PRE­VIEW

Record Observer - - SPORTS -

ev­ery new sea­son, a new rule has dras­ti­cally al­tered the land­scape. With pitcher us­age now lim­ited by pitches thrown rather than in­nings pitched, there will be an added em­pha­sis on throw­ing arms this year and be­yond.

Fresh­men and sopho­mores can throw up to 95 pitches, while ju­niors and se­niors can throw 105. Vary­ing rest re­quire­ments, from zero to four days depend­ing on the num­ber of pitches de­liv­ered, will add an­other facet to bullpen man­age­ment for high school teams, some al­ready strug­gling to find enough arms.

“I think this is go­ing to be tough on smaller teams who don’t have a lot of pitch­ing in par­tic­u­lar,” Saints coach Brian Femi said. “This year, I’m blessed to have a lot of arms. That might not be the case in the fu­ture. It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge to man­age, but I do see that the state has ex­tended the play­offs a lit­tle, adding an ex­tra day be­tween games now, to help a lit­tle bit.”

Here’s a look at this year’s lo­cal teams:

* * * Queen Anne’s (12-9) With five se­niors and 10 ju­niors on the squad this year, the de­fend­ing Class 2A East cham­pion Lions open to­day at home against Stephen De­catur.

Chase Porter and class­mate Pat Free­man will work at the front end of the ro­ta­tion and pro­vide se­nior lead­er­ship along with catcher/out­fielder Chase Klep­per, in­fielder/pitcher Jeremy Mar­vel, and out­fielder Wy­att Pinder.

Other out­field­ers for the Lions in­clude Dar­rin Rose­brock, Ja­cob Nay­lor, Trey Pinder, and Wil­liam Usil­ton. Luke Wed­dell will start at short, with Aaron Rovenolt at third, Porter at sec­ond, Free­man at first, and pitcher/in­fielder Jor­dan Ben­nett, in­fielder An­thony Mar­coni, first base­man/pitcher Matt Robin­son, and catcher/ in­fielder Kole Gun­ther on­call as needed.

Queen Anne’s opened its sea­son Tues­day with a 3-0 home loss to Stephen De­catur.

Kent County (9-8) Last year’s JV coach, Phil Cy­gan, takes the helm of the var­sity this sea­son, and though Kent County grad­u­ated 13 play­ers, he comes in with a strong front end to his pitch­ing staff in ju­nior Tyson John­son and se­nior Josh Ise­man. Se­niors Jor­dan Reed and Danny Par­ent, ju­nior Brian Usil­ton, and fresh­man Pey­ton Tay­lor may also get the ball a fair amount dur­ing the sea­son.

Sopho­more Don­nie For­gan will do the catch­ing with se­nior Brandon Ia­cona at first and Usil­ton at sec­ond when he’s not on the hill. Par­ent and Ise­man may split time at short, with se­nior Zach Thomas also look­ing to share du­ties with Ise­man, this time at third base. John­son will play cen­ter field when not pitch­ing, with Reed in right; Reed will likely move to cen­ter field when John­son has the ball, with se­nior Cade Ter­rill, and left field du­ties in the hands of ei­ther Brian Black­burn or Tay­lor.

Also avail­able to Cy­gan will be ju­nior John Moore and se­nior util­ity man Nathan Stevens. The Tro­jans opened the sea­son Tues­day with a 1-0 win over Po­comoke.

Kent Is­land (4-15) Bren­dan Schulte takes over the pro­gram af­ter Tony Lewis’s four-year ten­ure. Join­ing him this year will be third-year starter Jared Pez­zano, a ju­nior in­fielder and pitcher, as well as a mix of all four grades.

Se­nior Buc­ca­neer play­ers in­clude first base­man Lo­gan Du­me­nil, out­fielder Bert Schre­con­gost, pitcher/in­fielder Josh Albright, pitcher/in­fielder Tyler Loh, and John Sams, who’ll see time on the mound and the in­field and out­field. Fresh­man Chaney Skeans and sopho­mores Ryan Ry­der (P/OF) and Ian Schools (P/1B) are joined by ju­niors Dy­lan Tvelia (P/ IF), Jake Hipps (C), Mike St. Ledger (P/IF), J.C. Getz (OF), and Con­nor Smith (OF). Sts. Peter & Paul (11-8)

The Sabres made the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion’s C Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals, and they re­turn a good core of ta­lent this year, in­clud­ing se­nior cap­tains Cole Koski and James Hast­ings.

While Koski and Hast­ings will join fresh­man Aubrey Perry and sopho­more Con­nor Quade in the ro­ta­tion, they’ll pri­mar­ily play short and catcher, re­spec­tively. Join­ing them in the in­field will be ju­nior first base­man Sam Weis­man, fresh­man sec­ond base­man Brooks Hoff­man, and Quade at third. Drew Kramer will play left field, se­nior class­mate Jack­son Cran­ford cen­ter field, and sopho­more Sam Warpin­ski han­dles right field.

Sopho­more Ryan Free­man looks to spend time in the in­field, but is cur­rently nurs­ing an in­jury; re­serves in­clude fresh­man Joey Gre­aney, se­nior Jack Sin­gel­stad, and sopho­more Andy Ries­berg. The Sabres be­gan their sea­son Fri­day and are cur­rently 0-2. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

@Davetalkss­ports.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s Dy­lan Thomas is mobbed by team­mates af­ter his two-run home run in the top of the sev­enth in­ning Fri­day af­ter­noon, May 21, 2016, in the 2A East Re­gion ti­tle game against Fall­ston.

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