“I believe we will put the ball in play and I guarantee we will hustle, work hard and good things are going to happen."

Team: Lansing baseball

Last year's record: 9-14, 2012 regional champs

Coach: Mike Williams

Coach's record: 9-14

Key returnees:
* senior Jake Patton, pitcher/infielder

* senior Brad Brown, pitcher/infielder

* junior Ryan Haller, pitcher/outfielder/infielder

* senior Stephan Schafer, pitcher/infielder

Newcomers to watch:
* sophomore Cole Muse, infielder

* sophomore Sage Hercera, infielder

* sophomore Sain Nixon, outfielder

Team outlook: STRENGTHS — Defensive hustle and offensive bat control are the biggest strong-suits Williams feels his team possesses heading into the season.

“I believe we will put the ball in play and I guarantee we will hustle, work hard and good things are going to happen,” the Lions coach said.

WEAKNESSES — Inexperience will be the biggest hurdle for the squad to overcome in 2013 as many new faces will dot the lineup.

Big games: May regional

Coach says: “I know we will play as a team. We will play hard, hustle and never quit. We are looking forward to a good season.”