Posted: 4:54 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013
By Jeff Gilbert
KEY AREA GAMES
April 2: Kenton Ridge at Springfield, 5 p.m.
April 8: Tecumseh at Kenton Ridge, 5 p.m.
April 22: Centerville at Springfield, 5 p.m.
April 22: Kenton Ridge at Shawnee, 5 p.m.
April 22: West Liberty-Salem at Triad, 5 p.m.
May 6: Shawnee at Tecumseh, 5 p.m.
May 7: Northwestern at Greenon, 5 p.m.
May 9: Northwestern at Shawnee, cancer benefit, 5 p.m.
Players to watch (listed alphabetically)
Nic Arnett, Cedarville: The senior first baseman batted .320 last year and stole 21 bases.
Gabe Berner, Tecumseh: The senior first baseman batted .364 with 21 RBIs and will be counted on to be a top starting pitcher.
Austin Black, Mechanicsburg: The senior center fielder is back to bat lead-off after missing last year with a shoulder injury. He hit .538 as a sophomore.
Riley Borders, Springfield: The senior pitcher was second-team All-MVBCA in Division I last year with a 5-3 record and 1.17 ERA while batting .450.
Cody Circle, Northwestern: The senior first baseman hit .494 last year (third in the CBC) and was second-team All-MVBCA in Division III.
Tyler Colvin, Kenton Ridge: The senior pitcher and first baseman has signed with Oakland University after carrying a .338 batting average and 2.47 ERA last year.
Tony Evans, Tecumseh: The senior shortstop was second in the CBC in batting at .512, had 29 RBIs and was first team All-MVBCA.
Sam Grayson, Springfield: The junior second baseman has a good glove and is part of strong defense. Batted .295 last year with 10 RBIs.
Matt Horner, Catholic Central: The senior pitcher and catcher was the team’s top hitter last year and was first-team All-OHC. Moving from reliever role to No. 1 starter.
Jordan Huggins, Shawnee: The senior outfielder hit .379 with 12 RBIs and eight stolen bases last year.
Michael Knotts, Kenton Ridge: The senior pitcher had a 1.84 ERA last year, but was able to throw only 19 innings because of a back injury that he has now recovered from.
Doug Lowe, Triad: The senior left-hander dominated the OHC at 9-2 with a 0.87 ERA, 100 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings. He was first team All-MVBCA and third team All-Ohio in Division III.
Austin Marshall, Northwestern: The junior pitcher finished strong last season at 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings. He batted .340 and stole 15 bases.
Tre McIntyre, Triad: The junior has played infield, outfield, catcher, and he batted .361 with 20 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits last year.
Duncan Mercer, Southeastern: The senior will be the Trojans’ No. 1 starter and bat in the middle of the order.
Tyler Powell, Urbana: The senior pitcher was 5-4 last year with a 1.81 ERA, 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings and he stole 18 bases.
Tyler Renk, Greenon: The fourth-year starter is back at catcher after a year at third base. He batted .323 last year.
Nick Wiseman, Northeastern: The junior outfielder was second-team OHC last year when he hit .328 with 21 RBIs and seven doubles.
Colton Young, Triad: The senior pitcher was 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA, and will be a strong No. 2 again behind Lowe.
Derek Zinkhon, Shawnee: The senior pitcher was All-CBC last year with a 4-4 record and 3.44 ERA, and he is considering Cedarville and Sinclair.