Greater Spokane League
Coach: Jeramie Maupin, second year
2018 record: 12-6, third in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 6/5
Key departures: Lost five first-team All-GSL selections: P/OF Thomas Edwards; C Brayden Hamilton; 1B Mitch Axtell; SS Jase Edwards; 3B Austin Tomlinson.
Key returners: P/OF Kyle Clay, senior, (1st-team All-GSL); INF Cole Johnson, sr., (honorable mention); MI/P Matt Schwarz, sr., (honorable mention).
Key newcomers: unavailable
Outlook: “We will have a lot of talent but will be lacking experience,” Maupin said. “We have a good core of seniors that will help smooth the transition from an older team to a younger team. Key departures and injuries will force younger players to play key roles in this year’s team.”
Coach: Sam Brown, first year
2018 record: 10-8, fourth in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 3/4
Key departures: P/INF Cam Liss (2nd-team all-GSL); 2B Nick Morin; C Casey Hocking (hon. mention), OF Nick McGoldrick (2nd-team all_GSL).
Key returners: SS/P Brock Bozett, (1st-team All-GSL); OF/P Eric Mast (1st-team all-GSL); INF/P Dylan Bohnert (hon. mention); P/INF Tristan Lookabill (2nd-team all-GSL).
Key newcomers: C Kobe Smith, freshman.
Outlook: “We return a strong core of seniors up the middle,” Brown said. “Good leadership should be a strength as well as starting pitching and bats at the top of the order. Will need some first-year varsity starters to step up in order to make a run.”
Coach: Brian Munhall, 10th year
2018 record: 14-4, first in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 5/5
Key departures: P/SS Connor Coballes; P/2B Josh Grimes; OF Bo McGinn.
Key returners: P Ryun Cross, junior, (honorable mention All-GSL); 1B Ryan Voelker, jr., (1st-team All-GSL); CF Noah Drynan, (1st-team All-GSL); OF Jackson Day, jr., (2nd-team All-GSL); INF Lucas Struck, sr., (2nd-team All-GSL).
Key newcomers: C/P Brock Molenda, sophomore; INF Nick Swenson, jr.; P/OF Declan Sklut, jr.
Outlook: Returns core of the lineup and should have nice power/speed blend. “We graduated most of our starting pitching and the left side of our infield,” Munhall said. “We will be young and inexperienced on the mound with the exception of Ryun Cross, who will be one of the best arms in Spokane.”
Lewis and Clark
Coach: Steve Bennett, eighth season
2018 record: 5-13, fifth in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 3/7
Key departures: INF Ryan Schmitz, (2nd-team All-GSL); OF Darrin Blockman, (honorable mention); P/OF Noah Whitten (honorable mention).
Key returners: SS Grant Skinner, sr.; 3B/P Zach Ruane, sr.; 1B/P Devonte Mackin, sr.; P Charlie Ricker, sr.; OF Michael Flaherty, sr.
Key newcomers: C Tyler Hilsendeger, jr.
Outlook: “We are an experienced team that should be strong defensively,” Bennett said. “If our offense and pitching can take the junior-to-senior step, we have a chance to be a good ball club.”
Coach: Steve Hare, second year
2018 record: 12-6, second in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 4/4
Key departures: GSL MVP P/OF Mason Wells; 3B Kameron Kinder (honorable mention); 1B Christopher Taylor (honorable mention).
Key returners: 2B Braeden Cordes, sr., (2nd-team All-GSL); C Thomas McKenna, sr., (2nd-team All-GSL); P/INF Michael Demand, sr., (honorable mention); SS Elijah Hainline, soph., (oral commit to WSU).
Key newcomers: P Dayton Wells, fr.
Outlook: “Coming off a very successful 2018 season, we are looking to make another run into state,” Hare said. “To compete for the GSL title, pitching is an area we need to be competitive in even though there were key losses from players graduating.”
Coach: Kevin May
2018 record: 3-15, sixth in 4A
Starters graduated/returning: 4/7
Key departures: 1B Scott Hawley (honorable mention).
Key returners: OF/P Carson Lundmark, sr., (2nd-team All-GSL); SS/P Caleb Morton, sr.; 3B/P Giacobbe Galietti, sr.; C Blake Tellinghusen, sr.
Key newcomers: UTL Cory Smith sr., (2017 All-GSL); 1B/C Triston Madison, soph.
Outlook: “While many of the pitchers have not faced varsity level experience, the staff has depth,” May said. “Defensively, we have a strong understanding of the system and approach. The main question will be how the offense plays out after some position battles early in the season.”
Coach: Alex Schuerman, 16th year
2018 record: 16-2, first overall
Starters graduated/returning: 3/7
Key departures: P/3B Ben McKinnis, (1st-team All-GSL); OF Mikey Tsuchida, (2nd-team all-GSL); P/RF Cole Hattenburg, (honorable mention).
Key returners: C Quentin Ayers, sr., (two-time 1st-team All-GSL); OF/P Brady Hill, sr., (1st-team All-GSL); P/1B Stu Flesland, sr., (1st- team All-GSL); 1B/OF Tyler Staley, sr., (1st-team all-GSL)
Key newcomers: OF Nate Naccarato, jr.; 3B Brandon Ivanich, jr.
Outlook: “We are very strong up the middle as we project to have seniors catching, pitching, second, short and center,” Schuerman said. “We have a lot of experience. JV went 18-0 last year in league and this summer we won the AA state title, so our young kids are really good, too, which brings great depth to our program.”
