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The Wonder Boys open season Friday against St. Mary’s

After a disappointing 24-31 record, and 12-21 conference record, the Wonder Boys have been picked to finish seventh in the Great American Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll this season.

However, the Wonder Boys showed last season that everything can change once the playoffs begin, as they played their best baseball during the GAC tournament. The Wonder Boys played the role of Cinderella and upset the No. 1 seed, Southwestern Oklahoma, in two straight games.

Following the round one matchup, the Wonder Boys would not stop with the upsets, knocking off No. 4 seeded Henderson State.

The Wonder Boys’ run ended soon after, dropping games to No. 2 seed Arkansas-Monticello and Henderson State.

The Wonder Boys will field an experienced team featuring 12 seniors and 12 juniors.

Trent Armstrong, from Waxahachie, Texas, will lead the pitching staff, as he tallied the second most innings pitched on the team last season with 89.2.

Lane Norwood, from Colleyville, Texas, who led the team in earned run average last season, 3.71, will also be returning.

When it comes to the other side of the plate, Marcus Wilson, from Bryant, will return to the Wonder Boys. Wilson led the team in on base percentage last season, .441, and finished fourth on the team in batting average with .304.

Slugger Mark Vaughn, from Salina, Kansas, will be returning to the Wonder Boys in hopes to supply even more power to the lineup.

aughn finished 2016 with a .306 batting average and a slugging percentage of .441.

The Wonder Boys season opener is Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where they will take on St. Mary’s in a three-game series.