Lima area high school baseball team capsules


Note: Majority of information came from coaches.

Western Buckeye League

Bath

Division: III

Coach: Joe Gomez (first season)

2018 record: 7-15

2018 league record (finish): 3-6 (eighth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 1-0 to Maumee in D-II opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Lex Boedicker (soph., infield, pitcher); Devan Grigsby (outfield, pitcher); Cole Parlapiano (infield, outfield).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Carter Palapiano (fr., infield, outfield); Caleb Buerger (sr., infield, catcher); Logan Davis (jr., infield, pitcher); Tyler Mauk (jr., catcher, pitcher); Austin Sakemiller (jr., infield); Will Sakemiller (sr., outfield); Brenden VanHorn (sr., infield); Gage Iiames (jr., outfield).

Coach’s analysis: This season we only are returning three letter winners and will be playing with upperclassmen that have been waiting for their opportunities. We will look for our young guys to step into key roles as we look to compete in the WBL and in the Division III postseason. We have many guys on the team that can pitch, and we will look for Logan Davis, Tyler Mauk, and Caleb Buerger to step into leadership roles on our pitching staff. We will need to eliminate strikeouts and work on putting the ball in play. Our defense has the potential to be solid, as long as our pitchers are throwing strikes and allowing them to work. Offensively we believe Lex Boedicker will be a key bat in our lineup. He returns as our top hitter. Other hitters that will make an impact are Cole Parlapiano, Devan Grigsby and Carter Parlapiano.

Celina

Division: II

Coach: Andy Mikesell (sixth season)

2018 record: 3-21

2018 league record (finish): 1-8 (tied for ninth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-0 in 10 innings to Bryan in D-II opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Caden Highley (jr., outfield, pitcher); Grant Wagner (sr., outfield, pitcher); Reid Harter (sr., infield, pitcher); Brandon Staugler (soph., infield, catcher, pitcher); Kyle Stein (sr., catcher); Nash Weimert (sr., infield, pitcher); Ethan Piper (sr., infield, pitcher); Bransen Miller (sr., utility, pitcher); Parker Maurer (sr., outfield, pitcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Quade Gilmore (soph., utility, catcher, pitcher); Zach Hirsch (soph., infield, pitcher); Dylan Feister (fr., infield, pitcher); Quinn Andrew (fr., utility, pitcher).

Coach’s analysis: Coming off a disappointing season last year, we were able to gain a great deal of experience as we did not lose any players from last year’s team with the exception of a few players due to academic reasons. I feel this will help us fly under the radar and be somewhat of an unnoticed underdog. I feel we will surprise teams this year and win some games we were not expected to.

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Todd Grapner (eighth season)

2018 record: 16-10

2018 league record (finish): 5-4 (tied for fourth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 9-6 to Shawnee in D-II opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Noah Adcock (sr., shortstop, pitcher); TJ Whipple (sr., third base, pitcher); Matt Fish (sr., first base pitcher); Max Parker (sr., outfield); Drew Biglow (sr., second base); Drew Brockert (sr., outfield); Nevin Sackinger (sr., outfield); Jordan Davis (jr., catcher, pitcher); Luke Burger (jr., outfield, pitcher); Brayden Lybarger (soph., second base, pitcher)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Alec Ewing (jr., outfield); Jaden Hullinger (jr., outfield, pitcher); Jon Frueh (jr., first base, outfield); Nick Niebel (soph., outfield); Noah Bowman (soph., third base, pitcher); Mike Niebel (fr., catcher); Gunnar Kuhn (fr., shortstop).

Coach’s analysis: Very experienced group with seven returning starters and 10 returning lettermen. Five returning players made All-WBL last year (Burger – first, Adcock – second, Whipple – second, Lybarger – thirrd, Davis – honorable mention). Strength of the team will be a very good pitching staff and above average defense. Team speed is also a strength. WBL will be tough like always. We feel like we can compete for a league championship if we play up to our potential.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Matt Dudek (fifth season)

2018 record: 7-11

2018 league record (finish): 1-8 (tied for ninth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-4 to Columbian in D-II opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Seth Creamer (soph., shortstop); Garrett Thomas (jr., outfield, pitcher); Hunter LaRue (jr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Julius Tapia (jr., catcher, infield)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Bobby Halsey (sr., third base, first base, designated hitter); Drew Hoppe (sr., infield, outfield); Luke Fackler (jr., infield); Malaki Weaver (jr., infield); Ace Baum (soph., outfield, pitcher); Carter Bays (soph., outfield, catcher); Brian Searson (soph., outfield); Brent Rader (fr., infield, outfield)

Coach’s analysis: We will be talented, but young and inexperienced team. We will have to replace 10 seniors and three pitchers from last year’s team.

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: III

Head coach: Nick Miller (13th season)

2018 record: 14-8

2018 league record (finish): 5-4 (tied for fourth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 1-0 to Fort Recovery in D-III district semifinals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Logan Miller (jr., catcher, outfield, pitcher); Ethan Alt (jr., pitcher, infield); Grant Hovest (jr., outfield, pitcher); Jaxon Buddlemeyer (soph., pitcher, first base, outfield)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Trey Nienberg (jr., pitcher, outfield, first base); Jarrett Johns (jr., infield, pitcher); Cory Warnecke (jr., infield, catcher); Wes Davidson (soph., outfield, pitcher); Dylan Wagner (soph., outfield, pitcher); Jacob Balbaugh (soph., pitcher, infield); Trevor Schimmoeller (soph., infield).

Coach’s analysis: With the lack of varsity experience that we have this year, we will be looking to get better every game and hope to be playing our best baseball at tournament time.

