Panthers ready for title defense

CROWNPOINT-Crown Point returns the nucleus of last season's Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference championship baseball team.

The Panthers don't have a senior on the roster, but five players are back from 2010's 8-2 MVAC and 8-3 overall club.

"The team lost a lot of seniors, but returns a solid core of pitchers and positional players," Coach Randy Pertak said. "Even though this year's team is young, they are very skilled. They should be very competitive."

Nathan Tabor leads the returnees. He led Crown Point in hitting last spring with a .530 average and was also the leading pitcher with a 4-3 record. He was a 2010 MVAC all-star.

Joining Tabor on the hill will be veterans Tanner Macey and Gabe Macey.

When not pitching, the three will play on the infield along with Jaice Spring, a freshman expected to man second base, and Dan Groshans, a sophomore at third base.

Michael DuShane will start at catcher. He split the catching duties a year ago.

The Panther outfield suffered a big blow when Jon Spaulding was injured and had season-ending surgery. He was a first-team MVACall-star and led Crown Point in runs batted in.

Picking up the slack in the outfield will be Jake Courcey, Jimmy Greenough, Kyle Hunsdon, Duke Millington and Joe Foote.

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