2016 Spring Team Preview: Ayersville Pilots

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
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2016 Spring Team Preview: Ayersville Pilots

Team Name: Ayersville Pilots
Head Coach: Chad Donsbach
Division: IV
2015 Record: 19-7
Conference Record: GMC, 6-1
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 8/5

2016 Team Strengths:

  • Starting Pitching - returning entire pitching staff from a year ago
  • Offense - return 8 of 9 everyday position players
  • Athletic - our line-up is filled with athletes

2016 Team Weaknesses:

  • Bench experience
  • Few question marks defensively

Jack GoonanCoach Outlook: "Returning 8 of 9 everyday starters from a year ago and returning the entire pitching staff from a year ago, the Pilots look to contend in a very tough Green Meadows Conference. The Pilots will be led by 5 seniors including Jacob Kahle, Jack Goonan (pictured right), Tyler Brown, Austin Willitzer, and Eric Engel. All 5 seniors have had been outstanding players (career 53-23 record) and will be looking to put the final punctuation mark on their careers in 2016. Along with the 5 seniors will be a very athletic junior class looking to send these seniors off to graduation with a very successful season.

As a coach, I believe this is the most baseball talented team I have had in my tenure. I am very excited about the possibilities that 2016 holds with this group of young men. Ayersville athletics has been very successful in the 2015/2016 school year and I fully expect that to continue on the baseball field. We have amped up our non-conference schedule a bit to match the juggernaut that is the Green Meadows Conference."

PBR Outlook: The Pilots have as much talent as any team in Division IV. With the experience and talent for Ayersville, coach Chad Donsbach has put together a tough non-conference schedule to go along with the always difficult Green Meadows Conference in order to have his team ready come tournament time.

Jacob MillerTop Returning Players:

  • Jacob Kahle, LHP/OF, SR, 6'1 180, L/L, 3-year letterwinner, .406 avg, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI. 9-2, 0.63 ERA, 81 K, 26 BB - uncommitted - Would be a very nice late pick-up for any college. Will be able to hit at any level.
  • Jack Goonan, RHP/1B,SR, 6-3 225, R/R, 2-year letter winner, .400avg, 7 2B, 2 HR,29 RBI. An emerging power arm, will see innings on the mound this year. Committed to Sinclair Community College.
  • Dauson Dales, C/RHP, JR, 6'0 200, R/R, 2-year letter winner, .400avg 6 2B 1 HR, 20 RBI. Uncommitted but getting Division 1 football looks. A D-1 baseball prospect.
  • Jacob Miller (pictured right), SS, JR. 6'0 160, R/R, .347avg, 8 2B 1 3B 1 HR 26 SB - a very athletic shortstop that has a lot of baseball potential
  • Kasey Williams, OF, JR. 6'2 185, R/R. .347 avg, 10 RBI, 7 SB in half a season a year ago. Very athletic outfielder with arm strength and speed. Can also play the infield.
  • Eric Engel, LHP/OF, SR. 6'2 160, L/L. 5-3, 70 K, 2.44 ERA. .243 avg, 16 RBI
  • Austin Willitzer, 3B, SR. 6'1145, R/R. .293 avg, 4 2B, 15 RBI


A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

To view the 2015 Preseason State Rankings, click below.

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