Coach: Jon Dupski, first season
2011 record: 16-1 county, 19-3 overall, 3A East regional finalist
Top players: Seniors Josh Martin (P/SS) and Karter Seamonson (LHP/OF); juniors Paul Burmester (C) and Austin Feuerman (1B); sophomores Brady Acker (CF) and Michael Slayton (P).
Scouting report: Atholton's big trio of Paul Beers, Kory Britton and Jon Thews have graduated, so Dupski will need to come up with his own winning formula for his debut season. Luckily, former coach Kevin Kelly didn't leave the cupboard bare. Martin, the projected ace of the 2012 pitching staff, was 6-0 last year with a 2.00 ERA. He also batted .426 with six doubles and 22 RBIs and will play shortstop when he's not pitching. Seamonson and Slayton, the ace of the Raiders JV squad last year, will slot in behind Martin in the rotation. Acker, a speedy centerfielder with good range, batted .333 with five doubles, 23 runs and a county-best 18 stolen bases last year as a freshman. Burmester, who will move from third base to catcher, hit .382 with eight extra base hits. Dupski hopes that Burmester and Feuerman, a masher on JV last year, will provide a powerful one-two punch in the middle of the line-up.
Coach: Denis Ahearn, 11th season
2011 record: 9-8, 9-10
Top players: Seniors Jerry Burgo (P/RF), Ben Ciraolo (C), Ben Goldsmith (P/CF), Garrett Kurtz (P/1B) and Jared Lacey (3B).
Scouting report: Centennial's pitching staff was hit hardest by graduation, as college freshmen Mike Long and David Kendrick are now helping Washington College baseball to its best start in 75 years. But the Eagles return their best two-player in Kurtz, who batted .400 with two home runs last year and will be expected to lead the pitching staff this season. Goldsmith and Burgo will also be relied on to eat up significant innings on the mound. Ciraolo and Lacey batted in the heart of the order last year, and will be looked to again to drive in a healthy share of runs.
Coach: Dave Boteler, third season
2011 record: 10-7, 14-9, 2A South regional finalist
Top players: Seniors Matt Hughes (P), Dan Grimes (P) and Ryan Perry (LF); juniors Logan Dubbe (OF/P), Nick Crabill (CF) and Forrest Southern (C); sophomore David Brookhart (SS).
Scouting report: Dubbe has been raking the ball since he batted .385 with 18 RBIs as a freshman in 2010. He and Southern both batted better than .400 last year, and Dubbe belted 10 doubles with 23 RBIs. Hughes is the Gladiators' most reliable returning pitcher, with 22 innings pitched and 19 strikeouts last year, but Dubbe, a year removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, could be a surprise on the mound. Brookhart was impressive in his varsity debut on the football field this fall, and could have a similar performance on the diamond.
Coach: Michael Lerner, 10th season
2011 record: 8-9, 9-10
Top players: Seniors Kyle Cheuvront (1B/P), Anthony Saleiro (SS/P) and Will Sandish (OF); juniors Derek Sicca (3B/P), Ben Miller (C), Matt Cassett (2B/SS) and Garrett Kelley (OF).
Scouting report: A new season means to players in new positions for Hammond, but Lerner is pleased at how hard his players are working to make those adjustments. Cheuvront, who has committed to play baseball for West Virginia Wesleyan next season, looks to lead Hammond both at the plate and on the mound, and Sicca — who batted .462 (best among returning players) with five doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs, and was 3-1 with 26 strikeouts and a 1.88 ERA — will look to build on a breakout sophomore campaign. Miller was a productive hitter at DH last year (.333) and will look to make a bigger impact in 2012 as the everyday catcher. Saleiro will also adjust to a new role, sliding over to shortstop from second base, and figuring into the pitching rotation. Kelley batted a team-best .464 (26 hits) with 24 stolen bases for the JV last year.