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Bloomingdale Bulls

Last year: 16-12 Class 4A, District 5

Coach: Mark Williams, fourth year.

Assistants: Jack Miltner, Steve Sims.

Classification: Class 4A, District 5.

Nickname: Bulls.

Stadium: Bloomingdale Field, 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave.

Record: 16-12. Lost in state semifinals to Miami Southridge.

Key players: Chad Sheffer (shortstop), Brian Ussery (pitcher, catcher), Jeff Mlinar (second base, third base, outfield), Bobby Lentz (centerfield), Brad Roberts (outfield), Gio Cafaro (outfield), Jason Leek (pitcher), Cary Richardson (pitcher), Jeff Stein (catcher).

Strengths: The Bulls will have plenty of pop in their lineup, and should score a lot of runs. Bloomingdale will be strong up the middle with Lentz, Sheffer and Mlinar all returning, and have experience in the outfield.

Weaknesses: Bloomingdale lost three of four starting pitchers to graduation last year, with Leek being the only returner. That will put pressure on Ussery and Richardson to produce right away.

Outlook: The Bulls' young pitchers will have to step up and contribute right away.

Although Bloomingdale has a potent lineup with Sheffer, Cafaro and Mlinar, it will be difficult for the Bulls to match last year's success.

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