Preseason Top 25 Preview: No. 19 East Ridge



By 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:

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                          1B/RHP Casey Daiss

Team: East Ridge
Preseason Rank: 19
2016 Record: 17-7
FHSAA Class: 8A
Head Coach: Joey Wright
Playoff Run: Lost in District Final
Returning Starters: 9


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)

Carson Schlegal, RHP, 2017 (Lander)
Blake Baker, RHP, 2017 (FGCU)
Jarett Riffle, MIF/RHP, 2017 (Pfeiffer)
Casey Daiss, RHP, 2019
Beau Walters, 1B/3B, 2018
Bradley Donelick, UTL, 2017


X-FACTOR
Carson Schlegal. The Lander recruit was the Knights second best arm going 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA last season. With an abundance of experience throughout the roster, East Ridge will look to Schlegal to anchor down the front of the rotation.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
3B Brandon Vogl (FGCU)

OUTLOOK
The Knights look to build on a strong season last season returning 9 starters. Six of those players are returning on offense led by senior UTL Bradley Donelick who batted .372 with 14 RBIs. East Ridge will look to two returning arms to lead the way in  Schlegal and Baker. The two combined for 7 out the team’s 17 wins in 82.2 IP.  The Knights will also rely on talented sophomore RHP Casey Daiss. Daiss has shown big time potential with a fastball that ranges from 85-87 with a feel for pitching and big time upside. Overall, East Ridge has a very experienced team with enough talent to push them towards a deep playoff run.
  

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