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Boys are back in the game | Spring sports preview

By MARTY ZIER Islands Sounder Sports contributor
March 13, 2013 · Updated 1:01 PM

Back row: Ryan Heath, Myles Harlow, Rylan Date, Daniel Briggs, Devon Stanzione, Kyle Masters, Steven Bodenhamer. Front row: Gwydion Marreth, Trent Johns, Kai McGregor, Pasha Bullock, Mackey Cardinell, Nicholas Pritchard. / Contributed photo

After a four-year absence due to a lack of players, Orcas baseball is back. Head coach Jim Passer credits Athletic Director Vicki Vandermay for her efforts to field a team and acknowledges that although it is great that a small school offers a variety of sports programs, there aren’t always enough kids to go around.

Passer, who last coached Viking baseball in 1997, is relying on strong leadership from seniors Daniel Briggs, Rylan Date and Devon Stanzione to lead the 14-player team that includes a strong freshman contingent plus two eighth graders playing up.

Despite the lapse of a recent high school team, Passer is familiar with younger players from coaching Little League and expects the Vikings to be competitive against league powers LaConner and Friday Harbor. Concrete, Darrington and Cedar Park Christian round out the league.

Viking baseball fired up on March 13 against Arch Bishop Murphy.

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