WESTON - The Lewis County High School baseball team returns a number of players back from last year's team for head coach Scott Walker.
The Minutemen, who lost in the sectionals to Buckhannon-Upshur in 2012, will open the 2013 season Monday, hosting Webster County for a non-conference doubleheader in Weston.
Lewis County must replace first baseman Ethan Wilson and outfielder Andrew Pope.
Wilson was an All-Big 10 Conference first-team performer, while Pope was a second-team selection.
Lewis County will return last year's top hitter in senior Nicholas Minutelli, who batted .393 on the season with four home runs and 20 RBIs.
The second top hitter last season was senior Tyler Wood, who batted .375 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
Minutelli earned honorable mention All-Big 10 Conference honors in 2012, while Woods was selected to the second team of the all-conference team.
Sophomore Brandon Moneypenny batted .348 with one home run and 12 RBIs and will all look to add depth to the Minutemen offensive attack.
Senior Andrew Gandee, who batted .286 with 12 RBIs, and junior Skylar Carlton, who batted .268 with four doubles and 12 runs scored for the Minutemen, also are back in 2013.
Sophomore Luke Pudder returns as one of the team's top pitcher.
He had five wins last year with a 2.39 ERA.
Minutelli, meanwhile, also returns to the mound and had a 5.73 ERA.
Carlton had a 4.00 ERA with three wins and two saves as a starter and closing pitcher in 2012.
Lewis County will play its traditional Big 10 Conference schedule, which includes the likes of Bridgeport, Elkins, Buckhannon-Upshur, Fairmont Senior, North Marion and East Fairmont.
The Minutemen's non-conference schedule includes Webster County, South Harrison, Doddridge County, Nicholas County and Liberty (Raleigh).