The Rocky River Ravens expect to not only compete, but believe they have an excellent opportunity to take a giant leap and contend for the conference title. The Ravens play in a highly competitive conference which includes arch rivals Independence and Butler High Schools who are also expected to field solid baseball clubs.
Last season the Ravens showed improvement finishing the season by challenging teams and coming up a little short. With returning players such as junior Jaylon Sharpe who is a two year starter with a career .380 batting average, and Jared Carter a four year starter who plays multiple positions on the field who is the team leader are expected to carry a heavy load for the Ravens.
The team has eight starters returning with plenty of varsity baseball experience. Seniors include Carter, IF/P, Christian Grier OF/P, Christian Munoz, OF/P, Bryant Potts, OF, Davonta Martin, OF, and Abdul Khan OF are all expected to make significant contributions.
Key juniors who are expected to produce during the season are Sharpe, Brent Jones OF/IF, Andre Knox OF, Hoven Perez, IF/OF/P, Lydell White, OF, Karriem Ali, C/P, Joshua McCanna, IF/C, and Myles Brooks, IF. Meanwhile, sophomore Cole Gillespie, IF/P and freshman Josiah Perez, IF, are expected to make important contributions during the campaign and provide some depth.
Team strengths will be hitting and defense for the Ravens who have made improvements every year since their humble beginnings in a tough conference. The expectations for this year are much higher than previously. However, a key factor in the game of baseball is pitching strength in both starters and the bullpen. This could be their weakness and the team will have to depend upon their solid lineup of hitters that will enable the Ravens to compete and challenge opponents in every game.