Shawnee

Division: II

Head coach: Chad Spencer (eighth season)

2018 record: 11-12

2018 league record (finish): 4-5 (tied for sixth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 4-1 to Bryan in D-II sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Kale Ebbing (sr., infield, pitcher); Justin Behnke (sr., infield, pitcher); Johnny Caprella (sr., infield, pitcher); Jacob Gwan (sr., catcher); Jake Hutchins (sr., outfield, infield); Dalton Miller (sr., pitcher, outfield); Logan Maxwell (soph., outfield, pitcher); AJ Brown (jr., outfield, pitcher); Jerin Bertke (soph., infield, pitcher); Cade Vermillion (soph., infield, pitcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Tristan Dawson (sr., outfield, pitcher); Joey Azzarello (jr., catcher, outfield); Luke Gwan (fr., catcher, infield)

Coach’s analysis: The 2019 Indians return 10 letter winners to the diamond this spring. Seven seniors provide veteran leadership to this year’s team as they prepare for a challenging schedule and the always competitive Western Buckeye League.

St. Marys

Division: II

Head coach: Adam Graves (first season)

2018 record: 7-13

2018 league record (finish): 4-5 (tied for sixth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 3-0 to Wapakoneta in D-II sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Wyatt Bailey (sr., outfield); Ethan Rose (sr., infield); Clay Quellhorst (sr., infield); Trey Fisher (jr., catcher); Henry Spencer (jr., pitcher, infield).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Derek Fisher (jr., infield, pitcher); Carter Ballweg (sr., infield, pitcher); Kurt Bubp (jr., infield, pitcher); Adam Tobin (soph., infield, pitcher); Carson Fischbach (jr., outfield); Dylan Trogdlon (soph., infield, outfield, pitcher); Braedon Trogdlon (soph., infield, outfield, pitcher); Carson Liming (sr., outfield); Blake Kanorr (jr., outfield, pitcher); Riley Sweigart (jr., infield); Ethan Freewalt (jr., infield, catcher).

Coach’s analysis: We hope to improve on our overall and WBL record. We are striving to be a hard-nosed team that will play hard every game and give any team we play a true test. We want to be competitive in every aspect of the game and build a program that is competitive year in and year out

Van Wert

Division: II

Head coach: Charlie Witten (22nd season)

2018 record: 15-6

2018 league record (finish): 6-3 (third)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to Bowling Green in D-II sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Lawson Blackmore (sr., pitcher, infield); Hayden Maples (sr., pitcher, catcher); Jake Lautzenheiser (sr., pitcher, infield); Nathan Temple (sr., first base); TJ Reynolds (jr., catcher, infield); Jalen McCracken (sr., outfield); Jaxson Amweg (sr., shortstop); Ryan Hollingsworth (sr., third base, designated hitter); Keaton Brown (jr., outfield, pitcher); Parker Conrad (jr., first base, third base, pitcher); Owen Treece (soph., pitcher, catcher)

Notable newcomers: Mason McHugh (sr., outfield); Taylor Zeeff (sr., first base); Levi Newell (jr., second base); Caleb Sinning (jr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Turner Witten (fr., first base, designated hitter).

Coach’s analysis: We have three starting pitchers returning from last year. We also have some depth in the infield. Our lineup should be pretty deep with 11-12 guys capable of having good seasons. We must improve offensively from last year. We will need to do all of the little things right in order to have a successful season — starting with our pitchers throwing strikes to our defense making routine plays. We will have to limit our mistakes to help prevent big innings.

Wapakoneta

Division: II

Head coach: Jason Brandt (17th season)

2018 record: 24-2

2018 league record (finish): 9-0 (first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 3-1 to Dayton Chaminade Julienne in D-II state championship game.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Brady Erb (sr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Jett Makar (sr., catcher, infield, pitcher); Ryan Carrico (sr., outfield)

Promising newcomers: JR Young (sr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Trevor Behr (sr., pitcher, utility); Isaac Webb (sr., infield); Nathan Ambos (sr., infield); Connor Barnett (sr., utility); Tim Bruns (jr., pitcher, catcher); Eric Carpenter (jr., infield); Trevor Crow (soph., pitcher, outfield, infield); Cooper Talowsky (soph., catcher); Brandon Schneider (soph., pitcher, outfield, infield); Garrett Siefring (soph., pitcher, outfield, infield); Braeden Gouler (fr., pitcher, outfield)

Coach’s analysis: We return two players who contributed dearly in our great season last year in Brady Erb and Jett Makar. Both players will be counted on to provide leadership both on and off the field. They will be two of our top pitchers as the season progresses. All but three of our players are multi sport athletes who have all competed this year at the varsity level and know what it takes to be successful. With only three varsity lettermen back from a year ago, youth wins out. We are a very young team still trying to find our identity on a daily basis. Even though we have almost a brand new team, our goals never change here at Wapak: League championship, sectional, district and regional titles with the hopes of playing our final games of the season at Canal Park in Akron each June. We also hope we can continue to get better each day and be playing our best baseball come May. The WBL is as stacked as it has ever been in baseball. From top to bottom every team can compete on a high level and have the capabilities to win a head to head battle.

NWC

Ada

Division: IV

Coach: Jason Campbell (eighth season)

2018 record: 5-15

2018 league record (finish): 1-7 (tied for seventh)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 6-0 to Fostoria in D-III opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Austin Amburgey (sr.); Kolton Spangler (sr.); Jaylin Burkhart (sr.); Matt Middlebrook (sr.); Connor Frazier (sr.); Ethan Hall (sr.); Phillip Coulson (jr.); Tyson Moore (jr.); Bryce Paul (jr.); Dylan East (jr.); Landon Blankenship (jr.); Ethan Hall (jr.); Trent Ennis (soph.); Jacob Morgan (soph.); Zachary Swaney (soph.).

Top newcomers: Dan Mattson (soph.); Brandon Hull (soph.)

Allen East

Division: IV

Coach: Abram Escamilla (third season)

2018 record: 15-12

2018 league record (finish): 3-5 (sixth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-0 in 10 innings to Crestview in D-IV opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Devin Reed (sr., pitcher, outfield); Dalton Cluman (sr., third base, pitcher); Christian Hedrick (sr., outfield, catcher); Dalton Calvert (sr., outfield); Cole Fletcher (jr., outfield, pitcher, catcher); Travis Wilson (soph., outfield, designated hitter); Bradden Crumrine (soph., shortstop, pitcher); Jordan Motter (soph., infield, pitcher); Carter Frey (soph., first base, pitcher); Blake Herhberger (soph., outfield, infield); Nate Ketchum (soph., second base)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Chase Miller (fr., catcher, outfield); Carter Young (fr., outfield); Garrett Newland (fr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Evan Shafer (fr., pitcher, infield); Zach Miller (fr., infield); Blaine Belcher (fr., first base, designated hitter)

Coach’s analysis: We will be young but experienced with all the young kids having to play last season. Pitching should be the strong point of the team. Overall, a very talented young team with a lot of promise. Should be a very competitive team.

