Here's how Harford County's varsity baseball teams look as the season gets started.
Head coach: Tim Lindecamp (first season)
2012 record: 4-14
Key returning players: Tyler Maughan, Sr. (2B, OF); Travis Hubler, Sr. (P, SS)
Key newcomers: Andrew Brndjar, Fr. (P, IF); Kyle Salmons, So. (3B); Owen Smith, So. (C)
Outlook: "We are a very young team," first-year head coach Tim Lindecamp said of the 2013 Eagles, who are coming off a tough 2012 campaign. "On offense, we will need to manufacture runs to stay competitive."
Head coach: John Swanson (12th season)
2012 record: 9-12
Key returning players: Sam Foss, Sr.; Nick Loiodice, Jr. (2B); Tyler Norcross, Sr. (SS); Richard Rivera, Sr. (DH)
Key newcomers: J.D. Bruck, So. (OF); Matt Wallace, Jr. (Util.); Brendan Yetter, So. (OF)
Outlook: The Bobcats will be neck-deep in the Chesapeake (upper) Division battle with C. Milton Wright, North Harford, Patterson Mill and Fallston. "Our expectations for the season are to compete at a high level, and give ourselves an opportunity to win every game," veteran head coach John Swanson said. "As the season unfolds, time will tell how successful we are."
C. Milton Wright
Head coach: Joe Stetka (second season)
2012 record: 12-10
Key returning players: Mason Benson, Jr. (C, IF); Drew Buckley, Sr. (OF); Chase Demars, Jr. (P, SS); Cam Horner, Sr. (2B); Jake Labe, Sr. (P, 1B); Ryan Lorenzo, Sr. (IF); Colin Miller, Jr. (C, 1B); Matt Phillips, Sr. (P, OF); Ricky Scheeler, Sr. (3B); Bryce Schultz, Sr. (P, 1B); Dakota Stern, Jr. (OF, IF); Mike Vecchio, Sr. (OF, C); Justin Wiederman, Sr. (OF)
Key newcomers: Pete Denardi, So. (C, IF); Matt Henigan, Jr. (P, OF); Ray Kimball, Jr. (P); Matt Mancino, Jr. (SS, 2B); Brett Schatz, Jr. (2B); Jeremy Stewart, Jr. (P, 1B); Nick Vecchio, Jr. (OF)
Outlook: "Defense and pitching will be strong points for us," head coach Joe Stetka said. "We do have above-average team speed, and we have some good hitters with some power. Our pitching is shaping up, and that's key for us. Defensively, we're pretty tight up the middle. We have a ball club that has some pop in its bats, but most of all we have solid contact hitters."