The Deer Lakes baseball team appears to have picked up right where it left off from last season. The Lancers, who made their first WPIAL semifinal appearance since 1994 last season, finished their 2013 campaign with a 17-5 overall record after losing to Shady Side Academy in the Class AA third-place consolation game.
Despite graduating veterans Adam Fredley, Kevin Begley and Zach Bryner, Deer Lakes still returned a wealth of experience this season. Senior pitcher/shortstop Todd Coleman, who earned all-section honors last year, and senior catcher/leadoff hitter Matt Olesnevich, who is a Pitt-Greensburg recruit, are two top returning starters.
This season, Deer Lakes opened its schedule with a pair of shutout exhibition wins against Cornell and Avonworth before losing two games during the team's spring trip to South Carolina. The Lancers (6-2, 3-0), though, bounced right back and entered this week riding a four-game winning streak.