Prep Baseball Report

Arkansas High School Spring Spotlight: Valley View

By: Prep Baseball Arkansas Staff

The Arkansas high school baseball season kicks off on Feb. 26, opening day for regular season action under AAA regulations. Leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2024 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, counting down through the official Prep Baseball Arkansas Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a preseason questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

Our 2024 preseason coverage continues today.

High School: Valley View
Head Coach: Josh Allison (17)
Classification: 5A
2023 Record: 29-5, Runner-up



No. of Returning Starters:


Top Returning Players:

Slade Caldwell- OF-- SR-- L/L-- Signed with Ole Miss-- Projected 1st Rounder .512 avg 40 SB 20 XBH 54 R
Owen Roach- OF- SO- R/R- 365 avg,
Drew Gartman- SS- JR- R/R- Committed to Arkansas State- 6.5 runner, .340 avg 40 R 28 SB
Lawson Ward- C- SR- R/R- Signed with Arizona State- 1.87 in game pop, 424 avg, 38 RBI
Eli Crecelius- P- SR- R/R- Signed with Arkansas- 2.63 ERA 8-1 93 K
Keaton Mathis- C/INF- SO- R/R- Committed to Arkansas

Top Newcomers:

Lance Davis- P- SR- R/R- Transfer from JHS- Signed with Arkansas- 91-93 FB, SL, CH feel for all
Hudson Hosman- INF- SR- R/R- Transfer from JHS- All-State last year- Power Hitter that can play mulitple positions
Dax Webb- OF- SR- L/L- Transfer from Brookland- Signed with Crowder- All-State last year- 6.7 runner with pull side power- up to 88 on the mound

Coach’s Insight:

“[Team strength will be] depth on the mound. Team Defense and Speed. How the transfers will gel with the current returning players [will be an area of concern].” – Josh Allison, head coach

Find more information on the 2024 Valley View program below:

+ Follow them on X: @Blazerhardball.
+ Visit Prep Baseball Arkansas’ 2024 AAA Season Preview page to learn more.

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