolan Neidert, fr., C; Cody Warnecke, fr., P/1B.
NOTABLE: Josh Calvelage was an honorable mention all-PCL selection after batting better than .300 last season. Jared Horstman led the team in RBI and was second team all-league.
HEAD COACH: Brooks Lance.
2008 RECORD: 22-7 overall, 11-3 Northern Ohio League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Bulkowski, jr., P/SS; Micah Hyde, sr., P/SS; Casey Cleveland, sr., 2B/P; Noe Medina, soph., P/OF; Colin Echelberry, jr., 1B/OF; Josh Hernandez, sr., OF; Cory Kitchen, sr., 3B; Scott Brady, sr., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Zach Keels, fr., OF; Zach Pingle, OF; Patrick Coe, soph., OF; Cody DeLaRose, jr., IF; Tyler Layton, fr.; Drew Danner, fr.; Zach Leonard, fr.; P.J. Walters, fr.; Brennan Baeder, fr.; Kevin McGough, fr.
NOTABLE: The Redmen are looking to get over the hump after reaching the district finals the past two seasons. Brady is the big bat in the Fostoria lineup as he hit.455 and drove in 35 runs last season.
HEAD COACH: Tony Swanagan (8th year, 108-73).
2008 RECORD: 19-7 overall, 7-1 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jay Yost, sr., SS/P; Tyler Brown, sr., P/1B/3B; Ian Clouse, sr., C; Spencer Kirby, sr., OF/P; Miles Chapman, jr., P/OF; Aaron Kapelka, jr., OF; Jake Schuld, jr., 1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Logan Sendelbach, fr., 2B; Cody Feathers, jr., C/DH; Derrick McGee, jr., P; Ethan Fuller, jr., P; Kevin Wertz, jr., OF/DH.
NOTABLE: The Chieftains lost one player but he was a good one in Lukas Schalk. Brown is the top returnee as he earned first team all-district and all-Midland Athletic League honors last season.
HEAD COACH: Brady Mast (5th year, 17-67).
2008 RECORD: 4-15 overall, 0-9 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Robert Gault, jr., OF; Nathan Ruhlen, jr., 2B/OF; Dylan Shepherd, jr., SS/P; Trent Bryant, soph., 1B/3B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tommy Wheeler, soph., 5-11, SS/P; Reed Poling, fr., OF/C; Benji Shepherd, soph., CF; Storm Kindle, soph., 3B.
NOTABLE: Ruhlen led the team last season with a .350 batting average. The Polar Bears also return their top pitcher from a year ago in Dylan Shepherd, who posted a 4.55 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Tracy Rosser.
2008 RECORD: 4-19 overall, 1-13 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Josh Dennis. sr.; Josh Miles, sr.; Jacob Stoudinger, sr.; Bo Gillian, sr.; Brent Racheter, sr.; Alec Gillian, sr.; Clay Hoffman, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Keith Durst, jr.; Ryan Hagen, jr.; Jacob Sampson, jr.; Adam Dean, sr.; Josh James, sr.
NOTABLE: With seven returning letterwinners, Rosser is hoping the Raiders can finish at or above .500 in their final season in the SLL.
HEAD COACH: Darren Henry.
2008 RECORD: 16-9 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; 5-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nathan Schroeder, sr., OF/P; Jacob Schroeder, sr., IF/P; Jacob Stall, sr., IF/P; Jay Maag, jr., IF/P; Derek Mangas, soph., OF/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brandon Schroeder, jr., IF; Miguel Navarro, jr., OF; Levi Haselman, soph., C/P; Corey Berger, soph., IF/P; Spencer Selhorst, soph., IF/OF; Liam Nadler, soph., IF/P; Brett Maag, soph., OF; Jake Ellerbrock, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Nathan Schroeder and Mangas are the top players back for the Vikings. Schroeder hit .471 and was 2-1 on the mound while Mangas batted .351 with a 4-2 record.
HEAD COACH: Jim Rucki (3rd year).
2008 RECORD: 17-5 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandon Pickett, sr., C; Brennan Lieb, sr., P/IF; Caleb Panning, sr., 1B; Lucas Panning, sr., OF; Eric Johnson, sr., P/IF; Brett Pasche, jr., OF/IF/P; Jacob Dean, soph., SS/P, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Eric Stanton, soph., IF; Josh Mason, jr., P; Wade Russell, jr., OF.
NOTABLE: Rucki has a solid returning nucleus including first team all-BVC pick Brennan Lieb, who hit .316 and fashioned a 5-1 record on the mound.
HEAD COACH: Aaron Roth (2nd year, 10-13-1).
2008 RECORD: 10-13-1 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mason Roth, soph., SS; Jesse Cramer, jr., P/OF; Andrew Dee, soph., P/C; Chase Drewes, sr., OF; Taylor Hanes, soph., OF/P; Andy Bishop, soph., OF; Matt Newcomer, soph., OF; T.J. Griffith, soph., 3B/P; Dylan Meares, soph., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Clay Lilly, jr., P/1B; Andrew Morse, jr., P/1B.
NOTABLE: McComb should be improved but they are still young with just one senior that will see significant playing time this season.
HEAD COACH: Dusty Pester (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 2-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mitch Wenzinger, sr., C/P; Tony Schroeder, sr., OF; Seth Lammers, sr., OF; John Leis, sr., IF; Rusty Lammers, jr., IF/P; Jared Niese, jr., IF/P; Cody Vennekotter, jr., IF; Lee Drummelsmith, jr., OF/P; Derek Griggs, soph., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brent Hermiller, fr., UT; Cody Dukes, soph., IF; Ross Heuerman, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Miller City is off to a good start in Pester's first season as had coach. The Wildcats have won two of their first three games.
