The Pettisville baseball team was just 4-12 a season ago, but with a trio of all-league performers back, they hope that mark improves this season.
“We look to compete in every game,” said Pettisville mentor Paul Bishop of the upcoming season.
The Blackbirds return to the roster Landon Roth who was first team All-BBC, as well as Dillon King and John Rufenacht who were both honorable mention All-BBC. They also bring back Nate Hartzler, Eli Norr, Justin Rupp, Austin Horning, Devin Beltz, Preston Stevens and Logan Rufenacht.
“We have 10 returning players with significant varsity experience,” said Bishop on the strengths of his team.
They will have to replace a pair of letter winners in Christian Barhite and Evan King. Barhite was second team all-league in his senior season.
One of the main weaknesses of this year’s team is pitching.
“Due to injuries, we will need to have guys with little to no experience step up,” said Bishop.
They will also be looking to add depth throughout the season, according to Bishop.
“Even with all the returning players, we still need the young guys/new guys to compete with the upperclassmen for playing time,” he said.
The Blackbirds will be looking to improve upon their 4-6 record in BBC play from 2016.