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2014 Rancho Baseball Capsule

RANCHO

Head coach: Tom Pletsch, ninth season

2013 record: 21-15 (5-5 Northeast, fourth)

Returning lettermen (starters): 12 (Six)

Top players: 3B Jose Verdugo (Sr.), P Josh Mill (Sr.), CF Dylan Pletsch (Sr.), OF Bryce Harrell (Sr.), OF David Modler (Sr.), P Cody Suarez (Sr.), OF Richmond Ashworth (Sr.), P Andrew Wieger (Jr.), C Zach Barnhart (So.)

Outlook: The Rams were young last season and should benefit from that year of experience as 12 lettermen return, including four of the team’s top five pitchers.

Verdugo hit .385 with 29 RBIs and had a 2.48 ERA in 31 innings on the mound. Also among those returning are Mill (2.81 ERA), Wieger (2.90 ERA), Suarez (3.31 ERA), Harrell (.410 average) and Modler (.366, 23 RBIs)

“The outlook is very bright,” Pletsch said. “If we can stay away from injuries, we should be able to be close at the end.”

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