Amanda-Clearcreek Aces Baseball
Coach: Travis Stone
2022 record: 18-7, 10-4 second in Mid-State League Buckeye Division
Key returnees: Junior Blayne Barker, pitcher and designated hitter; junior Leland Riley, pitcher and outfielder; junior Pete Brockman, pitcher, first base and catcher; sophomore Tanner Affolter, middle infield and pitcher
Key newcomers: Sophomore Brady Holbrook, middle infield; sophomore Bryton Carruthers, catcher; freshman Noah Chambers, pitcher, first base and catcher; freshman Gary Kemmerling, pitcher and third base; sophomore Brody Elder, pitcher and third base; sophomore Braxton Bussard, outfielder; junior Jesse Spangler, outfield; junior Colton Tooill, outfield; junior Luke Speakman, middle infield; sophomore Peyton Beavers, outfield; freshman Bodie Martin, outfield and middle infield.
The Aces lost a big senior class to graduation that led the program to back-to-back district runner-up finishes.
While there will be a number of new contributors to the Aces this season, coach Travis Stone has been pleased by the work ethic and energy his team has displayed so far this preseason.
“This year’s team has a phenomenal work ethic and energy; they are also very detail oriented,” he said. “We will be young and inexperienced, so being able to learn on the job will be very important for this year’s team. We lost a lot of multi-year starters to last year’s graduating class, but we have four back from that team who are hungry to continue the momentum for the program.”