Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 11-15

Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 11-15

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Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 11-15

USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the Preseason Super 25 baseball rankings throughout the day Wednesday.

Here are the teams ranked Nos. 11-15.

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 Cullman players salute their fans after winning the AHSAA Class 6A baseball championship last season (Photo: Mark Almond, Associated Press)

Cullman players salute their fans after winning the AHSAA Class 6A baseball championship last season (Photo: Mark Almond, Associated Press)

11. Cullman

Location: Cullman, Ala.

2015 record: 44-10-1

Final Super 25 rank: 13

The Bearcats have won four state titles, including the state 6A title last season. The top returning player is junior OF-1B Owen Lovell (.394, 61 RBI, 12 HRs), an Alabama commit.

The team’s pitching is solid. Sophomore RHP Will Morrison (1.56 ERA) and junior LHP Jacob Heatherly (4-2, 2.19, 78Ks in 57.2 innings), an Alabama commit, have already thrown no-hitters this season.

Other key players include junior 2B Carter Bowen (.273, 31 RBI), an Auburn commit; SS Kolby Robinson (.383, 25 RBI), a Wichita State signee; and junior SS Noah Fondren (.363, 18 RBI), who was the MVP of the state championship series.

Orange Lutheran team photo (Photo: Linda Spear)

Orange Lutheran team photo (Photo: Linda Spear)

12. Orange Lutheran

Location: Orange, Calif.

2015 record: 22-9

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked 

The Lancers have a strong pitching staff, led by Nevada signee RHP Luke Mattson (6-3, 2.74 ERA, 38 Ks in 43 innings). RHP Cole Spear (4-0, 1.12 ERA), an UC Irvine signee, junior LHP Jason Farese (3.41 ERA), a San Diego commit, and LHP Chris Burica (1.77 ERA), a Creighton signee, add depth on the mound.

Other key players include sophomore 2B Zach Lew (.382) and SS Tristan Hanoian (.309), a TCU signee.

13. JSerra

Location: San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

2015 record: 29-7

Final Super 25 rank: 37

UC-Irvine commit 3B Royce Lewis (.389, 21 RBI, 21 SB), was an ALL-CIF player last season as a sophomore. OF Brady Shockey (.351, 25 RBI) is a Southern Cal signee and IF Chase Strumpf, a UCLA signee.

Senior RHP Collin Quinn is the team’s top returning pitcher.

 

14. Walton

Location: Marietta, Ga.

2015 record: 30-7

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The state runner-up Raiders returns 11 seniors after losing only four players from last year’s team. Walton lost to Parkview (Lilburn), the eventual Super 25 national champions, in two games in the best-of-three final.

Key players include SS-3B Carter Kieboom, who will be the third Kieboom brother to play for Clemson; RHP Zac Kristofak (11-1, 1.18 ERA), who has signed with Georgia; INF Parker McCoy, who has signed with Georgia Tech; 3B Chandler Miller; OF Ben Spencer; junior OF Jason Rooks; 1B-RHP Chris Hummel and junior C-1B Jason Avers.

15. St. Francis

Location: Mountain View, Calif.

2015 record: 29-5

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The reigning Central Coast Section champions return junior OF-3B-RHP Jeremy Ydens (.404, 7-3, 1.69), who has signed with UCLA, along with UC Santa Barbara commit and middle infielder Andrew Martinez (.419).

Other key returnees include senior RHP Jacob Walker (0.38 ERA), C Johnny Mendoza (.299, 21 RBI) and junior INF R.J. Teijeiro (.403).

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