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2024 Prep Baseball Iowa High School Preview: Bishop Heelan Crusaders

Joann Martin
Prep Baseball Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2024 High School season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Bishop Heelan High School
Nickname: Crusaders
X: @Heelan_Baseball
Class: 3A
Conference: Missouri River Activities Conference
Head Coach: Andy Osborne
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 16 (471-303-1)
2023 Overall Record: 27-13
2023 Post-Season Finish: Lost in District Final

# of Returning Starters: 7
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 6
# of Starters Lost: 2
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5


Jaron Bleeker, RHP, 2024 (Iowa commit)
Brady Baker, CF, 2024 (Iowa Western CC commit)
Sean Schaefer, SS, 2024 (Iowa Western CC commit)
Raiden Ericson, C, 2024 (Southeast NE CC commit) 
Kaleb LaFavor, RHP, 2026


Brant Hogue-LHP Iowa
Jared Sitzmann-OF Briar Cliff
Camden Smith-OF Viterbo
Brett Sitzmann-RHP Briar Cliff
Kaleb Gengler-LHP DMACC
Shane Sanderson-IF Briar Cliff


”Very experienced team. Very strong on the mound. This team has an opportunity to be very special but need to make strides offensively and rise to the challenge of big games to ultimately achieve our goals.” - ANDY OSBORNE, Head Coach