Coach: Chris Loeffler, sixth season (38-63)
Last year: 6-14 overall, 4-10 Skyland Conference Valley Division
Key losses: James Caufield (RHP), Ryan Doerr (INF)
Returners: Andrew Bruder (Sr., RHP-2B), Nick Cuba (Sr., CF-RHP), Peter Seyffart (sr., UTL-RHP), Bruno Diaz (Jr., C), Ryan Galpin (Jr., 1B)Gabe Rodriguez (Jr., UTL), Bryan Camelo (So. SS-RHP), Vinnie Capalbo (So. LF)
Pitchers: Andrew Bruder (Sr., RH), Nick Cuba (Sr., RH), Peter Seyffart (RH), Jordan Bautista (Jr., LH)
Top reserves: Jordan Bautista (Jr., LHP, 1B), Nick Cyran (Jr., 3B), Jimmy Issler (Jr., RF), Eric Dubecky (So., DH-3B).
Outlook: Six Crusaders who started last year are back. Bruder threw 38 innings. Depth is as good as its been and only three are seniors. Bruno Diaz is a three-year starter behind the plate. He hit 323. Seyffart hit .303 with three triples. Crusaders should compete with everybody in the new Mountain Division.
GILL ST. BERNARDS
Coach: David Pasquale, fourth season (58-48)
Last year: 13-14 overall, 9-5 Skyland Valley
Key losses: Craig Pilla (OF)
Returning starters: Dan Spear (Sr, RHP-OF), Cameron Miller (So, LHP-OF), Matt Taylor (Jr. 1B), Rob Berman (Sr., 3B-SS), Luke Beveridge (Sr., OF), Dan Brownstein (Sr., C), Danny Sivolella (Jr. OF-2B), James Raia (Jr., SS-2B), Cameron Gateman (So., INF-OF, RHP)
Pitchers: Dan Spear (RH), Cameron Miller (LH), Cameron Gateman (So., RH), George Stiuso (Jr., LH)
Top reserves: George Stiuso (Jr. OF-LHP), Ryan Morash (Fr., INF)
Outlook: The Knights have taken a few steps forward recently and the schedule has been amped up to include the likes of Bridgewater-Raritan and Ridge, who are on the early schedule.Pasquale knows his team will realize where it stands after playing those games. Spear, who’ll pitch at Davidson next year, hit .437 with 29 RBI and 10 extra-base hits. Miller, a tall lefty, became the Knights’ No. 2 starter.
Coach: Robert Snyder, 2nd season (2-14)
Last year: 2-14 overall, 0-14 Skyland Valley
Key losses: Anthony Zuhone (OF/RHP), Max Miller (OF)
Returning players: Kyle Puza (Sr., INF-RHP), Erik Warren (Sr., C-INF), Chris Garcia (Sr., INF-RHP), Jared Matisak (Sr., 1B-DH), Troy Armstrong (Jr. OF)
Top newcomers: Danny Santana (Jr., SS-RHP), Jake Tokarzewski (Jr., 3B-RHP), Jeremy Nurnberger (Jr., OF-RHP), , Troy Oset (So. RHP-INF), Carl Imhoff (Sr. OF), Michael Tyle (Fr., RHP-C-OF), Jake Bentz (Fr., RHP), Jonathan Ahorrio (So., INF-OF-RHP)
Outlook: Focus is better, but only four players return with significant varsity innings. The emphasis has been on improvement on defense and offense. Warren, Puza and Garcia are the leaders and Matisak and Imhoff are looking to fill in vacated spots left behind by graduation. Freshman Mike Tyle, a Region 5 wrestling tournament qualifier as was Nurnberger and Ahorrio, could start behind the plate as a freshman.
Coach: Christopher Eshleman, third season (19-25)
Last year: 11-10 overall, 7-7 Skyland Valley
Key losses: Kyle Grant (INF-RHP)
Returning players: J.T. Valley (RHP-C-1B),, Chuck Kaiser (Sr., RHP-3B), Tyler Rayner (Sr., CF), Nick Cherasero (So., C),
Top newcomers: John Hatala (Jr., 2B), Terrance Jones (So., OF),, Bruce Weyand (Fr., 2B-SS):
Outlook: The Canucks rallied at the end of last season to conquer the .500 mark and perhaps they can do a bit more as six starters return along with the entire pitching staff of Valley, Kaiser, Josh Girardi and Evan Miranda.
THE PINGRY SCHOOL
Coach: Teddy Corvino (9th year 86-85)
Last year: 12-11 overall
Key losses: Kyle Walker (INF-RHP), Mike Silbert (OF)
Probable lineup: Josh Lebowitz (Sr., SS), Justin Friedman (Sr., 1B-RHP), David Braverman (Sr., 3B), Connor Mclaughlin (Jr., RHP), Joe Possumato (So., CF-RHP), Bryce Weisholtz (Jr, 2B), Brian Miller (Jr., C-RHP), Rahul Oza (Sr. LF)
Pitchers: Justin Friedman (Sr., RH), Joe Possumato (So., RH), Brian Miller (Jr., RH), Connor McLaughlin (Jr., RH), Zach Keller (So. RH), Jack Laurent (So., RH), Mike Weber (Fr., RH)
Top reserves: Spencer Spellman (So. DH), Nick Matukaitis (Jr., UTL)
Outlook: The Big Blue and Gill could make a very interesting race of it in the newly formed Mountain Division. Hard-throwing righty Justin friedman will pitch at George Washington next year, looking to follow former Pingry aces Dan Keller (2012, now at Bucknell), Ryan Toomey (2013, now at Georgetown) and Kyle Walker (Rutgers). Friedman struck out 72 in 85 2/3 innings and walked 23 last season.
Coach: Cory Weingart, second season
Last year: 6-15 overall, 6-8 Skyland Valley
Key losses: Toby Coleman (INF), Jayck Lopez (INF)
Probable lineup: Josh Phillips (Sr., SS), Joey Bacon (Fr., 2B), Jimmy Smiegocki (Sr., 1B-RHP), Nick Scamuffa (Jr., 1B), Leo Andreoli (Fr. OF), Lukas Robinson (Jr., 3B), Jonathan Eick (C, Jr.), John Hunt (Fr., OF)
Pitchers: Jimmy Smiegocki (Sr., RHP), Lukas Robinson (Sr., RHP), Nick Scamuffa (Jr., RHP), Rich Roy (Sr., RHP), John Hunt (Fr., RHP), Robbie Rose (Fr., RHP)
Top reserves, Rich Roy (Sr., 3B-RHP), Mike Gambino (Jr., 2B), Cameron Paventi (Fr., OF)
Outlook: As Smiegocki goes, so do the Eagles and with seven returning players back this could be a team headed for good days. Smiegocki returns as the ace in the rotation. Offense is once again a question mark, but if this team can hit, it has a chance to approach the .500 mark. Last year’s club dropped five games by three runs or fewer.