The Centre County Baseball League begins Sunday and the Lemont Ducks will be looking to pick up where they left off.
Meanwhile, six other teams will be trying to unseat the defending champion Ducks who have won 11 of the last 14 league championships. Lemont returns a talented roster that includes three players — Johnny Martinez, Erik Kempton and Kieran Kempton — with a combined 12 championships between them. The Ducks open at the Spring Mills Braves, a team looking to make good on a first-round playoff loss last season.
The Howard Hawks will try to take it one step further this season after pushing Lemont in a four-game series in the finals last season. Despite their finals appearance, the Hawks finished 8-14 in the regular season and will be looking for consistency.
Howard opens at Philipsburg where the Spike Island Pirates will look for their best result since a runner-up finish in 2012.
The Pleasant Gap Peppers will play at the Clarence Mounties in the other opening day matchup. Pleasant Gap will try to avoid a last-place finish after struggling to a 6-16 mark last season.
The Blanchard Bees don’t start their season until Wednesday when they travel to Spring Mills.