Yorkville's depth is an early question mark. Its top of the rotation, and middle of the order is certainly not.
Returning conference MVP, senior third baseman Zach Haddox, is back after hitting .443 with 41 runs batted in last spring. So is fellow Benedictine recruit Liaromatis, who hit .393 with five homers and 26 RBIs, Eastern Illinois-bound Jon Jungr, who hit .337 with 27 RBIs and sweet-swinging lefty Mark Sommers, who hit .357 with 26 RBIs from the top of the order – and slugged the memorable walk-off homer in the regional final.
"On paper it looks very good," Yorkville coach Scott Luken said. "A lot of guys did have fantastic years last year. It will be interesting to see if they can keep up that consistency."
Yorkville, too, needs to replace the consistency and reliability of Max Warren behind the plate.
"We want a catcher who our pitchers can rely on to call pitches, and to block balls," Luken said. "Any offense we get will be gravy."
Luis Rodriguez, promoted to varsity midway through last year, is a hard-nosed player with good speed. More speed has arrived with Marmion transfer Elias Flowers, a junior who will likely bat leadoff.