Head coach: Mike O’Rourke, first season
2013 record: 20-16 (5-5 Southwest, fourth)
Returning lettermen (starters): Eight (three)
Top players: 3B/2B/P Alec Taft (Sr.), OF Robert Higgs (Sr.), Cruz Nevarez (Sr.)
Outlook: O’Rourke takes over after serving as an assistant coach during the Bengals’ memorable season last year.
The defending Sunset Region champions graduated a boatload of seniors, and return only three starters, including Taft (.373, 16 RBIs) and Higgs (.300, 10 RBIs).
“Experience-wise, we are a young team,” O’Rourke said. “We need some guys to step up on the mound to replace the innings we lost to graduation.”