HEAD COACH: Mark Theis (2nd year, 9-12).
2008 RECORD: 9-12 overall, 3-5 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dustin Lucius, sr., P/1B; Matt Wertz, sr., P/1B; Lee Kelbley, sr., P/OF; Bret Mathias, sr., IF/OF; Zach Clouse, jr., IF; Josh Lucius, jr., P/OF; Mitch Reinhart, soph., IF; Brooks Hall, soph., P/IF; Andrew Mack, soph., OF/C; Alex Acree, soph., OF/P; Jordan Gonzales, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Zach Reinhart, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: The Blue Jackets have some solid arms with four returning hurlers with ERA's of under 4.00. Kelbley is the ace with a 2.97 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Kyle Lacy (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 8-12 overall, 4-4 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Randy Marine, sr., P/OF; Gage Stewart, sr., 2B; Jacob Gillen, sr., OF; Eli Simon, sr., P/1B; Marcello Trevino, jr., P/SS; Chris Casey, jr., P/3B; Tommy Hilliard, soph., 3B; Clinton Ebright, soph., OF/P; Peter Euler, jr., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: C.J. Boggs, fr., C/1B; Kevin Woods, fr., IF/OF; Jeremy Grant, jr., IF/P; Cody Pelton, soph., P/IF; Justin Spencer, soph., IF/C; Chase Cohen, soph., IF.
NOTABLE: With nine returning letterwinners, the Tigers could be a darkhorse in the MAL race this season under new head coach Kyle Lacy.
HEAD COACH: Larry McCullough (10th year, 80-122).
2008 RECORD: 12-12 overall, 4-3 Putnam County League; 5-4 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tyler Swary, sr., 1B; Kyle Hall, jr., P/OF; Nathan Lee, jr., C/P; Seth Swary, jr., P/IF; Seth Rosselit, jr., OF; Kurt Mullins, jr., OF; Zach Oakes, jr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Amos Eustler, fr., P/SS/OF; Nathan Schutz, fr., 2B; Levi Hovest, fr., 3B/C/2B; Lucis Ladden, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Blaski is back after earning first team all-league honors in both conferences. He was 4-4 with a 3.02 ERA for the Rockets.
HEAD COACH: Shawn Sunderman (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 28-3 overall, 7-1 Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cody Meyer, sr., SS; Mitch Leonard, sr., CF; Austin Bower, sr., 1B; Tyler Phillips, sr., C; Luke George, jr., RF; Chris Boyer, sr., IF; Brian Kline, sr., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Sunderman takes over for veteran coach Gregg Inselmann, who led the Patriots to a state title last season. There are five Patriots playing college baseball this spring including Marc Krauss at Ohio University and Mike Inselmann at the University of Toledo.
HEAD COACH: Wes Davis (4th year, 10-48).
2008 RECORD: 8-15 overall, 5-9 North Central Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brad McKee, sr., 1B; Matt Shark, sr., CF; Levi Brown, sr., IF; Sam Moore, jr., RF; Dave Rose, jr., C; Brock Weber, jr., IF; Derek Draper, jr., P/OF; Jon Grant, soph., OF; Brady Weber, soph., P/SS; Eric Eatherton, soph., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jacob Keller, jkr., IF; Dvion Dilley, soph., P/IF; Claeb Hill, fr., C/OF; Evan Wolfe, fr., IF/OF.
NOTABLE: After an 0-20 season in 2007, the Falcons made strides and even won a sectional title last year. Junior Derek Draper, a first team all-Ohioan as a sophomore hit .544 last season and posted a 2.80 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Denny Maag (5th year, 34-61).
2008 RECORD: 4-21 overall, 1-8 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dan Faber, sr., IF/C; Keifer Frias, sr., IF/P; Justin Reinhart, sr., IF/OF/P; Nathan Hammer, soph., IF/P; Eli Hipsher, soph., IF/C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brian Ward, sr., IF/OF; Che Lindsey, soph., IF/P; Blake Weber, soph., IF; Chase Beam, fr., OF/P; Josh Digby, fr., OF; Alex Galvan, fr., IF; George Iannantuono, fr., OF/P; J.D. Nye, fr., IF/C.
NOTABLE: Frias was a second team all-MAL selection last season. Maag sees Mohawk, Fremont St. Joseph and Hopewell-Loudon as the teams to beat in the league this year.
HEAD COACH: Andy Fields (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 15-9 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dillon Jameson, sr., P/OF; Kevin Ragless, sr., OF; Matt Nye, sr., 2B; Derek Brauneller, sr., P/1B; Evan Shank, sr., P/SS/C; Eddie Worthy, sr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Travis Kingsley, sr., 1B/3B; Brandon Lucas, soph., P/OF/SS; Drew Ashcraft, soph., SS/P/C; Zane Kieffer, fr., C.
NOTABLE: Fields, an assistant coach at the school last season, takes over as head coach this season.
HEAD COACH: Rod Friar (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 4-13 overall, 1-8 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chase Kloeppel, sr., 2ND; Josh Simon, sr., OF; Dillon Kliesch. soph., C; Drew Bostic. jr., P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Taylor Chiow, jr., OF.
NOTABLE: Simon batted .364 last season and Bostic's 1.64 ERA was third best among BVC pitchers. Both were honorable mention all-league selections, and their experience, along with that of Kloeppel (.172) and Kliesch (.208) could be invaluable to a young Vanlue team.