MILL CREEK - Tygarts Valley High School baseball team will return an experienced group of players back from last years's 15-18 season for head coach James Markley.
Tygarts Valley will open their season on March 13 at Petersburg for a non-conference matchup.
The Bulldogs, who lost in the sectional championship to Pendleton County last season, return the top hitter from last season in junior catcher Keighan Chewning.
Also returning is junior first baseman/pitcher Owen Arbogast, outfielder Adam Cassell, utility player Brandon Pritt and senior utility player Timmy Sparks.
"I'm excited with the players we have returning," Markley said. "We've got good experience, and hopefully they can be good leaders for us this year."
Senior Andrew Torres, who transferred in from Elkins, will look to add to the Bulldog offense this year.
Juniors Tyler Louk and Jonathan Riggleman, along with sophomores Cody Grimmett, Casey Martell and Ryan Hoffman all will be battling for playing time at the varsity level.
"These juniors and sophomores are all battling for time for this year," Markley said. "We've got a good junior and sophomore class this year."
Freshman P.J. Lanham and Dalton Vandevender also look to contribute for Tygarts Valley at the varsity level.
"It always helps to have a veteran team returning," Markley said. "We have a lot of young talent as well, so we have a good mix of players."
The Bulldogs will play a competetive Potomac Valley Conference schedule once again this season, going against the likes of East Hardy, Pendleton County and Moorefield. The Cougars lost in last year's Class A state title game, while Pendleton County and Moorefield are traditional powers in the Class A ranks.