LANCASTER-LEBANON LEAGUE BASEBALL 2013
Section One CEDAR CREST HEMPFIELD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP McCASKEY PENN MANOR WARWICK Section Two COCALICO CONESTOGA VALLEY ELIZABETHTOWN EPHRATA LEBANON SOLANCO Section Three DONEGAL ELCO GARDEN SPOT LAMPETER-STRASBURG MANHEIM CENTRAL NORTHERN
Compiled by Ed Gruver.
COACH --Ryan White, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 13-3 L-L, 21-6 overall. Section One runner-up; District Three Class AAAA champion.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P Dan Black (L-L All-Star), P Logan Fullmer (L-L All-Star), P Cameron Mathis (L-L All-Star) C Brady Galbraith, 1B Zach Smith (L-L All-Star), 2B Galen Rader (L-L All-Star), 3B Daulton Ritter, OF Zach Hostetter (L-L All-Star), OF Collin Miller, OF Tye Gardner, OF Jared Kreiser.
KEY PLAYERS -- SS Garrett Getz, Sr.; C Josh Hammaker, Sr.; P Patrick McCabe, Sr.; OF/INF Efrain Velez, Sr.; CF Mike Wealand, Sr.; C/1B Caleb Albright, Jr.; P Kyle Bogdanovich, Jr.; P/INF/OF Conor Bawiec, Jr.; 1B Devin Elder, Jr.; P Devon Lutz, Jr.; P/OF Gage Ocker, Jr.; C Hunter Wise, Jr.; 2B Nick Gonzalez, Soph.
OUTLOOK -- "This year's team is retooled with many players who lack experience at the varsity level," coach Ryan White said. "Losing 10 seniors opens positions for guys to step up and see what they can do. Our strength will be up the middle defensively." Josh Hammaker is a leader behind the plate, Garrett Getz a steady and consistent glove at shortstop and Mike Wealand returns to track down fly balls to center field. All three played key roles for last year's district title team.
COACH --Jeremy Morrison, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 14-2 L-L, 19-5 overall. Section One champion.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P Derek Totaro (L-L All-Star and All-State), P/OF Dylan Manning (L-L All-Star), OF Nate Booth (L-L All-Star), INF John Wilt (L-L All-Star, All-State), 1B/OF Colton King.
KEY PLAYERS -- OF Nick Yarnall, Sr. (L-L All-Star and All-State); SS/3B Shaun Corso, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P Camden Hess, Sr.; 2B Cory Gantz, Sr. (L-L All-Star), C Nolan Myers, Sr.; OF Anthony Mollitor, Sr.; OF Jared Pestcoe, Sr.; OF Austin Rice, Sr.; OF/P/C Chris Schroll, Sr.; INF Matt Steimling, Jr.; OF/P Michael Hernandez, Jr.; INF Skyler Allison, Jr.; C/INF Jon Beck, Soph.; INF/P Jon Peterson, Soph.
OUTLOOK -- The Black Knights graduated a lot of talent, but they return talent, too. Nick Yarnall and Shaun Corso hit for power and average, and Cory Gantz is a .300 hitter as well. Camden Hess and Gantz pitched well last season and could top the rotation this spring.
COACH -- Bill Sassaman, 21st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 4-12 L-L, 6-14 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST-- INF J.D. Dornes, INF Alex Murfin, P/OF Mike Moshos, P/INF Chris Martin (L-L All-Star), OF Scott Sallade.
KEY PLAYERS -- INF Jason Clifford, Sr.; P/INF Jordan Draude, Sr.; IF Josh Cubell, Jr.; P/INF Carter Krick, Jr.; C Dan Vucovich, Jr.; P Tyler Russell, Soph.; C Gavin O'Donnell, Jr.; OF Sean Hennessy, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- From state semifinalist to a six-win season, the Blue Streaks fell hard and fast last season. This spring could see a return to form. Coach Bill Sassaman believes this squad has the "potential to be one of the best hitting teams I have coached." Still, it always comes down to pitching. If the Streaks get solid mound performances they'll be in the hunt for postseason play. "Otherwise," Sassaman said, "we'll reside in the middle of the pack of a very competitive division."
