Coach: Ryan Palmer (sixth year)

Conference: MVC Class: C South

Last year’s record: 15-2, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning players: Seniors — Gavin Arsenault (P/CF), Gus Brown (OF); Junior — Gavin Hebert (P/1B); Sophomore — Cooper Chiasson (P/3B).

Key losses: Tyler Frost, Kaine Hutchins, Mitch Kubesh, Cody Dolloff, Nick St Germain, Anthony Todd, Nick Hall

Promising newcomers: Seniors — Riley Robinson (2B), Barry Campbell (RF); —Juniors — Bryce Whittemore (C), Mason Corriveau (UT); Sophomores — Luke Lueders (SS), Cam Turner (P/CF).

Season outlook: Dirigo graduated the majority of an experienced, battle-tested team that was the top-ranked club in the 2015 regular season. Younger players will need to step up in key spots. Arsenault will be the Cougars’ horse on the hill. Brown is still recovering from an injury sustained during wrestling season. His return should solidify the top end of the order. The Cougars will open the campaign at preseason favorite Monmouth, so they won’t have the luxury of easing into the schedule.


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