Preseason Power25 Countdown: No 20 Sickles High School


Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:


                    RHP Chase Centala

Team: Sickles
Preseason Rank: 20
2018 Record: 22-5
FHSAA Class: 8A
Head Coach: Eric Luksis
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Semi-Finals
Returning Starters: 10


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Dylan Eskew, RHP, 2019 (Miami)
Daniel Bernstein, C, 2019 (TCC)
Justin Turk, OF, 2019 (St Pete)
Chase Centala, RHP, 2020 (USF)
Trey Bacon, SS, 2020

X-FACTOR
Dylan Eskew. Eskew led Sickles with a .465 batting average and 9 wins in 2018. The talented two way player will look to lead the way again in 2019.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
Connor Mcteeri

OUTLOOK
Returning their top two arms in Eskew and Centala, as well as four of their top hitters from a 2018 run to the regional semi-final, the Gryphons look to make a run to the 8a state championship in 2019 with two talented front end arms and added experience. Both Eskew and Centala logged significant innings in 2018, combining for 15 of Sickles’ 20 wins in 2018. Justin Turk transfers in as well to bolster the talented lineup led by Eskew and bolstered by Bernstein and Bacon.

 

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