Three senior WVC Division 3 all-stars -- Pokrinchak (.410 AVG, .558 OBP), third baseman Alec Norton (.403 AVG, .535 OBP, .732 SLG), and outfielder Stephen Kreitzer (.320 AVG, .400 OBP) return to power the offense for district semifinalist Greater Nanticoke Area, which also welcomes back returning starters in sophomore catcher Kris Rynkiewicz (.400 OBP) and junior second baseman Nick Bukofski (.300 AVG).
On the other hand, coach Ryan Kropa's offense returns a solid core, led by senior first baseman Sean Homenchak (.368 AVG, 10 XBH), senior infielder Ethan Hasenzahl (.349 AVG, 6 BB vs 0 K), senior outfielder Cody Petcavage (.415 AVG), and C/IF Gouldsbury (.412 AVG, 7 2B).
Defending district champ Montrose must replace its top three pitchers who took with them roughly two-thirds of the team's innings.
The season-ending Tommy John surgery this fall to Lakeland co-ace Sean Pittack threw up a major roadblock in the Chiefs' bid to get back to the state tournament after a one-year hiatus.
Junior LHP Brad Richards (34 IP, 28 H, 11 BB, 37 K) will assume the lead dog role, while junior RHP Jordan Art (14 IP, 14 H, 11 BB, 11 K) is the only other holdover to have logged more than three innings last season.
Coach Tony Rezykowski will also lean on the junior RHP/IF duo of Zach Groover and Blake Chew for two-way production.
A rebuilding year looms for Susquehanna Community, which graduated nine seniors, including six regular contributors.Mountain View welcomes back a veteran club that includes returning position player starters in senior outfielders Deon Faramelli and James Mc Dermott, plus junior infielder Matt Lavin, and junior first baseman Zeb Feduchak.On the mound, coach Ernie Griffis will look to develop some depth behind the senior RHP duo of Ewan Sands and Sam Flannery.A trio of juniors -- infielder Austin Yelland, outfielder Ben Marte, and C/OF Robbie Shinal -- form the core of a G. In order to climb the standings, coach Vito Passone will likely need to coax better command out of a pitching staff, led by Yelland and his fellow junior RHP Chris Kolativa, that collectively walked more than it struck out last season.After riding its pitching to three straight state tournaments, it is time for Abington Heights, which graduated 81% of its innings, to reload on the mound.Kowalski is among eight of nine line-up regulars who return for coach Mike Zapotoski as well, including junior catcher Jake Peters, senior outfielder John Morgan, junior outfielder Kyle Windt, and junior first baseman Austin Gately.