The Chapin baseball team had a solid season in 2009, posting a 13-10 overall record and a third-place finish in Region 4-3A.
Coach Scott McLeod, however, was a bit disappointed with the way things played out.
“Overall, we competed well and had great effort, but we had trouble winning the big games,” said the veteran Eagles manager. “We were in the running for the region championship and played badly in big games.”
Seniors Josh Miller and Stephen Melonas emerged as the Eagles all-region players, and Miller was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Miller had a big season at the plate and on the mound. He .321 with 19 runs, nine doubles and 12 stolen bases, and was 2-1 with five saves a 1.12 ERA on the hill. Melonas hit .246 with 14 runs and a team high 15 RBIs.
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Ryan Davis, Adam Sorrel and Robby Assemany are the other departing senior starters. Davis topped the club with a .367 batting average and had 13 runs scored and 13 RBIs. Assemany batted just .231 but led the team with three home runs.
D.J. Roberts, Cole Lee, Alex Kirby, Zach Haralambis and Jesse Morris are the returning starters who will comprise the veteran core of the 2010 team.
“We return most of our pitchers and have a good nucleus to rebuild,” said McLeod.
Morris figures to be the staff ace again after going 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 47 strikeouts this spring.