813Preps Preseason Top 10 Rankings

813Preps Preseason Top 10 Rankings
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Jesuit OF Charles Clark (photo courtesy of Jesuit High School) 
1. Jesuit – Last season’s Class 6A state runner-up and Saladino Tournament Champion, tops our preseason rankings returning a talented team, led by middle infielder McGuire Weaver, outfielders Joel Brewer and Charles Clark. The Tigers lose some senior pitching from last season’s 25-7 campaign, but bring back staff ace and FSU commit Jack Anderson and Everett Lee. The Tigers tough schedule kicks off in fine fashion against last season’s Georgia Class 7A state semifinalist North Gwinnett on Friday, followed by a Saturday game at Venice.

Plant senior Connor Scott
(file photo).
2. Plant – With returning seniors Florida signee OF/P Connor Scott, FSU signee 1B Chase Sanguinetti, P/3B Brock Fagler and 2B Mike Haydak leading the charge the Panthers will be a tough lineup to contend with and are eyeing another tough district battle with Steinbrenner and Sickles. Plant opens the season in fun fashion with a neighborhood rivalry game against Robinson, Tuesday evening.

Alonso 2B Nick Gonzalez (813Preps file photo)

3. Alonso – Behind pitching and defense led by 6-foot-6 RHP Franco Aleman (FIU signee) and USF signee 2B Nick Gonzalez, the Ravens will look to make it four district titles in a row and chase a third state championship (previously 2009, 2011) for the program. This lists first direct challenge as Alonso travels to Jefferson on Tuesday.

Jefferson OF AJ Mathis
(813Preps file photo)
4. Jefferson – The Dragons enter the season with a significant amount of confidence as a good group of returners led by P Mike Dominguez (University of Tampa commit), OF Robby Martin (FSU commit) and OF AJ Mathis (FSU commit), are joined by some solid transfer students. The buzz around Jefferson will be immediately tested with Alonso on Tuesday, and a game at Durant on Friday.

5. King – The Lions had a tremendous run to a Class 7A state championship game last season, and a deep senior class led by SS Addison Barger, 2B/3B Jamarcus Lyons, RHP Jeremy Goins, OF Justice Thompson and UT Danny Terp. King takes a solid lineup to Sickles to open the season on Tuesday.
King OF Justice Thompson (813Preps file photo)

6. Carrollwood Day – CDS is one of the most complete teams from a season ago, returning all but one starter. Two players – Frank Furey and Rodrigo Montenegro – hit better than .470 last season, and the Patriots pitching led by RHP Andre Hevesy, Furey and RHP Gabriel Partridge returns intact after posting a team 1.76 ERA. CDS opens the regular season hosting IMG Academy Gray on Tuesday, and travels to Berkeley Prep on Friday.

7. Steinbrenner – Coach John Crumbley's Warriors return a stacked lineup, with just three underclassmen from last season’s region finalist team. Seniors OF Jordan Lala (Miami commit), 2B Dalton Raeckers and C Noah Luke key the offense, while LHP Huston Richter heads up a good group of returners on the mound. Steinbrenner hosts Gaither to open the season on Tuesday, then travels to King on Thursday.

8. Bloomingdale – The youngsters from a season ago helped Bloomingdale to a region appearance last season, now one year older look for 3B Brock Wilken, 2B Jett Davis and CF Bryce Hazzard to build on that this season. Bloomingdale, in its 11th season under head coach Kris Wilken kicks the season off at Armwood on Tuesday and hosts Lennard on Friday.

9. Durant – A district semifinal loss snapped a streak of eight-straight region tournament berths for the Cougars – something this Durant team hopes to fix this season. The Cougars have returning seniors on the mound in lefties Trey Brown and Wyatt Hickey, along with RHP Tom Woodmansee, while juniors 3B Braden Runey and OF Brendan Queen will have to step up on offense. Durant opens the year at home against Jefferson on Friday.

10. Cambridge Christian – The Lancers won a dozed of its last 15 regular season games in a 23-7 campaign last year. With a skilled senior class led by SS Sevas Cardona, RHP Austin Carter, LHP Michael McCarty and 2B Austin Hessinger, Cambridge Christian hopes to build on its district runner-up and region final finish from a season ago. A three-game week kicks off at Skyway Park against Bradenton Christian on Tuesday.

The next five:
11. Leto
12. Berkeley Prep
13. Gaither
14. Strawberry Crest
15. Plant City

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