Preseason Preview: Hilliard Darby HS



By Chris Valentine
PBR Ohio Scouting Director

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The Hilliard Darby Panthers return one of the most veteran rosters in Central Ohio. With seven returning starters and six returning pitchers, Coach Fugitt’s squad looks to improve upon last year’s 14-14 record. Starting in 2013, Hillard Darby finds itself playing in a new conference with competition such as Dublin Jerome, Westerville Central, and Westerville North. With returning seniors at key positions and the emergence of a strong one-two punch on the mound in Chase Longwell and Nate Green, the Panthers are primed for a successful season.

Class of 2013

  • OF, Chris Ramsey – The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Valparaiso recruit hit .352 with ten doubles in 2012.
  • C/RHP, Stephen Hernon – The 6-foot-1, 220-pound two-way prospect hit .368 in 2012.
  • SS, Jake Chetock – The 5-foot-11, 190-pound infielder hit .352 in 2012 and was successful on eleven of twelve stolen base attempts.
  • 3B/RHP, Chase Longwell – The 5-foot-10, 175-pound ace went 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA last season.
  • IF, Connor Holdren – The 6-foot, 190-pound infielder returns to the starting lineup after hitting .296 in 2012.

Class of 2014

  • P/C/1B, Nate Green – The 6-foot-3, 190-pound two-way prospect shows an upper 80’s fastball on the mound and a middle of the order left-handed bat.
  • RHP, Eric Norton