COACH -- David Hinnenkamp, 4th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 7-9 L-L, 9-12 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Chris Bain, 1B Jordan Tracy, P Ricardo Arias, P Matt Caraballo.
KEY PLAYERS -- SS/P Miguel Torres, Jr. (L-L All-Star); C Brenden Markley, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P/1B/OF Lazaro Duvergel, Sr. (L-L All-Star); CF Aaron Taylor, Jr. (L-L All-Star); P/OF James Hartman, Sr.; OF/P Billy Helm, Sr.; 1B/2B Rodney Rodriguez, Jr.; 3B/P Miguel Reyna, Sr.; LF/C Matt Milostan, Sr.; P/OF James Hartman, Sr.; 2B/P Gregory Silvestrie, Jr.; P/OF Jonathan Diaz, Jr.; P/OF Steven Wilson, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- A year ago at this time, coach Dave Hinnenkamp talked about how much he liked the direction his Red Tornado squad was heading in. The weight of his words was shown in McCaskey's improvement from 2-18 to 9-12 and a loss to section neighbor Penn Manor in a district playoff game. The Tornado returns four league All-Stars and an even more experienced squad. "Our senior class will determine the success of our season," Hinnenkamp said. "In addition to producing on the field they need to maintain their focus, their sense of urgency and their composure while providing consistent leadership."
COACH -- Jim Zander, 18th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 10-6 L-L, 14-12 overall. District Class AAAA runner-up.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- 1B Willie Welsh (L-L All-Star), C/INF Brandon Bowers (L-L All-Star), OF Austin Richwine (L-L All-Star), P/INF Joe Witmer (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- P/SS Zac Burke, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P/SS Darren Weidman, Sr.; 2B Aaron Brown, Sr.; OF Tim Harris, Sr.; 2B Brad Snyder, Sr.; OF Brandon Stone, Sr.; P/OF Nick Tulli, Sr.; 1B Darien Ebersole, Sr.; C Ethan Barley, Jr.; INF Micah Brown, Jr.; P/INF Hunter McVey, Jr.; P/SS Cody Simet, Jr.; 1B Brad Underkoffler, Jr.; P/OF Cameron Dickerson, Soph.; 3B Collin Groff, Soph.; C Anthony Knight, Soph.
OUTLOOK -- The Comets bounced back from a rare down year and reached the district finals. They lost four all-stars but return a deep, experienced and talented squad. "We hope to be competitive in an always tough Section One," coach Jim Zander said.
COACH -- Bob Locker, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 5-10 L-L, 6-14 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- 2B Derrick Shields (L-L All-Star), C/3B Brian Eshleman (L-L All-Star), INF John Beyer, OF Korey Johnson.
KEY PLAYERS -- OF/P Tyler Morris, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P/3B Brady Weiler, Sr., P Caleb Metzler, Sr.; 1B Cody Kimmel, Sr.; SS Ben Ketser, Jr.; C Ian Hart, Jr.; 2B Kyle Maguire, Sr.; 2B Derek Acaley, Jr.; P Travis Reapsome, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- One season removed from an L-L finals berth, the Warriors took a tumble after losing seven seniors from that squad. Longtime football coach Bob Locker takes over the reins and inherits a squad fronted by Tyler Morris, an All-Star who owns a scholarship to Liberty University. Ian hart, Kyle Maguire and Derek Acaley are key newcomers.
COACH --Daren Myers, 12th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 5-11 L-L, 5-14 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P/1B Adam Marshall (L-L All-Star), INF Louie Casanova (L-L All-Star), C Andrew Harven (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- P/1B Adam Marshall, Sr.
OUTLOOK-- The Eagles look to replace three graduated league all-stars. Senior OF Collin Glassey fronts a bevy of juniors and sophomores who own potential.
COACH --Mike Royer, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 3-13 L-L, 4-16 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- C/INF Connor Bowers (L-L All-Star), OF Tyler Shetter (L-L All-Star), SS/P Joe Moyer.
