Life was good for the Elmwood Royals last spring.
After years of struggling to get to the state baseball tournament, the Royals were finally able to make that trip to Columbus.
Elmwood was a bit short of its goal of winning a state championship, but did come home with runner-up honors after dropping a 6-3 decision to Heath in the Division III championship game. The Royals reached the title game with a slim 3-2 victory over Youngstown Ursuline in the semifinal contest.
While always a northwest Ohio and Suburban Lakes League power, the target has grown on Elmwood’s back after that state tournament trip. The target may be even bigger considering the Royals have nine senior letterwinners back from last year’s team.
A large number of those letterwinners’ names can be found in the box score, including pitching ace Adam Sheline. Sheline, who also plays outfield, started the championship game on the mound and went the first 31/3 innings. On the season, he was 9-2 with a 2.88 ERA and hit .310.
Ben Hammer hit a robust .532 last year and was 5 of 7 in the two state tournament games. He pitched in relief during the title game and finished last year 4-0 on the mound with a 2.67 ERA.
Catcher Nathaniel Fitch brings his .382 average back, while first baseman Jon Aurand hit .376.
There have been some changes around the area this spring. Notably in the Midland Athletic League, Bettsville and Old Fort won’t field baseball teams this spring.
The following are baseball preview capsules from around the area.
No information was available for teams from Bluffton, Fostoria and Patrick Henry.
HEAD COACH : Ken Jochims (5th year, 56-44).
2007 RECORD: 18-5 overall, 6-3 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zac Dysert, sr., C-P; Nate Vermillion, sr., SS; Ron Grzybowski, sr., P-1B; Josh Rouch, sr., OF; Tyler Simmons, soph., 3B-P; Josh Duffy, sr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jon Mills, jr., 2B; Cody Mattson, soph., 1B-C; Austin Everhart, fresh., 3B-P; Aaron Weyer, fresh., OF-P; Matt Flowers, jr., OF-DH; Rob Allen, soph., OF-DH; Garrett Hays, soph., 2B.
NOTABLE: Vermillion hit .481 and Dysert .453 for Ada last season to earn first-team NWC honors. Dysert is a three-time first-team pick.
HEAD COACH : J.T. Bates (4th year, 25-47).
2007 RECORD: 11-12 overall, 5-4 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seth Kirian, sr., P-SS; Austin Riggs, sr., C-IF; Jeff Huffman, jr., P-OF; Landon Fleegle, jr., P-1B; Kyle Mason, jr., OF-P; John Kummerer, jr., IF; Aaron Lynch, jr., C-OF; Julian Pina, soph., P-OF; Jake Metzger, soph, IF; Anthony Elchert, soph., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Andrew Park, jr., OF; Jordan Duncan, so., P-C; Nick Spridgeon, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: With 10 lettermen back, the Redskins have plenty of experience after finishing over .500 in the BVC last season.
HEAD COACH : Tom Yates (6th year, 80-29).
2007 RECORD: 14-5 overall, 6-3 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jacob Drerup, sr., P-3B; Paden Morehart, sr., 1B; Chandler Heavrin, sr., P-3B; Jacob Hindall, sr., C; Calvin Wilson, sr., SS; Matt Morehart, soph., C; Trever Gast, soph., P-OF; Justin Bruley, soph., OF-3B; Zane Leonard, soph., OF-P; Kevin Rogers, soph., P-1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Trevor Bower, soph., OF; Aaron Cheney, fr., 2B; David Feller, soph., 2B; Troy Essinger, soph., OF; Evan Hill, soph., 1B-OF; Josh Rowan, fr., 3B-OF.
NOTABLE: The Red Devils should be poised to make a run at the Blanchard Valley Conference title with 10 returning letterwinners. Drerup struck out 66 batters in 542/3 innings last season.
