It is nearly time for the YHS boys of spring to take to the diamond.

The 2018 season opener for the baseball team is just a little more than one week away, as the Indians travel to Merino for a LPAA double-header on March 17.

The Tribe is coming off a 2017 season in which the team qualified for regional for the first time since 2013. They lost to Burlington in the regional semifinals, but everybody returns from that squad looking to extend the season even further in 2018.

“We’re a little bit older, a little bit stronger,” skipper Brady Nighswonger said.

The Indians still remain relatively young with just two seniors, Gianni Trejo and Addison Weathers.

Weathers will anchor the defense at short stop, and Trejo leads a pitching staff that could be the best YHS has ever producted.

YHS baseball players got in an outdoor practice in perfect weather, last Friday. (Pioneer Photo)

“It definitely has the potential to be,” Nighswonger said. “We have a lot of guys who have thrown a lot of innings since youth ball.”

Besides Trejo, the staff includes Paul Brophy, Chase McCreath, Steven Wells, Manny Tena, Fabian Salcido and Alex Falconburg.

Yuma is ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A preseason Top 10, which came out this week. Sedgwick County, which has won the LPAA for the past four years, is ranked No. 5. Yuma and Sedgwick County both return nearly all of their lineup from last year.

The LPAA regular season crown could be determined early in the season as the Indians travel to Julesburg for a league double dip on March 20.

There have been 20 players at practice, and at least a few more will be out after the basketball season concludes this weekend. The Indians were forced inside earlier this week due to high winds, but mostly have been able to get in their work outdoors since preseason practice began

Look for more on the Indians in next week’s edition leading up to the season opener.