VERMILLION — The Vermillion Tanagers lost eight starters/letterwinners from last season, but are looking to continue their winning ways this upcoming spring.
Jason Gault is starting his ninth year as the head coach for the Tanagers, and is assisted by Reid Meierkort and Bill Settles.
Vermillion is in Class B, Region 1B (East Division).
Gault's team finished last year with an overall record of 15-2 and won the East Divison Championship. Vermillion went on to be the runner-up in Region 1B.
The Tangers lost three all-state players; Kyle Nemec (1st Team All-State), J.R. Moore (1st Team All-State) and Cory Taggart (2nd Team All-State).
Vermillion does have six returning letterwinners, Jason Rasmussen (Sr., SS), Brian Hansen (Sr., 3B), Sam Ekstrom (Sr., 2B), Nick Anglin (Sr., P), Denny Kainrath (Sr., OF), Ryun Fischbach (Sr., C).
First year players: Aaron Steele (Sr., C), Nathan Garrett (So., OF), Wes McBride (Jr., IF), Robert Osterberg (Jr., P), Tyler Husby (Jr., P-C-IF), D'Andre Fore (So., OF-IF), Stormy Mirtz (So., IF-OF), Zach McDonald (Jr., 1B), Scott Iverson (Jr., C), Andrew McCann (Jr., OF), Luke Dodge (Jr., OF).
The Tanagers team strengths is that this team has an opportunity to be very good defensively. Rasmussen and Hansen will anchor the defense at SS and 3B and rely on their above average team speed.
"With the return of only two starters from last year's team," Gault said. "One could assume that the Tanagers will be in a rebuilding mode. However this is a solid group of younger players have had great success at the JV and Teener Levels. They will be expected to have an immediate impact on this year's varsity team."