KEY PLAYERS -- 3B/P Nate Staffieri, Jr.; OF Zach Rider, Jr.; P Barrett DeForge, Sr.; 2B/P Gavin High, Sr.; OF/P Adrian Suarez, Sr.; 3B/P Brendon Martin, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- The Buckskins are under the direction of their third skipper in as many seasons as Mike Royer takes the reins from Jim Lilley. "The team is very young this season with six new starters in the lineup," Royer said. "But (we) return several key pitchers (Barrett DeForge, Brendon Martin, Adrian Suarez and Nathan Staffieri). The team will rely on a new pitching philosophy and sound defense to win games." Staffieri (.339) and Rider (.316) fuel an attack that includes middle infielders Kelvin Reyes and Daulton Martin. The latter are among several key newcomers who could make an immediate impact.
COACH -- Frank Telenko, 10th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 8-8 L-L, 9-11 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Jon Garber (L-L All-Star), P/3B Christian Becker (L-L All-Star), SS/P Aaron Buckwalter (L-L All-Star), C/3B Jerred Long (L-L All-Star), INF Connor Schearer (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- C Devin Eberly, Sr. (L-L All-Star), P Josh Wilkinson, Sr.
OUTLOOK-- The Bears graduated a bevy of stars, but longtime coach Frank Telenko does return some talent and experience, most notably all-star catcher Devin Eberly. Elizabethtown finished third in the section last season, and after opening the nonleague season with a 7-3 win over Middletown, the Bears will try to build momentum as the season moves along.
COACH -- Adrian Shelley, 16th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 14-2 L-L, 16-4 overall. Section Two champion.
KEY PLAYERS LOST--1B Andre Hoover (L-L All-Star), P Ryan Brubaker, 2B Shane Cochran, OF Tim Murray (L-L All-Star), OF Evan Weaver (L-L All-Star), 3B Parke Martin (L-L All-Star), OF Ryan Schwark (L-L All-Star); P Jeremy Franck, P Evan Young.
KEY PLAYERS -- SS Paul Larusso, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P Brandon Miller, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P Seth Griffith, Sr. (L-L All-Star); C Colin Albright, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- Adrian Shelley and his Mountaineers claimed their sixth Section Two title in nine seasons, and with three all-stars returning in Paul Larusso, Brandon Miller and Seth Griffith, should be in the championship chase again. The Mounts handled Daniel Boone 14-7 in their nonleague opener, and will face a good test today when they open defense of their section title against runner-up Solanco. "I think every team deserves to have the opportunity to form their own identity," Shelley said. "However, around here, the expectations remain the same."
COACH -- Robert Nordall, 6th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 2-14 L-L; 2-16 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P Dariel Martinez, 2B Nate Roman, OF Jose Ruiz, OF Bryan Rivera, OF Jordan Eisenhauer, OF Tyler Roth.
KEY PLAYERS -- SS Mike Medero, Sr.; P/1B Wes Dissinger, Sr.; C Mark Pyles, Jr.; P/OF Cameron Martin, Jr. ; INF Heisler Jimenez, Jr.; C/INF Brycen Loeper, Jr.
OUTLOOK--The Cedars struggled last spring but return experienced players in catcher Mark Pyles, shortstop Michael Medero, pitcher/first baseman Wes Dissinger and pitcher/outfielder Cameron Martin. "The goal is to be competitive and make a run in our section," coach Robert Nordall said. "The key to our goal is to start strong and continue to believe in our ability."
COACH -- Tom Fish, 3rd season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 11-5 L-L, 15-5 overall. Section Two runner-up.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Luke Emling (L-L All-Star and All-State), SS Kyle Eby (L-L All-Star), 2B Matt Murray (L-L All-Star), 3B Cole Martin (L-L All-Star), P Mark Kreider (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- P Zack Leonard, Jr. (L-L All-Star); P/1B Harrison Ault, Sr.; INF Devin Marshall, Sr.; OF Eli Groff, Sr.; P/1B Darrin Rutledge, Jr.; C Eric Lefevre, Jr.; INF Caleb Groff, Jr.; OF Damon Kreider, Jr.; OF Karson Beane, Jr.
OUTLOOK-- The Section Two runner-up graduated a lot of talent, but is optimistic. "We are young and lack a lot of varsity game experience, but our work ethic has been exceptional," said coach Tom Fish. "Our goal is to get better each week and compete."