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: Mason Roth (third season)

2018 record: 3-15

2018 league record (finish): 1-7 (tied for seventh)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 8-5 to Paulding in D-III opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Cayden Rayle (jr., pitcher, catcher); Jason Althaus (sr., first base, catcher)

Others on varsity squad: Cole Koenig (fr., infield, pitcher); Sean Casemier (jr., outfield, pitcher); Ramon Nunez (fr., infield, pitcher); Nephi Peralta (jr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Logan Rhoads (sr., outfield); Isaiah Newhart (fr., infield, outfield); Adam Fredritz (soph., infield, outfield); Nick Pratter (fr., infield); Tucker Neff (jr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Brett Basinger (sr., outfield); Gabe Coley (jr., outfield, pitcher, infield).

Coach’s analysis: We are really young and inexperienced. if we can limit errors and put the ball in play we will be ale to compete in some games.

Columbus Grove

Division: IV

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2018 record: 8-14

2018 league record (finish): 1-7 NWC (tied for seventh); 3-4 PCL (tied for fourth).

2018 postseason finish: Lost 3-0 to Patrick Henry in D-IV sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Brady Hauenstein (sr., catcher, pitcher); Nick Woods (sr., shortstop, pitcher); Kurt Griffith (sr., second base, pitcher); Dane Schroeder (sr., left field, catcher); Dylan Mason (sr., outfield); Alex Schneider (jr., center field, pitcher); Brad Rudasil (jr., third base, pitcher); Tayt Birnesser (soph., utility, pitcher); Blaine Hoffman (soph., utility, pitcher)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Owen Macke (jr., first base); Grant McCauley (jr., outfield, pitcher); Luke Otto (fr., outfield, infield)

Coach’s analysis: The Bulldogs look to be competitive in both the Northwest Conference and Putnam County League, relying heavily on their returned experience. The Dawgs return three senior and one junior to their starting pitching staff as well as eight of nine returning starters to the lineup. The Bulldogs’ athleticism and leadership will need to carry them as they try to find an identity this season offensively. The Bulldogs have worked extremely hard in the offseason, and it has showed early. If the offense can support the experienced pitching staff and defense, the Dawgs will be in a good position to compete with anyone on any given night. The Northwest Conference looks to be tough again. The Putnam County League with its move to Tuesday games only will be a little more interesting to see how teams place their pitching rotation with many top arms likely to be used.

Crestview

Division: IV

Coach: Eric Naughton (second season)

2018 record: 8-14

2018 league record (finish): 7-1 (tied for first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 14-13 to Minster in D-IV district finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Brant Richardson (sr., pitcher, outfield, first base); Kole Small (sr., pitcher, third base, first base); Griffin Painter (sr., shortstop, pitcher, first base); Riley Saylor (sr., outfield, pitcher); Korbin Hartman (sr., catcher); Kaden Short (jr., second base, shortstop, pitcher)

Promising newcomers: Brody Brecht (soph., third base, pitcher, catcher); Trever Sheets (soph., first base, pitcher); Logan Geradot (soph., second base, outfield, pitcher); Riley Wilson (sr., second base, outfield, pitcher); Brock Stauffer (sr., outfield); Michael Joseph (jr., pitcher, outfield); Ayden Lichtensteiger (fr., third base, first base, pitcher); Braxton Strunkenburg (soph., catcher); Jacob Forwerck (jr., shortstop, pitcher).

Coach’s analysis: Losing six starters off last year’s district runner-up team leaves us with several holes to fill within the lineup. We will build around three returning all-conference players in Brant Richardson, Kole Small and Griffin Painter. With nine kids potentially playing this spring involved with basketball, we will be playing catch up as the season begins. We are optimistic that as the season progresses and all our kids get the needed reps we will be competitive. Our pitching staff will be heavily relied upon to keep us in games until our inexperienced players become acclimated to varsity baseball. Having played in the ACME district last summer provided us with some needed experience to springboard into the spring season.

Delphos Jefferson

Division: III

Coach: Doug Geary

2018 record: 13-9

2018 league record (finish): 7-1 (tied for first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 9-3 to Parkway in D-IV opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Braxton Scalf (jr., center field, pitcher); Hunter Haehn (sr., third base); Darnell Simpson (sr., outfield); Darius Shurelds (sr., second base designated hitter); Conner Anspach (sr., first base, catcher); Matt Schroeder (sr., infield, pitcher); Logan Herron (jr., shortstop, pitcher); Eli Lucas (sr., third bae, first base, pitcher); Josh Wiseman (soph., outfield, pitcher)

Promising newcomers: Logan Gallmeier (soph., infield, pitcher); Roy Almonte (jr., outfield, pitcher)

Coach’s analysis: Our top pitcher (Scalf and Herron) return after pitching in a lot of big games last year as sophomores. Defensively we have to find a way to make the routine play in the infield.

Lincolnview

Division: IV

Coach: Eric Fishpaw (fifth season)

2018 record: 20-6

2018 league record (finish): 7-1 (tied for first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 3-2 to Crestview in Division IV district semifinals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Jaden Youtsey (sr., pitcher, shortstop); Ethan Kemler (sr., first base); Thad Walker (sr. outfield); Sam Myers (sr., outfield); Brayden Evans (sr., outfield); Braxton Fox (sr., second base); Reece Farmer (sr., catcher, third base); Gavin Carter (jr., pitcher, shortstop, third base); Collin Overholt (soph., pitcher, shortstop); Creed Jessee (soph., third base, designated hitter)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Clayton Leeth (soph., second base); Landon Price (fr., pitcher, outfield); Cole Binkley (fr., outfield, designated hitter); Carson Fox (fr., catcher, pitcher); Spencer Richey (soph., utility); Aaron Cavinder (soph., second base)

Coach’s analysis: With 10 returning letter winners and a few other players mixed in from the underclassmen, experience will help us. Our strengths include starting pitching, team speed, and overall defense. We hope to compete for the Northwest Conference Championship in 2019 and make a tournament run come May.

