Coach: Roger Durnwald.
2013: 10-18, 4-8 NCC.
Returning letterwinners: Senior Morgan Wurm (P). Juniors Sierra Hanes (C); Maddie Fagan (CF); Hailey Hildebrand (3B); Alexis Mills (2B); Natalie Dentinger (1B); Britney Keiser (OF); Maddie Boes (OF).
Others: Miranda Wurm (1B); Skylar Johnson (SS); Nicole Tshanen (OF); Sydney Long (OF)
Outlook: The Buckettes have 13 players in the fold and things are looking up. It is still a long way from where they once were, but Durnwald is confident his team is more than a middle-of-the-road squad.
Last year Buckeye Central finished with a record that ate at Durnwald since it was the first time in four seasons that the Buckettes haven't finished at least .500.
"Last year we had a group predominately made up of seniors and sophomores and the age difference didn't carry much camaraderie," Durnwald said. "The juniors remember that and are taking the younger kids under their wings. We feel a lot closer as a team now and are ready to compete."
In the offseason, Buckeye Central took advantage of its small numbers and was able to have hands-on coaching sessions to address key issues that the players needed to improve on coming into the new season.
"A lot of our kids played fall ball and we were limited to coaching interactions at times. Yet, the smaller group sessions we were permitted allowed our athletes to know what they needed to work on," Durnwald said.
The Bucks have one senior in Morgan Wurm, who returns to helm the pitching duties.
Other than Wurm, the Bucks return only five letterwinners.
Catcher Sierra Hanes and centerfielder Maddie Fagan anchor the young line up.
The Buckettes remain optimistic that youth and coming together as a unit will carry them past the age and experience of other teams as the season rolls on.
"We need to be better every practice, every night, every game. If we continue to improve with the amount of raw talent we have, we will have an entirely new team by the end of this season," Durnwald said.