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2015 Palo Verde Baseball Capsule

PALO VERDE

Head coach: Kevin Fiddler, third season

2014 record: 14-19 (4-6 Northwest, fourth)

Returning lettermen (starters): Twelve (six)

Top players: 3B/C/P J.D. Brooks (So.), C/1B Yodai Nakamura (Sr.), 1B/3B/P Sam Powers (Jr.), P/OF Dylan Orlando (So.)

Outlook: The Panthers ended a three-year playoff drought last year, but lost nine seniors to graduation.

Nakamura (.405, 20 RBIs, 18 runs), Brooks (.382, 20 RBIs, 19 R) and Powers (.324, 11 RBI) are among the team’s top returnees.

“These guys are young, hungry and excited for the upcoming season,” Fiddler said. “The positive culture change that has gone on here the last two years is setting the foundation for a program that is based on character, integrity and toughness with a focus on playing the game the right way.

“This is a great group of guys who have bought into the system, and we’re looking forward to watching them grow into their roles this spring. We feel that, on any given day, we’ll be able to compete with anyone in town.”

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