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April 1, 2014

H.S. baseball preview: Southern Columbia back in the Heartland-III hunt

By Marion Valanoski

For The Daily Item

CATAWISSA -- Randy Young knows the capabilities of his team. Unfortunately, the unusual cold spell that carried over from winter to spring, has prevented the veteran head coach from fully appreciating those talents.

"I don't know if anyone is going to have enough of pitching this early," said Southern Columbia's coach. "But in our case, we have two solid starters returning on the varsity level and at least five or six other candidates capable of throwing well. You can be sure we'll be using plenty of pitchers early in the year while we develop our staff and also combat the schedule if it gets bunched up."

Senior Mason Peters and junior John Wilson (7-3, 3.55 ERA last year) will be the workhorses and mainstays of the staff, with seniors Doug Michaels and Matt Lupold -- along with Blake Marks, Mitch Stanziale, Jacob Ryan and Ryan Leisenring -- all capable of providing innings when needed, They'll help offset the loss of five graduated hurlers who contributed to last season's 17-6 record (10-4 HAC-III).

"We have a mix of experienced players and talented, inexperienced performers itching to get out on the field and show what they can do," Young said. "I've seen all of these players work and know what they can do and I am expecting to platoon a lot of players early to not only try and put the right combination out there but also watch and evaluate the newcomers and how they handle playing on the varsity level."

HAC-III all-star infielder Garrett Sosnoski was lost to shoulder surgery, and Nate Hunter lost to a knee injury.

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