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- Updated: February 27, 2019
2019 NHIAA BASEBALL TEAM PREVIEW
2018 Record: 14-7
2018 Postseason: Division II semifinalist.
Head coach: Josh McAllister
Starters Returning: 9
Senior Devon Ouellette (SS) : (.403, 8 R, 8 RBI, 11 SB )(All-State Second Team)
Senior Ethan Robitaille (2B): (.333, 14 R, 14 RBI, 11SB)(All-State Third Team)
Junior Nate Grames (INF/P): (.297, 11 R, 11 RBI, 9 2B)(All-State Second Team)
Junior Riley Fletcher (INF): (.295, 12 R, 12 RBI), 10 SB)
Junior Zach Smith (OF/P): (.286, 8 R, 11 RBI, 7 SB)
Sophomore Chase Spencer (1B/P): (.321, 1HR, 8 RBI)
Senior Derek Dascoulias (RHP): (6-2, 1.71 ERA)(All-State First Team)
Junior Nate Grames (RHP): (7-2, 2.44 ERA)
Junior Zach Smith (RHP): (1-0, 1.03 ERA, 4 Saves)
Sophomore Chase Spencer (RHP): (3.5 ERA, 1 Save)
Coaches comment: After a four-year stretch that included a total of eight wins and a deep rebuilding process, 2018 represented a large step forward for the Kennett baseball program. With 12 returning letter winners, all of whom saw significant playing time last season, the Eagles are hoping to continue the program’s progress in 2019. Derek Dascoulias and Nate Grames started 18 of the Eagles 21 games last season and return to anchor a strong staff in 2019. With the two starters, sophomores Chase Spencer and newcomer Harrison Keeler will throw valuable innings. Junior Zach Smith will continue to close games for the Eagles. Junior Dom Jones will return behind the plate for the thrid season to work with the pitching staff.
Offensively, a year of maturation should help the Eagles offense. Seniors Devon Ouellette and Ethan Robitaille will return as fourth-year starters in the middle infield and along with Smith set the table at the top of the order. Grames, an All-State Second Team selection, Spencer and junior Riley Fletcher will look to produce runs from the middle of the lineup.
With the realignment of Division II, the 2019 season looks to be wide open and very competitive. The Eagles are looking to continue the program’s progress and go head-to-head with strong teams like Plymouth, John Stark, and Hanover.