Heystek gives the Lyncs a tremendous leadoff batter who can help set the table for LC's middle-of-the-order hitters. He hit .471 last year (32 for 68) with eight doubles, a homer, 12 RBI, 17 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. He also is a very strong defensive shortstop.
Sr., First base/outfield
Although Johnson played a multitude of spots last year for coach John Inge, the Storm manager expects Johnson to mostly play first base and outfield this spring. He hit for a .410 average last year with a .480 on-base percentage and will be counted on again to produce.
Zavisubin gave the Mariners a strong bat toward the top of the lineup last spring and hit for a .355 average with five doubles and 11 RBI. Coach Gary Hatch is looking for Zavisubin to shoulder a larger pitching role this spring after recording a 10.1 innings of work with a 4.06 ERA last spring.
Trojans coach Steve Slesk admitted Meridian doesn't have a true No. 1 pitcher, but Tutterrow, who posted a 0.95 ERA last spring, could be the Trojans' top candidate to take over the top spot. He's also a strong shortstop and hit for a .273 average last year.
Jr., Pitcher/second base
Petersen is expected to play an integral role for the Lions. He'll share time with senior Kody Ames to form a one-two punch on the mound. Playing second base, he's also one-half of what should be a strong middle infield and is slated to hit in the heart of Lynden's batting order.
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