Looking around the area softball scene, it was easier to say that 2020 is going to be a collective season to remember. 

But what about baseball? It's not exactly as cut and dry compared to softball with teams losing some key players to graduate. 

There's quite a number of questions surrounding either team about what 2020 will bring. 

Starting with Wellston, its in the best spot of the four area teams based on its season and what it accomplished. 

The Rockets lost only two seniors, and return eight starters back to a team that made it to a district semifinal for the first time since 2010. 

Hunter Cardwell, Timothy Stanley, Chase Ingalls, Jeremiah Frisby, Brock Eggers and others who are back have a lot of momentum heading into 2020.

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Wellston’s Timothy Stanley prepares to deliver a pitch at V.A. Memorial Stadium against Minford. Stanley returns along with 10 other players to a loaded Wellston team who has a chance to make a lot of noise inside the TVC-Ohio division and Division III. 

The question becomes can they be serious district championship contenders. They got a small taste of how good and deep Division III is, and teams such as Minford, Adena, Wheelersburg and Westfall aren't going to fall off anytime soon. 

On paper, next year looks to be Wellston's best shot at winning districts. The talent and experience is there, now it has to execute. 

The same could be said for Vinton County next season, which was something that didn't seem possible a few years ago. 

But the right players with the right coaching staff turned what was once a struggling program into a respectable and serious contender inside of the TVC.

With the Vikings losing just three seniors, and their two main pitchers in Zach Bartoe and Ash Abele back, the time to strike is now. 

Although TVC-Ohio champion Athens only lost two seniors and still remain top dog in the conference, the Vikings can dethrone the Bulldogs. Only question is how bad to the Vikings want it?

From a talent standpoint, Jackson is in a pretty solid place with a slew of returning starters like Brice Graham, Logan Massie, Ty Ruckel, Ty Broermann, Isaac Kuhn and Reece Graham back in the fold. 

2020 looked to be a promising year, and it still could be. But plans took a big hit with Jackson's board of education deciding to not renew head coach Andy Graham's contract. 

Outside of asking can they be contenders in the conference and win a sectional, now the biggest question is who steps in as head coach and how quickly can they build off 2019?

Oak Hill is in a much different place than the other three teams because of graduation. The Oaks lost eight seniors, including ace pitcher Hunter Lahrmer and standout slugger Bayley Clutters. 

Oak Hill at Wellston baseball Logan Hines (copy)

Oak Hill 's Logan Hines fires a throw to second base during Oak Hill's game against Wellston last season. Hines is one of few returning players for the Oaks next season who will be looked upon to take on a bigger role. 

Of the four players who batted over .300, only one of them is back in Logan Hines. Him alongside Zack Detty and Landon Hines are going to have to make major jumps since there's a ton of production that needs to be replaced. 

The questions surrounding Oak Hill all boil down to one thing; who is going to step up?

These questions much more to be answered in 2020. See you all at the ballpark. 

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