Submitted by Darren Hamrey

Following a disappointing end to a strong season in 2018, the Diamond Boys of Mineral County are back and ready to redeem where they fell short last year. The Serpents boasted a 16-9 record in 2018 but fell one game shy of taking the Northeastern 1A League championship for the third consecutive season. Falling in two games in the Regional Tournament, and having not a single senior in 2018, they are hoping to take that fire all the way to the state championship in 2019.

Mineral County’s coaching staff will be looking for senior leadership on the field this season. The seniors on the team have been seasoned in post-season play, having been league champs in 2016 and 2017 as well as the state tournament those years. Looking to the six seniors this year are 14 players to round out the rest of the Serpent roster. Here is a review of our seniors as they step into their final season in black and gold.

Antonio Dominguez held down shortstop last season when he wasn’t on the mound. He struck out 52 batters and boasted a .425 batting average with 53 stolen bases. Tony is fast and a savvy ball player and fun to watch on the base paths.

Bodie Oberhansli played numerous positions last season, ultimately holding down leftfield by the end of the season. He carried a .439 batting average and drove in 27 runs. Bodie brings intensity to the game and will be looking to hold the outfield down this season.

Phillip Dees stepped in behind the dish last season as the Serpent’s catcher. Having never caught before, Dees developed into a solid catcher by post-season play. We will be looking for Dees to hone his skills in his senior season. Dees carried a .474 batting average in 2018 with 22 RBIs.

Griffen Inman held down 2nd base in 2018. Griff was solid at the plate, striking out only 6 times during the 2018 season. We will be looking for Griff to show defensive leadership and maintain an effective bat at the plate once again.

Kaden Sunderland held down rightfield last season. A strong throwing lefty, Kaden was perfectly fit to the right side of the field. As a pitcher, Kaden ate up numerous innings during 2018 and will be looking to be a key guy on the pitching staff in 2019, as he boasts an impressive fastball.

David Ditmer stepped into the designated hitter position last year following injury. He was solid at the plate, carrying a .436 batting average and 25 RBIs. We will expect Ditmer to bring a thunderous bat to the lineup to help lead the Serpents to the post season.

In addition to the solid senior class, the Serpents invite back three key juniors in Treven Wachsmuth, Seth Bozzi, and Ethan Nelms who all boasted impressive statistics in 2018, as well as newcomer, Jean Naranjo. Following the juniors is a devoted sophomore class of Preston Jaramillo, Landon Scarlata, Glenn Reeves, Julio Alvarez, Jorden Ferrell, and Sean Dalton. And rounding out the roster is a fiery freshman class of Myron Rogers, Ryan Jaramillo, Mateo Jimenez, and Matt Castro.

The Serpents open up their season on Friday at Keith Neville Field as they host the El Capitan Classic Tournament. Please follow Serpent Baseball on Facebook for regular season updates.