Bozeman baseball preview capsule:
Head coach:Jeff Patton, eighth season
2012:21-8, District 4-1A runner-up. region champion, state Final Four participant.
Leading returners:Garrett Hall (jr., SS/P), Logan Strausbaugh (jr., IF),, Christian Dillahey (sr., OF/1B), Lucas Carter (sr., P), Reed Ruddick (so., P/OF).
Others to watch:Austin Priester (so., IF), John Butler (sr., OF), Cole Barfield (sr., OF), Alec Aleywine (fr., 1B/P), Michael Cullen (8th grade, 3B/P), Nicky Agusto (8th grade, OF/P), Cameron Sullivan (jr., UT), Brandon Suttles (jr., UT).
Key losses:Ryan Hardy, Zac Rowell, A.J. Vanslyke, Joey Brannen, Matt Hall, Blake Ogden.
Notable:Bozeman has won the district championship three of the past six years (2007, 2009, 2011) and made the playoffs six consecutive years while recording 122 wins.
Quotable:“We have a young and overall inexperienced group of boys this year. If we can handle the rigors of a difficult schedule in front of us this season, I think we have a chance to be a pretty dang good ballclub come district tournament time.” — Jeff Patton.