City League baseball notes
Competition within the team is expected to help Kapaun. All-Metro 3B Max Hagan returns along with Nate Degenhardt, Tommy Meitzner, Kevin Luman and Tyler Jennings.
All-City DH Everardo Escamilla returns for North as do outfielders Esteran Hernandez and Tanner Raiburn.
Area baseball notes
Four seniors will lead Andover Central: Tanner Crouch, Zach McKenzie, Cory Olney and Larry Pugsley. All-league OF Austin Griffith also returns.
OF Logan Hiser, 2B Joe Cannady and IF Dalton Wheat are back for Augusta.
P Cody Easterday will lead Bluestem. Cade Minnick hit .450 last season.
OF Justin Burba leads seven Campus starters returning. Seniors Tyler Tilley and Kyle Smith, and juniors Colton Flax and Junior Guerrero are also back.
Senior pitchers Caleb Kirkpatrick and Adam Ronnebaum join C Garrett White back for Circle.
Eight seniors return for Derby, including all-league players Tanner Greiving (DH) and Todd Freeman (OF). C Cody Bliss and P Garrett Rankin return.
Senior-dominated Goddard will depend on James Watkins, Austin White, James Baca and Tanner Lanterman. Junior P Collin Nevil also returns.
All-league pitchers Luke Moore and Kale Arnold return for Hillsboro, joined by all-league 1B Derek Kelsey and SS Lucas Sinclair.
Senior Adam Pierson returns as team captain for Independent. Juniors Matt Loveland, Trey Williams, Wesley Riedmiller and Ben Strickfaden also return.
State champion Maize returns Craig Nicks, JC Sturgeon, Ryan McBroom and AJ Shaw.
P Ethan Blouin will lead Moundridge. Daniel Ratzlaff and Cooper Wedel also return.
SS Quintin Crandall returns for Nickerson, along with Justin Engelland and Sean Rodriguez.
Eight starters return for Sunrise Christian, including players Bo Westfield, Preston Atherton and Michael Lee.
All nine starters and both pitchers return for Udall, including seniors Logan Beard, Colton Witte and junior Michael Propst.
Seniors Nick Rotola, Blaine Birdwell and Jeff Melton return for Word of Life.
Area baseball schedule