Last season: 19-6, No. 4
Postseason: Class 4A state runner-up
Outlook: After running through the tough Class 4A East region last season, the Wildcats lost to Northwest of Montgomery County, 7-6 in 12 innings, in the Class 4A title game. They'll reload and look to make the extra step this year.
Coach: Adam Leader
Last season: 22-2, No. 5
Postseason: Class 3A East regional finalist
Outlook: The Gators should be among the top teams in Howard County once again. Sophomore right-hander Cody Morris is the No. 1 starter after All-Metro first-team right-hander Lee Lawler graduated, and junior catcher Danny O'Hagan batted .330 last season.
7. River Hill
Coach: Wes McCoy
Last season: 16-5, unranked
Postseason: Class 3A East regional quarterfinalist
Outlook: With all of their pitchers returning this season, the Hawks will likely contend for the Howard County championship. Look for senior outfielder Shrawan Sinha to make an impact after hitting .309 with 13 RBIs last year.
Coach: Jim Crowley
Last season: 16-16, unranked
Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist