Coach: Brian Rau, first season
2011 record: 3-14, 4-17
Top players: Seniors Alex Figeroa (OF/P), Nick Zayatz (OF/P), Ryan Andrews (OF), Michael Moore (2B), Matt Huewe (1B) and Khari Lane (P/1B); juniors Kyle Madden-Stricker (P/OF), Evan Russell (SS/P), Westan Hart (P/3B) and Joe Zayatz (P/SS); sophomore Ben Hale (C).
Scouting report: Although the Scorpions won only twice between 2009 and 2010, things started to turn around last season with four wins. Rau hopes to continue to make progress and having ace Madden-Stricker anchor the pitching staff is a good start. Joe Zayatz (.328, 14 runs) was the team's best hitter last year, and he and his brother Nick will both see time on the mound as well. Hart, a newcomer, could be the Scorpions' No. 2 pitcher. Russell could be counted on as the team's closer in tight spots, but he can also play all over the infield and is a sparkplug on offense. Last year he drew 20 walks, scored 13 runs and stole 11 bases.
Coach: Adam Leader, 10th season
2011 record: 17-0, 21-1, county and District V champion
Top players: Seniors Lee Lawler (P/SS), Bryan Davidson (P/OF), Danny Klein (3B) and Luke Schuster (OF); junior Tyler Hornberger (P/1B); sophomore Danny O'Hagan (C); freshman Cody Morris (P/1B).
Scouting report: As soon as last season ended, T.J. Pipik's jersey number was retired. He will be sorely missed at Reservoir, but — as he often pointed out — he didn't win 21 games last year by himself. Lawler quietly was 5-0 with 41 strikeouts and a .70 ERA as the Gators' No. 3 starter. He'll be their ace this season, but Davidson — who did not pitch last year — and Morris, a talented ninth grader, will have his back. Offensively, Davidson (.391, 8 SBs), Klein (.293, 10 BBs) and Lawler (.277, 7 SBs) give Reservoir some good weapons, and Schuster can cover a lot of ground in the outfield. O'Hagan played varsity last year as a freshman, but was primarily used in pinch situations.
Coach: Wes McCoy, fourth season
2011 record: 11-6, 13-8
Top players: Seniors Nick Riso (3B), Davis Grove (1B) and Mas St. George (2B); juniors Evan Griffin (SS/P), Jason Freishtat (P), Richie Lancashire (P/CF) and Shrawan Sinha (RF); sophomores Sam Kolodrubetz (LF) and Drew Pritchard (C); freshman Rohan Tilva (P).
Scouting report: The Hawks are in the enviable position of being both young and experienced. Their top three pitchers — Griffin, Freishtat and Lancashire — each pitched around 20 innings last year and look to get most of the time on the mound this year. Griffin was named first team all-county last year after batting .446 with 27 runs, 12 stolen bases and 12 extra base hits. Grove (.338, 17 RBIs), Riso (10 BBs, 11 RBIs), Lancashire (.298, 16 Rs) and Kolodrubetz (.324) were all productive hitters last year as well.
Coach: Kareem Penn, second season
2011 record: 7-10, 7-11
Top players: Senior Devon McNeel (SS/P); juniors Thomas Mee (C/P), Brandon Pelletier (2B/3B), Nick Wright (3B) and Jackson Quade (1B/DH); freshmen Wibert Jimminez (P/1B) and Cuinn Mullins (LF).
Scouting report: Mee was a pleasant surprise last year as a sophomore, batting .444 with 13 stolen bases. Since the Wildecats graduated 90 innings of pitching, he'll also be asked to pitch this season, along with McNeel (.377, 10 SBs) and Jimminez, a promising ninth grader. Wilde Lake gave up a lot of hits last year but could hit with anyone, so if that trio can keep opposing bats in check, the wins should come. Heading into the season, McNeel, Pelletier, Wright and Mee occupy the top four spots in the batting order.
Coach: Justin Riggin, second season
2011 record: 4-4 MIAA C Conference, 6-9
Top players: Senior Jordan Lawrence (SS); juniors Alex Bishop (P), Jordan Gorsuch (P), Kris Hatton (CF) and Jonathan Hamilton (1B); sophomore Steve Siggins (P); freshman Michael Patton (OF/P).
Scouting report: The Yellowjackets opened the season with two losses, but they were both close games with B Conference opponents. That bodes well for the C Conference season, which began on March 23. Lawrence is the team's leadoff hitter and emotional center, while Bishop, Gorsuch and Siggins comprise the pitching staff. Patton, a talented freshman, will be used in several different capacities by Riggin, and that could include some pitching. Bishop, Hamilton and Lawrence were all named C Conference All-Stars last year.
Coach: Chris Garber, third season
2011 record: 10-7, 15-10, MIAA B Conference semifinalist
Top players: Seniors Tyler Henderson (3B/P), Gerald Quarles (C) and Brandon Henderson (IF); juniors Jack Dougherty (1B/P) and Miguel Flores (CF); sophomore Will Seiferth (SS).
Scouting report: The Dragons took a big step forward last year, winning 15 games and advancing to the conference semifinals, but they will have to try to repeat that success without conference All-Stars Ben Koffel and Doug Miller, along with Andrew Franklin, who all graduated. That trio accounted for more than 60 runs, 60 RBIs and nine home runs, and Miller and Franklin were two of the team's top pitchers. But there is no need to panic, as Glenelg Country returns plenty of talent. Tyler Henderson and Dougherty return to lead the pitching staff after combining to win seven games last year. Those two are also the Dragons' top returning hitters, having amassed 31 runs and 36 RBIs between them, with batting averages well over .300. Tyler's twin, Brandon, belted three home runs last season. Though just a sophomore, Seiferth proved that he could hit varsity pitching last season, batting .333. The speedy Flores (12 BBs, 27 runs) makes a good leadoff man, and Quarles (14 RBIs) slots well in the heart of the order.