Check out our spring sports preview of the Country Christian High School baseball team

PIONEER FILE PHOTO  - Country Christian junior Drew Halverson delivers a pitch during a home game last season. Halverson will likely be the starting pitching for the Cougars this year and brings with him All-League honors. Head coach: Garylee Syphard, 26th season

2017 record: 7-15 overall, 3-11 league play, Special District 2 sixth place

Three-year record: 25-43 overall, 15-29 league play

Last playoff appearance: 2015, lost to North Douglas 4-7 in the first round

Seniors lost: Three – Derek Halverson (All-League winner), Sam Grandle (All-League winner), and Miles Nelson

Key returners: Junior Drew Halverson, senior David Girrens, junior Sean Gilmer, senior Brady Stapleton

2017 season recap: Last year, the Cougars paired up with North Clackamas Christian School to form one team, and gained several solid players, including then-senior Miles Nelson, sophomore Tyler Burch, senior Brady Stapleton, and sophomore Hadden Stark. After the 2016 season, the Cougars had a lot of rebuilding to do after they saw six seniors graduate, but returned a number of solid players, including fantastic all-around athletes Derek and Drew Halverson, Sam Grandle, David Girrens, and Sean Gilmer. Country Christian went win-loss for the first six games of the season, and then hit a bit of a lull by losing five in a row. They managed to pull out a few wins during league play, including a massive 14-0 performance over Central Linn, and finished the season at 7-15 overall. PIONEER FILE PHOTO  - Country Christian senior David Girrens tags out a runner at third base during a home game last season.

Season outlook: With the loss of Grandle and Derek Halverson, the Cougars will be missing some of their senior power, but Drew should be able to keep things going on the mound in the place of Derek. Overall, the Cougars have some very solid athletes, and if they can just perfect the fundamentals of the game and minimize errors, they have a shot at pulling out a good season. Mark Grandle, Gilmer, and Girrens will continue to grow and play their roles well, and Drew Halverson will need to step up on the mound in order to put the defense into good positions to make plays.

First game: The Cougars will open the season at Warrenton on Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

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