Lansdowne baseball looks to have another strong season

Having as much success as Lansdowne High did in an outstanding 2012 baseball season, under Division II coach of the year Matt Kohel, is also the hope as a new spring season gets under way.

Here's a snapshot of the 2013 Vikings:

Record last year: 14-3

Coach Matt Kohel's quote: "Our defense has been solid through the first two games."

Breakdown: Lansdowne split its first two games, losing to Catonsville, 9-2, in frigid conditions on March 21 in the opener and beating Milford Mill, 14-2, in slightly better conditions the next day.

For the Vikings to have another banner campaign, they will have to follow the lead of senior co-captains Sam Warfield and Brad Childress.

Warfield, an All-County first-team pitcher last season when he went 4-2 with a 2.21 earned run average, is in his third season as the Vikings' ace.

In 2011, he helped the Vikings to a state semifinal victory and was also part of a setback in the state final.

"Once he gets in a groove and we find the rotation that works for us, I hope to have a similar record to what we had last year," Kohel said. "He (Warfield) is the key to a lot of tough games. If he can give us five or six good starts, we will be OK."

Kohel hopes to get solid mound performances from senior Joey Kramer and junior Tyler Crawford.

The staff will be backed by a defense that includes corner outfielders Crawford, senior Chris Busse and junior Dave Miller and senior center fielder Markise Williams.

Busse made a highlight-reel diving catch against Milford Mill.

Senior Chris Shek and junior Zachary Richards could also be in the outfield mix.

Newcomer to the infield is junior third baseman Brandon DeGrava, a transfer from Kansas City.

Shortstop Childress, second baseman Ryan Miller and first baseman Bryan Voyce round out the infield.

Junior Anthony Abram fills a utility role.

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