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April 1, 2014

H.S. baseball preview: Heartland-I teams scramble to replace stars

Area squads in pursuit of contenders

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Infielders Garrett Krum, a senior, and Shayne Riley, a junior, are Danville's top returning hitter (.333) and run producer (14 RBIs), respectively.

"If everyone pulls together this will be a good team," said Knorr.

Nine of the 20 players on Mifflinburg's roster are freshmen, but the the Wildcats have seven returning position starters, as well as senior ace Andrew Leitzel (6 wins, 1.80 ERA).

"Andrew threw his butt off last year, but now people know he's out there," said Church. "He's going to have to pitch most of our games. There's not a lot known behind him because they haven't done anything on varsity yet."

Wildcats junior shortstop Brady Lloyd became one of the area's top players last season with a .415 average, 14 steals, 2 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances and superior defense.

"The kids selected as one of their goals to get into the district final," said Church. "Whether they believe they can and want to work that hard I'm not sure, but we're going to have to do it as a team because we can't do it with just a few individuals."

Selinsgrove also has its sights set on districts after not qualfying the last two seasons (by one and two wins, respectively). That, on the heels of six straight appearances and three district finals.

"When I think back on some of our most successful teams, it wasn't a case of two or three horses carrying us but more like six or seven," said Seals coach Brent Beiler. "I think we do have some good experience returning on a senior-laden team which does have its advantages."

Colton Brouse inherits the Seals' top player mantle from four-year starter Alex Moyer. Last year Brouse hit .288 with 14 RBIs and won three games with a 3.29 ERA. Junior Isaiah Rapp was close behind, batting .270 with 11 RBIs, and winning twice with a 3.30 ERA.

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