> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
• COACH: Brian Agnew (seventh season).
• LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 9-14.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Garrett Vick, Sr., P/SS; Brian McGee, Sr., 1B/3B; Josh Vollstedt, Sr., 2B; David Vansant, Sr., C/OF; Sam Beckort, Sr., CF; Cody Craddock, Sr., LF; Johnathan Knight, Sr., 3B; Dylan Scott, Sr., 1B/DH; Kyle Kruer, Jr., P/C/SS; Caleb Hart, So., P/1B/OF.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Travis Konermann, Fr., SS/3B/P; Brandon Thompson, Fr., P/1B/OF; Joey Vollstedt, Fr., 2B/OF; Dawson Nale, Fr., C/OF.
• OUTLOOK: The Braves do not lack experience as they have eight seniors on this year’s roster. Agnew expects to see his team improve each day and hopes he will have a competitive team by the postseason. The Borden coach also thinks the Southern Athletic Conference championship and the Class A sectional title are up for grabs. Borden faces a tough schedule, which includes New Albany, Seymour, Silver Creek, Charlestown, Brownstown Central, Corydon Central, Austin, South Central and Lanesville.
• AGNEW SAYS: “Our goal is the same every year — it is to improve on a daily basis. My goal is to teach these kids a love and respect for the game and maybe win a few games along the way. We feel that if we can put all of the pieces of the puzzle together, we will be a tough out by the end of the season.”
• COACH: Ricky Romans (11th season).
• LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 24-7.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Hensley-Cole, Sr., 2B; Alex Smith, Sr., LF; Daniel Sprinkle, Sr., C; Darren Taylor, Sr., P; Drew Reich, Jr., P/3B; Ryan Jones, Jr., SS/OF; Jason Houchens, Jr., RF; Colin Martin, Jr., IF; Tanner Wesp, So., 1B; Dewey Cardwell, So., OF; Kelly Rider, So., P/IF; Zach Ramirez, So. P/OF.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: none.
• OUTLOOK: Romans has almost everybody back from last year’s solid team. He likes his team’s depth and pitching. Considering those attributes, the Pirates have set their goals high this season. They expect to compete for both the Mid-Southern Conference and Class 3A sectional championships. Romans says Silver Creek, Brownstown and North Harrison will be Charlestown’s main competition for those titles.
• ROMANS SAYS: “With us basically returning our entire team from last year, we look to compete for the MSC and sectional championships this year. Though we are still fairly young with a lot of juniors and sophomores, all of our guys gained valuable experience at the varsity level last year, which should help our team chemistry and confidence heading into 2014.”