Resurrection Christian School enters the baseball season coming off a 2A state championship. The Cougars lost some talent from that title-winning squad, but still have some experienced players returning. Or that will eventually return.
Jake Lohr is the ace of the pitching staff and will be expected to anchor that unit again, but first he will have to finish a run at a state title with the basketball team.
Fossil Ridge looks to get over the hump. Rocky Mountain and Poudre look to keep it business as usual as the baseball season gets under way.
For the first time, the SaberCats will make a trip to Arizona for a little spring break baseball, joining Rocky Mountain, which has maintained that tradition for years. Perhaps the change in routine will bolster the SaberCats’ postseason hopes. That, and the fact that Fossil Ridge returns some real talent to the diamond this season.
Last year, Fossil Ridge recorded a losing season (8-11). However, that mark was still twice as good as the SaberCats’ record two years ago. Things are certainly heading in the right direction. In fact, the only time Fossil Ridge should be heading south is during its spring break trip to Arizona.
Rocky Mountain, meanwhile, has been a pillar of consistency. Although coach Scott Bullock said he’s certainly proud of the team’s championships, it’s a testament to his players that the Lobos have been in the final eight in seven of the past nine years.
Poudre will fight for a playoff spot and Fort Collins will try to make it farther than the first round, as both teams get some key contributors back. Lambkins coach Troy Tolar said his team has been through some adversity and learned how to be a team in the process. Meanwhile, Poudre coach Mark Buffington said his Impalas will make up for inexperience with a heart.
In 4A Windsor will look to continue its upward progression under second year, and former Fort Collins High, coach Brad Deal.