Head coach: Brian Whitaker, 23rd season
2016 record: 24-10 (17-3 Division I Sunrise, second)
Returning lettermen (starters): Eleven (five)
Top players: P/UT Kevin Pindel (Sr.), SS Dax Fellows (Jr.), OF Payton Ballard (Sr.), P Jerald Murray (Sr.), P Michael Janosik (Sr.)
Outlook: The Skyhawks qualified for the playoffs for the 20th consecutive season last year and bring back 11 lettermen from that squad.
Pindel (7-2, 1.65 ERA), Murray (3-2, 1.97 ERA) and Janosik (2-1, 3.09 ERA) all return on the mound. Fellows (.388, 26 RBIs), Ballard (.312, 22 RBIs) and Pindel (.374, 22 RBIs) should spark the offense.
“We have a good mix of veteran high school players and talented newcomers who are ready to play the Silverado brand of baseball,” Whitaker said. “The kids have a great work ethic. They will compete. I love my team.”