Paulding

Division: III

Coach: Travis McGarvey (fourth season)

2018 record: 10-12

2018 league record (finish): 4-4 (fifth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-1 to Coldwater in D-III sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Jaret Miller (sr., third base, pitcher); Carson Shull (sr., shortstop, pitcher); Westen Phlipot (sr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Cory Adams (sr., designated hitter, pitcher); Cole Heller (sr., outfield); Evan Edwards (jr., center field, catcher); Kolson Egnor (jr., pitcher, first base, third base); Matthew Schroeder (jr., pitcher, third base); Blake McGarvey (soph., second base, shortstop, pitcher); Hunter Kauser (soph., catcher, pitcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Andrew Adams (soph., outfield); Payton Beckman (soph., first base); Trenton Winke (soph., outfield); Sam Woods (fr., catcher, outfield).

Coach’s analysis: With 10 returning lettermen, we are looking for improvement from our 2018 season. We did lose two key contributors to graduation and will struggle to replace them in the lineup. Defense should be the strength of our team at least early on. For us to compete on a daily basis, our pitchers have to be much more consistent in throwing strikes than last season. Each of our pitchers from 2018 are back for this year, and we are hopeful that their work through the summer and offseason leads to that consistency that we are looking for. If we can get that consistency then I feel we can compete with about anyone we face.

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Matt Thompson (second season)

2018 record: 8-12

2018 league record (finish): 5-3 (fourth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 8-0 to Upper Sandusky in D-III opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Luke Market (sr., second base); Jacob Litsey (sr., outfield); Drake Mertz (sr., catcher, outfield); Zach Ringwald (sr., first base, third base, pitcher); Kale Lee (sr., outfield, infield, pitcher); Treshawn Jones (sr., third base); Mason Myers (jr., first base, outfield, pitcher)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Colton Eutsler (jr., third base, first base); Spencer Galbraith (jr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Darius Clark (jr., infield, outfield, catcher); Cody Bockey (soph., infield, outfield, catcher); Layne Wood (soph., outfield); DJ Bowens (soph., infield, pitcher); Jaden Shimp (fr., shortstop, pitcher); Eli Harter (fr., first base, outfield); Tyler Koenig (fr., outfield)

Coach’s analysis: We look to fill a few holes from graduated seniors, but our core group of players are back this year. We look to gain experience throughout the year with some young players. In the NWC, our goal is to compete every game and build on what we did last year. We believe we have a great group of upperclassmen ready to assume leadership roles.

PCL

Continental

Division: IV

Coach: Ben Warnecke

2018 record: 7-11

2018 league record (finish): 2-5 (tied for seventh)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-0 in 13 innings to Kalida in D-IV sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Konnor Okuley, Jarrett Keck, Nick States, Gannon Prowant, Trevor Brecht, Brady Dockery, Blake Elkins.

Prospects: Cole Bowers, Cody Auch, Kaleb Clark, David Speiser, Dominick Moore

Coach’s analysis: We have a solid core of returning lettermen. A lot of our players have been working out since winter so we are looking for their hard work to pay off this season. Lack of depth and lack of experience are concerns. Overall, we are looking to have a very positive season where we are competitve in every game we play. We are looking to be very competitive in the PCL this season.

Fort Jennings

Division: IV

Coach: Matt Dube (third season)

2018 record: 13-9

2018 league record (finish): 3-4 (tied for fourth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-1 in 11 innings to LCC in D-IV sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Derek Luersman (sr.); Aaron Kloeppel (sr.); Nolan Grote (sr.,); Simon Smith (sr.); Kyle Norbeck (jr.); Thomas Calvelage (jr.); Brad Eickholt (jr.); Zach Schulte (soph.); Evan Hoersten (soph.)

Other varsity players: Aiden Grothouse (fr.); Joseph Klir (fr.); Logan Schimmoeller (jr.); Justin Landwehr (soph.); Eli Zehender (soph.); Noah Wittler (jr.); Jessie Calvelage (fr.); Jon Grove (fr.); Gavin Schimmoeller (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: Last season was a success for our program. We are hoping to build on that success this season. We have high hopes and expections for ourselves. The players have put in good work this offseason, and we think we have improved.

Kalida

Division: IV

Coach: Joe T. Recker (six total years coaching)

2018 record: 17-8

2018 league record (finish): 7-0 (first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to LCC in D-IV district finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Owen Recker (sr., pitcher, first base); Trevor Lambert (sr., catcher, designated hitter, outfield); Ethan Schmenk (sr., designated hitter, outfield, infield, pitcher); Josh Recker (jr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Clay Bellman (jr., outfield, pitcher); Noah Miller (jr., outfield, catcher); David Peck (jr., pitcher, designated hitter, infield); Tyler Klausing (jr., pitcher, outfield); Matt Kehres (jr., pitcher, infield, outfield); Zach van der Embse (jr., outfield, catcher); Gabe Hovest (jr., infield, outfield); Luke Erhart (soph., first base, pitcher, outfield).

Prospects: Ryan Lucke (soph.); Ayden Warnecke (soph.); Brandon Miller (soph.); Alec Edelbrock (jr.).

Coach’s analysis: Kalida brings back 12 letterman and an experienced pitching and catching group. Offensively, Kalida will look to improve on runs scored per game. With a very challenging schedule, Kalida hopes to be battle tested for a successful season and tournament run. Kalida has been PCL champs or co-champls three years in a row and understands the amount of work it takes to repeat in a very competitive league.

