'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 1-19 0-10
COACH YEAR Joe Sciuto 1st
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Andreas Fehrle Sr. C John Pollak Sr. SS Erik Rasmussen Jr. P Mike Appel Jr. CF Brian Kriegler So. P/OF Thomas Rainey Sr. LF
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Helemanu Wallace Jr. 3B Chris Poole So. OF
With six seniors, the Vikings have their most-experienced team in years. They also have their best turnout in recent memory: 30 players, enough to field a junior varsity team for the second year in a row. But they still have to shuffle players. Fehrle must move from shortstop to catcher. Rasmussen could be one of the league's best pitchers and batted .440 last season in league play.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 10-11 5-5
COACH YEAR Greg Weiss 6th
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Judd Granzow Sr. P/OF Colby Carpenter Sr. P/OF Rani Zahr Sr. C Robert Escalante Sr. OF Jay Carpenter Jr. P/SS
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Steven Plise Fr. OF Tim Greer Fr. 2B Robert McIntyre Sr. 3B Rudy Mendoza Fr. UT
The Contenders believe they can live up to their name this season after fielding an American Legion team for the first time last summer. Faith Baptist finished 12-9, including a victory over district champion Chatworth. The pitching shows promise, as does the defense. But run production is a concern. Granzow, who hit three home runs in a game last year, can't do it alone.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 10-14 4-8
COACH YEAR Chad Nammack 2nd
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Jason Jonas Sr. P Ramiro Alvarez Sr. P/3B Freddy Sanchez Jr. SS Kevin Kimmer Sr. P Courtney Ranshaw Sr. OF
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Jason Kusher Jr. CF Jeff Atkinson Jr. LF
The Bulldogs appear to lack depth, which usually means trouble in the Foothill League. Coach Nammack says the talent is "very average." Burbank is counting on Jonas, who hit nearly .500 last eason, and Alvarez to have blockbuster seasons. Much-injured Sanchez also is a key. If he can stay healthy, Nammack said Sanchez has Division I potential. Burbank would love to benefit from some of it.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 12-12-1 5-7
COACH YEAR Jose Valle 2nd
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Devin Grace Jr. SS Anthony Fabrizio So. 1B/P
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Dustin Wride Jr. P Tommy Perez Fr. UT Eli Albertson Jr. 3B Mike Lizarraga So. 2B Leonard Silva So. P Brian Nichols Jr. P
With only two seniors, nine juniors, four sophomores and a freshman, the Indians are probably a year away from perhaps contending for a league title. But Valle thinks they can make inroads this year, especially if Burroughs can develop some run-scoring ability to complement good pitching and defense. The Indians could challenge for third place.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 7-14-1 3-9
COACH YEAR Scott Willis 4th
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Rick Engbrecht Sr. P Mike Bench Sr. IF Wayne Mahaffey Sr. 1B Rob Phelan Sr. 2B Eric Schmidt Sr. OF Rob Varnon Sr. OF
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Dan Freeman Sr. IF Rick Thomas So. P
The biggest improvement at Canyon this year might be the look of its ballpark, which got an overhaul in the off-season. The team remains questionable, particularly its pitching. The Cowboys have 13 seniors but only three started last season. With a reliable defense, which features speed and good arms in the outfield, Canyon hopes it can make low-scoring games a trademark. The team lost its best hitter last fall when Mike Bland transferred to Hart.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 21-6 11-1
COACH YEAR Bud Murray 9th
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Luis Sanchez Sr. P/1B Jeremy Seipel Sr. CF Brian Baron Sr. OF Chad Ott Sr. SS Brian Wallace Sr. OF Josh Weitzman Sr. 1B/OF Mike Haynes Sr. OF Bobby Graves So. P Chris Baker Sr. P Mike Espy Sr. DH
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Mike Bland Jr. 3B Ron Jones Sr. P Eric Horvat So. 2B Eric Ballew So. C
With several returners and at least five solid players transferring in via open enrollment, the Indians will be loaded. Even with the loss of Graves, one of the league's top pitchers, the Indians have Sanchez, whose three-year varsity record is 20-3, and strong arms in Baker, Jones and Brandon Hosaka. The only chink in the armor for the defending league champions could be a shaky defense in the early going, caused by a shake-up in the infield.
'94 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 17-9 7-5
COACH YEAR Doug Worley 20th
TOP RETURNEES YR POS Darren Hoevel Sr. P/OF Jarrod Brunsman Sr. 3B David Wilson Sr. OF Jesse Alvarado Sr. 2B Nate Wright Jr. SS
TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Brad Fogel Jr. P Derek Lyons Jr. P/C Jeremy Mushinski Jr. C Kyle Jolly Jr. IF John Karr Fr. OF Ron Nichols Jr. P
If any team can give Hart a run, it's Saugus. But the Centurions will have to do it without their Division I prospect, Brandon Hernandez. Hernandez, who batted better than .300 last year and would have been the team's top returning pitcher, has been declared academically ineligible. Worley will have to promote some young pitchers and rush them along. But the defense is strong and Wright, Hoevel, Brunsman and Wilson all have the potential to hit .300.