With an arsenal of pitchers at their disposal, the Canton-Galva Baseball team hopes to return to the state tournament for the second year in a row.

“I'm hoping that the confidence they gained by going to state last summer will carry over into this season,” Seventh-year coach Kelly Nelson said. “Our freshman started a lot of games last year so they will be more experienced and several can pitch.”

Still a young team, the Eagles have one senior on the team, Logan Miller (outfielder/pitcher), and Nelson said the team will need to focus on improving defense and walk fewer batters if they hope to reach their goals.

“We need to learn not to fall apart when something goes wrong,” Nelson said.

The Heart of America League will be tough again this year with several state contenders according to Nelson who is welcoming Bethany College student and former player, Max Diaz, as an assistant coach for the first year.

Returning for the Eagles, outside of Miller, will be Nick Pearson (pitcher/utility), Brayden Collins (pitcher/shortstop), Brandon Huff (catcher), Brayden Minson (center field), Andrew Prieb (pitcher/first base), Keaton Littrell (pitcher/second base), and Chase French (outfield).

Canton-Galva play next at home on Friday against Little River. It starts at 4:30 p.m.