Newcomers: Troy Walters, IF/OF/P; Keith Davis, sr., OF; Rick Hendricks, jr., OF; Greg Alexander, jr., SS; Mike Perrone, jr., OF; Chad Zimmerman, jr., OF; Chris Scheminant, jr., OF; Brian Bennett, jr., P; DonaldStuchinski, jr., P; Brent Holden, jr., 1B; Shawn Blake, jr., P/IF.
Coach's outlook: "Last year, we were loaded with sophomores. I feelthis team is stronger overall with the sophomores that played last year. With the experience they got last year, we'll be better this year. Pitching is the big question. We definitely don't have anybody that's going to overpower anyone."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Pitching is the big question for just about everyone in Harford County this year. Like the Eagles, no one has an overpowering arm, so whoever can throw strikes and play defense the best will probably win the league. The Eagles don't have a lot of experience on the mound, but theyhave much improved defense. Last year, the Eagles averaged nearly eight errors a game, but those days appear to be over. The key to the season will probably be how the Eagles do at bat. So far, they haven'thit well, but Shelly said there are several players who should have high averages -- Genco, Alexander, Kirksey, Johnson, Walters and Shaffer.
BEL AIR BOBCATS
Coach: Mike Ennis, sixth season.
Assistants: John Yantz, Larry Ballard.
Last year's record: 15-5, county champ, Class 3A regional finalist.
Starters lost: 5.
Top returnees: Jeff Tolley, sr., OF; Jim Dehn, sr., Of; Jason Pruitt, sr., SS; Chris Gaeng, sr., IF/DH; Chad Zentack, sr., P; Josh Carter, sr., C; Craig Carpenter, jr., P/3B/DH; Paul Daniele, jr., 3B/P; Jason Castillo, jr., 1B/P; Marvin Holt, sr., OF.
Newcomers: Steve Kagay, so, 1B; Ryan Rafalski, jr., OF; Craig Wright, jr., OF; Tony Mogavero, fr., OF/P; Brian Linz, so.; 2B/P; Josh Krebs, jr., C; Tom Rose, jr., DH; VinceGrigora, sr., 2B/P.
Coach's outlook: "I think we've got the bats.We've just got to find out who can pitch. We have some big shoes to fill and we will have to build some chemistry. That takes a while. But we have got several players (Pruitt, Tolley and Gaeng) who have played three years and they know what it takes to win. Those will be ourleaders. They'll have to take charge."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Hitting and defense should be the strengths for the Bobcats. Their three leaders are solid in both offense and defense. Pruitt and Gaeng batted over .330 last year and Castillo hit .300. The big questionat Bel Air is on the mound. Zentack, the only regular pitcher returning, was a middle reliever last year. Ennis expects the pitching to be by committee until he finds a regular rotation that works. If they can find a strong rotation, the Bobcats could be contenders -- probably with Edgewood and C. Milton Wright for the county title.
C. MILTONWRIGHT MUSTANGS
Coach: Jim Miller, 11th season.
Assistants: Jim Fieldhouse, Gene Miller, Carl Holsten.
Last year's record: 15-6,Class 3A regional semifinalist.
Starters lost: 6.
Top returnees: Ken Batten, sr., RF; Ryan Lowery, sr., P; Jason Asbury, sr., SS; Scott Youngblood, sr., OF; Jeff Hawk, jr., CF.
Newcomers: Chris Knorr, sr., LF; Bill Simmons, jr., C; David Miller, jr., OF; Johnny Manzari, jr., 2B; Scott Klista, jr., 1B; Joe Reinhardt, jr., 3B; Brian Mullhausen, jr., C; Greg Cooper, jr., P; Lee Crouse, jr., P; Brian Kinnan, jr., P; Brandon Bennett, so., P; Scott Krouse, jr., C/IF.
Coach's outlook: "The talent's here, but it's a year younger. We lost a group of good seniors. They didn't all have great talent, but they didn't beat themselves. It's going to have to be the same way for this year's team. We can't make mental mistakes, but with a younger group, you just have to wait and see."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Mustangs return only four starters in Batten, Lowery, Asbury and Hawk, so they will depend a lot on a large group moving up from jv. Inexperience on the varsity level will be their biggest problem, but Miller does see a few spots that may be even better than last year's. The outfield defense already looks stronger, and Miller expects this group to score a lot of runs. On the mound, Lowery will see most of the action. A six-game winner last year, Lowery doesn't have tremendous speed, but he has great control and won't walk many batters. How quickly the Mustangs' other pitchers come along may determine how well C. Milton Wright's season goes.
Coach: Steve Williams, ninth season.
Assistants: Kevin Tyree, Irv Wilkinson.
Last year's record: 15-9, state Class 1A/2A runners-up.
Starters lost: 4.