Coach: Max Newill (8th season, 100-90)
Last year: 19-9 overall, 8-6 Skyland Conference Delaware Division
Key losses: Mike Fair (SS),
Probable lineup: Eric Schnepf (Sr., C-CF), Kevin McDermott (Sr. SS), John Capra (Sr., 3B)-1B), Guy Izzo (Sr., CF-RF), Alex Thul (Jr. 1B-3B), Mike Celli (Jr. LF-RF-1B), Jack Hanley (Jr. DH-LF-RF-C), Scott Cooper (Sr., 2B), Matt Molinaro (Sr., LF-SS), Mike Kolen (Sr., CF-LF)
Pitchers: Stephen Fedak (Sr., RH), Conlan Farrell (Sr., RH),John Capra (Sr., RH), Kevin McDermott (Sr., RH), Eric Nickel (Jr., RH), Nick Scimone (Jr., RH), Alex Wahl (Sr., RH), Alex Thul (Jr., RH)
Reserves: Alex Wahl (Sr., 1B), Tyler Holzapel (Jr., 1B), Eric Nickel (Jr., OF). Nick Scimone (Jr., OF).
Outlook: The Panthers are deep and have enough balance to win county and sectional titles. What needs to be different is a better defense. They made 42 errors. Lapses cost the Panthers a spot in last year’s county final. Defense could be a strength like four-year starter Schnepf behind the plate. Izzo hit .469 with four homers and 17 RBI. The pitching should be good enough with senior righties Fedak (4-1, 1.47) and Farrell (5-2, 2.13) to anchor the rotation
Coach: Eric Eden, 1st year
Last season: 15-8 overall, 8-6 Skyland Conference Delaware Division, Somerset County Tournament champions
Key losses: Andrew Zitel (SS), Matt Hornich (LHP)
Probable lineup:: Eric Zickert (Jr., SS), Matt Yeager (Sr., CF), , Brian Cole (Sr., C) , Kyle Sluka (Sr., 1B), Jimmy Suseck (Jr., DH=3B-1B), Mike Engelhardt (Jr., LF), Kyle Zackeru (Sr., 3B), Mike Ur (Jr., RF) , Ryan Roberts (Sr., 2B)
Pitchers: Mike DiAlfonso (Sr., RH), Dylan Finer (Sr., RH), Brian Schmidt (Sr., RH), Chris Pudimott (Sr., RH)
Reserves: Zach Tackach (Jr., UTL), Jeff Serin (Jr., RH), Asher Masten (Jr., RH), Kyle Kaminski (Sr., OF-RHP)
Outlook: The Raiders have 11 seniors — but experience is limited. The question is whether the players can come in and fill the spots. “We hav ea lot of confidence that they can move into extra pressure situations, instead of bein grole players, being the . Dialfonso and Finer give the team a good top of the rotation. Teh team is “They work their tails off,’’ said Eden. “It’ll be good to see them in the 1-2 combo.
Coach: Mike Raymond,15th season (289-102)
Last year: 21-4 overall, 11-3 Skyland Delaware champions, Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament champions
Key losses: Ryan Horzepa (P), Zac Vacca (C), Matt Stalter (SS), Mike Pfenninger (OF), Christian Carey (OF), Sean Hanigan (DH)
Returners:: Matt Toke (Jr., 3B-1B), Brett McManus (Sr., 2B), Mike Perone, (Sr, SS-3B), Henry Hawkins (Sr., OF), John Korn (Sr. OF, Cale Pfauth (Sr., C)
Pitchers: Mike Novello (Sr., RH), Pat Claire (RH), Billy Roethke (Jr. RH), RJ Hennessey, Alex Horzepa, Dylan McNulty, Bob Cole, Sam DiGiovanni, Peter Woltersdorf, and Phil DiMartino
Reserves: Alex Horzepa (Jr., 1B), Bryan Carmon (Sr., INF), Anthony Cillo (Sr., INF), John Korn (OF), Matt Pasko (Sr. OF), Nick Luciano (Sr. OF), Andrew Tackett (Sr., UTL), Mike Kendzulak (Sr., UTL), Scottie Rasile (Jr. UTL)), Alex Horzepa (Jr, UTL.), Brett Lincoln (Sr., C), Matt Padre (So., C)
Outlook: They once again look like they will contend for any title available. They have potent bats and good arms — and they are deep. McManus (Rhode Island commit) is a top offensive player, returning first team All Area player and remendous presence at the top of the lineup. Toke (Seton Hall) and Hawkins add to a lineup that doesn’t give many easy outs. The strength of this team is pitching as four pitchers who combined for 14 wins in 2014 are back with Clare (7-1, 2.20) at the front.
Coach: Kevin Cust, third season (27-26)
Last year: 13-14 overall, 6-8 Skyland Delaware
Returning players: Jack Benham (Sr., RHP), Storm Parish (Sr., RHP-1B), Alec Sames (Sr., C), Derek Walker (Jr., SS, RHP); Mike Maguire (Jr., 2B); Riley O’Neil (Jr., OF-P);Nick Egnatuk (So., 3B)
Pitchers: Jack Benham (Sr., RH), Storm Parish (Sr., RH), Colin Donnelly (Jr, LH), Edwin Tavarez (So, RH)
Top reserves:Ryan Kastner (Sr., P/OF); Nick Koeller (Jr., OF); Colin Donnelly (Jr, P/1B); Edwin Tavarez (So, P/INF)
Outlook: A year difference should push the Spartans back over .500. How much better than that can they be? Storm Parish leads a deep pitching staff now supervised by former Spartan great Casey Cahill. Cust said Parish has been the most consistent arm over the last two seasons. Senior righty Jack Benham has worked out some technical flaws and appears to be a formidable No. 2. Lefty Colin Donnelly, a transfer from Hunterdon Central, will be available immediately since he didn’t see any varsity action last year. Sophomore Edwin Tavarez could get some innings. Derek Walker, Mike Maguire, Nick Egnatuk and Parish all started last year and performed very well in the infield. Walker is a sound leadoff hitter and Egnatuk was the team’s top hitter a year ago.
Coach: Joe Tremarco, 2nd season (12-14)
Last year: 12-14 overall, 6-8 Skyland Delaware
Key losses: Justin Howell (SS-3B)
Returning players: Anthony Rocchietti (Sr., 3B-1B), Danny Bongiorno (Sr., 1B), Derek Lamble (Sr., C), Kevin Cagnetta (Sr., OF), Jim DiGiorgio (Sr., OF), Matt Wilk (Sr., INF), Matt Mastrobattista (Jr., 2B-3B), Chris Roth (Jr., UTL), Eric Plesko (Jr., OF)
Pitchers: Matt Burman (Sr., RH), Jake Wilinsky (Sr., LH), Brian Reiss (Jr,. LH), Tyler Lombardo (Jr., RH), Eric Plesko (Jr., RH),
Top reserves: Anthony Marino (Jr., C), Nick Mink (So., OF), Kevin Sylvestri (So., P)
Outlook: The young and versatile Warriors surprised with such a young club last year and with a year more of experience and the return of Danny Bongiorno – who missed all of last year with a football injury – Watchung Hills could top .500 and perhaps go a round deeper in tournament play.