On the mound, experience is back for Goshen, with 79 percent of 2012’s innings pitched (266 1/3) back in 2013.
A group of seniors will anchor the top of the rotation, with Yoder (5.23 ERA, 53 1/3 IP) and Spenser Oversen (5.40 ERA, 41 2/3 IP) leading that group.
Sophomore Zach Thompson is also a key piece of the staff. Thompson led Goshen in starts (10), wins (4), innings pitched (55 1/3) and strikeouts (41). Fellow sophomore Matt Austin started five games in 2012, including a complete-game victory over Lourdes. Austin will see time in both the rotation and the bullpen in 2013.
After missing the entire 2012 season, senior Luke Hucker returns in 2013 and will be a candidate for a spot in the rotation by the time the Crossroads League season arrives, if not earlier.
Miller was second on the Maple Leaf staff in appearances in 2013 with 16. Along with Armington, Miller will see the bulk of the late-inning work in close games for Goshen.
With the Crossroads League schedule of doubleheaders Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, pitching is at a premium, and the Maple Leafs appear to have more depth at that critical position than in recent years.
Freshmen Alex Mosbarger, Bryan Palmer and Aponte will join senior Moises Ramirez as bullpen options for Childers.
Calling the signs behind the plate for the Maple Leafs will be senior Benjamin Kelly, who has seen action in 73 games over the course of his career. Kelly hit .234 last season with nine RBIs and will also see some at-bats at DH with Wright serving as his backup.
The Maple Leafs are scheduled to travel to Lourdes University on Wednesday for a doubleheader. A three-game home series with Cardinal Stritch University is tentatively scheduled for next weekend with a 4 p.m. game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday with a noon first pitch.