2016 Season Preview: Amherst County Lancers

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By John Nolan
Assistant Director of Scouting/Content Management 

As we enter February, the high school season is quickly approaching. As the month progresses and February turns into March, we will take a look at high school programs throughout our coverage area as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Covenant SchoolTeam: Amherst County
Nickname: Lancers
Class: 4A West
Conference: 23 and the Seminole District
Coach: Joey Crawford
Twitter:  @ACHSLancers
2015 Record: 18-4
2015 Post Season: Seminole District and Conference 23 Champions, Regional Semi-Finalist
Returning Starters/Position: 6
Returning Pitchers: 3

Ezra Baier: (OF/RHP, 2017) Baier earned All-Conference honors in 2015.
Christian Campbell: (C/RHP, 2016) Campbell was named First Team All-Conference 2015.
Blaine Cunningham: (MIF, 2016) Cunningham earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2015.
Hunter Jennings: (RHP/IF, 2016) Jennings earned All-Conference honors in 2015. 
Will Knight: (MIF/RHP, 2017)
Nathan Loyd: (OF/IF, 2017) Loyd was named to the Second Team All-State after hitting .490 during his sophomore season in 2015.
Travis Wood: (1B/OF, 2016) Wood was the Seminole District and Conference 23 Player of the Year in 2015 and was also named to the First Team All-State while hitting .510 for the season.

Amherst County had an outstanding 2015 season that saw them reach the Regional Semifinals before losing to a very good Jefferson Forest team that eventually reached the State Championship game. The Lancers finished the 2015 season ranked in the PBR VA/DC Power 25. Amherst County lost two very important pieces to graduation as their top two arms have were seniors in 2015. Jason Thacker (P, 2015) was an All-State honoree and Nathan Trevillian (RHP, 2015) was drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. While any school would have a tough time replacing players of that caliber,