Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball coach Chuck Gould is leaving some of his coaching duties to his players this season.

Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball coach Chuck Gould is leaving some of his coaching duties to his players this season.

Of the team's 18 players, four Sean Fleming, Tyler Graber, Vincent Graber and Anderson Hasting played for the Division II state champions Jonathan Alder High School.

"It's one thing to have kids hear things from coaches all the time," said Gould, referring to himself, as well as assistant coaches Kyle Graber and Chuck Wolfe. "It's another thing when you can watch and listen to a teammate, see how they prepare and see how they go about their work. With those guys from Jonathan Alder having that much success and the way they do the things the right way, it has had a huge impact on our guys."

Last season, Post 79A was one win from the winner's bracket final of the District 6 tournament but lost to St. Louisville Post 804 7-4. A day later, the season ended with a 16-6 loss to Prospect Post 368.

Post 79A, which won the state title in 2004, finished 25-13.

On June 5, Jonathan Alder won its second state title in 11 years by beating Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 3-2. The Pioneers finished 34-0 and became the first team to finish undefeated since Toledo Start in 1994.

"(The players from Jonathan Alder) are giving us a lot of energy and they really help out in the dugout and get everyone up and ready to play," said Post 79A's Kyle Nelson, who playeed for Marysville.

"Basically they're all really good leaders," Nelson's classmate and Post 79A catcher Troy Gase said. "They set great examples of what everyone should do."

With examples in place, Marysville is in search of a District 6 championship and a berth at the state tournament in Lancaster. Led by the players from Jonathan Alder, the blueprint has been presented on how to win. Now it's up to Post 79A to execute.

Post 79A improved to 10-11 after defeating Licking County Athletics/American Legion Post 804 16-13 last Wednesday.

"Part of that record comes from a tournament we played down in Portsmouth," said Gould, referring to the Gene Bennett Memorial Tournament on June 10-13.

"There were some great players down there, and we didn't have our Alder kids. We played a pretty young lineup, but when we have everybody, we are pretty good."

Post 79A's strength begins on the mound led by Marysville's Matt Brown, Bellefontaine's Daulton Mosbarger and Urbana's Kurtis Watkins.

"I like how all of our pitchers have control," Gase said. "We throw hard, and all have good off-speed pitches."

Defensively, Gase shares time behind the plate with Jeremy Clifton (Bellefontaine) and Vince Graber. Also in the infield are Nelson at first base, Cameron Chambers (Marysville) at second, Tyler Graber at shortstop and Nate Hodnichak (Marysville) or Corey Gould (Marysville) at third. In the outfield are Brandon Wolfe (Marysville) in left, Fleming in center and Mosbarger in right.

"Our defense is strong, although it's been a little spotty at times," coach Gould said. "Our pitching staff is pretty deep. The top of our rotation is throwing well and at times has almost been dominate. No doubt, pitching and defense are our strengths."

Rounding out the Post 79A roster are Marysville's Zachary LaRoche (OF), Matthew Steele (INF/P), Michael Steele (INF/P) and Ethan Wirtz (OF).

After playing in the Smoky Mountain Baseball Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., which concludes today, Post 79A returns to play at the Utica/Knox County Royals on Tuesday followed by playing host to Ashley Post 518 on Wednesday before traveling to the Lancaster Fourth of July Invitational that begins Thursday and concludes Sunday.

"We came close last year with a pretty young team," coach Gould said. "They were able to learn what it takes to win those big games. Obviously, with the Jonathan Alder kids and what they were able to do, those two combinations will hopefully get us over the hump and help us in those big games."