HEAD COACH : Eric Vackert (8th year, 71-85)
2007 RECORD: 8-12 overall, 1-8 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trace Thompson, jr., P-SS; Dereck Sammons, jr., OF-DH; Jay Hahler, jr., P-2B; Jordan Stansberry, jr., P; Nick Nusbaum, jr., 1B-OF; Cy Strahm, soph., P-OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Derrick Cole, sr., P-C-SS; Brock Tong, jr., 1B-SS; B.J. Dyer, soph., OF; Mason Tong, fr., P-1B: Denzyl Baker, fr., P-1B; Winston Stansberry, fr., C/1B; David Cunningham, fr., 2B-OF.
NOTABLE: Blue Devils are young, but not necessarily inexperienced. Jordan Stansberry (3-2, 1.88 ERA) was the ace of the staff last season and Thompson (2-3, 23 Ks) and Hahler (1-1) saw time on the mound as well. Cole, who returns after missing the 2007 season, Strahm and freshmen Mason Tong (6-foot-4) and Baker, a lefthander, round out what could be a very solid pitching staff. Offensively, Thompson (.281, 19 runs scored) returns to the lead-off spot, Sammons (.458, 15 RBI, 9 SB) is coming off an honorable mention all-MAL season, Hahler hit .282 and Strahm .244 with 5 RBI.
HEAD COACH : Cory King (6th year, 50-80).
2007 RECORD: 8-19 overall, 3-6 Northwest Conference, 1-6 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Adam Osterhage (sr.); Nate Bogart; Brett Reed; Garret Wolfe; Nate Schreoeder; Brandon Hovest; Jesse Maag.
TOP PROSPECTS: David Creamer; Kyle Stechschulte; Jacob Miller; Nate King; Blake Walker.
NOTABLE: Osterhage is the team's only senior.
HEAD COACH : Bradd Miller (4th year, 11-52).
2007 RECORD: 2-23 overall, 1-6 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nik Louiselle, sr., P-IF; Kyle Mansfield, sr., P-C-IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Chase Ordway, soph., IF-P; Brock Homier, fresh, P-IF; Scott Deken, fresh., C-OF; Andy Cass, fresh., OF-P; Nick Keck, fresh., IF-P; Colton Prowant fresh., OF-C; Curtis Weisenburger, soph., OF; Justin Jackman, soph., OF-IF; Philips Luersman, soph., OF-IF.
NOTABLE: Pirates will have a young team with Louiselle and Mansfield the only returning letterwinners.
HEAD COACH : Robert Businger (20th year).
2007 RECORD: 11-8 overall, 6-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ethan Welch, sr., P-OF; Levi Benner, sr., C-OF; Mitch Cramer, sr., 1F; Tony Rader, jr., IF; John Anderson, soph., P-IF; Austin Michel, soph., P-IF; Josh Curth, soph., P-IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Alex Barlekamp, soph., P-OF; Chad Thacker, soph., C-IF.
NOTABLE: The first win of the season for the Hornets will be Businger's 200th as head coach at the school. Benner batted .393 last season while Welch is the team's top returning pitcher after posting a 6-2 record with a 2.58 ERA.
HEAD COACH : Kyle Reiser (21st year, 389-128).
2007 RECORD: 26-7 overall, 11-3 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nathaniel Fitch, sr., C; Jon Aurand, sr., 1B; Josh Mayo, sr., 3B; Reid Rothenbuhler, sr., SS; Ben Hammer, sr., P-OF; Adam Sheline, sr., P-OF; Andrew Lee, sr., P-OF; Bo Sheldon, sr., OF; Josh Smith, sr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Thomas Curtis, sr., 2B; Kyle Benschoter, jr., 2B; Adam Tyson, soph., P; Aaron Blachuta, jr., OF-P; Tyler Chamberlain, soph., 1B-P; Tanner Tyson, jr., C.
NOTABLE: Elmwood, despite being a northwest Ohio power, made just its first trip to the state tournament last year. The Royals fell 6-3 to Heath in the Division III state championship game.
HEAD COACH : Jeff Swick (7th year, 54-60).
