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Century

Coach: Mike Marrale, 5th year

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Last year's record: 11-8, 9-5 county

Next game: Wednesday vs. Manchester Valley, 4:30

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Key losses: Chris Gladden, Justin Lamb, Brad Martin

Key returners: Nathanael Hibbs, junior P/SS; Ethan Kiple, junior P/IF; Jeremy Lapp, junior P/OF; Michael Marrale, junior C/OF; Rob Martin, junior P/OF.

Outlook: Kiple and Marrale both earned Times first-team all-county honors in 2016, with Kiple leading the county in RBIs (30) and homers (six) while batting .397. He and Marrale will anchor what their coach calls "a young team but experienced." Century fields 11 juniors this spring.

Francis Scott Key

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Coach: Tim Warren, 1st year

Last year's record: 15-6, 11-3 county

Next game: Wednesday vs. Liberty, 4:30

Key losses: Trent Copenhaver, Camden Cregger, Ethan Rhoten

Key returners: Luke Luckenbaugh, senior P/1B; Danny Hyman, senior P/IF; Jake Pirrung, junior IF.

Outlook: The Eagles, who played in the CCAL county championship game last spring, look to replace three first-team all-county players in the graduated Copenhaver, Cregger, and Rhoten. They're led by Warren, who replaces the reigning Times Coach of the Year in T.J. Murphy. "The team is young but has senior leadership and a lot of school pride," Warren said via email.

Gerstell

Coach: Cap Poklemba, 3rd year

Last year's record: 9-7, 8-6 MIAA C Conference

Next game: Tuesday vs. Beth Tfiloh, 4

Key loss: Peter Ensor

Key returners: Blake Bissen, senior 1B; Russell Chapman, senior P/3B; Reece Early, sophomore P/OF; Taylor Hodges, senior P/C; Brennen Sedney, junior P/UT; senior Matthew Szedlock, junior P/IF.

Outlook: The Falcons' goal is to contend for a conference championship, with each varsity season having been better than the previous one so far. Gerstell is off to a 2-1 start and appears to have plenty of arms in its rotation, led by Early — the right-hander received preseason high honorable mention All-American honors from Perfect Game.

Liberty

Coach: Brian Tombs, 1st year

Last year's record: 7-11, 5-10 county

Next game: Wednesday vs. Francis Scott Key, 4:30

Key loss: Tommy Parris

Key returners: Justin Brookhart, senior P/IF; Joe Gallagher, senior P/C/IF; Brandon Shipley, senior P.

Outlook: Parris led the Lions in batting average (.386), RBIs (24), and home runs (four) last spring, so new coach Tombs will look to replace that offensive void. Brookhart, Gallagher, and Shipley should become part of Liberty's pitching rotation, and they are three of the team's eight seniors.

Manchester Valley

Coach: Shawn Hampt, 8th year

Last year's record: 6-12, 5-9 county

Next game: Wednesday at Century, 4:30

Key losses: Tristan Buckley, Trey Conine, Scotty Glover, Mitch Rickabaugh, Luke Winner

Key returners: Andrew Howard, senior P; Caleb Ludwig, junior OF; Jake Meredith, senior C; Colin Schuman, junior OF/P.

Outlook: The Mavericks lost a Times first-team all-county pick in Rickabaugh, but they return one in Howard. He led Carroll in strikeouts (50) and posted a 2.87 ERA. Hampt said via email MV's "success will be measured by how well we execute our plan at competing one pitch at a time."

South Carroll

Coach: Brian Zawacki, 6th year

Last year's record: 10-12, 8-6 county

Next game: Tuesday at Winters Mill, 4:30

Key losses: Brad Haas, Joe Malagari, Zach Kaye

Key returners: None

Outlook: Zawacki wants to be clear — the Cavs have talented players back from last season, from senior pitcher David Rivizzigno (40 Ks in 2016) to senior utility player Alec Sherwin to junior catcher Reed Schumacher. Zawacki just doesn't want to single anyone out. "Pitching and defense will carry us as usual," he said via email.

Westminster

Coach: Mark Winebrunner, 6th year

Last year's record: 16-4, 11-3 county

Next game: Wednesday at Winters Mill, 4:30

Key losses: Justin Buberl, Chris Lang, Brandon Martin, Brad Moore, Nathan Raver, Robby Walsh

Key returners: Justin Cotter, senior P; Josh Kosmicki, senior C; Dylan Lane, senior DH; Ryan Mills, senior 1B/P; Jordan Price, senior CF/SS; Billy Scanlon, junior P/3B.

Outlook: This young squad will likely need quality innings from the likes of Cotter and Scanlon, Winebrunner said via email, to find success this spring. Losing the Times Player of the Year in Martin (5-0, 3.18 ERA, 33 Ks; .385, 21 RBIs) will be felt, but "the team should be sound defensively," Winebrunner said.

Winters Mill

Coach: Erik Barnes, 1st year

Last year's record: 8-12, 5-8 county

Next game: Wednesday vs. Westminster, 4:30

Key losses: Steven Cook, Britton Lawrence, Wes Martin

Key returners: Paul Hansel, senior P/SS; Emory Mummert, senior 2B; David Ridgely, senior P/UTL.

Outlook: Barnes makes his return to Carroll coaching (he spent 14 seasons at Liberty and stepped down in 2013), and his first task might be to replace the county's leading hitter last spring in Lawrence (.469) and a pitcher in Martin who went 5-0 with 24 strikeouts. "We are working very hard to be competitive each time we take the field," Barnes said via email.

—Compiled by Pat Stoetzer

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