Petersburg made a strong postseason run in 2011, losing a heartbreaker to Frankfort 2-1 in a 10-inning regional semifinal game.
With seven starters back from that 14-10 squad, coach Bobby Jack Harman is looking at another successful season for the 2012 campaign.
With three returnees to his regular pitching rotation, Harman's squad will be powered by a strong offense that saw most all of the players returning this season hitting over .300 last year.
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Petersburg’s Seth Thompson, left, and Codie Rohrbaugh talk before a recent practice at Petersburg High School.
This unit includes junior catcher Justin Smith, junior first baseman Jesse Earl, senior second baseman Brayden Runion and sophomore third baseman Trevor Harman.
Returning to the outfield is senior standout Hunter Warner and sophomores Brett Reel and Alex See.
"This group gives us a lot of experience and it's a group that can hit the ball well," Harman said. "We also have some solid role players on the bench. Because of that, we have a lot more depth this season.
"There should be a lot of games this year where we can have 13 to 14 players seeing plating time."
On the mound, Warner and Earl return as starters. They will be joined by senior Codie Rohrbaugh who also is expected to be a key starter.
"We will be playing a little tougher schedule this season, so that will be a challenge," Harman said. "But that should help later in the season."
The Vikings will be tested early in the year as they open the season with four straight road contests.
Petersburg will kick things off on March 16 when it travels to Hampshire.
The Vikings will then play games at Hedgesville, Tygarts Valley and East Hardy.