2007 RECORD: 9-7 overall, 5-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Aaron Chandler, sr., OF-P; Matt Krietemeyer, sr., 1B; Ross Gerdeman, sr., P-SS; Josh Calvelage, jr., 3B-P; Jared Horstman, soph., C; Trevor Von Sossan, soph., SS-P; Drew Mesker, soph., OF-P; Matt Schimmoeller, soph., IF-OF; Nate Pitney, soph., IF; Adam Osting, soph., 1B-OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jared Calvelage, fresh., P-OF-C; Austin Norbeck, fresh., P-OF-IF; Brad Trentman, fresh., P-IF-OF; Ryan Schuerman, fresh., 2B; Tyler Good, fresh., OF.
NOTABLE: Ross Gerdeman finished 5-1 last year with a 2.10 ERA.
HEAD COACH : Brady Mast (4th year, 13-52).
2007 RECORD: 2-18 overall, 0-9 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kyle Albert, sr., P-3B-OF; Anthony Hall, sr., P-CF; Justin McBride, sr., 1B-OF; Alec Stewart-Evans, jr., P-3B-C; Nathan Ruhlen, soph., 2B-SS; Dylan Shepherd, soph., P-SS-C; Robert Gault, soph., OF; Jeb Bowman, sr., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Cody Schlatter, fr., P-IF; Jordan Doll, sr., P; Brock Crist, sr., OF; Sheign Hopson, sr., C-OF.
NOTABLE: Stewart-Evans is Hardin Northern's top returning hitter as he posted a .324 average with a home run and 5 RBI.
HEAD COACH : Tony Swanagan (6th year, 89-66).
2007 RECORD: 16-9 overall, 5-4 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jay Yost, jr., SS-P; Lukas Schalk, sr., CF-P; Tyler Brown, jr., 1B-P; Ian Clouse, jr., C-DH; Ian Kuhn, jr., 3B-P; Spencer Kirby, jr., P-IF; Miles Chapman, soph., OF-P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Aaron Kapelka, soph., OF; Miles Chapman, soph., OF-P; Alex Martishus, sr., IF; Zack Hossler, sr., IF; Matt Zoeller, sr., OF; Andy Biddle, sr., C-IF; Logan Williams, sr., OF; Josh Hossler, sr., IF.
NOTABLE: Yost is back after hitting .386 and scoring 32 runs while Schalk batted .351 with 2 home runs and 17 stolen bases.
HEAD COACH : Jim McBride (27th year, 283-196).
2007 RECORD: 16-8.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Adam Berheide, sr., P-OF; Dean Schnipke, sr., P-IF; Derek Birkemeier, jr., IF; Matt Schnipke, jr, C-P; Doug McIntyre, jr., OF; Ryan Kleman, jr., OF; Jordan Basinger, soph., P-IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Rob Gerding, sr., OF; Preston Ellerbrock, jr., P-IF; Kevin Roehrig, jr, OF; Michael Bockrath, soph, P-IF; Ryan Unverferth, soph., P-OF; Tyler Verhoff, soph., C-IF; Michael Niemeyer, soph, P-IF; Cody Spicer, soph., C-IF; Michael Turnwald, soph., OF; Jeff Gerding, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Wildcats will be without three-time Putnam County League player of the year Ross Guisinger. He was lost to graduation along with first-team PCL player Aaron VonderEmbse.
HEAD COACH : Tracy Rosser (2nd year, 7-18).
2007 RECORD: 7-18 overall, 2-14 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ryan Babcock, sr.; Adam Cox, sr.; Nate Dussel, sr.; Bryant Foos, sr.; Josh Dennis, jr.; Josh Miles, jr.; Jacob Stoudinger, jr..
TOP PROSPECTS: Chris Payne, sr.; Bo Gillian, jr.; Brent Racheter, jr.; Dillon Winke, soph.; Jake Wiseman, soph.
NOTABLE: Lakota was picked to finish sixth in the SLL this season during the league's preseason coaches' meeting.
