2003 Tri-State Baseball Capsules

March 19, 2003


Boonsboro Warriors

Coach: Fred Kreiger, 16th year (195-119-3)

Last year: 19-4-2, won Class 1A state championship.

Returning starters (5): Keith Kellinger, Sr., OF/P. Nathan Himes, Sr., C. Marty Kaetzel, Sr., 2B. Josh Mitchell, Sr., P. Craig Henson, Jr., P.

Remainder of roster: Will Strahl, Sr., IF. Braden King, Sr., IF and OF. Andrew Landsman, Sr., IF. Brad Stotelmyer, Sr., OF. Justin Irving, Sr., OF. D.J. Wilson, Sr., IF. Derek Wisner, Jr., C/OF. Sean Rose, Jr., IF. Alex Malphrus, Jr., P/IF. Justin Baylor, Jr., OF/P. David Fairburn, Jr., IF. Jay Love, Jr., IF/P.

Coach's outlook: "This year's league promises to be exceptionally strong, and I suspect we will have a bulls-eye on our backs. Success will be based on pitching and defense and the abilities of our new players. We believe we can again challenge for the league and district titles."

Broadfording Christian Lions

Coach: Rick Carter, 1st year

Last year: 1-13, lost in first round of MDCC playoffs.

Returning starters (9): Jon Bishop, Sr., P/2B. Justin Anthony, Sr., 1B. Chris Reed, Sr., SS. Tyler Duffey, So., OF/P. Calvin Berry, Sr., P/3B. Sean Moore, Sr., OF. Joe Yeager, Jr., OF/2B. Mikkel Wallech, So., SS/3B. John Lytle, So., OF.

Remainder of roster:
Allen Myers, So., P/OF. Tim High, So., C. Ed Pipkin, Jr., OF. John Caliope, Jr., OF. Josh Bishop, So., 2B/OF. Brett Bloom, 8th Grade, OF/P. Andy Lytle, 8th Grade, C/OF. Tyler Fath, 8th Grade, P/2B. Jordan Anthony, 8th Grade, OF/2B. Zach Hirsch, Fr., IF/OF. Zach Stride, 8th Grade, IF/OF. Jake Geesaman, 8th Grade, IF/OF. Jeff Cordell, So., OF.

Coach's outlook: "I am hoping for better results this year. They have really worked hard and they have really responded well. I am really pleased at this point and I am looking forward to a good season. We have got a lot of work to do. We certainly have the numbers to turn the program around."

Clear Spring Blazers

Coach: Jim Hutson, 27th year (307-177).

Last year: 15-5, lost to Westmar in Class 1A West Region quarterfinals.

Returning starters (5): Josh Barnhart, Sr., 1B/P. Adam Mills, Sr., P/3B. Kevin Mills, Sr., OF. Andy Simmons, Sr., SS. Mike Snyder, Jr., OF.

Remainder of roster: Dustin Trumpower, Sr., OF. Cody Beard, Jr., P/OF. Mike Hamby, Jr., P. Zeb Jacobs, Jr., 2B. Andrew Michael, Jr., 2B. Phil Saloom, Jr., SS. Ben Sigler, Jr., 3B. Joey Strong, Jr., C. Brad Turner, Jr., P/SS. Scott Keeney, Fr., C.

Coach's outlook: "Going on the basis of what we have coming back, we have four solid seniors. We should be pretty strong defensively. Our pitching ought to be pretty decent. If the new players develop quickly, then we should be successful. We have to see how many of our pitchers come around."

Grace Academy Knights

Coach: Ed Sweeney, 7th year

Last year: 10-9, lost to Shalom in Mason-Dixon Christian Conference Tournament championship.

Returning starters (5): Danny Carver, Sr., CF. Steve Rushing, Sr., 1B. Ryan Myers, Jr., C. Darren Sweeney, Jr., SS/P. Jordan Hanft, So., 2B.

Remainder of roster: Mark Derby, Sr., OF. Chris Brunner, Jr., P/OF. A.J. Serafini, So., OF/P. Dalen Carlson, So., OF. Matt Stine, Fr., P/IF. Eric Hess, Fr., P/IF. Jacob Hoffman, Fr., C/OF. James Horochowski, Fr., IF/OF.

Coach's outlook: "I think that we're going to have a pretty good season. I think that we're pretty solid defensively. Our hitting should be good, since we have a few starters returning from last year."

Hancock Panthers

Coach: Dan Kerns, 20th year

Last year: -15, lost to Smithsburg in Class 1A West quarterfinals.

Returning starters (4): Josh Ruppenthal, So., 1B. Jeff Willison, So., OF. Andy Morris, So., 2B. Tyler Younker, So., P/OF.

Remainder of roster: Jeremy Newton, Sr. OF/P. Billy Truax, Jr., IF/P. Cody Reed, Jr., IF. Bryan Kratz, Jr., IF/OF. Bryan Powers, So., P/OF. Brad Harden, So., OF. Derrick Clingerman, So., C/IF. Kenny Clark, So., OF. Eric Footen, So., IF. Ben Powell, Fr., P. Jaret Trail, Fr., C/IF.

Coach's outlook: "We are going to have to be patient with all of the youth that we have. I am sure that we are going to struggle some. We'll be very young and inexperienced. But we're going to play hard and hustle all the time. That is all that we can do."

Heritage Academy Eagles

Coach: Wayne LeHew, 6th year

Last year: 2-4

Returning starters (9): Jesse Latta, Sr., P/C. Joe Ellis, Sr., 1B/P. Drew Kidd, Jr., SS/P. Josh Hoy, Jr., LF. Brian Sandell, So., 3B/1B. Kevin Sandell, So., CF. Zack Hartman, So., 2B/3B. Travis Hendershot, Fr., RF. Justin Cutchaw, Fr., RF.

Remainder of roster: Jonathan Buckley, Sr., OF. Kenton Shatzer, Sr., OF. Josh Varney, So., 2B. Jeremy Dozier, So., C. Brian Sizemore, Fr., IF/OF. Jonathan Ellis, Fr., IF/OF. Alex Harrell, 8th Grade, IF/OF. Matt Miller, 8th Grade, IF/OF. Chris Bush, 8th Grade, IF/OF.

Coach's outlook: "I have got a great bunch of kids this year that are willing to listen and learn. I think that we'll be contenders this year. We have an enthusiastic group of ballplayers."

Highland View Academy Tartans

Coach: Gene Hobbs, 2nd year (9-4).

Last year: 9-4

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