Coach: Pat Richardson, 5th year
Last year: 17-7
Key losses: Shane Bierfeldt, lhp/of; Ben Thompson, c; Mitch Zagrodnik, p/1b; John McCarthy, 2b; Stanley Rijo, ss.
Key returners: Nate Manchester, jr. p; Kobe Covington, jr. inf; Ben Bonvicini, sr. inf; Josh Rubino, sr. p; Manny Rijo, sr. of; Nick Santillo, sr. inf/of; P.J. Kilmartin, sr. p/of; Anthony Pandolfo, sr. p; Jason Vinisko, soph. p; Nick Dallavalle, soph. inf; Marcus Bloom, soph. inf; Tyler Troth, soph. p/of; Cameron Cerruto, fresh. c.
Outlook: Hoping to contend for titles at the division, league and state levels.
Coach: Don Crossman, 1st year
Last year: 5-15
Key losses: Nate Marshall, inf; Danny LaChance, of; RogerAiudi, inf; Pepe Napoleon, inf/of; Logan Marchi, c.
Key returners: Cam Goulet, jr. p/of; Tim Smith, jr. ss; Ryan Sholtis, p/inf/of; Jarrett Klebe, inf; Jonah Sherrod, of; Tim Steeves, inf/of/c; James Yuan, of.
Newcomers: Chad Closson, c; Garrett Lombardo, of; Ivan Moreira, of.
Outlook: Young, hardworking and athletic.
Teams to beat: Lewis Mills, Thomaston, Northwestern in a strong league this year.
Coach: Darryl Morhardt
Last year: 13-7
Key losses: Willy Yahn, All-State, 2-year All-BL; Berkshire League Pitcher of the Year; Chris Vernali, clean-up hitter, No. 2 pitcher.
Key returners: Zac Larsen, p; Jacob Sprague, p; Chance Oneill, sr. inf; Tim Hahn, sr. of; Nic Camaradi, sr. of; Justin Dean jr. inf.
Outlook: “Is there life without Willy?” coach Morhardt asks rhetorically. “Yes, but never quite the same,” might be the answer. The Mountaineer defense should be okay; hitting and pitching misses Yahn and Vernali.
Coach: Jesse Darcy, 3rd year
Last year: 13-7, Berkshire League second, Class M first round.
Key losses: Max Wadington, All-BL ss; Sam Brooke, 3b.
Key returners: James Pincipi, cpt, 2nd-team All-BL sr. c; Greg Campbell, 2nd-team All-BL sr. inf; Gio Peraza, sr. lhp.
Newcomers: Jack Nepomuceno, jr. rhp/inf
Outlook: When Darcy says his team has balanced depth, it’s trouble for the rest of the league. Look for a big year from the Spartans.
Coach: Kyle Weaver, 10th year
Last year: 7-13.
Key loss: Evan Shortsleeve, ss/p.
Key returners: Nick Ganio, sr. of/p; Matt McCarthy, sr. of/p; Ryan O’Bernier, jr. 3b; Nick Andro, jr. c; Dylan Wolfe, sr. c/of/inf; Matt Scappini, jr. of/p; Mike Minucci, sr. p/1b; Josh Guilmart, soph inf/p; Griffon McIntyre, jr. inf/p; Cal McKenna, jr. of/p; Garrett Conoghan, jr. of; Qunton Lautz, of.
Newcomer: Connor Bennett, jr. inf.
Outlook: Solid experienced core. Talented starting pitching in McCarthy, Minucci, McKenna and McIntyre. Manufactured runs and strong defense.
Teams to beat: Northwestern, Thomaston, Shepaug, Terryville, Wamogo, Nonnewaug.
Coach: Pete Carlson, 2nd year
Last year: 5-15
Key losses: John Sambrook; Keeghan Fortuna; Chris Pillis; James Juliani.
Key returners: Collin Milano, sr; Owen Kane, sr; Dominic Piscitelli, jr; Charlie Timme, sr; Ryan Gunnoud, jr.
Co-coaches: Jim Davidson, 13th year; Kevin Nelligan, 1st year as co-coach.
Last year: 12-8, BL second place; Class M second round.
