Coach: Matt Cavalier
Last season: 15-6 overall (0-12 district), seventh in district
Top returners: Sr. 3B Josh Lupo, Jr. 2B Jackson Foreman, So. 1B/RF/P Ryan Bellamy.
Top newcomers: Fr. 1B/RF/P Jaden Isidro, Fr. C/SS/P Owen Bellamy,
Outlook: The Black-Hawks return eight starters and look to build on late-season success from last year with the addition of some key newcomers in the mix for playing time. The tight-knit unit hopes to compete for championships this season.
Coach: David Colangelo
Last season: 10-11 overall (6-6 district), fifth in district.
Top returners: Sr. Utl Jake Wortman, Jr. OF Aiden Tierney, Sr. P/DH Jordan Tauriac, Sr. P/2B Aidan Henderson.
Top newcomers: Sr. OF Finn Swafford, So. P Ben Rohrbach, Jr. P Charlie Morris.
Outlook: The Eagles lost only two seniors to graduation from last season and return a lot of depth and experienced, energetic players who are looking forward to having a competitive season.
Coach: Chuck Floyd
Last season: 8-12
Top returners: Sr. P/OF Ben Stovall, Sr. 2B/SS/P Jack Clements, Jr. OF/P Aaron Leinenbach, So. 3B/P Mike Shanahan.
Top newcomers: Jr. 1B/OF Jack Leitch, Fr. Utl/P Kaiden Rosenbaum, Jr. 2B/SS Hunter Holsinger.
Outlook: The Panthers will look to build on last season’s momentum despite losing eight seniors to graduation. Three-year varsity players Leinenbach and Stovall will lead the squad. The rotation looks to consist of Stovall, Shanahan and Clements, while the defense should be strong up the middle.
Coach: Craig Lopez
Last season: 14-6 overall (9-3 district)
Top returners: INF/P Andrew Neff, Sr. INF Zach Kaatz, So. INF/P Britt Yount, So. C Cameron Murray
Top newcomers: So. OF/P Nico Rodriguez, Fr. U/C TJ Johnson
Outlook: With eight returning varsity members, including a number of young talent, the Wildcats expect to have another competitive season within the conference and a good run in regional play.
Coach: Jim Labrusciano
Last season: 10-12 overall, tied for third in district
Top returners: Sr. P Owen Ledford, Sr. INF Cody Carter, Sr. Mike Bennett, Sr. OF Kevin Delash, Sr. INF Ethan Kearns, Sr. OF Micah Kruzel, Sr. INF/DH Colton Bates, Jr. OF Dominic Staples, Jr. OF/P Kaleb Bailey.
Top newcomers: So. P/INF Hunter Trimarchi, So. P/OF Jacob Via, So. OF Jahiem Green, C/P Elmer Figueroa, 1B/P Elvin Figueroa.
Outlook: The Wolverines will be led by a good group of seniors, which includes Roanoke College commit Ledford. The sophomore class is strong and very athletic and should help the squad compete for the post-season.
Coach: Angelo Sciandra
Last season: 9-13 overall (7-4 district), tied for third in district
Top returners: Jr. P Aidan Vanvickle, Sr. SS Alex Correa, Sr. U Seth Sherman.
Top newcomers: Jr. P Tyler Manchester, Jr. 3B Joey Martino
Outlook: The Bears return a strong nucleus of 11 players that should make for an experienced group, especially in tight games. Applying pressure to other team and finding ways to win games will be keys to success.
Coach: Tommy Harrison
Last season: 14-7 overall, district co-champions.
Top returners: Jr. SS/P Tucker Sullivan, Sr. P/1B Mike Tolson, Sr. P Robbie Baker, Sr. C Joe Tolson, So. OF Elijah Lambros.
Top newcomers: So. C Nate Henry, Fr. IF Kazuya Jordan.
Outlook: With three future college players in the starting lineup, the Indians should again contend for district and regional honors.
Coach: Frank Dow
Last season: 6–15 overall (4–7 district)
Top returners: Jr. C/3B Seth Shannon, Jr. INF/P Lucas Chinault, Jr. INF/P John Chapman, Jr. U/P Toby Somers, So. OF/P Caleb Scott
Top newcomers: So. INF/P Trevor Beale, So. U/P Joe Garner, So. INF/P Kyle Tingen
Outlook: The Cavaliers should be a little more experienced this year with two seniors and many juniors with a year or two of varsity play. The players have their sights on playing at a high level to reach better success throughout this spring.
Coach: Justin Carlisle
Last season: 8–10
Top returners: Sr. OF/P George Aste, So. 2B Trevin Edwards.
Top newcomers: Jr. SS Matt Phoebus, Jr. 3B/P Kyle Kaiser, Jr. 2b/OF/P Colby Bestick, Jr. P/1B/OF Mike Adams.
Outlook: The Chargers will look to contend in the district while several strong contributors returning. The close-knit team will also be helped by the four newcomers, who move up from the JV squad that reached the district final the last two years.
