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Tampa Prep Terrapins

These two teams were not included in the special high school baseball section published Thursday.

Tampa Prep Terrapins

Coach: Adam Raskin, first year.

Assistants: Auggie Montejo, Tom Apsey.

Classification: Class A, District 9.

Stadium: No on-campus field. Games played at Sam Bailey Field at the University of Tampa; West Tampa Little League at MacFarlane Park, Spruce Street and MacDill Avenue; and Doc Nance Field, Alfred Street and Ola Avenue.

1991 record: 2-18, lost in first round of district meet.

Key players: Billy Gillen (pitcher-infielder), Nik Devnani (catcher), Chris Reid (second base), Andrew Rush (shortstop), Rich Hoffman (third base), Matt Richardson (centerfield).

Strengths: The roster is twice the size of last season and the players are more excited and motivated. Gillen returns from a broken foot. The Terps are much faster, and have experience up the middle with Rush and Reid.

Weaknesses: A youthful squad, with Hoffman and Gillen the only seniors, must overcome a losing mentality. The Terrapins have only one left-hander on the team, freshman Nick Porter, a pitcher-outfielder.

Outlook: Raskin first needs to turn things around from last year's abysmal performance. But he has made a good start with renewed interest in the team. Look for the Terps to improve, but not enough to challenge for the district title.

Temple Heights Eagles

Coach: Stan Gibby, eighth year.

Assistants: Skip Pierpont, Carlos Woosley.

Classification: Class A, District 9.

Stadium: Eagles Stadium, 8406 N 46th St.

1991 record: 12-11, district champions, lost to Shorecrest 10-0 in Region V championship.

Key players: Mike Pierpont (pitcher), Stacy Padilla (pitcher-shortstop), Darby Chaney (pitcher-outfielder), Scott Phillips (second base), Melvin McColloch (utility), Kelly Everhart (pitcher-catcher), Jeremy Calkins (centerfield).

Strengths: All the pitching is back and the Eagles are stable up the middle with Calkins and Everhart. The hitting appears to be more balanced than last year.

Weaknesses: Half the varsity is on the basketball team, so the Eagles could start slowly. Not as much power, but more speed. After Calkins, the outfield is inexperienced. Shortstop is a question mark when Padilla is on the mound.

Outlook: The Eagles expect to compete for another district crown with Lakeland-Santa Fe Catholic. Back-to-back tournaments in March at Fort Myers Evangelical and Mulberry could determine the Eagles'mettle.

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