Birds hope to repeat as champs


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Pettisville’s Justin Rupp gets a hit in a game last season. Rupp is one of eight returning letter winners for the Blackbirds.


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With eight letter winners returning, the Pettisville baseball team is looking forward to the season in which they hope to repeat as champions of the Buckeye Border Conference.

“We look to compete in every game,” said coach Paul Bishop on his outlook for the season. “We look to get better and better as the year progresses, as our young players mature.”

Returning for Pettisville are Christian Barhite (second team All-BBC), Dillon King (honorable mention All-BBC), Landon Roth (honorable mention All-BBC), Evan King, Nate Hartzler, Eli Norr, John Rufenacht, and Justin Rupp.

“We have very good team unity,” said Bishop of his team.

However, they do have to replace Eli King, who was first team All-BBC and honorable mention All-Ohio in 2015. Also lost to graduation were Noah Miller (first team All-BBC), Dustin Nofziger (honorable mention All-BBC), and Tate Kauffman (second team All-BBC).

Pitching depth and overall team experience are two weaknesses, according to Bishop. “We lost 67 percent of our innings pitched from last year,” he said. “With all the players returning, it is youthful experience, as we will be starting four to five freshman/sophomores.”

The Blackbirds finished 10-9 overall last season with an 8-2 mark in conference play. They were defeated 5-4 by Hicksville in the Division IV sectional final.

“We look to compete in every game to give us a chance to repeat as league champs,” concluded Bishop.

Pettisville’s Justin Rupp gets a hit in a game last season. Rupp is one of eight returning letter winners for the Blackbirds.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/03/web1_Rupp-hit.jpgPettisville’s Justin Rupp gets a hit in a game last season. Rupp is one of eight returning letter winners for the Blackbirds. File Photo

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