Lewis County is coming off its first winning baseball season in more then two decades. Last season's 11-9 record was the school's first above .500 showing since the 1987 campaign.
Several veteran players return from that team, although two established stars graduated and moved on. Ethan Wilson hit .545 with six home runs, while shortstop Logan Moneypenny, now a member of the team at West Virginia Wesleyan, hit .585 with nine home runs. Both players were also primary pitchers in the rotation of head coach Scott Walker.
"Because they helped us so much both offensively and on the mound, they will be very difficult to replace," Walker said.
Thomas Snyder will look to help lead the Lewis County baseball team in 2012.
Fortunately for the Minutemen, two other key pitchers are back: senior Nate Kemper, who also handles catching duties when he is not on the mound, and sophomore multi-sport star Skyler Carlton. In terms of position players, junior third baseman Tyler Wood is back, as is senior first baseman Thomas Snyder. Senior Andrew Pope returns in center field, as does junior outfielder Nick Minutelli.
"We are looking forward to building around the experience and leadership of these individuals," Walker said. "They have been working hard during the offseason in the weight room and they seem to have developed a newfound confidence with last year's successful season.
"We are setting the bar high for the upcoming season, and we welcome the challenge of the additions to this year's Big Ten schedule.