Head coach: Mike Hubel, 13th season
2013 record: 25-8 (8-2 Southwest, first)
Returning starters: Four
Top players: SS Niko Decolati (Jr.). 2B Logan Bottrell (Sr.), CF Micquel Robinson (Sr.), P Larry Quaney (Jr.), P Jamie Yanchisin (Sr.)
Outlook: The Spartans bring back four starters from a team that won the Southwest League.
Quaney (8-0, 2.05 ERA) and Yanchisin (2-1, 1.84 ERA) are back to lead the pitching staff, and Bottrell (.431, 19 RBIs), Decolati (.380, 25 RBIs) and Robinson (.365, 24 RBIs) should be among the offensive leaders.
“We have a young but talented team,” Hubel said. “We have a lot of first-year varsity players, so we will see how they react to this level. Most of them played with us all summer, so that experience will help.
“Again this year we have a left-handed dominant pitching staff that is young. We have a good balance of team speed and power, and we will look to move runners and put pressure on the opposing team’s defense.”