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Allen Eagles

Senior Cade McGlade should play a large role in 2020. After being sidelined for much of the 2019 season, the LHP and hitter should play a major part in the 2020 success for the Eagles.  McGlade has been up to 89 on the mound and shows that there’s still more in the tank. He also exhibits plus power at the plate and should factor into a lot of run production. Senior Cole Latos is a Rice football commit, and the senior will have a major impact on the Eagle offense in 2020. Latos hit six home runs in 2019, four of which came in the playoffs, and had a big summer with the North Texas Longhorns. The power from these two in the middle of the order will be worth watching. Defensively, the Eagles have a couple of quality defenders in the middle of the field. Junior Evan Anderson (UTA) in the middle of the infield and senior Cooper Huspen (NCTC Commit) in center field should provide plus defense for the Eagles in 2020. Huspen also stole 24 bases in 2019 and will be the table setter from the leadoff spot for the Eagles. On the mound, junior LHP Brett Tanksley has 17 career wins and is primed to lead the Eagles from the Bump. Tanksley is committed to Air Force and has shined in Five Tool events with the Academy Select Sundevils. The Eagles will also rely on senior right hander Nate Wodka (Missouri University S&T).  Wodka commands the zone at 84-87 MPH and should play a part in the district rotation.

Highland Park Scots

Two-sport athletes junior Patrick Turner and sophomore Jack Curtis will bring a physical presence to the Scots in 2020. Turner is a D1 talent in LF with tremendous athleticism and has shown a bat exit velocity of triple digits. He hit five home runs last spring as a sophomore.  Curtis has a live arm and should see time on the mound as well as playing right field. Senior leadoff hitter and center fielder Seth Powell will be the table setter for the Scots in 2020. Powell will be joined by seniors Sterling Sutcliffe and James Henry to solidify the defense and provide leadership until the return of senior catcher Corbin Montayne. The three-year starter is recovering from ACL surgery and hopes to return by the middle of district play. The Scots look to get quality innings from junior RHP Harrison Dugger. He’s been 84-86 MPH and looks to solidify their rotation for the upcoming season.

Marcus Marauders

Coming off a 28-8 campaign and a district championship in 2019, Marcus will return the majority of their lineup in 2020. Junior LHP/OF Tyler Schott (DBU)  will have a chance to set the table as the leadoff hitter and will see some time on the mound. Schott compiled three wins on the bump in 2019 and led the team in hitting. However, Schott will be out of town this weekend and not participating. Senior Brendan Concannon, also with a chance to leadoff, tallied 27 stolen bases as the second baseman and will most likely be in the middle of the order in 2020. Concannon will be joined in the heart of the order by junior Ty Johnson, a three-year starter, and senior Sam Hunt (Texas Tech) who will play centerfield for the Marauders.  Sophomore Jake Duer and senior Brandon Scriber (Murray State College) should add additional punch to the Marcus offense. Senior Collier Mershon (Citadel), senior Reed Gallant (Rice) and Schott contributed 15 of the 28 Marcus wins on the mound in 2019. Junior Hunter Teplansky (TCU) will be the probable closer from the shortstop position in 2020. Teplansky is an extremely talented athlete with a high mental makeup that maximizes his ability. If that wasn’t enough, the Marauders have additional quality arms in Senior Hunter Davis (Howard) and senior Bryson Weeks who commands the zone with plus secondary stuff. Depth, talent and leadership should bring even greater accomplishments than 2019 for this group.

Prosper Eagles

Prosper will start the new season with a new coach and a lot of new players as they graduated a large portion of their lineup from the 2019 team that won the district championship. Offensively, the Eagles return senior Easton Robbins who hit .378 with 3 HR and 21 RBI. Last year’s second Baseman, junior Chase Pendley, hit .368 and will make the move to shortstop.  Another guy to keep an eye on is junior Jackson Juvera. The utility player is a strong defender and can play multiple positions. The Eagles also have a talented young catcher in sophomore Easton Carmichael who recently committed to OU. Prosper will have a large senior class and a lot of competition to fill lineup spots from last seasons 32-8 team. The strength of this club may be the pitching depth. Senior RHP Cade Citelli (UTA) will be 88-89 MPH with the potential to be a 90’s guy. Senior Haeven Cichocki logged quality innings last year. In addition, 6’4” sophomore Lucas Davenport and juniors Blake McEwan, Cameron Harpole and Clay Kindiger will add depth to a staff that should have the Eagles in the middle of the district race.

Southlake Carroll Dragons

If winning the State Championship in 2019 wasn’t enough, how about returning the majority of your roster for a repeat attempt? Senior Cade Manning (Texas State) and senior Brandon Howell (Tulane) led the team with 28 & 31 RBI respectively in 2019 and both were named to the All-State team. In addition, senior Yanluis Ortiz (Miami) added 28 RBI and was instrumental to sparking the offense when moved to the leadoff spot mid-season. Senior Jaxon Osterberg will make the move to shortstop to replace Austin Hale (freshman at Baylor).  Senior Justin Grech (Lafayette College) was the State Tournament MVP in 2019 and return to right field this season. Senior Homer Bush (GCU) is a dynamic/electric talent that will create havoc on the base paths for Dragon opponents. The outlook offensively is high for 2020 when you also add returning starters in Senior Grant Golomb (Baylor) and senior Riley Garcia who each hit .300 + in 2019. Along with the two-way Golomb, the depth on the mound is just as impressive. Senior RHP Kaden Calkins (McLennan) is an intriguing arm standing 6’6” and now touching 90 MPH. Sophomore LHP Griffin Herring (LSU) splashed the stage by striking out 10 in 4.2 innings to end Argyle’s 50-game winning streak last spring. When you add senior Paul Bonzagni (St. Edward’s), junior Luke Gornell, junior Ryan Pehrson, and freshman Jared White (Arkansas), this may be the deepest staff in the state.

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Weekend Schedule

Friday, Jan. 24

5:30 PM (At Highland Park): Allen vs. Highland Park

5:30 PM (At Southlake Carroll): Marcus vs. Southlake Carroll

Saturday, Jan. 25 (Five Tool Texas coverage)

1:00 PM (Allen Field 1): Prosper vs. Marcus

1:00 PM (Allen Field 2): Highland Park vs. Southlake Carroll

3:30 PM (Allen Field 1): Prosper vs. Southlake Carroll

3:30 PM (Allen Field 2): Allen vs. Marcus

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