Leipsic

Division: IV

Coach: Darren Henry (17th season)

2018 record: 9-15

2018 league record (finish): 2-5 PCL (tied for seventh); 5-6 BVC (seventh)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 7-2 to Fort Jennings in D-IV opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Dylan Schroeder (sr., pitcher, infield, catcher); Cole Rieman (sr., pitcher, infield, outfield); Tyler Hiegel (sr., pitcher, infield, catcher); Drew Liffick (jr., pitcher, outfield); Mitch Lammers (jr., outfield, infield); Grant Stiengas (jr., outfield); Trey Schroeder (soph., outfield, pitcher); Jaden Siefker (soph., infield, pitcher); Tyler Sickmiller (soph., infield, pitcher); Lorenzo Walther (soph., catcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Reese Mangas (sr., first base)

Coach’s analysis: We hope to be competitive in both leagues (PCL and BVC).

Miller City

Division: IV

Coach: Dusty Pester (10 years)

2018 record: 13-8

2018 league record (finish): 4-3 (tied for second)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 6-1 to Patrick Henry in D-IV opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Cole Niese (sr.); Chase Kuhlman (sr.); Eli Ellerbrock (jr.); Tyler Long (jr.); Jacob Koenig (jr.).

Others on varsity squad: Nick Gable (jr.); Connor Niese (jr.); Anthony Inkrott (jr.); Ezra Deitering (jr.); Trevor Niese (soph.); Corbin Ruck (soph.); Devin Pester (soph.); T.J. Michel (soph.); Caleb Giesken (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We have good team chemistry, and they play for each other. We have good pitching depth when it comes to guys throwing strikes.The 2019 version of Millery City baseball has a lot of unknowns right now. We will need to be outstanding defensively if we want to have a successful year. We will be OK on the mound but throwing strikes will be key as we do not have that guy that can strike out 12 guys a game.

Ottoville

Division: IV

Coach: Ty Wannemacher (five years)

2018 record: 10-9

2018 league record (finish): 4-3 (tied for second)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 4-0 to LCC in D-IV district semifinals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Dylan Kemper (sr., infield, pitcher); Jaden Schnipke (sr., outfield, infield); Jack Langhals (soph., catcher, infield); Josh Thorbahn (infield, pitcher); Trae Schlagbaum (soph., outfield, infield, pitcher).

Others on varsity squad: Carson Miller (soph., infield); Brice Schroeder (soph., infield, outfield, pitcher); Dru Hilvers (fr., infield, outfield); Nolan Miller (fr., infield, outfield); Carter Schnipke (fr., infield, outfield, pitcher)

Coach’s analysis: Many of our guys can and will play multiple positions. Defense and base running have been stressed in the past and will be a strength we look to build on this year. With only 10 guys we can’t afford any arm injuries, so we need to be very efficient on the mound. We lost a lot from last year, however, we have a lot of talent coming up. The key will be gettingthe young guys to not be intimidated at the varsity level. We keep telling our guys 10 is just a number, you only need nine to play. If everyone does their job we will be in every game. Any team in the PCL can win on any given night. All we ask from our team is to give us their all and improve with each game. With the league moving league games to Tuesday nights, having one dominant pitcher could win the league.

Pandora-Gilboa

Division: IV

Coach: Greg Liedtke (third season)

2018 record: 6-14

2018 league record (finish): 3-4 PCL (tied for fourth); 3-8 BVC (10th)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 7-2 to Arlington in D-IV opening round.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Brennen Morman (sr., pitcher, utility); Alex Ricker (jr., pitcher, outfield); Trey Hovest (soph., pitcher, second base, shortstop); Tommy Hovest (soph., catcher, third base, pitcher)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Ryan Johnson (fr., pitcher, first base); Eli Huffman (fr., shortstop, pitcher); Andrew Meyer (soph., pitcher, utility); Bronson Kuhlman (jr., outfield); Nick Meyer (sr., outfield, designated hitter); Peyton Traxler (sr., utility); Riley Larcom (sr., outfield); Travis Maag (sr., outfield); Nick Norton (sr., outfield).

Coach’s analysis: We will be inexperienced this year due to losing eight starters from last season. With the hard work and motivation the players have displayed, we should show a lot of growth as the season progresses.

NWCC

Hardin Northern

Division: IV

Coach: Jeff Price (sixth season)

2018 league record (finish): 3-4 (fifth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 7-0 to New Riegel in opening round

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Brady Cramer (sr., catcher, pitcher); Hunter Jolliff (sr., outfield, pitcher); Daylin Pees (jr., outfield, pitcher); Luke Wilson (soph., second base, shortstop); Owen Wetherill (soph., shortstop, pitcher); Mason Roby (soph., third base, first base, pitcher); Cole Morris (soph., outfield, pitcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Lance Good (soph., first base); Zach Kurtz (fr., shortstop, second base, catcher); Seth Parsons (jr., third base); Skylar Waller (soph., outfield); Adrius Franklin (soph., outfield); Tristan Steele (jr., infield)

Coach’s analysis: The baseball team is working hard to improve this spring, focusing primarily on building sound fundamentals. Coach Dennis Pees, in his final year last season, laid a sound foundation with a young team to build upon as we move forward. While we have several returning letter winners, we are still young at most of our positions, starting seven to eight underclassman with a majority being either freshmen or sophomores. Jeff Price returns to coach this season, having last coached baseball at Hardin Northern from 1997 — 2001. Larry Lynch and Tyler Paugh, both alumni of the program, are assistant coaches. Daylin Pees has separated himself at this point as our No. 1 starter with a host of other players who will pitch for us this season. Owen Wetherill will see time on the mound as well as hold down the shortstop position. Brady Cramer returns to the squad this season and will be the team’s primary catcher. Other players of note include Lance Good who was sidelined last season with a shoulder injury playing first base, Hunter Jolliff will play outfield and work off the mound as well. The lone freshman, Zach Kurtz, also shows promise and will see time as a middle infielder. Hardin Northern will only field a varsity squad this season with 13 players. In the future we hope to increase this number and be able to field a junior varsity program as well. In the meantime, our focus is on improvement. Our motto for the season is, “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good gets better and your better gets best” which speaks to improvement in your game every day.

