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PLAY BALL! FIVE AREA BASEBALL TEAMS RANKED IN PRESEASON POLL

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LESS THAN A month away from the official pitches of the 2018 high school baseball
season, the fanbase of five area teams can feel optimistic as their respective schools
were ranked in the preseason polls of Houston 5A Baseball, the area’s premier source
for high school baseball information.
Santa Fe received the highest ranking of the area teams, placing eighth in the Class
5A poll. Coach Ronnie Wulf enters his 22nd season at the helm of the Indians and
returns a wealth of talent from a team that finished 18-8 overall last year. District 23-5A
offensive player of the year Josh Blankenship returns behind the plate, while third
baseman/pitcher Bryce Montemayor and outfielder/designated hitter Colton Scott are
back following first team all-district campaigns.
Defending 23-5A champion Galveston Ball is ranked 19th in the 5A poll as the Tors
bring back first team all-district third baseman/pitcher Dylan Whitehurst and versatile
second teamer Austin Lawrence from a squad that finished 21-12 and advanced to the
Region III quarterfinals. Ball coach Russell Ferrell comes into the season 11 wins shy
of his 300th career victory.
A competitive District 24-6A has three teams ranked in the top 25, headed by
Friendswood, which is ranked 14th. Three all-district first teamers return for coach
Steve Hecker, including slugging designated hitter Thad Thorman along with pitcher
Brandon Deskins and outfielder Johnnie Nemecek. The Mustangs finished 15-13-1 last
season, losing in a tiebreaker game for the final playoff spot in 24-6A.
Ranked 16th, co-district champ Dickinson returns considerable firepower from last
year’s 21-9-2 squad. Coach Bo Davis will have first teamer Kiko Nunez at first base,
while second baseman Andrew Jimenez, outfielder Kam Johnson and third baseman
Daniel Mosqueda each come back for their senior seasons.
Clear Springs, which shared the district crown with Dickinson, will have first team alldistrict
outfielder Michael Gillaspia and first team pitcher Blake Schultz back for a team
ranked 25th in the preseason poll after the Chargers finished 20-15 and earned a trip to
the Region III quarterfinals. Coach Chris Floyd also has honorable mention hurler Riley
Schultz and honorable mention outfielder Michael May in the fold.

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