COACH -- Chris Miller, 4th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 10-6 L-L, 14-8 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Eddie Lazowski (L-L All-Star), INF/C Michael Robinson (L-L All-Star), P/1B Adam Frey, OF Ryan Drace (L-L All-Star), 2B Ben Shenandoah (L-L All-Star), P/1B Nick Tufarolo.
KEY PLAYERS -- OF Dylan Houseal, Sr.; P/3B Mike Houseal, Sr. (L-L All-Star); 1B/P Daulton Garrett, Sr. (L-L All-Star); C/Utl Chris Robinson, Sr.; OF Joe Jaskot, Sr.; SS Austin Mellinger, Jr.; 1B/3B Austin Martinez, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- All-stars Mike Houseal and Daulton Garrett return to lead the Indians, who tied for third last season in a highly competitive Section Three. Dylan Houseal, Chris Robinson, Austin Mellinger, Austin Martinez and Joe Jaskot provide the Tribe with additional experience. Coach Chris Miller's crew showed in its two nonleague wins that it can play a variety of styles, outslugging Conestoga Valley 13-9 and beating Warwick with small ball, 2-0.
COACH -- Chris Weidner, 15th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 7-9 L-L, 10-10 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Dustin Habecker.
KEY PLAYERS -- INF Chris Kreider, Sr. (L-L All-Star); Ryan Weirback, Sr.; SS Andrew Superdock, Sr.; Alex Centeno, Jr.; C Cody Horst, Jr.; P/OF Jake Stager, Jr.; P/OF Adam Shoemaker, Sr.; OF Tyler Starry, Jr.; 1B Brandon Mays, Sr.; P/INF Steven Rhoades, Jr.; INF John Gettle, Jr.; P Grant Fisher, Jr.; P Dylan Zeigler, Jr.; P/1B Brayden Smith, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- Longtime Raiders coach Chris Weidner has his players on the move -- literally. "We need to be better defensively," Weidner said, "which is why I am moving some people around and I have some competition and people pushing one another." With all but one starter back, Elco has the potential to be a solid squad. Adam Shoemaker and Jake Stager form a good 1-2 punch in the pitching department. "The key," Weidner said, "is having more offensive production throughout the lineup."
COACH -- J.D. Stern, 12th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 10-6 L-L, 14-7 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P/SS John Armbrust (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- OF-P Tyson Petersheim, Sr. (L-L All-Star); C Nick West, Sr.; OF Dave Drescher, Sr. (L-L All-Star); SS Alex Groff, Sr.; P Nick Hornbaker, Sr. (L-L All-Star); 3B/P Vinnie Borja, Sr.; OF/DH Ben Weaver, Sr.; 2B Ryan Leid, Jr.; 1B Matt Brubaker, Soph.; OF Logan Eby, Fr.; P Jesse Andrew, Sr.; OF Ben Martin, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- The Spartans posted their second straight 10-6 season and could be even better this spring. "With a solid nucleus returning, (we) are focused and looking to make a run in Section Three," veteran skipper J.D. Stern said. "Like any other season, how the pitching shapes up will determine the season."
COACH -- Keith Martin, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 12-4 L-L, 21-6 overall. Section champion, District Class AAA champion, state finalist.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- CF Nate Shank, 2B/SS/OF Dan Neff (L-L All-Star and All-State), SS Ray Lopez (L-L All-Star), P/1B Peter Darrenkamp (L-L All-Star), C Matt McCrudden (L-L All-Star), 2B Jon Jabour, OF Andrew Wright, 3B/SS Colton Stoltzfus (L-L All-Star), P David Pittman, C Adam Gross, OF Eric Savidge.
KEY PLAYERS -- P/OF Kohner Morgan, Sr.
OUTLOOK -- Keith Martin takes over as manager for Todd Garber, who left on a high note after guiding the Pioneers to their 10th section title and a trip to the Class AAA state finals. L-S was hit hard by graduation, but the Pioneers started strong this season, beating Section Two runner-up Solanco and outslugging Section One contender Penn Manor. L-S hit a speed bump with a lopsided loss to McCaskey, and has a tough L-L opener today at Northern Lebanon.