Perry

Division: IV

Coach: Mark Hoersten (eighth season)

2018 league record (finish): 4-3 (fourth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 7-3 to Ottoville in sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Louie Hoersten (sr., catcher, pitcher, infield); Logan Liles (sr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Kevin Miller (sr., ); Cole Boroff (sr., outifield, first base, pitcher); Keaton Miller (jr., ); Cameron Dalton (jr., pitcher, outfield)

Others on varsity squad: Travis Nanchoff (fr., catcher, infield); Jon Benedum (fr., outfield); Adam Liles (soph., pitcher, third base); Brevin Luna (fr., outfield, second base); Ryan Yingst (fr., pitcher, outfield); Brayden Dalton (fr., infield, outfield); Hunter Klett (fr., infield, catcher, pitcher); Joey Hoersten (fr., infield, pitcher); Cameron Patrick (jr., first base)

Coach’s analysis: We graduated six seniors last year and five of them were starters. We return a solid group of seniors along with juniors Keaton Miller, Cameron Patrick and Cameron Dalton. We will be playing a lot of freshmen who will have to contribute for us to be successful. We return a strong nucleus of pitchers who will have to carry us early.

Ridgemont

Division: IV

2018 league record (finish): 2-5 (sixth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 18-2 to Seneca East in sectional finals

No other information provided.

Upper Scioto Valley

Division: IV

Coach: Nathan Inniger (first season)

2018 record: 5-12

2018 league record (finish): 3-4 (fifth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 12-2 to Carey in sectional finals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: JJ Overs (sr., pitcher, catcher, outfield); Dylan Thompson (sr., pitcher, infield); Quinn Sanders (jr., pitcher, infield); Jared Hunt (jr., pitcher, second base, outfield); Dan Dunifon (soph., pitcher, outfield); Wayne Lowery (sr., pitcher, infield)

Top prospects: Alex Gayheart (jr., utility); Nick Coughenour (jr., catcher, designated hitter); Justin Grubb (jr., outfield); Kody Little (soph., outfield); Jackson Rohrs (fr., outfield); Kadyn Hurley (fr., pitcher, utility); Chandler Leonard (fr., pitcher, outfield); Connor Sanders (fr., pitcher, utility); Joseph Slone (fr., outfield); Tyler Stone (fr., first base, outfield).

Coach’s analysis: We return three of our top four pitchers from a year ago. All of those pitchers are expected to continue to get better this season. We have a large number of excellent athletes on the team. We hope this will enable us to be an aggressive team on the bases. New and veteran players have been eager to work to improve each day. We lost Dakota Dunifon, a four-year starter at catcher, to graduation. We will need to find a serviceable replacement at this important position. Several of our players have either never played before or haven’t played for a couple of years. It will take some time for them to learn and adjust to this higher level of competition. We lost several four-year starters at key positions on the field (catcher, pitcher, shortstop, center field). We will need to find replacements at these important positions. We will look to take it one conference game at a time in an effort to keep ourselves at the top of the league race for hopefully the entire season. We will be an extremely young and inexperienced team this season, but we do have some solid returning players to build around. The main goal will be to continue to improve as the season goes on so that we are playing our best baseball by the end of the season. Lasy year, we won our first tournament game since 2012. Hopefully, we can do the same this season and compete for a sectional title.

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division: IV

Coach: Travis Wireman (third season)

2018 record: 1-13

2018 league record (finish): 0-7 (eighth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 18-0 to Delphos St. John’s in opening round

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Stephen Andrews (sr., outfield); Evan Miller (jr., pitcher, infield); Landan Siebeneck (jr. outfield); Gavin Schneider (jr., third base), Gage Rumer (jr., first basem pitcher) Grady Spencer (soph., shortstop, pitcher)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Leevi Hunter (sr., outfield), Britton Elliot (sr. second base), Cooper Roberts (fr., catcher)

Coach’s analysis: This is a very young team that is looking to go out and compete each and every day. We will definitely be relying on our juniors and seniors to lead us throughout the season and keep the young guys steadily improving. The main goal for us this season is to improve every single day and play as hard as we can. As a team we want to continue to build on the strides we made last year and getting the young guys up to speed.

MAC

Coldwater

Division: III

Coach: Brian Harlamert (22nd season)

2018 record: 27-7

2018 league record (finish): 6-3 (tied for third)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 3-2 to Canfield South Range in state championship game.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners include: Jake Wenning (shortstop, pitcher); Cole Frilling (pitcher); Mitch Niekamp (outfield); Austin Riethman (catcher); Ross Weigel (pitcher)

Top newcomers: Jake Hemmelgarn (second base, shortstop, pitcher); Noah Miller (first base, pitcher); Myle Blasingame (third base); Paytdon Goodwin (outfield); Alex Wourms (designated hitter); Grant Meyer (pitcher).

Coach’s analysis: This year will bring a new team with some experience and some youth, but the same goals are still in tacked. No. 1 compete in every game, No. 2 win the MAC and No. 3 have a successful and deep tournament run.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: IV

Coach: Jerry Jackson (fourth season)

2018 record: 6-20

2018 league record (finish): 2-7 (eighth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 16-0 to St. Henry in sectional finals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners include: Chandler Skym (sr., third base, pitcher, outfield); Adam Gerker (sr., second base, shortstop, pitcher); Tony Sanders (sr., outfield); Luke Reindel (sr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Dominic Metzger (sr., catcher, outfield); Lincoln Mueller (jr., pitcher, first base, outfield); Trent Lindeman (soph., pitcher, shortstop, third base)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Zane Wertenberger (fr., catcher, oufield); Curtis Mueller (soph., outfield); Keaton Jackson (jr.); Blake Fischbach (jr.); Brady Kerner (fr.); Braysen Schulte (fr.); Gavin Fittro (fr.); Gavin Becker (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: From last year’s squad we lost to graduation Troy Elwer, Colin Will, Matthew Miller, James Garrett III, Corey Koverman and Devin Cairo. We have five seniors representing this year’s team: Chandler Skym, Tony Sanders, Luke Reindel, Dominic Metzger and Adam Gerker. As a team we are hoping to build off of last year’s record of 6-20. We have seven varsity lettermen returning to our offensive lineup. We feel we can manufacture runs by using our team speed and aggressive contact hitters. Defensively, we will be fundamentally sound with our infield play. We feel our pitching staff will be our strength. Although we have 60 percent of the pitching staff returning from last year’s squad, we feel we have a strong amount of starting pitching that will carry our team through our season. My coaching staff and I are very excited about this season. We have great senior leadership. We have a great nucleus of upperclassmen, along with underclassmen who look to bond well as a team. As a whole they will prove they can compete in every game and have the ability to win. We have a team that is very capable of competing for a MAC title.

