Irmo returns just four starters off an 8-14 team that went 0-2 in the district phase of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs.
The veteran hands include junior catcher Robbie Morris, senior first baseman Hiller Huggins, senior shortstop-pitcher Cord Love and senior pitcher Jordan garrett.
The top newcomers include Juniors Matt Pontikas and Jackson Shuford and sophomore Andrew Goedkin, who all play third base and pitch and senior second baseman Chad Bowman.
"I believe we will play solid defense and have a little bit of team speed this year," said coach Ray Canady. "The ability of our pitchers to throw a lot of strikes will help determine how much success we have."
Seniors Dalton Tresvant (P), Matt Alderson (3B/P), Louis Clements (OF), Adam Mullis (OF) and Hunter Gray (OF) and juniors Paul Nelson (OF), Austin Yingling (2B), Dylan Yingling (P/OF), Austin Pitts (OF) and Brandon Salley (OF) round out the varsity roster.
The Yellow Jackets open the regular season with a Region 4-4A trip to face neighboring Dutch Fork.