Lion diamond athletes ready for playoff hunt
Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Belfast Area High School baseball team:
Coach/years coached current team: George Ross, 33rd year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 7-9, 15th in Eastern Class B. The Lions did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Zach Collier (third base, pitcher, outfield) and Greg Clark (shortstop, pitcher); juniors Will Hyland (third base, outfield), Kyle Artkop (catcher), Matt Smith (pitcher, first base, outfield), Sam Kulikowski (catcher, second base) and Drew Stanley (third base, pitcher); and sophomores Alex Canning (first base, outfield), Alex Flagg (infield, pitcher), Lucien Gordley-Smith (pitcher, outfield), Peter Spectre (catcher, outfield) and Emery Dinsmore (pitcher, outfield, infield).
Known graduation losses: Damion Benner, Larry Dyer, Lucas Clark and Steve Paul.
Significant impact players: Collier and Clark.
Team strength: Left-handed pitching.
Team goal: To improve on last year's record.
Top league opponents: Camden Hills of Rockport and Morse of Bath.
Outlook: The Lions return five starters from last year's team and have a strong nucleus of players who coach Ross hopes will help the squad make the jump to the next level.
“We hope this season to be in the hunt for a playoff spot and be very competitive,” the veteran coach said.