HEAD COACH : Darren Henry (6th year, 89-62).
2007 RECORD: 13-11 overall, 6-3 Blanchard Valley Conference, 4-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Selhorst, sr., C; Luke Haselman, sr., 3B-P; Ryan Morin, sr., OF-P; Brian Goodwin, sr., INF; Nate Schroeder, jr., OF-P; Jacob Schroeder, jr., INF-P; Craig Meyer, jr., 1B; Jacob Stall, jr., OF-P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jay Maag, so., INF-P.
NOTABLE: Leipsic will be trying to get over the hump this season after wavering around the .500 mark last year. Senior Ryan Morin posted a 2-2 record on the mound with a 1.65 earned run average.
HEAD COACH : Jim Rucki (2nd year, 16-5).
2007 RECORD: 16-5 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Aaron Panning, sr., P-INF; Andy Smith, sr., P-UTI; Nick Koenig, sr., OF; Jared Radabaugh, sr., INF; Brenan Lieb, P-INF; Brandon Pickett, jr., C; Eric Johnson, P-UTI; Brett Pasche, so., INF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Caleb Panning, jr., OF; Lucas Panning, jr., OF; Jacob Dean, fr., INF.
NOTABLE: Aaron Panning was 5-1 on the mound last season while Brenan Lieb picked up 1st team BVC honors after going 4-2 for the Eagles. Sophomore Brett Pasche stepped up as a freshman and batted .347 and will look to improve upon his numbers of a year ago.
HEAD COACH : Aaron Roth (1st year).
2007 RECORD: 4-18 ovearll, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Derek Quiroga, sr., P-SS; Jacob Newton, sr., P-1B; Caleb Sudlow, sr., P-OF; James Williams, sr., CF; Vincent Muil, sr., C; Colten McCullough, sr., 2B; Chase Drewes, jr., OF; Jesse Cramer, so., P-INF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Andrew Dee, fr., P; Mason Roth, fr., OF; T.J. Griffith, fr., P; Taylor Hanes, fr., P; Matt Newcomer, fr., OF; Dylan Maers, fr., INF; Andy Bishop, fr., OF; Duke Laberdee, so., OF; Brad Gibsen, jr., INF; Brett Harden, sr., OF.
NOTABLE: First year coach Aaron Roth takes over a very young team and will be looking to 2nd team all-BVC selection Derek Quiroga for some senior leadership after Quiroga batted .383 last season.
HEAD COACH : Cari Melia (5th year, 46-48).
2007 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 4-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kirk Meyer, sr., P-1B; Seth Lammers, jr., OF; Mitch Wenzinger, jr., P-INF; Tony Schroeder, jr., OF; Jared Niese, so., P-INF; Rusty Lammers, so., P-INF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Kyle Hoffman, sr., INF; Cody Vennekotter, so., P-INF: Lee Drummelsmith, so., OF-P; Jon Leis, jr., INF: Kyle Niese, so., OF; Cody Dukes, fr., INF; Derrik Griggs, fr., INF; Ross Huerman, fr., INF; Josh Niese, fr., INF; David Rippetoe, fr., INF; Garre Kaufman, fr., INF.
NOTABLE: Miller City returns just six letterman but four of the six having pitching expierence. The Wildcats succes this season will depend largely on how well those four players perform on the mound.
HEAD COACH : Mark Theis (1st year).
2007 RECORD: 11-14 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tyler Scherger, sr.; Ryan Mack, sr.; Alec Wagner, sr.; Mathew Reinhart, sr.; Brett Mathias, jr.; Matt Wertz, jr.; Lee Kelbley, jr.; Dustin Lucius, jr.; Zack Clouse, so.; Josh Lucius, so.; Codey Holman, so.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mitch Reinhart, fr., INF-P; Brooks Hall, fr., INF-P; Jordan Gonzales, fr., OF-P; Andrew Mack, fr., C; Alex Acree, fr., OF-P.
