Nine letterwinners, including eight seniors, return for Dick Selgo, head baseball coach, from a team that finished 24-6 in 2018, 6-1 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
Archbold advanced to the Division III regional semifinals last year, where they fell to Gahanna Columbus Academy 4-3.
AHS has won three straight district championships, and has averaged 20 wins per year over the last six seasons.
“Our team is looking forward to the season with high expectations,” said Selgo, who is beginning his 11th year as head coach.
He has a 220-101 career record at AHS.
“A strong non-league schedule including Defiance, Perrysburg, Anthony Wayne, Bowling Green, and Toledo Central Catholic, plus many teams in our immediate area, will be quite challenging,” said Selgo.
Seniors returning are Rigo Ramos (pitcher/first base, Second Team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League, 4-1 record, 3.27 earned run average); Jeron Williams (shortstop, honorable mention All-NWOAL, .330 earned run average, 31 runs batted in);
TJ Rice (pitcher/third base, 3-2 record, .385 BA, 14 RBI, 3.23 ERA; Corey Erbskorn (outfield, .279 BA); Travis Ziegler (catcher); Holden Galvan (catcher, .250 BA, 13 RBI; Mitch Grosjean (outfield, .320 BA, 11 RBI; Aiden Warncke (pitcher, 3-0 record, 1.47 ERA).
Kade Kern (centerfielder, First Team All-NWOAL, .402 BA, 36 RBI) is the lone junior letterwinner returning.
Promising newcomers include seniors Clay Nafziger and Kreighton Sims and junior Drake Mohring.
“We have good overall balance between pitching, hitting, and defense,” said Selgo.
“We also have 10 seniors with a lot of experience. Good depth will allow us to use some different lineups, depending on who is pitching.”
As far as weaknesses, “We lost six all-league players to graduation. All six of those had a huge impact on our success last season.”
Lost to graduation were Brandon Miller, Bryce Williams, Gabe Petersen, Nic Rodriguez, Bryson Taylor, and Trevor Rupp.
As far as the NWOAL is concerned, “It is very difficult to win a strong league, especially when you only play a single round of seven league games,” said Selgo.
“Bryan will definitely be the favorite. They have had some very good young players the past few years that gained valuable experience.”
Assistant varsity coach is Jeff Brunswick, who is in his 24th year. Volunteer assistant varsity coaches are Tom Vershum, in his 44th year, and Scott Foor, in his seventh year.
Jon Fether, in his eighth year, is the junior varsity coach, while Mike Fether, in his fifth year, is the volunteer assistant JV coach.
Garrett Grime and Loren Brown are volunteer assistant coaches.
The Streaks are scheduled to open its season, Monday, March 25, as Edgerton comes to town.