A preseason look at area high school baseball teams:
Coach: Kyle Wynn
2011 record: 22-11 (lost to Lincoln County in 45th District semifinal)
Top returnees: Connor Blevins, Jr. OF-RHP; Billy Joe Bryington, Jr. 3B-DH; Jarrett Payne, Jr. 3B-RHP; Jacob Pike, Sr. OF-LHP; Jacob Preston, Jr. OF-RHP; Kody Ross, Sr. SS; Casey Whittle, Jr. 1B-RHP; Clay Young, Sr. C.
Key statistics: Ross, who recently signed with Shawnee State, led the Rebels in batting for the third straight year, hitting .443 with 30 RBIs. Blevins hit .387, and Young also had 30 RBIs along with six home runs. Whittle was 3-1 with a 5.91 ERA; Preston was 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA.
Outlook: The big change at Boyle is in the dugout, where Wynn, a former Centre College assistant, replaces longtime skipper David Camic. He inherits a team that was young last year and figures to get better with age.
The Rebels are strongest up the middle, with seniors Young at catcher, Ross at shortstop and Pike in center field, and Wynn said a solid core of juniors and seniors means they can use but won’t have to rely on younger players.
There are questions about their pitching. Whittle and Preston have ascended to the top of the rotation, but behind them there isn’t much experience.
Coach’s comments: “I look forward to watching our team develop over the course of the year. A lot of hard work was done in the offseason, and we are still learning. It will be exciting to see the pieces fall into place, and I believe we will be playing good baseball by the end of the year.