Philip Barbour High School returns a strong group of players from last year's 15-14 team for veteran head coach Stanley Fitzwater.
"We return a good group of players from a year ago," Fitzwater said. "It's a good mixture between each class."
The Colts, who lost in the sectional championship game to Petersburg last season, return four seniors from a year ago.
One veteran back in the lineup for Philip Barbour is senior utility player Andy Green, who batted .390 last year.
Also back for the Colts is first basemen Seth Fitzwater (.340), outfielder Daniel Martin (.330) and outfielder Dre Johnson (.330).
Green, Fitzwater and Johnson also return as the team's top pitchers from a year ago. Green had four wins, while Johnson tallied two victories for the Colts.
"We need our seniors to step up and help lead us this year," Fitzwater said. "We're counting on them to have strong seasons."
Philip Barbour has a strong crop of juniors back including: Utility player Tyler Schiefelbein (.360), infielder Chance Price (.410), catcher Doug Smith (.370), infielder Zach Howdershelt, infielder Randy Walkwell, infielder Jacob Marsh, utility palyer Quentin Mouser and utility player Ryan Martin.
Price had two home runs last year with six doubles. Smith chipped in with seven doubles last season.
Schiefelbein, Price, Smith, Mouser and Martin all saw time on the mound last year for Philip Barbour.
Sophomores Saige Cline, Taylor Talbott and Dalton Hill will all battle for playing time this year.
"I think with what we return from last year and the experience we have, we should have a good year," Fitzwater said. "We're hoping for our younger guys to step up and contribute."
Philip Barbour opens up the season March 26 at home against Petersburg.