Newcomers: Jeremy Elliott, jr.,C; Danny Gaughan, jr., 2B; Rick Hendricks, jr., P/OF; Shawn Maughon,jr., P; Tony Schaffer, sr., C/OF; Kenny Strong, sr., 3B.
Coach's outlook: "We've got to get the fundamentals down. If you make errors,they'll come back to haunt you. You can't give a good team four, five outs an inning, and that's what we've been doing. If we can cut down on the mistakes, we'll be in some games. I'm not looking for a miracle from this team, but I am looking for consistency."
Harford County Sun's outlook: With their senior-laden lineup, the Eagles have the potential to improve on last year's record, but Hinch didn't see much to cheer about when they started off 0-2. Hitting has been the major problem. Hinch, an assistant last year, looks for Strong, Holden, Frink and Zimmerman to carry the big bats, but they haven't produced.Defensively, the Eagles should improve quickly with Holden, Gaughan,Alexander and Strong in the infield as well as with Zimmerman in center field. On the mound, Aviles and Johnson will see most of the action. Although not overpowering, they can throw strikes.
C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS
Coach: Jim Miller, 12th season.
Assistants: Jim Fieldhouse, John Harvey, Joe Pino.
Last year's record: 18-3, county champs, Class 3A regional semifinalists.
Starters lost: 4.
Returnees: Jeff Hawk, sr., CF; Bill Simmons, sr., P/C; David Miller, sr., LF; Johnny Manzari, sr., 2B; Scott Kalista, sr., P/1B; Joe Reinhardt,sr., 3B; Lee Crouse, sr., P; Brian Taylor, so., C.
Newcomers: Charles Harris, jr., SS; Brad Fordyce, jr., RF; Tom Walsh, so., SS; Joe Zarzicky, DH/util.; Jeff Schwartz, so., P; Matt Lynch, jr., IF; Robert Touchstone, sr., OF; Jason Joines, sr., DH; Jeff Stuart, jr., 1B; Alex Darko, jr., OF.
Coach's outlook: "We're not the awesome long-ball threat that we were, because the four guys who graduated (batted between .300 and .600). We took those four power hitters and replacedthem with one power hitter and some other kids who are just pretty good hitters. We can't make mistakes, because the power is not there."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Mustangs, ranked No. 9 in the metro area by The Baltimore Sun, got a shock from Fallston in the season-opener, losing 15-7. But the Mustangs weren't too upset, because they lost their first game a year ago before winning 14 straight. In addition to some consistent, although not powerful, hitters, Miller also returns a strengthened defense. Crouse, who won six games, is the top pitcher back. Schwartz and Kalista will also see a lot of time. Injuries may be a factor for the Mustangs, who have lost Harris for a month with a broken thumb and Hawk for a while with a pulled hamstring.
BEL AIR BOBCATS
Coach: Mike Ennis, seventh season.
Assistants: John Yantz, Larry Ballard.
Last year's record: 13-6, Class 3A regional semifinalists.
Starters lost: 5.
Returnees: Craig Carpenter, sr., 3B; Paul Daniele, sr., P/utility;Jason Castillo, sr., 1B; Steve Kagay, jr., 1B/DH/P; Ryan Rafalski, sr., OF; Tony Mogavero, so., CF; Bryan Linz, jr., P/IF; Josh Krebs, sr., C.
Newcomers: Pete McKinney, fr., SS; C.J. Talbott, jr., 2B; Tim Hintz, jr., OF; Brad Sisolak, jr., OF/P; Brian Cornell, jr., 2B; Jeff Tracey, jr., P/1B; DaveGrimm, jr., P/1B; Donny Krtanjek, jr., C/P.
Coach's outlook: "We've got some potential. The big question mark is pitching. It's by committee. We don't have many pitchers with varsity experience. Most areup from JV and lack varsity experience, although they have pitched recreation ball."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Bobcats have struggled a bit defensively while going 1-3 to open the season. Ennis attributes the errors to lack of outdoor practice and expects the Bobcats to clean up their act quickly. Bel Air already has booming bats, getting 12 to 14 hits in each of its first three games. Freshman McKinney has been the offensive spark plug, going 8-for-12 in the first three. The Bobcats also have a little more team speed than last year. On the mound, however, Ennis has only Daniele and Linz with much varsity experience. Sisolak moved up from JV to start one game, but Enniswill need strong performances from his youngsters if the Bobcats areto stay in the county title race.
Coach: Kevin Tyree, first season.
Assistants: George Toetfer, Ken Oldendick.
Last year's record: 17-6, state Class 2A semifinalists.
Starters lost: 3.
Returnees: Greg Watchinsky, sr., C; Wade Greason, jr. P/RF; Jamie Coons, jr., P/CF; Corey Anderson, sr., 3B/P; Roger Barnes, sr., 1B; Keith Kimmel, sr., 2B; Jason Harris, sr., RF.