Outlook: Grasso will have one of the most experienced pitching staffs in the league with Jeffers, Butler and Gaffney anchoring the rotation. "That's the one thing about the Big 10 " there's more teams with more pitching," said Grasso. "It's going to be a challenge day in and day out to step up and get things done offensively."
Catholic Central Crusaders
Head coach: Greg Hansen
Returning all-stars: Rory Sweeney (junior P/IF), Bradley Adams (freshman IF/OF), Jack Lerioux (freshman IF/OF), Brice McMahon (junior IF/OF)
Outlook: The Crusaders finished in the lower portion of the Big 10 standings last year, but with four players earning honorable mentions for the all-league team, Hansen has hope they can move up the ranks this year. "We're a very young team with a lot of potential," he said. "The future looks like it could be bright."
Head coach: Dave Doemel
Returning all-stars: Chris Sand (senior 1B), Josh Lewyckyj (senior SS), Dave Russo (senior C)
Outlook: With eight seniors returning from last year's team, Doemel said he's optimistic that the Brothers can challenge for the league title. "We're searching for pitching right now because Billy Creighton broke his hand during basketball season, but we've got a lot of hitters returning," he said. "We've proven that we can hit the ball well. What it all comes down to is how well we can pitch the ball."
Sand and Lewyckyj head up CBA's offense. Sand batted a team-best .491 last year with four home runs and 29 RBI, while Lewyckyj batted .439 with 16 RBI.
Head coach: Jesse Braverman
Returning all-stars: Kyle Charron (senior P/IF), Lukas Bridenbeck (senior C/OF), Will Remillard (junior C/OF), Scott Morrissey (senior OF/P)
Outlook: Last year's Class AA Sectional champions graduated several key players, but the pitching staff is still formidable with Charron leading the Cadets. "We really like our team this year," said Braverman. "We lost several talented players from our team, but we also brought up several talented players from our JV team."