Montoursville, which finished second in the division last season, figures to contend once again. The Warriors have two all-state caliber seniors in 1B/P Andrew Null (.455 avg.; 1.40 ERA) and catcher Cameron Ott (.412) among five returning starters.
"Our team should be just as strong as last year (16-5)," said Warriors coach Travis Wurster. "We have some strong underclassmen to fill the voids of graduation."
Jersey Shore went 17-4 last year (13-1 HAC-I), with three of its losses coming by one run including a nine-inning state playoff with Abington Heights. The Bulldogs are the odds-on favorite to repeat as HAC-I champion on the strength of ace Travis Eiswerth (7-1, 1.34 ERA) and a potent offense.