NOTABLE: Tyler Scherger earned first team Midland Athletic League honors after batting .524 for the Blue Jackets last season. Seniors Ryan Mack and Alec Wagner both hit around .300 last season and should help provide plenty of offensive firpower as New Riegel attempts to get over the .500 mark this season.
HEAD COACH : Humpy Flores (7th year, 63-71).
2007 RECORD: 12-14 overall, 6-3 MIdland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Matt Woodruff, sr., P/SS; Matthew Smith, sr., P/3B; Zach Engard, sr., P/OF; Randy Marine, jr., P/CF; Andrew Williams, sr., C.
NOTABLE: The graduation of Jonathon Routson and the transfer of Zach Cole to Van Buren thinned the Tigers' ranks a bit. North Baltimore struggled offensively in 2007, but the return of Woodruff, who batted .260 and stole 15 bases, and Engard, who hit 4 home runs and drove in 19, should help that situation.
HEAD COACH : Nick Miller (2nd year, 14-8).
2007 RECORD: 14-8 overall, 5-4 Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jake Meyer, sr., C-P; Alex Hermiller, sr., P; Tyler Leatherman, sr., P-OF; Ryan Horstman, sr., P-3B; Derrick Schierloh, sr., C-OF; Ryan Zender, sr., 2B-OF; Brandon Schroeder, sr., P-OF; Aaron Leader, sr., OF; Alex Schomaeker, jr., P-1B; Trent Haughn, jr., P-IB.
TOP PROSPECTS: Corey Meyers. soph., SS; Brian Michel, soph., C-2B; Nick Leatherman, soph., 3B-1B.
NOTABLE: Look for an improved baseball team at Ottawa-Glandorf under second-year coach Nick Miller. Senior Tyler Leatherman was a second team all-Western Buckeye League selection last season.
HEAD COACH : Anthony Castronova (11th year, 156-125-2).
2007 RECORD: 10-13 overall, 3-4 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Colbey Basinger, sr., P-IF; Andrew Koch, jr., P-IF; Jacob Landin, jr. P-OF; Matt Niemeyer, jr., P-IF; Alex Odenwell, jr., C; David Wurst, jr., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lee Altenberger, jr., IF; Tim Kramer, jr, P-OF; Colin Rue, jr., OF; Jordon Schimmoeller, soph., P-OF.
NOTABLE: Koch was a first-teamer in the PCL last year, while Basinger and Odenweller were honorable mention.
HEAD COACH : Larry McCullough (8th year, 68-110).
2007 RECORD: 8-14 overall, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference, 3-4 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Austin Blaski, sr., SS-P; Jordan Lehman, sr., 2B-OF; Mike Howell, sr., SS-P-OF; Tyler Swary, jr., 1B-C; Seth Swary, so., 3B-P; Nathan Lee, so., C-P; Kyle Hall, P-OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Austin Blaski has 28 hits and 21 runs leading the way for the Pandora-Gilboa offense last season. Blaski batted .394 with a .483 on base percentage.
HEAD COACH : Wes Davis (3rd year).
2007 RECORD: 0-20 overall, 0-14 North Central Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Derek Draper, P-OF; Dane Rose, so., 3B-C; Levi Brown, jr., 3B-P; Derek Titus, jr., 1B-P; Brock Weber, so., C-SS; Sam Moore, so., OF-P; Matt Shark, jr., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Eric Eatherton, fr., INF-OF; Brady Weber, fr., P-INF; Jon Grant, fr., OF; Logan Rickle, fr., OF; Devan Dilley, fr., P-OF; Bryan Shuck, sr., OF; Jordan Porter, sr., OF.
NOTABLE: Juniors Levi Brown, Derek Titus, Brad McKee and Matt Shark have started since their freshman season while sophomore's Derek Draper, Dane Rose, Brock Weber and Sam Moore picked up letters last season. This playing time should start to pay off for the Falcons with a better season then last years 0-20 outing.
HEAD COACH : Denny Maag (4th year, 30-40).
