HANOVER, Ind. - As we get a week closer to another new baseball season, we also move on to the second part of our preseason preview series of the Hanover baseball team with a look at the team's outfielders.
Senior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) returns as the most experienced outfielder from last year's team. Scheil took over as the team's centerfielder as a junior and has appeared in 84 games with 256 at-bats going into his final year. Serving as the team's lead-off hitter in 2017, the senior outfielder led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in walks (36), was ninth in on-base percentage (.436) and 11th in runs scored (37). He also led the team with nine stolen bases, tied for second with three home runs and tied for fourth with 18 RBI.
Joining Scheil will be a quartet of juniors. Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) will make the move from third base to the outfield after playing in 22 games last year. Meszaros hit .266 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 79 at-bats.
David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.), who also serves as the team's top pitcher, is expected to see more time in the outfield in 2018. Herrmann scored 10 runs, drove in 11 and had seven extra-base hits in 63 at-bats last year.
Bryce Fields (Connersville, Ind.), Sam Orem (Greenwood, Ind.) and sophomore Jay Lorenz (New Albany, Ind.) are also in competition for innings in the outfield. Fields made 11 starts a year ago. Orem's season was cut short due to injury, while Lorenz saw limited action as a freshman.
Along with those five, the Panthers will have some freshmen looking to make in impact in their first collegiate season. With a group of five players in the junior or senior classes, and at least two years of experience under their belts, Hanover expects to have a productive year from its outfielders in 2018.
We will conclude our three-part look into this year's Hanover baseball team next week when we examine the team's pitchers and catchers.
Contact: Mike Pritchard