"[Bordner] had his reasons, and we talked about it and I fully respected his decision not to play," Byers said. "But there, you're losing your lead-off hitter and your clean-up hitter from last year."
Milton will also have to escape the West Branch League again before thinking about another state run. Byers noted that Jersey Shore, Montoursville and Montgomery stick out as contenders in the league, which is also adding South Williamsport to the mix this summer.
In the Susquehanna Valley League, Danville coach Harold Albertson is facing a similar set of circumstances.
Post 40 is coming off of a rather successful 16-6 season. But, like Byers losing Adames, Albertson will have to try to replace a star player.
Andrew Andreychik, who played shortstop and pitcher, highlights a list of players that Albertson said are not returning to the team for various and legitmate reasons.
"Definitely, Andreychik's hard to replace," Alberston said. "He's one of the best athletes ever to go to Danville High School."
Bret Berg, Zach Kozick, Tyler Grubb and Mike Ramsey will also be missing from the roster. Albertson noted he does have some quality returnees in players like Curtis Mordan, Mason Fausnaught, Scott Heeter, Trevor Leitzel and Shayne Riley, but the team won't be stacked with veterans.
"I got a good nucleus there, but we're really, really young," Albertson said.
But Albertson will not have to hold his breath much when Fausnaught takes the mound. Fausnaught, Danville Area's ace this past high school season, is one of the players Albertson can expect a lot of production from.
"Mason's a great kid, good team leader," Albertson said.
While Albertson has not been a stranger to winning seasons, he said the competition will be tough in the Susquehanna Valley League.
"I don't see a weak team at all in the league this season," Albertson said.
"It's going to be a dogfight."