2007 RECORD: 9-16 overall, 2-7 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nick Frankart, sr., INF/OF; Matt Gehring, sr., OF/P; Tony Peiffer, sr., OF; Alex Reineke, sr., INF.; Matt Roth, sr., INF/OF/P; Levi Smith, sr., C/P; Noah Stuby, sr., INF/P; Dan Faber, jr., INF/OF; Keifer Frias, INF.P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Justin Reinhart, jr., OF/P/C; Joe Berry, sr., OF/C; Cody Holman, sr., INF/OF; Preston Elchert, fr., INF/P; Nathan Hammer, fr., INF/P; Elli Hipsher, fr., INF/C/P; Che Lindsey, fr., INF/P; Blake Weber, fr., INF.
NOTABLE: St. Wendelin was picked to finish fifth in a pre-season poll of MAL coaches. But the Mohawks could surprise some teams with nine lettermen — seven of them seniors — returning. Maag must replace Jared Reiter, a second-team all-MAL and honorable mention all-district pick in 2007. But he has some solid veteran talent back in Stuby, a first-team all-league and second-team all-district player, and Gehing, who earned honorable mention all-MAL honors. Seniors Stuby, Gehring, Roth and Smith give St. Wendelin good experience on the mound.
HEAD COACH : Pete Miller (5th year).
2007 RECORD: 10-14, Northern Ohio League 4-10.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Fagan, sr., RF-P; John Searfoss, sr., C; Matt Smiley, sr., 1B; Zack Thorton, sr., LF-P; Kenny Edler, sr., 2B-C; Mason Sprang, sr., 3B; David Maltsbarger, jr., 2B-P; Tom Walton, jr., CF; Cody Gilliam, jr., P-SS; Chad McKee, jr., 2B-SS-P
TOP PROSPECTS: Jevon Cheney, so., 1B; Jordan Lucas, so., DH; Chase Tanner, so., P-SS; Wyatt Garber, so., CF.
NOTABLE: After Upper Sandusky's number two pitcher went down last season coach Pete Miller allowed David Maltsbarger and Cody Gilliam to get some valuable expierence on the mound. Coach Miller is expecting both to be quite succesful this season.
HEAD COACH : Rob Obenour (8th season, 117-55).
2007 RECORD: 15-7 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Logan Grant, sr., C; Matt Phillips, sr., P-INF; Mason Frazier, sr., P-1B; Mitch Frazier, sr., P-3B; Chris Baney, sr., 2B-C; Adam Greer, sr., OF-P; C.J. Iliff, sr., 1B-3B; Chase Marshall, sr., P-INF; Seth Sattler, sr., DH; Jon Tropf, sr., P-INF; Derek Brauneller, jr., P; Josh Gilliland, jr., P-OF; Travis Kingsley, P-INF; Kevin Ragless, jr., OF; Dillon Jameson, so., P-INF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Matt Nye, jr., 2B; Evan Shank, jr., C-INF-P; Eddie Worthy, jr., OF.
NOTABLE: With fifteen letterman returning Van Buren must be the odds on favorite to defend its Blanchard Valley Conference title. Matt Phillips had 32 K's to go along with a 1.17 ERA on the mound for the Black Knights.
HEAD COACH : Aaron Long (first year).
2007 RECORD: 13-10 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sean Alfred, sr., SS-2B-1B-P; Josh Kloepfer, sr., 1B-P; Josh Simon, jr., LF; Chase Kloeppel, jr., 2B-3B-P; Drew Bostic, soph., SS-P; Taylor Chiow, soph., CF; Adam Prater, jr., OF-3B; Jacob Javersak, sr., 5-11, RF-P; Nick Lee, sr., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Dillon Kliesch, fresh., C-P; Steven Andrus, soph., 3B-OF.
NOTABLE: Nick Lee was a first-team BVC catcher last season, but is likely out for the season with a broken wrist. Kloepfer and Alfred were honorable mention a year ago.