With the return of an experienced group from last year's 14-9 campaign, veteran coach Sam Yokum is optimistic his team can make a postseason push in 2012.
"We should be in pretty good shape toward the end of the season," Yokum said. "We have a good group of kids back, but our younger players are going to have to step up for us. And once they get some games under their belts, I think they will."
The Wildcats (14-9), who lost in the regional semifinals to Moorefield last season, return a talented group of seniors that includes infielder/pitcher Dustin Redman, outfielder Logan Propst, catcher/outfielder Logan Raines, first basemen Corey Simmons, infielder J.W. Scott and outfielder Levi Martin.
Veteran players returning for Pendleton County include, from left, Logan Propst, Corey Simmons and Dustin Redman.
"We're counting on our seniors to produce," Yokum said. "We're going to need them to contribute."
Also returning is junior Daniel Heavner, who will see time at both catcher and pitcher this year.
"Daniel gives us depth at the catcher spot and on the mound," Yokum said. "We return a lot of depth at the pitching which really helps."
Sophomores Luke Yokum, Cody Lambert and Evan Arrington all saw varsity time last year as freshmen.
Yokum will play in the infield and pitch. Lambert will play in the infield and Aarington will see time in the outfield.
"Luke, Cody and Evan all saw time at the varsity level down the stretch last season," Yokum said. "They're going to get a chance to see a lot of time for us this year."
Pendleton County will open up the season March 20 at Bath County (Va.).
"We've got a lot of kids signed up," Yokum said. "We should have enough for two teams, which is always nice, Hopefully we can have a good year and make another run through the playoffs."