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Jerry Kaup (ninth season)

2018 league record (finish): 8-1 (tied for first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 8-1 to Coldwater in district championship

2019 varsity roster: Kody Shinabery (sr., catcher, infield, outfield); Garret Faller (jr., pitcher, catcher); Cole Grisez (jr., pitcher, outfield); Ian Homan (jr., infield); Joe Homan (jr., pitcher, infield); Keaton Metzger (jr., outfield); Riley Post (jr., pitcher, infield); Owen Schoen (jr., outfield); Dillan Evers (soph., pitcher, infield); Derek Lochtefeld (soph., pitcher, infield, outfield); Regan Martin (soph., infield, outfield); Ryne Post (soph., pitcher, infield); Cobe Wendel (soph., pitcher, infield); Riley Will (soph., pitcher, infield, outfield)

Coach’s analysis: The 2018 season was a very successful one for the Indians. We won our first MAC championship, going 21-5 and advanced to the district final. After graduating nine seniors, the Indians will be a young team looking to gain experience and improve as the season progresses. We will have one senior, Kody Shinabery. The rest of the team will be a good mix of seven juniors and six sophomores. Juniors Joe Homan, Riley Post and Ian Homan return with some varsity experience. How the underclassmen step up will have a lot to do with our success this season. Our goals for 2019 are to make the school and community proud, to compete for a MAC championship, to host a sectional tournament game and to win the district tournament.

Marion Local

Division: IV

Coach: Paul Utendorf (second season)

2018 record: 6-12

2018 league record (finish): 1-8 (ninth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 4-1 to Minster in sectional finals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Kendall Bruns (sr., centerfield, pitcher); Aaron Brunswick (sr., right field, pitcher); Reece Eifert (sr., first base); Kyle Francis (sr., shortstop, second base); Nolan Habodasz (sr., shortstop, pitcher); Darrin Hays (sr., catcher); Tim Knapschaefer (sr., pitcher, third base); Matt Moeller (sr., left field); Brandon Fleck (jr., pitcher, third base)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Isaac Eifert (sr., outfield); Derek Wilker (sr., left field, designated hitter); Reece Hoss (jr., first base); Max Link (jr., right field, pitcher); Bryce Moeller (jr., shortstop, pitcher); Nate Ungruhn (jr., catcher)

Coach’s analysis: 2019 looks to be a promising year for the Flyers. We are returning nine lettermen and a good portion of our pitching staff. The Flyers will be led by a senior class of 10 guys. As a team we need to find a way to win the close games.

Minster

Division: IV

Coach: Mike Wiss (25th season)

2018 record: 22-8

2018 league record (finish): 5-4 (sixth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 7-5 to Fort Loramie in regional semifinals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Jack Heitbrink (sr., first base, pitcher); Noah Enneking (infield, pitcher); August Boehlein (sr., utility); Mike Ketner (sr., infield); Owen Dorsten (sr., outfield); Austin Brown (jr., outfield, pitcher); Jack Olberding (jr., outfield, pitcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Ethan Lekmkuhl (jr., pitcher); Trent Roeterman (jr., infield, pitcher); Jacob Niemeyer (jr., outfield, pitcher); Dylan Sharp (jr., first base, designated hitter); Gabe Philipps (jr., outfield); AJ Heitkamp (jr., infield, pitcher); Kyle Riethman (jr., catcher, designated hitter); Adam Ketner (soph., catcher); Eric Schmidt (soph., outfield).

Coach’s analysis: Getting quality starts on the mound will be very important — return a lot of innings on the mound (important early). Need to get ahead in the count and limiting free bases, get our bats started early in the season. Allowing us to play with the lead is so very important in today’s game. Hitting in hitter’s counts gives us better opportunities of turning an outfielder’s head. One of our offensive goals will be in the extra-base hit department. We need to finding the right mix. The difference between “interested or committed will become important as we go forward. This league is competitive every night — very good baseball is played on a nightly basis by some very good players. It’s a special league we play in. The tough nightly competition is what makes you better. We stress the ideas of developing great relationships (through teammates/coaches/opponents/parents/etc.) in this game creates lifetime memories.

New Bremen

Division: IV

Coach: 17-7

2018 record:

2018 league record (finish): 6-3 (tied for third)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-3 to Crestview in sectional finals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Ryan Bertke (sr., pitcher, first base, third base); Grant Selby (sr., shortstop, second base, pitcher); Justin Tenkman (sr., pitcher, first basek right field); Spencer Alig (jr., pitcher); Aaaron Vonderhaar (jr., first base, third base, designated hitter); Mitchell hays (soph., shortstop, second base, pitcher); Bryce Blickle (sr., outfield, right field); Ben Kuck (sr., pitcher, outfield); Spencer Elking (sr., outfield); Jarod Keller (sr., outfield); Nick Wells (sr., pitcher, first base); Patrick Wells (jr., catcher, first base, pitcher); Ryland Archey (jr., catcher).

Others likely to make varsity squad: Jackson Terpstra (sr., third base, second base); Tyler Overman (sr., second base, third base); Zach Bertke (soph., outfield, pitcher)

Coach’s analysis: We are looking to take the next step in the process of moving this program forward. We return a lot of depth from last year’s team and also add some new faces to the mix. How we step into new and adjusted roles will be a key to our success this season. Our 2019 season goal is to compete on every pitch and you want to be playing your best baseball at the end of the season. The league is going to very competitive this year. There are a lot of quality teams, players and coaches. You need to be ready to compete very night.