COACH -- Jason Thompson, 13th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 8-8 L-L, 10-10 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- SS/P Ryan Wilson, INF/P Josh Good (L-L All-Star), INF/C/P Mitch Burkholder, C Dustin Fair, P/SS Derik Fahnestock, OF/P Caleb Walton, OF Jason Reif, OF/P Travis Fisher (L-L All-Star), P/1B Brandon Guffey.
KEY PLAYERS -- INF/P Trey Eberly, Sr.; INF/P Colin Fry, Jr.; OF/P Ben Bomberger, Jr.; P/INF Andrew Bucher, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- The Barons lost a lot to graduation, including all-stars Josh Good and Travis Fisher. They return four lettermen in Trey Eberly, Colin Fry, Ben Bomberger and Andrew Bucher. Longtime coach Jason Thompson's team began its nonleague season with a win over Warwick and opens its L-L campaign today against another section contender, Elco.
COACH -- Daryl Hess, 18th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 11-5 L-L, 14-8 overall. Section runner-up.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- OF Tanner Dresch, P/INF Lucas Gienow (L-L All-Star), OF Brandon Hauck, DH Kyle Hoffert, INF Brad Kreiser (L-L All-Star), INF Jon McKinney (L-L All-Star), INF Zach Miller, INF Jordan Seltzer (L-L All-Star), OF Zane Walizer.
KEY PLAYERS -- INF Jordan Anspach, Sr.; INF Ryan Kelliher, Sr.; INF Anthony Pesta, Sr.; C Drew Bene, Jr.; P/INF Ian Whitman, Jr. (L-L All-Star); OF Dustin Bachman, Jr.; OF David Brooks, Jr.; OF Darrin Shirk, Jr.; INF/P Austin Startoni, Jr.; INF/OF/C Jon Walizer, Jr.; P/INF/OF Wyatt Beakler, Soph.; P/INF/OF Jordan Nichols, Soph.
OUTLOOK -- A lot of experience and talent graduated from the Vikings' roster, but veteran coach Daryl Hess is optimistic. "We will need a couple of guys to step up on the mound for us this year," he said. "So far, things have been going well and hopefully we keep improving." All-Star pitcher Ian Whitman fronts the Vikings' mound corps.
COACH -- Scott Shyda, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 6-10 L-L, 7-13 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- CF-P Alec Wizar; SS/P Mitch Hostetter (L-L All-Star).
KEY PLAYERS -- CF-P Adam Connor, Sr.; C Nat Hughes, Sr. (L-L All-Star); 1B Daultyn Kline, Sr.; SS/P Mitch Rodkey, Sr.; 1B/P Tanner Fitting, Sr.; 3B/SS/P Braden Elliott, Jr.; 2B/C Cody Brightbill, Sr.; OF/P Justin Ulrich, Jr.; OF-P Taylor Prentice, Jr.; OF/2B/C Caleb Setlock, Jr.; 1B Zack Beard, Sr.
OUTLOOK -- Scott Shyda replaces the dean of L-L baseball, Mike Capriotti, who retired after 31 seasons at the helm. "We have high expectations for our seniors this season," Shyda said. "Nat Hughes, Tanner Fitting and Adam Connor all plan on playing baseball at the college level." Shyda believes the Little Dutchmen's success will depend on their mound corps. A-C's arms showed promise early on, pitching the Dutchmen to a pair of nonleague wins.
COACH -- Tony Plastino, 1st season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 1-15 L-L, 2-18 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P/1B Seth Lefever (L-L All-Star), 3B/P Josh Elliot (L-L All-Star), CF Sean Montgomery.
KEY PLAYERS -- SS/P Nick Williams, Sr.; 3B Dale Haubert, Sr.; 1B/3B Quayshon Leas, Sr.; OF Alec Hooper, Sr.; P/1B Andrew Haldeman, Jr.; P/IF Jared Helton, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- New skipper Tony Plastino looks to turn around a program that has struggled in recent years. "Replacing the pitching lost to graduation is going to be crucial in our success," he said. "Defensively, we should be better than in past years and the addition of several newcomers has improved our overall team speed. I'm hoping our raw talent matures quickly and allows us to compete and possibly sneak up on a few teams."
