Head Coach: Scott Johnson, first season.
2012: 10-16, 5-9 Hoosier Heritage Conference. Lost 6-2 to Guerin Catholic in Class 3A Sectional 26 semifinal.
Last sectional title: 2011
Key returnees (with grade, 2012 key stats):
CF: Troy Montgomery, 12 — .446, 11 RBI, 15 SB
RF: Zach Norman, 11 — .323, 11 RBI, 12 SB
SS: Tyler Langdon, 11 — .306, 13 RBI
2B/LF: Christian Smith, 10 — .481 in 10 games
P/3B: Seth Gohring, 12 — 8 IP/.257 in 14 games
2B: Derek Barnett, 11
C: Nick Gwinn, 12
What’s new: For the fourth straight season, the Marauders’ season dawns with a new coach. Former Angola and Hamilton Southeastern coach Scott Johnson takes over for Dustin Glant. Mt. Vernon lost All-Hancock County selections Jake Mills (pitcher) and JonMichael Weaver (first basemen) from the 2012 unit. The outfield is headlined by two-time all-county honoree and Ohio State recruit Troy Montgomery, who will bat leadoff and play center. Junior Zach Norman will play right field and hit third. Sophomore Christian Smith will start in left field or play second base, where junior Derek Barnett is also in the mix. Junior Tyler Langdon will play shortstop and senior Seth Gohring — who Johnson termed as the team’s vocal leader — will man the hot corner. First base is up for grabs, and sophomore Luke Perdue has his name in the mix. Senior Nick Gwinn will start behind the dish. The pitching staff consists of senior Quinten Hayes, juniors Andrew Boyle, Zach Spears, Joey Turner, Wyatt Wills and Gohring. Starters and relievers are undetermined.