Key losses: Zach Risedorf, All-BL, All-State c; John Lippincott, All- BL inf/of; Nick Pedrolini.
Key returners: Nate Tancreti, sr. p; Mitchell Gryniuk, jr. of; Tony Pucino, jr. ss; Conner Labreck, jr. of; Devin Warren, jr. 1b; Bryce Ramsay, jr. c; Garrett Healey, jr. 2b; Joe Colombie, jr. cf; John King, jr. lf.
Newcomers: Dan Hoskins, soph. c; Luke Gryniuk, soph. 1b; Vin Tancreti, soph. 3b.
Outlook: Lost three big starters. Returners are young (one sr.), but the Highlanders should contend for the title again.
Coach: Scott Werkhoven, 11th year.
Last year: 9-12.
Key returners: Travis Fitch, sr. All-BL p/cf (20 runs, 10 rbi, 2-1, 3.20 ERA); Logan Racz, sr. All-BL p/in (.406, 21 runs); Sam Krebs, sr. p/inf (2-1, 3.27 ERA); John Swanson, jr. c (10 runs, 13 RBI); Clayton Schneider, jr. p/inf (.300, 11 runs, 11 RBI); Dave DeMeo, jr. p/of (17 innings). Austin Dutcher, soph. p/1b.
Newcomers: Christian Stuart, sr. of; Andrew Loya, sr. of; Connor Douskey, soph. p/inf/of; Jacob Lowe, jr. of; Nick Yedowitz, jr. of; Connor Schur, jr. of.
Outlook: Key to the season is pitching and sound fundamentals.
Teams to beat: Lewis Mills, Northwestern, Thomaston in a balanced league.
Coach: Peter Veleas, 3rd year
Last year: 10-9, Class S first round
Key losses: Taylor Donofrio, p; Jacob Wright, 3b/dh; Kevin Lowell, inf; Mike Kotila, p/3b; Zach Graham; Jake Johnson.
Key returners: Cedric Clift, sr of; Rich Moschini, sr. util; Ian Schmidt, jr. c/of; Connor Levins; Adam Benson, sr; Jeff Dupaul, sr.
Coach: Bob McMahon
Last year: 21-4, Berkshire League Champions; Class S runners-up.
Key losses: Blaise Russo; Brian Butkevicius; Jake Tehan; Daniel LeVasseur.
Key returners: Justin Taylor, jr; Matt Tehan, jr; Michael Milius, sr; Aaron Madow, jr; Jake Torrence, soph; Dylan Krasnowski, jr; Frank Romanelli, sr; Brian Sousa, sr; Brandon Gabani, jr; Josh Zebrowski, sr; Shane O’Bar, sr; Tyler Donofrio, sr.
Outlook: The Golden Bears graduated the heart of last year’s team. They’ll grow a new one this year.
Coach: Gregg Hunt, 9th season at Wamogo
Last year: 8-13
Key losses: Tristan Pepin, All-BL, All-State p/ss (.408; 5-4, 2.44)); Rob Whipple, All-BL 2b.
Key returners: Matt Rollins, jr, second team All-BL cf/p; Jeff Aeschlimann, jr. p/ss, 23 RBI; Jordan Bergs, jr. p/1b, .356; Nick Brennan, sr. lf; Devin Ruot, sr. rf; Landon Bellmany, sr. p/inf.
Newcomers: Jordan Rhoads, jr. of; Zach Pavelec, sr. of; Jake Rosko, jr. 1b; Pete Schneider, jr. 2b; C.J. Schullery, soph. c; Colby Weik, soph. p/util
Outlook: Experienced group led by Rollins, Aeschlimann and Bergs. More pitching depth than usual. Lineup is solid with six returning starters. Should be a first division team.
Teams to beat: Lewis Mills and Northwestern, with Shepaug as a sleeper.
Coach: Rene Williams
Last year: 7-13
Key losses: Will Weingrart, 1b; Jeff Negron, p; Chad Winn.
Key returners: Jordan Bugbee, sr. 2b; Mitch Lemere, sr. 1b; Dylan Skrip, sr. ss; Devin Marcella, sr. c.
Outlook: Loaded with seniors, Tech’s upperclassmen should be able to push through for at least one more win and a spot in the state tournament.