COACH -- Chris Kiehl, 4th season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 14-2 L-L, 20-5 overall. Section champion; L-L finalist.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- P/1B/OF Ian Bentley (L-L All-Star), OF/P Andrew Geraghty (L-L All-Star), C Chris Mattison (L-L All-Star and All-State), OF Charles Sweigert, INF Sean Gibbons.
KEY PLAYERS -- C/INF Mac McCafferty, Sr. (L-L All-Star and All-State); INF/P Bryan Haberstroh, Sr. (L-L All-Star and All-State); P/INF Tom Mattaini, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P/INF/C Joe Yourgal, Sr. (L-L All-Star).
OUTLOOK -- A section title, a trip to the L-L final, a berth in the district's Class AAA quarterfinals and three players on the All-State team. Obviously, 2012 was a banner season for the Crusaders. With all-state stars Mac McCafferty and Bryan Haberstroh back and league all-stars Tom Mattaini and Joe Yourgal, Coach Chris Kiehl is looking to make another run at postseason hardware. Catholic bounced back from a season-opening loss to Hempfield with a pair of wins and renews acquaintances in the league opener today with L-L champ Pequea Valley.
COACH -- Stephen Robinson, 3rd season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 1-15 L-L, 1-18 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- None.
KEY PLAYERS -- 1B/P Zac Hummel, Sr.; SS Matthew Hess, Jr.; P/OF Paul Fredericksen, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- The Blazers are looking for a bounce-back season. "We are looking forward to this season with our entire team back from last year," coach Stephen Robinson said. "We have seen tremendous improvement from our sophomores, which make up the bulk of our roster. We have two assistant coaches this year, which is a huge plus. Our pitchers are progressing well. We are looking forward to a successful 2013."
COACH -- Scott Hargett, 2nd season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 5-11 L-L, 7-14 overall.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- SS Andrew Hainly, 1B/3B/DH Nick Culbert, 3B/P Ian Long, 2B Matt Shirato (L-L All-Star), P Justin Morrison.
KEY PLAYERS -- P Matt Kern, Jr. (L-L All-Star); 3B Drew Gates, Jr.; OF John Groh, Soph.
OUTLOOK -- All-Star pitcher Matt Kern and third baseman Drew Gates front the Beavers' attack. Lebanon Catholic opens its L-L campaign today against Columbia, a team it outslugged 15-10 in last season's opener. Four of the Beavers' first five L-L games are on the road, a place they struggled to win last season in going 2-6 away from home in league games.
COACH -- Ryan O'Donnell, 2nd season.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD -- 12-4 L-L, 19-5 overall. Section runner-up; L-L League champion.
KEY PLAYERS LOST -- INF Ryan Shirk (L-L All-Star), P/OF Tyler Schmitt (L-L All-Star), OF Colton Smoker (L-L All-Star), OF/INF Danny Stoltzfus (L-L All-Star), 2B Kyler Petersheim.
KEY PLAYERS -- C Mitch Stoltzfus, Sr. (L-L All-Star); P/3B Mike Stoltzfus, Sr. (L-L All-Star); OF Tanner Schmitt, Jr.; P/OF Dylan Beiler, Sr.; OF Logan Dienner, Sr.; IF Kolton Petersheim, Sr.; P/IF Brandon Shirk, Jr.; IF Brian Petersen, Jr.; IF Patrick Hirthler, Sr.; 2b Chad Yoder, Soph.; DH/C Beau Heagy, Fr.; OF/3B Michael Huber, Soph.; OF Drew Feister, Jr.; IF Drew Wilkins, Jr.
OUTLOOK -- Ryan O'Donnell enjoyed quite an auspicious start as the Braves' new boss, guiding the program to its first league title. Is an encore in store? "We have seen a great deal of transition in Kinzers this year," O'Donnell said. "A lot of fire power, and a lot of innings pitched left the program through graduation last year. With the departure of last year's seniors, the 2013 season is going to be about changing the way we win and finding new ways to continue success." Key newcomers include Chad Yoder, Beau Heagy, Michael Huber, Drew Feister and Drew Wilkins.