'19 District Preview - Class 8A-District 5
Teams: Plant, Sickles and Steinbrenner
Reigning district champion: Sickles
Coach: Dennis Braun, 14th season
Record last season: 23-6, district runner-up, region finalist
Notable Returners: Matt Coker, Sr., P/MIF; Leo Oshinski, Sr., LHP; Gabe Rincones, Sr., OF; J.D. Urso, Sr., MIF
|Plant senior OF Gabe Rincones|
The Panthers will be fine and be a battle for any team in the area again this season. However, this doesn’t mean Plant isn’t looking forward to the opportunity of fighting up for a change.
“We don’t get to be the underdog very often and I’d rather be that than what we usually are,” head coach Dennis Braun said. “It’s a lot harder to be the team that is supposed to win than the underdog that isn’t.”
|Plant senior LHP Leo Oshinski|
|Plant senior J.D. Urso|
Coach: Eric Luksis
Record last season: 22-5, region semifinalist
Notable Returners: Trey Bacon, Jr., 2B/SS; Danny Bernstein, Sr., C; Chase Centala, Jr., RHP; Dylan Eskew, Sr., SS/RHP.
|Sickles junior 2B/SS Trey Bacon|
|Sickles senior Dylan Eskew|
|Sickles senior C Danny Bernstein|
Coach: John Crumbley, 10th season
Record last season: 13-11
Notable Returners: Donovan Garcia, Jr., IF; Bryce Leonhardt, Sr., RHP; Mike Mullins, Sr., OF
|Steinbrenner baseball's John Crumbley was|
enshrined in FHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Outlook: Replacing 10 seniors is no easy task, and all fun aside (see above) the Warriors have a challenge ahead of them. However, there are solid pieces in place with IF Donovan Garcia (.333, 11 runs scored), OF Mike Mullins (.375, 10 runs scored), along with returners 1B/C Garrett Reynolds and C/OF Griffin Garcia who will serve as experienced players on which to build upon … Senior RHP Bryce Leonhardt (a Flagler College signee) returns to the mound after posting a 1.46 ERA last season and 27 strikeouts in 24 innings, and senior right-handers Ryan Andrews, RJ Parker, Chris Reynolds, and junior Brayden Heidel all figure to contribute on the mound for Steinbrenner this year.
|Steinbrenner senior RHP RJ Parker.|
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