Eli Dasenbrock, Braden Puckett, Neil Ritz and Alex Hoelscher are expected to fill out the middle of the lineup.
Hoelscher and Gardewine will anchor the pitching staff after being the second and third pitchers during the spring. The junior Gardewine broke through as a sophomore, going 5-3 with a 1.56 ERA in 49 innings in the spring.
While Hecht was a strikeout machine, Gardewine and Hoelscher aren't that kind of pitcher.
"We've got four guys that can step up there and throw strikes," Miller said, "It's going to be how much can we play defense. And after a week of practice, we're going to be better than average."
The younger members of the Bulldogs will have to step up as well. The team had seven seniors, but only seven sophomores and juniors combined.
"(Sophomore) Nick Grunloh has hit well enough where we might see some time," Miller said. "(Freshman) Bryar Jansen is pushing everybody. We're not big enough where I could afford to only play seniors."
They begin their conference title defense Monday when their season opens with a non-conference game with North Clay at 4:30 p.m. at Evergreen Park.
Seniors: Neil Williams, Austin Bushur, Scott Rentfrow, Neil Ritz, Eli Dasenbrock, Eric Gurtner, Alex Hoelscher
Juniors: Kyle Bourgeois, Jacob Lorenz, Zach Gardewine, Braden Puckett
Sophomores: Nick Grunloh, Will Clausius, Taylor Sears
Freshmen: Bryar Jansen, Brandon Puckett, Drew Gibson, Petyon Fearday, Cole Hoene, Ben Rudolphi