PINE GROVE - Valley has been improving through the years and seven starters return for Coach Jim West's club.
Center fielder Hunter Ring, who had three home runs last season, and catcher/shortstop/pitcher Drew Wade (.381 batting average) are the lone seniors.
Juniors Albert McGuane (first base) and Brock Stackpole (third base) are three-year starters, while Collin Bates (right field) is a two-year starter.
The fourth junior is Tyler Hayes, a shortstop and pitcher making his first appearance for the Lumberjacks.
Triston Kocher and Brandon Stoneking started as freshmen and look to continue to grow.
Other sophomores that will see playing time are Caleb Palmer and Chase West. Both played some in their freshmen season.
Newcomers to the group in terms of freshmen are outfielder Taylor Bates, outfielder/pitcher Hayden Lancaster, third baseman/pitcher Peyton Palmer and first baseman/pitcher Petey Shaw.
"We are looking forward to a great season," Jim West said. "We have improved our program over the last few years. We lost a lot of talent from last year's squad but they have been replaced with freshmen and first-year players that believe can contribute to our program immediately.
"We will return nine players who saw a lot of action over the last few seasons. With the addition of five first-year players, we have 14 good ball players competing for each position.
"The attitude on our team is outstanding and we hope to continue going in the right direction."
Gone from last season's 12-14 team is Cody Bassett, Phillip Bassett, Cody Bates, Alex Henderson, and Cameron Price.
West is assisted by Steve Ingold.
VALLEY 2012 BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Mar. 26: at Doddridge Co.6 p.m.
Mar. 27: Hundred5:30 p.m.
Mar. 29: Clay Battelle6 p.m.
Apr. 2: at Myrtle Beach4 p.m.
Apr. 3: at Myrtle Beach4 p.m.
Apr. 5: at Myrtle Beach5 p.m.
Apr. 9: at Clay-Battelle5:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: at East Richland5:30 p.m.
Apr. 12: at Beallsville5:30 p.m.
Apr. 13: at Hundred7:30 p.m.
Apr. 14: at Cameron (2)noon
Apr. 16: at Paden City5:30 p.m.
Apr. 17: at Magnolia5:30 p.m.
Apr. 19: Beallsville5 p.m.
Apr. 21: at Jeff. Co. Christ (2)noon
Apr. 24: at Frontier5:30 p.m.
Apr. 25: Doddridge Co.6 p.m.
Apr. 27: Frontier5 p.m.
Apr. 28: at Hannan (2)1 p.m.
May 3: at River5:30 p.m.
May 4: Tygarts Valley (2)4 p.m.