The Spring Hill High School baseball squad lost Zach Girrens, a pitcher and first baseman; Luke Johnson, a pitcher and short stop; and left fielder Corey Spader to graduation last year, but a strong group of underclassmen have given coach Dave Londene optimism about the season.
“We have six returning starters from last season, so we have some experience returning,” said Londene. “We will be very good offensively and defensively. Our junior class is strong and will have a lot of players moving up to varsity.”
Londene expects the Broncos to battle Paola, Ottawa, and De Soto for top honors in the conference.
Top returning seniors include catcher and pitcher Dalton Young, second baseman Chris Bybee, third baseman Reid Burger, and pircher Connor Gillihan .
Key junior returners are catcher Garrett Kroutch, center fielder Jordan Henning, outfielder Michael Londene, first baseman and outfielder Charles Elam , pitcher Ryker Johnson and Trey Gardner , a pitcher and third baseman.
Sophomore Ivan Hughes, a short stop and pitcher, will also provide a key role for the team.
“Our biggest concern will be lack of varsity pitching experience,” added Londene. “We graduated our top two pitchers Zach Girrens and Luke Johnson. We will rely on pitcher Dalton young and Ryker Johnson to shoulder the burden.”