By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Following last year's epic season will be a difficult task for the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team.
The Bruins swept Far West League play with a perfect 15-0 record, and ended the season with a 23-4 record overall before losing to the Henley Hornets in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
And although the Bruins graduated seven seniors - six of them starters - they will still be serious contenders in the Far West League.
Leading the way for the Bruins will be one of the best pitchers in the state - senior Tyler Parke.
Last year, Parke was the Far West League MVP and a First Team All-State selection.
With Parke's experience and talent on the mound, the Bruins will be in every game they play.
Juniors Fred Corpening, Kenton Bansemer and Patrick Carper will also see some time on the mound to give the Bruins one of their deepest pitching rotations in recent years.
With the departure of outstanding catcher Anthony Longo, junior Tommy Dairy will most likely be assigned to catch Parke and the other Bruin pitchers.
Other returners include senior center fielder Nick Taresh, whose quick first step and good glove make him an assest in the outfield.
Junior Chase Bansemer, who was one of the Bruins top hitters last year, will be a force at the plate - along with Parke - and will also be an important part of the Bruin infield.
Other Bruins who will see time on varsity include Joey LaThorpe, Bobby Hanson and a number of talented younger players.
The first game of the year for the Bruins will be at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17 against McKinleyville, Calif.
Six Bruins playing
Six of the seven Bruins from last year's stellar team are continuing their baseball careers at the collegiate level.
Third baseman Derek Nelson is only one of five freshmen to make the team at NCAA Division III Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Attending a fellow DIII school, former teammate Adam Ehlers also made the team as a freshman at Linfield College in McMinville.
Ryan LaThorpe will be playing just up the coast at Southwestern Community College while a trio of Bruins - Longo, John Kennedy and Josh Pruden - will continue to play as teammates at Central Oregon Community College.