New Knoxville

Division: IV

Coach: Kyle Merges (first season)

2018 record: 2-17

2018 league record (finish): 0-9 (10th)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 9-6 to Marion Local in opening round

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners:Jared Osborne (jr., pitcher, catcher, outfield, shortstop); Jakob Rollins (jr., pitcher, second base, third base, outfield); Brandon Smith (soph., pitcher, first base, outfield); Patrick Covert (soph., pitcher, outfield, infield); Jonny Sewell (soph., pitcher, second base, third base, outfield)

Others likely to make varsity roster: Brandon VanGundy (soph., pitcher, infield); Hank Elshoff (fr., outfield); Josh Peters (fr., outfield); Ryan Osborne (fr., outfield, infield, pitcher, catcher); Nick Tinnerman (soph., pitcher, outfield); Noah Hoelscher (jr., outfield); Cody Petee (soph., pitcher, third base); Parker Banner (fr., pitcher, outfield); Adam McGue (soph., catcher, outfield); Jarred Underwood (soph., first base, outfield); Ryan Osborne (fr., infield, outfield, pitcher); Parker Banner (fr., infield, outfield); Noah Hoelsher (jr., outfield, pitcher); Austin Bryant (soph., infield, outfield)

Coach’s analysis: We are a young team with small numbers. The program is in a rebuilding stage and will take its hits but hopefully learn and progress for the next couple of years. We are paying and spending time with the youth programs to get them on the same page which will benefit the program as a whole.

Parkway

Division: IV

Coach: Luke Clouse (sixth season)

2018 record: 9-12

2018 league record (finish): 3-6 (seventh)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-4 to Lincolnview in sectional finals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Noah Riley (sr., pitcher, third base); Jack Wehe (sr., pitcher, center field); Nick Riley (sr., pitcher, catcher); Colton Kraner (sr., first base); Chaz Neuenschwander (sr., outfield); Justan Felver (soph., pitcher, infield); Corey Walls (jr., pitcher, outfield); Nick Hawk (jr., outfield); Seth Stukey (soph., pitcher, infield); Breyden Bruns (jr., pitcher, infield)

Others likely to make varsity squad: Dylan Hughes (soph., infield, outfield, pitcher); Cory Agler (jr., pitcher, infield); Tyler Rider (sr., third base); Cody Gaham (sr., outfield); Alistair Fahncke (sr., outfield, pitcher)

Coach’s analysis: We have a lot of returning from last year and some good new guys looking for us to handle adversity better this year and expect good things.

St. Henry

Division: IV

Coach: John Dorner (30th season)

2018 record: 20-5

2018 league record (finish): 8-1 (tied for first)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 5-1 to St. Henry in district semifinals

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Ryle Deitsch (sr., third base, shortstop, pitcher); Jay Knapke (sr., outfield, pitcher); Ethan Thieman (sr., outfield); Marc Siefring (sr., first base, outfield, pitcher); Daylen Froning (sr., shortstop, pitcher); Sam Lefeld (sr., first base, outfield, pitcher); Kent Buschur (sr., catcher).

Others on varsity squad: Jared Hoying (sr., outfield); Zach Heitkamp (jr., second base); Ryan Uhlenhake (soph, catcher, pitcher); Andrew Lange (jr., second base, pitcher); Braden Deal (jr., outfield); Isaac Ontrop (jr., catcher, outfield, pitcher)

Coach’s analysis: Team strengths area deep pitching, a solid lineup and team versatility. Area to develop are consistency and power at the plate and consistent defensive play. Consistent and quality at bats and defense will be the key to our season. We’ve got to do a solid job of getting on base, moving runners over and coming up with the big hit. We really like our pitching staff experience.

Others

Cory-Rawson

Division: IV

2018 league record: 1-10 (tied for 11th)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 12-1 to North Baltimore in sectional finals.

No other information provided.

Lima Central Catholic

Division: IV

Coach: John Schnieders (17th season)

2018 record: 17-8

2018 postseason finish: Lost 8-4 to Hicksville in regional semifinals.

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Michael Briggs (sr., pitcher, infield); Derek Pignatoro (sr., pitcher, infield); Dominic Riepenhoff (sr., pitcher, infield); Shawn Thomas (soph., pitcher, infield); Will Garlock (sr., outfield); Luke Schneider (sr., first base, outfield).

Others likely to make varsity roster: Nevan Stolly (jr., pitcher, utility); Zac Jacobs (soph., pitcher, first base, catcher); Gus Cira (soph., outfield, catcher); Connor Gephart (fr., pitcher, catcher, infield); Quintel Peoples (fr., outfield).

Coach’s analysis: Our roster is a blend of a few veteran players with a lot of youth and inexperience. Health and the emergence of a leader on the mound area the keys to the T-Birds’ ability to defend their district title.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Casey Reed (second season)

2018 record: 5-22

2018 league record: 1-13 TRAC (eighth)

2018 postseason finish: Lost 6-0 to Fremont Ross in opening round

Returning 2018 varsity letterwinners: Bryce Binkley (sr., third base, pitcher); James Gaines (sr., outfield, pitcher); Dakota Seaman (sr., catcher, infield); Adrian Bowsher (jr., infield, pitcher); Caleb Dugan (jr., shortstop, pitcher); Ethan Jordan (jr., catcher, pitcher); Hunter Smith (jr., utility, pitcher); Iawant Anderson (jr., second base); D’Ontre Cowan (soph., outfield, pitcher); Mike Snow (soph., outfield).

Others likely to make varsity roster: Brayden O’Dell (sr., outfield, pitcher, LCC transfer); Reece Waithe (fr., catcher, utility); Skyler Williams (fr., utility).

Coach’s analysis: The Spartans return 10 letter winners from last year as well as a transfer from LCC who looks to make an immediate impact. The Spartans have a ton of experience under their belts and have a well-rounded team that does a little bit of everything. This is not like the Lima Senior teams of late and don’t be surprised to see the Spartans make some noise in the area and compete and surprise some teams in the TRAC. This team is very fun to watch and they bring a whole new level of energy to the game.

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