Class 2A Baseball Preview
Dale in the driver's seat this spring?
8. Christian Heritage
11. Union City
The Dale state title drought ended in emphatic fashion in the fall and the Pirates are again the team to beat in this spring's Class 2A championship chase.
Southpaw Evan Anderson headlines a tremendous cast after pitching a gem in last fall's title tilt in addition to a monster home run over the centerfield wall at Bricktown. He was a perfect 9-0 on the mound just last spring.
That won't be the only Dale pitching threat as senior righthander Kyle Lemmings provides a solid compliment. Offensively, the Pirates have strong firepower with Anderson joined by seniors Landon Coon and Asa Manship.
Once again right on the Pirates' heels is last spring's state champ Wister. The Wildcats struggled with injuries during the fall and could be a legit contender again with a deep pitching staff, if they can stay healthy.
Wister's starting trio of Cody Luman, Clint Crane and Tyler Gibson will key the attack with several other bats expected to step up and contribute.
Watch for another big campaign from Latta, which again reached the state tournament in the fall before being eliminated by rival Dale. Junior Jake Collins is the versatile catalyst of the attack for the Panthers but has several compliments including Taylor Dunnigan and Bret Jennings, especially on the mound.
Youth-laden Silo struggled a bit in the fall, not reaching the state tournament for the first time in several years, but you can expect the Rebels to be right back in the chase this season with that added experience. Sophomores Leonard Sandler, Kendall Shives and Justin Hendricks fuel the Rebel arsenal along with junior Kyle Tate.
Look for big campaigns from Tushka and Colbert as well after each posted more than 20 victories in the fall.
Senior C.J. Gregory leads the way for Tushka with a .483 offensive average, six homers and 45 RBI in addition to an 8-3 record on the mound with 3.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts.
Colbert meanwhile is sparked by junior Bradley Nichols and his 6-0 pitching record and 3.63 ERA while he also contributes a .429 average, eight home runs and 36 runs batted in.
Football-playing challengers Hennessey, Christian Heritage and Ketchum are all expected to be right in the mix to also reach the state tournament.
Name School Grade Position(s)
Evan Anderson Dale JR LHP/1B
Kolton Brown Union City JR RHP/1B
Scott Brinkley Tushka JR RHP/C
Easton Cardenas Colbert SR RHP/SS
Cade Carter Colbert JR C
Jake Collins Latta JR RHP/3B
Landon Coon Dale SR SS
Clint Crane Wister SR RHP/1B
Trevor Crone Talihina JR RHP/SS
Adam Curtis Christian Heritage SR RHP/IF
B.J. Davis Calera SR OF
Chance Davis Alva JR RHP/SS
Wyatt Dodd Central Sallisaw JR LHP
Taylor Dunnigan Latta SR LHP/OF
Josh Eaves Tushka JR RHP/IF
Tyler Gibson Wister JR RHP
C.J. Gregory Tushka SR RHP/SS
Bryce Harris Latta JR RHP/C
Bryant Hodge Christian Heritage JR RHP/SS
Cody Johnson Ketchum SR RHP/OF
Bryce Kilgore Mangum SR RHP/IF
Austin Lawson Talihina SR RHP/OF
Kyle Lemmings Dale SR RHP
Cody Luman Wister SR RHP/SS
Asa Manship Dale SR OF
Bradley Nichols Colbert JR RHP/C
Grant Nightengale Fairview JR RHP/C
Rocklin Pankhurst Cordell JR OF
Brett Price Cordell SR RHP/IF
Evan Sanders Hartshorne SR LHP/1B
Leonard Sandler Silo SO RHP/IF
Jake Scroggins Latta SR 2B
Kendall Shives Silo SO RHP
Jordan Stout Gore SR RHP/C
Kyle Tate Silo JR 1B
Colby Turnipseed Wister JR IF
Jordan Webb Oktaha SR RHP/OF
article updated on 03/24/12 08:49