Time will tell how effective the pitching staff for the St. Charles Preparatory School baseball team is, but when it comes to choosing a pitcher, 12th-year coach Ray Benjamin has many options.

Time will tell how effective the pitching staff for the St. Charles Preparatory School baseball team is, but when it comes to choosing a pitcher, 12th-year coach Ray Benjamin has many options.

"We have 20 players on the team and potentially 15 of those guys we can throw out on the mound," said Benjamin, whose team will open Tuesday at home against Pickerington North and play host to Olentangy on Wednesday. "That's encouraging. Hopefully, pitching will be (a strength) for us."

Pitching could go a long way in determining whether St. Charles posts its first winning season since 2004.

Last season, the Cardinals finished 10-14 overall and went 3-7 in the CCL to tie Worthington Christian for fourth behind DeSales (10-0), Hartley (7-3) and Watterson (5-5) and ahead of Ready (2-8).

The Cardinals defeated Groveport 3-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament and lost to 10th-seeded Gahanna 11-4 in the second round.

St. Charles returned eight letterwinners in seniors Andrew Archambeau (OF), Michael Falb (P), Brad Marchese (P/C), Mike Sullivan (OF), Mike Vrabel (P) and A.J. Wehr (P/1B) and juniors Mike Eckstein (OF/P) and Brian O'Neill (IF/P).

Also on the team are juniors Shane Bauman (OF/P), Jacob Burger (1B/P), Darius Edwards (3B/P), Patrick Ellison (OF/P), Tony Francescon (1B/P), Sam Kolp (IF/P/C), Steve Lutter (OF/3B/C), Michael Martin (2B/P), Casey Morris (C), Will Ryan (1B), Vinny Spahr (OF/P) and Chris Wells (2B/P).

"I feel pretty good about our guys," Benjamin said. "We have an athletic group and we have good team speed. If we put the ball in play, good things will happen."

St. Charles has not won the CCL championship since 2004 when it tied Watterson for the title. The Cardinals will open league play April 6 at Watterson.

"The goal is to go out and win (the CCL)," Benjamin said. "I think it's realistic. In the CCL, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I think 8-2 will be good enough to win it this year, but it's a very, very competitive league."

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St. Charles finished 6-10 last season, losing to fifth-seeded Hilliard Davidson 10-9 in overtime in a Division I region quarterfinal. The Cardinals had beaten the Wildcats 6-1 during the regular season.

St. Charles returns 13 players in seniors Chris Apostolos (attacker), Jack Cullivan (defender), Will Haas (goalie), Ben Kelley (defender), Hunter Louderback (midfielder), Corey Momberg (midfielder), Geoff Newcombe (defender), Luke Steenson (long-stick midfielder), Alex Teetor (attacker) and Sean Thon (midfielder) and juniors Andrew Burke (midfielder), Chris Gottron (attacker) and Phil Greco (long-stick midfielder).

Gottron scored 24 goals, Louderback had 15 and Apostolos had 10.

Haas saw limited playing time last season as the backup goalie to graduate Brian Scurria, who had a .553 save percentage.

Also on the team are seniors Gary Alleman (defender), Ryan Berg (attacker), Drew Cooner (midfielder), Steve Karam (midfielder), Danny Khourie (goalie), Michael Simmons (midfielder) and Charlie Wulf (attacker), junior John Mackessy (defender), sophomores Berk Ellis (long-stick midfielder), Greg Gernetzke (defender), Dan Johanni (attacker), Brendan Quinn (midfielder) and Andrew Wodarcyk (defender) and freshmen Pat Burke (midfielder) and Ryan Finneran (midfielder).

St. Charles is in Region 2 again this season with Davidson, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central, Westerville South and Worthington Kilbourne. The Cardinals will play every team but Westerville Central.