2013: 12-10, 7-6 fourth in NCC
Coach: Keith Miller, fourth year
Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Ross Dible (C); Sam Plott (P/SS); Dermot Garza (OF); Alex Kenner (OF/SS); Trey Clark (1B); Kolin Johnson (2B); Andre Myers (OF); Cameron Binau (P/3B). Sophomore Cody Gabriel (P/1B).
Others: Senior Tylor Pritchard (OF). Sophomore Carson Mittermaier (3B/SS).
Outlook: In the race for the final NCC title, a lot of the top teams are looking to reload in order to claim the final crown. But for Upper Sandusky, it won't be much of a reloading job as the top weapons are back and ready to strike.
"I think it's all up in the air," Miller said when asked to assess the league race. "A lot of teams had that one dominant pitcher, but they lost that dominant pitcher. Our advantage is that we have a couple that did pretty well."
Included in Upper Sandusky's nine returning letterwinners are more than just a few arms Miller is counting on.
"We do have Cody Gabriel and Sam Plott as starting pitchers and hopefully Carson to fill in that third spot," he said. "We're looking at Binau as a closer. Depending on how he does and how many innings he can get into, he might get the fourth rotation spot.
"Cody's a lights out kind of pitcher; Sam keeps the ball down, produces a lot of ground balls. Carson, not sure how he'll pan out, but he has a lot of speed."
Helping out the cause is the fact that Gabriel and Plott don't play a winter sport, clearing the way for them to focus on baseball.
"We're lucky Cody and Sam just play baseball," Miller said. "They were able to play right away when we had practices. Carson's a little bit behind but I know he does a lot on his own, just had to wait till basketball was over."
Offensively, Miller brings back most of his top hitters. He says power won't be a trademark of the team, but they have the bats to get the job done.
"I don't think we'll have a lot of big home run hitters but we do a lot of contact hitters," he said. "If we have to play small ball, we'll do that. Play one base at a time.
"If I base (the lineup) on last year, Dible usually led off. Kenner was my second hitter and Gabriel was my third. After that it depends on who steps up and puts the bat on the ball."