Head coach: Dave Soto, seventh season
2017 record: 21-11-1 (5-5 3A Sunrise/third)
Returning lettermen (starters): Nine (five)
Top players: IF/P James Cobian (Sr.), OF/C Jacob Mauro (Sr.), C/P Robert O’Connor (Sr.), OF/IF/P Antonio Vara (Sr.), IF/P Talon Greene (Sr.)
Outlook: The Cowboys return five starters from last year’s squad.
Cobian (.333, 19 RBIs; 3-1 record), Mauro (.346), O’Connor (.383, 21 RBIs), Vara (22 runs) and Greene (.405, 31 runs) all return to help the offense.
“This will be a very interesting and challenging season as all six teams in our division have a shot at the playoffs,” Soto said. “The Cowboys will have to rely and good fundamental baseball, a scrappy offense and a tight defense. Pitching by committee will be the way to go in order for the team to reach its peak.
“Our goal this year is to play sound baseball, graduate every senior and to represent Chaparral High School with class and dignity on and off the field.”