Head coach: Mike O’Rourke, fifth season
2017 record: 16-15 (8-10 Southwest/fourth)
Returning lettermen (starters): Nine (four)
Top players: 2B Nick DeSoto (Sr.), OF Matthew Cox (So.), OF/IF/P Julian DeLeon (Jr.), P Davis Dunkley (Sr.)
Outlook: DeLeon (.316, 14 RBIs; 2-1, 3.79 ERA, 27 strikeouts in 27 innings), Cox (.301, 15 RBIs), DeSoto (.220, 11 RBIs) and Dunkley (2-0, 2 saves, 3.61 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 21 innings) are among nine returning lettermen for the Bengals, who hope to earn another postseason berth.
“We need to replace a lot of at bats and innings lost due to graduation but our kids come out and compete every day,” O’Rourke said. “I love our team.”