Coach: Brad Smith (fifth year)

Conference: WMC Class: B

Last year’s record: 7-10, lost in preliminary round

Returning players: Seniors — Evan Plummer (OF), Daulton Cauthell (IF); Juniors — Zack Mann (P/IF), John Henry Villaneuva (P/IF); Sophomore — Tanner Mann (P/OF).

Key losses: Tyler St. Pierre (P/SS), Thomas Wood (OF), Evan Harmer (C).

Promising newcomers: Juniors — Jake Winchester (C), Eric Gilbert (P), Nathaniel Brindley (P/IF); Sophomores — Josiah Rottari (P/OF), Cam Usher (P/IF); Freshman — Nick McCann (C).

Season outlook: Smith, who enters his 42nd year overall as a varsity coach, said that the Patriots will need to fill several key positions at the plate and in the field. Gray-NG will lean heavily on underclassmen in those spots. Their development will determine if the Patriots are able to make it back to the playoffs. Gray-NG hosts its traditional season-opener against rival Poland on April 15.

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