DOWNERS GROVE – There will be a drastically different look on the mound for the Mustangs this season after they lost Division I college pitchers Zack Burdi (Louisville), Brian Glowicki (Minnesota) and Danny Mayer (Pacific).
Nick Alfini, who was a key bullpen pitcher last season, and Alex Galick (Judson University) have also moved on, but, as usual, South should have the resources to compete at a high level.
Zac Taylor, who pitched in conference crossover games last spring, returns to the hill, as does Danny Spinuzza, who managed to pitch some innings last year despite the deep staff.
Matt Zinnecker and Chris Pedrak add to the depth of the pitching staff.
The offense should be in good shape as Taylor and Joe Becht return to the top two spots in the lineup. Both thrived as they hit 1-2 in the order last season. Becht is a Santa Clara recruit. Zinnecker was also a mainstay in the lineup last year and should add solid production.
Elsewhere, Dan Oriente figures to make an impact both defensively and offensively as the primary catcher, and Ryan Taylor should add experience and versatility to the mix.
The Mustangs were in contention for the West Suburban Gold title last spring but settled for second place to Hinsdale South after finishing 15-3 in the conference. Those two teams are once again the frontrunners in the conference, but teams like Willowbrook and Morton could impact the race.
Downers Grove South Mustangs
Coach: Darren Orel
2013 record: 30-7, regional champs
Joe Becht sr. SS/2B
Dan Oriente so. C
Danny Spinuzza sr. P/OF
Ryan Taylor jr. P/C/3B
Zac Taylor sr. OF/P
Matt Zinnecker sr. P/OF