Coach: Mark Douglas, sixth year
2018 record: 6-12, third in 3A
Starters graduated/returning: 7/4
Key departures: C Isaac Struck, (honorable mention All-GSL).
Key returners: OF Zach Bartole-Lopez, sr., (1st-team All-GSL); P/1B Josh Tucker, sr., (2nd-team All-GSL); P/SS Carmen Severino, sr.
Key newcomers: C Gunnar Sebright, jr.
Outlook: “We will benefit from having two all-league returners who have had tremendously successful careers at North Central,” Douglas said. “They will lead a young Indians lineup which has the ability to beat anyone if we can limit the errors and walks. We will look to underclassmen to step up in crucial moments throughout the season.”
Coach: James Wasem, 27th season
2018 record: 2-16, fourth in 3A
Starters graduated/returning: 7/5
Key departures: P/SS Bailey Daniels; P/OF Broc Houser (honorable mention); P/OF Josh Slawter; C Ethan Starosta (honorable mention).
Key returners: SS/P Kahlil Tilbury, sr.; C Dylan Young, sr.; P/UTL Jeremy Dierks, sr.; P/1B Aden Armstrong, soph.
Key newcomers: P/3B Mason Bichoff, jr.; C/P Ethan Dittmer, sr.; P/OF Jorlandy Hernandez, soph.
Outlook: “We have more pitching than we have had in a while,” Wasem said. “We are very good up the middle, but do not have much depth.”
Coach: Ron Brooks, 36th year
2018 record: 10-8, second in 3A
Starters graduated/returning: here
Key departures: OF Brock Leinweber; INF Dane Rypien; P Luke Krotzer.
Key returners: C Dalton Dawson, sr., (1st-team All-GSL); P/1B Drew Richardson, sr., (honorable mention); P Julian Gonzalez, sr.; SS/2B James Barber, sr.
Key newcomers: unavailable
Outlook: “I really like this group,” Brooks said. “We have a nice blend of senior leadership and a good group of talented sophomores. They have been very coachable and patient with the weather situation. They are hard-working and willing to learn.”
Great Northern League
Cheney (7-5, second) returns seven starters, including first-team All-GNL junior 1B Koby Holt and senior C Luke Martin for first-year coach Rob Beamer, who returns to his alma mater after seven seasons as an assistant at Medical Lake. “Our strengths will be our upperclassmen,” Beamer said. “Our outlook is to compete for a league championship.” … Pullman (8-4, first) coach Mike Kinkade, a former major league player, returns for his second season at the helm, with sophomore all-league infielder Hyatt Utzman (first-team All-GNL) and senior infielder Konnor Kinkade (second team). … West Valley (7-5, second) lost four all-league performers but has three returning: first-team pitcher Hunter Tiffany, second-team catcher Bryan Andrews and second-team infielder Spencer Shipman – all seniors. “This year’s team is looking to pick up where it left off last season,” fifth-year coach Cory Aitken said. “We lost some key players but have a strong senior class, including transfer Nick Drynan (Gonzaga Prep).”
Northeast A League
Colville (7-7, fifth) has six returning starters for third-year coach Blake Sjordal, including two-time all-league senior infielder Tayeb Wilson. All-state football player and wrestler John Knight turned out for baseball his senior year as a pitcher. … Deer Park (10-4, third) will lean on junior all-league first-team P/SS Hunter Dryden in coach Darren Snyder’s first campaign. “We should be pretty solid,” Dryden said. “Our young players must step up and fill holes.” … Defending State 1A champion Freeman (13-1, first) graduated five starters, all all-league players. Returners for coach Chad Ripke’s 14th season include first-team All-NEA juniors Jace Phelan (P/1B) and Ryan Hayek (2B), who both received all-state tournament honors. The Scotties have won five straight league titles and made back-to-back appearances in the state final four. “We have a great tradition out here at Freeman,” Ripke said. “With that being said, though, we also have a bull’s-eye on our back.” … Lakeside (5-9, sixth) lost seven starters to graduation and will be young, leaning on juniors Nick Pavlin (C), Joey Estes (P/UTL) and Daniel Mahowald (P/INF). Sixth-year coach Tim Klein has one senior in the program. … Medical Lake (2-14, seventh) hopes to build off a rough initial campaign for coach Austin Sharp and will look to three-year lettermen Sam Gollehon (SS/P) and Tervor Hurt-Moran (CF) for experience. “We had very little varsity experience going into last year,” Sharp said. “This year we look to build on that experience and work with a strong freshman and sophomore class.” … Riverside (7-7, fourth) second-year coach Bryan McNaghten has six returning starters, including All-NEA first-team OF senior TJ Trepanier and second-team 1B senior Brock Zoyer. Off-season injuries may slow the Rams early in the season.
Colfax (21-2) lost in a State 2B quarterfinal last season and returns five starters for second-year coach Scott Parrish, including two-time all-league senior P/1B Nate Akesson and sophomore P/SS Layne Gingerich, an all-league selection as a frosh. … Colton (18-8) was State 1B runner-up for 12th-year coach Pat Doumit and returns 10 lettermen and three all-league players: MVP Reece Chadwick (P) and first-teamers Parker Druffel (C) and Luke Vining (SS). … Odessa made a state appearance and returns six starters, including four all-league performers: senior P Theron Schlomer, juniors Camden Weber (INF) and Marcus King (C) and sophomore infielder Jett Nelson. “We have depth at pitching and a strong infield,” fifth-year coach Larry Weber said.