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Baseball: Three Rivers North preview capsules

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 6:44 p.m. CST

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Jason Hickman (1st season)

2013: 14-17

Postseason: Lost 12-4 to Eastland in 1A AFC Regional final.

Roster

1 Logan Thake Jr. P/1B/OF

2 Tim Clark Jr. SS/P/C

4 Chris Jones Jr. OF/P/IF

5 Skyelar Zimmerly Jr. 2B/OF/P

6 Jordan Ernst Sr C/1B/P

7 Cory Shaw Sr. OF/C

8 Dristin Beetz Jr. OF

10 Tristin Dickey Sr. OF/IF

11 Bryce Haye Sr. P/OF

12 Canaan Ross Sr. P/C/OF

13 Will Crownhart Jr. OF/3B/P

15 Nate Rinard Sr. 2B/3B

16 Seth Wheeler Jr. OF/P/1B

19 Hunter Varga Jr. 1B/C/P

21 Dallas Appleman So. 3B/P/OF

Outlook: Hickman, in his first year as head coach, Hickman will have a new cast of players to work with in 2014 as the Clippers were hit hard by graduation. Positions will be up for grabs early in the season.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: John Matlick

2013: 6-17 (2-12 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 5-3 to Mendota in 2A Oregon Regional quarterfinal.

Roster

1 Ryan Young Sr. IF/P

2 Colby Wittig Sr. OF

3 Frank Monier Sr. IF/P

4 Kyle Rokey Sr. IF/OF/P

6 Dylan Martin Jr. IF

7 David Dzurisin Sr. OF/P

8 Ryan Lootens Sr. OF

10 Gage Smith Jr. C/OF

12 Jeremy Allison Sr. IF

13 Jason Trussen Jr. IF/P

14 Sean Sheppard Jr. IF/P

15 Chris Shynk Jr. C/IF

17 Marty McMahon Sr. OF

18 Scott Brown Sr. OF

19 Josh Mead Jr. IF/P

Outlook: The Storm have a mix of veteran players and upcoming talent that they hope will mix well together. The goal is to be more of a factor in the Three Rivers race.

Erie-Prophetstown Panthers

Coach: Jason Orman

2013: 18-10

Postseason: Lost 7-1 to Oregon in 2A Byron Sectional semifinal.

Roster

3 Koby Kuhnen Sr. OF

4 Josh DeCrane Sr. OF

5 Austin Meadows Sr. 2B/P

6 Adam Hayes Sr. P/OF

7 Tyler VanDeWostine Jr. OF

8 Seth Cady Sr. OF

9 Ethan Howard Sr. IF/P

10 Jordan Chandler So. SS/P

11 Kallen Jepson Jr. IF/P

12 Hayden Erickson Sr. PF/P

15 Brad Sandrock Sr. OF

17 Dalton Patton Sr. OF

20 Austin Lane Sr. OF

21 Kyle Coleman Sr. 3B

22 Kenneth Cole Sr. 1B/P

23 Austin Gerlach Sr. 1B

25 Grady Todd So. C

30 Ian Wirt So. 1B/P

32 Evan Cooper Jr. 3B/P

35 Owen McConnell Sr. 1B/P

42 Matt Otten Jr. 3B/P

44 Chjristian Carder Sr. 1B

Outlook: The Panthers return a host of veterans from last season's regional-winning squad. Chandler batted .412, with a slugging percentage of .843, while McConnell and Howard are a potent duo at the top of the pitching rotation. E-P is likely Three Rivers favorite.

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Kyle Miller (1st season)

2013: 12-15 (8-6 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 5-3 to Morrison in 2A Morrison Regional semifinal.

Roster

2 Michael Dixon So. OF/P

3 Trey Simmons So. 2B/SS/OF

5 Jack Lemke So. 2B/SS/P

8 Seth Sanderson Jr. IF/P

9 Paul Velasco Sr. 1B/C/P

11 Colin Houzenga Jr. OF

12 Jason Ryder So. IF/P

15 Lucas Wiebenga Jr. OF/P

18 Cody Huff Sr. 1B/OF/P

20 Tyler Sweenie Fr. C/OF

23 Devon Ballard So. IF/P

24 Jack Reed Sr. OF/P

26 Ethan Jones Sr. SS/P

28 Jake VanZuiden Jr. 1B/C

43 Tanner Huisenga Jr. OF/P

Outlook: Huff was among the area leaders in batting average (.412) and on-base percentage (.565) a year ago, and gives the Steamers a top of the order threat. Ethan Jones is back to anchor the pitching staff.

Morrison Mustangs

Coach: Ben Sondgeroth (4th season)

2013: 15-6 (12-2 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 1-0 to Erie-Prophetstown in 2A Morrison Regional final.

Roster

2 Zach Vandervoort So OF

3 Joey Brackemyer So P/OF

4 Kollin Burn Sr 2S/OF

5 Triston Huizenga Jr C/OF

6 Ben Tegeler So UT

7 Mason Sitzmore Jr SS/P

8 Dylan Potoff So 3B/1B

9 Andy Bird So OF

10 Joey Jensen So C

11 Chance Bender Jr 2B

12 Krits Jedinja Sr OF

13 Brock Smith Jr 3B

14 Bill Lee Greul Sr 1B/P

20 Dustin Zigler Jr 3B

23 Ryan VanZuiden So 1B/P

Outlook: The Mustangs are annually one of the teams to beat in the Three Rivers, and this year should be no different.

Newman Comets

Coach: Tom Wilson (7th season)

2013: 8-14

Postseason: Lost 9-3 to Oregon in 2A Oregon Regional quarterfinal.

Roster

Andrew Burke Jr. OF/P

Brandon Burke Jr. OF/P

Kyle Son Jr. OF

Shayne Allen Jr. C/P/OF

Alex Buhler Jr. P/SS

Quinn Harrison Jr. P/OF/2B

Trevor Bolin Jr. P/IB/OF

Matt Wagenecht Jr. OF/P

Quincy Coomes Jr. P/SS

Dillan Heffelfinger Jr. 3B/P

A.J. Sharp Sr. 2B/P

Michael Ely Sr. P/C/OF

Outlook: The Comets are expected to be very sound defensively, their two seniors, Sharp and Ely, leading the way. If they can manufacture enough runs and get decent pitching, Newman could be a factor in the conference race.

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