School Name: Caesar Rodney
Head coach: Richard Szvitich
2013 record: 11-7
Key returning players: Branden Briggs, Michael Nelson, Brennen Brown, Gabriel Rivera, Travis Dill, Quintin Ivy, Kendall Wicks, Seth Brosius, Steven Clavier
Key newcomers: N/A
Season Outlook: After an impressive 11-7 season last year topped by an appearance in the state tournament, the Caesar Rodney Riders’ baseball squad enters 2014 looking for more. While the Riders lost some key players including the versatile Aaron Briggs, and catcher Lee Killen, the Riders have the majority of their team returning from last season. Catcher/1B Seth Brosius, outfielders Kendall Wicks, Nick Butto, James Jefferson and Branden Briggs will make up a large senior leadership group for the Riders. Freshmen standout Quintin Ivy looks to make some noise in his second year with the Riders playing outfield, while lefty Travis Dill, Michael Nelson, along with Ivy will lead the way on the mound this season. With many experienced players returning to the fold the Riders should once again compete in the tough Henlopen North.
School Name: Dover
Head coach: Dave Gordon
2013 record: 13-5
Key returning players: Nick Spadafino, Tyler Cullen, Dakota Graham, Jordan Hutchins, Zach Stone
Key newcomers: Tevin Thomas, Garrett Lawson, Tyler Rosello
Season Outlook: Last season, the Dover Senators’ baseball squad made a deep run in the state tournament advancing to the semifinals before falling to Caravel after an impressive 13-5 season. With a number of returning impact players and a few newcomers looking to make some noise, the Senators could find themselves back in the semifinals and maybe further this season. Nick Spadafino, a jack of all trades playing 1B, pitcher and the infield, will lead the way along with fellow senior pitcher and 3B Tyler Cullen. Returning underclassmen Dakota Graham (OF), Jordan Hutchins (SS), and Zach Stone (DH/C) will help makeup the core of the Senators this season. After strong freshmen campaigns, newcomers Tevin Thomas, and Tyler Rosello will try to lock down spots in the infield for the Senators hoping to fill holes left behind by graduates Seth Penniston and Ben Petitdemange.
Coach’s quote: “(We want) to build on our success from the previous seasons and work hard to make it back to the fifth inning of the state semifinals. We are still a young team with a small group of great seniors, but we have a lot of guys with varsity experience.”
School Name: Polytech
Head coach: George Eilers
2013 record: 12-6
Key returning players: Chris Baker, Conner Chasanov, Drew Dellert, Michael Obermire, Sean Hanhauser, Adrian Hill
Key newcomers: Carter Chasanov, Joey Haas, Cole Garey, Logan Oleshenske,
Season Outlook: The Polytech Panthers ended last season with an early first-round exit in the state tournament falling to St. Elizabeth. With a fresh start this season, the Panthers are looking to build upon their success from last year behind a deep returning group featuring some newcomers who should contribute. Seniors Chris Baker, Conner Chasanov and Drew Dellert will make up the core leadership group for the Panthers this season. Meanwhile, returning underclassmen Michael Obermire, Sean Hanhauser, and Adrian Hill will look to build on their games after a year of varsity experience. Newcomers Carter Chasanov, Joey Haas, Cole Garey, and Logan Oleshenske will look to compete for open spots left behind by the likes of Chris Moore, Joel Mick, Will Zwicharowski, and Latuan Boggerty who departed as seniors last season. With a deep group the Panthers should find themselves once again competing within the tough Henlopen Conference.
Coach’s quote: “The Panthers are looking to compete in a very strong Henlopen Conference.”
School Name: Lake Forest
Head coach: Corey Wyatt
2013 record: 7-11
Key returning players: Tyler Collins, Chris Sipple, Michael Sabino, Logan Simpson, Jon Steele
Key newcomers: Jordan Simpson, Tyler Cauthren, Eric Beradicelli
Season Outlook: After a 7-11 season last year, the Lake Forest baseball squad enters a brand new season with a bright outlook. While they struggled at times last season, the Spartans believe they are on the right track with the team they have assembled this year. The Spartans return Tyler Collins an 1st team All-Conference 1B who batted .423 as a freshmen, Chris Sipple 2nd team an All-Conference OF, Michael Sabino who received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors, and Logan Simpson a 2nd team All-Conference player as a DH. With a strong core group of returnees matched by newcomers Jordan Simpson (SS/P), Tyler Cauthren (2B) and Eric Beradicellie (OF), the Spartans believe they can contend in the Henlopen South this season.
Coach’s quote: “We are looking to be a contender in the Henlopen South. The team is working hard and is progressing very well. Our goal is always to make the state tournament and I think we have a chance to get there if we can get quality pitching.”
School Name: St. Thomas More
Head coach: Anthony Pool
2013 record: 5-12
Key returning players: Rourke Bonnell, Dean Heffernan, Stephen Jackewicz, Sean Pool
Key newcomers: Matt Torbert, Will Sass, Corey Gordon, Robbie McElligott
Season Outlook: After a tough 5-12 season last year, the St. Thomas More Ravens baseball squad is hoping to turn things around this season in the DSAC Conference. While they lost five players to graduation last season, the Ravens believe their mix of returnees and newcomers could give them a chance to rise to the top of the conference. Returning is Rourke Bonnell an All-Conference 1B, Dean Heffernan, Stephen Jackewicz, and Sean Pool, making up a strong leadership core. The Ravens are expecting some big things from newcomers Matt Torbert, Will Sass, Corey Gordon, and Robbie McElligott.
Coach’s quote: “We graduated five players last year, so we have a few roster spots to fill. We look to fill those spots with a young but capable group of eager underclassmen. With strong leadership from our upperclassmen, we expect to compete for a conference championship in the DSAC. Our goals continue to be to work hard and finish strong.”