The Rushville Lions' baseball team will look to improve from last year's 3-19 team, under new skipper David Ellis. 
Ellis was the former softball coach for the Connersville Lady Spartans from 2013-19. Ellis will need the RCHS pitching to improve from a season ago if they hope to compete in a stacked Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference. With the loss of Austin Howard and last year's inning eater Cooper Wicker, Ellis will rely on junior Jack Barnes to lead the Lions on the mound this season. “Jack Barnes will be our number 1 this season and will see a lot of innings,” said Ellis. 
The coach is excited about returning six starters from a year ago.
“When we first started, we were trying to figure each other out; I think we worked out a few kinks and I'm excited what the boys have brought to practice. I think we are solid up the middle with our catcher returning (Bryce Berkemeier) and the middle infield is solid with Kameron Morton returning at shortstop,” Ellis went on to say. “Keegan Bowles will get some innings at second base with Bryce Crowder at third. Adam Sizemore has an injury and won't see any time on the mound until later this season, so he will play first for us to start the year. Harley Fuller will play center field and he can swing the bat and cover ground in the outfield for us.”
The outfield for Rushville will consist of Fuller, sophomore Maurice Manghelli in left and a rotating right field with Tyler Smith, Austin Kidd and Jack Culley. 
The pitching staff will be Barnes, Manghelli, Smith, Crowder and Lincoln Comer. Ellis had this to say about the staff: “The arms are solid and Berkemeier coming back as catcher only helps. We are young and hope to build a solid core for next year. This season, our goal is to move up in the conference and get to .500.” 
The Lions last fielded a winning team in 2018 under former coach Kyle Harpring. The EIAC is loaded with talent and the Lions will need a few breaks and dominant pitching to get to the top half of the conference. Rushville does have an advantage this season. The Lions are hosting the sectional starting on Memorial Day and if they can get hot, they could surprise a team - win and compete - with the home field advantage.   
The Rushville Lions' varsity team: seniors John Alexander, Adam Sizemore, Harley Fuller, Bryce Crowder, and Austin Kidd; juniors, Kameron Morton, Bryce Berkemeier, Jack Barnes, Jack Culley, and Lincoln Comer; sophomores Maurice Manghelli, Keegan Bowles, Josh Wainwright and Tyler Smith.