2017 Spring Team Preview: Riverside Pirates

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
Editor in Chief/NW Scout

With the 2017 spring season right around the corner, PBR Ohio is eagerly anticipating bringing the Buckeye state the best high school coverage throughout the entire state.

Starting in Mid-January, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2017 Spring Team Preview: Riverside Pirates

Team Name: Riverside (DeGraff)
Head Coach: Derrick Purtee
Division: IV
2016 Record: 20-8
Conference Record: Northwest Central Conference, 9-3
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4/3

2017 Team Strengths:

  • Athleticism
  • Defense

2017 Team Weaknesses:

  • Pitching Depth
  • Inexperience at Key Positions

Coach Outlook: “We return four everyday starters (two of which will be 4-year starters): Senior C Hunter Kreglow, Senior INF/P Tyler Sanford, Junior All State OF Caleb Stevens, and Junior UTL Trey Lane. They will provide our leadership. We are expecting to compete in our league and sectional, but some unproven players will have to step up and fill in key roles in order for us to meet our goals. We have a challenging non-league schedule (games against Bellefontaine, Ben Logan, Anna, Fort Loramie, Newton, Greenon, New Bremen, West Liberty, Springfield Northeastern, and Northwestern) and the NWCC should be very competitive with Lehman, Lima Perry, Upper Scioto Valley and Ridgemont all returning numerous starters. Our goal is to play solid defense and to use our athleticism to put pressure on opposing defenses.”

Top Returning Players:

  • Hunter Kreglow, C, SR, 6-3/205, 4-Year Starter
  • Tyler Sanford, P/INF, SR, 6-2/180, 4-Year Starter
  • Caleb Stevens, UTL, JR, 5-10/185, All-State OF, .447, 46 H, 34 R, 19 RBI, 16 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 15 SB
  • Trey Lane, UTL, JR, 6-1/180, 3-Year Starter

Top Underclassmen:

  • Caleb Stevens, See Above

A Look Back At 2016 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2016 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2016 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.