Coach: Tim Acors
Last season: 13–9 overall (10–3 district)
Top returners: Jr. OF Addie Burrow, Sr. U Dustin Gough, Sr. P Patrick Millner, Sr. SS Trevor Ferares
Top newcomers: Jr. C Owen Reilly, Jr. P/INF Ty Lowe
Outlook: Returning eight players from last year’s co-district championship team, the Cougars acknowledge that a handful of talented teams will make up the Battlefield District and each night will bring a challenge. Nonetheless, they remain excited to get things and expect great things out of Lowe, Jakob Glunt, and Caolan Walsh.
Coach: Ray Tricarico
Last season: 13–7 overall
Top returners: Sr. P/3B Daniel Jones, Sr. OF/U Hunter Lange, Jr. C Till Butler.
Top newcomers: Sr, P/SS Peyton Folsom, Jr. P Cooper Thomas, Jr. P/U Jamison Woodard.
Outlook: Despite substantial graduation lossess, Tricarico will try to uphold the winning tradition established by Daniel Nobbs, the only coach the Cyclones have ever known.
Coach: Tony Wishard
Last season: 1–19 overall
Top returners: Sr. Sam Horn, Jr. Jack Hardy.
Top newcomers: Fr. Dylan Scott, Fr. Reese Healey.
Outlook: Horn, who has committed to play at Shenandoah University, batted .500 last season and is the key to the Yellow Jackets’ hopes for improvement.
Coach: Thad Reviello
Last season: 7–12 overall (5–7 district)
Top returners: Sr. C Joey Liptak, Jr. OF/P Michael Jeziorski, Jr. OF Kris Hamilton
Top newcomers: Jr. OF/DH Mettres Murrill, Jr. OF/1B/P Ryan O’Keefe
Outlook: There’s not a lot of experience, with eight out of the twelve players making the transition to varsity, but the Foxes are working hard and capable of earning some statement wins.
Coach: Travis Payne
Last season: 21-5 overall (9-3 district)
Top returners: Sr. SS/P Trevor Croson, Sr. C/U Jonathan Olsberg, Sr. P Brian Baker, Jr. 3B Ethan Gallihugh
Top newcomers: Jr. 1B/3B/P Tyler Castle, Jr. 2B Scott Daly, Jr. OF Gabe Martin, So. C/OF Logan Parker
Outlook: Coming off of a state championship, the Knights return three everyday starters and will be fairly young with some new faces. The leadership of Croson, an 2018 All-State selection at shortshop, will play a huge role in the success of the team, while Olsberg looks to build off of a solid junior campaign. Bakers returns with an expanded role on the mound and in the lineup.
Coach: Kevin Fisher
Coach: Adam Utz
Last season: 7-16
Top returners: Sr. SS Christian Koontz, Sr. INF/P Canon Davies, Sr. INF/OF/P Tucker Hensley, Sr. C Keenan Williams, Jr. P/INF Brett Jennings.
Top newcomers: So. OF Kyle Johnson, Jr. INF/P Zach Redifer, Jr. INF/P Caleb Fincham.
Outlook: Utz said the team with have to be scrappy, “being late tough,” to pull out the close games. Depth at pitcher will be a strength, but getting the bats hot at the right time will help determing if the Hornets can build on what they started last season.
Coach: Brandon Mack
NORTHERN NECK DISTRICT
Coach: Brent Steffey
Last season: 12–8–1
Top returners: Sr. P/SS Mason Delane, So. 3B/P Trevor Smith, Sr. C Cole Setliff, Jr. 2B Trey Allison, Sr. 1B Thomas Proffitt.
Top newcomers: So. OF Trey Pietras.
Outlook: The Drifters will be strong on the mound and defensively, but the key to a successful season will be if they can get the hits when needed according to Steffey. Delane, a VCU commit, and Smith will be tough outs for any team, but others will have to step up as well.
WASHINGTON & LEE
Coach: Michael Clark
Last season: 10–8 overall (5–5 district)
Top returners: Jr. P/INF Tyler Holden, Jr. U Henry Long, Sr. INF Jimmy McIntosh, Sr. 2B Moochie Hunter, Jr. P Nick Balderson
Top newcomers: Fr. U DJ Miner, Jr. P Jordan Peyton, Sr. OF Trendon Craig
Outlook: W&L recognizes they lost several pieces of experience, along with the 2018 FLS Player of the Year. Nonetheless, the team will rely on a junior pitching trio of Holden, Balderson, and newcomer Peyton, along with a reasonably strong defense, to keep them in games. A young lineup will also be asked to manufacture runs and hopefully win low scoring affairs. Long, McIntosh, Craig, and Peyton will all help lead the offense. If pitching holds up to expectations and the Eagles can continue to develop offensively as the season progresses, they can find themselves in the mix once regional play begins.
Coach: Jeff Petty
Last season: 5–11 overall (0–6 DAC)
Top returners: Jr. SS/P Saban Roane, Sr. 1B/OF Caleb Ruble, Jr. P/OF Josiah Hyde, Sr. 2B/3B Giovanni Augusti, Sr. OF/P Ritchie Hartigan.
Top newcomers: 3B/P Joel Tarrh, C/P JT Carter.
Outlook: An experienced coaching staff is looking to start from scratch and help establish a strong program. With that being established and the addition of new players, coach Petty says the Eagles are looking to have a promising year.