2015 Team Preview: Fort Scott

By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Fort Scott
Nickname: Tigers
Class: 4A-I
League: Southeast Kansas
Head Coach: Josh Regan
Years as Head Coach at School: 4
2014 Overall Record: 20-5
2014 League Record: 11-1
2014 League Finish: 1st
2014 Post-Season Finish: Lost in semi-finals at state tournament
2014 Final Top 25 Ranking: 25

Returning Starters: 7
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 4

TOP RETURNERS (College Commitment)
Mason Knopp, RHP/C, 2015 (Neosho County CC)
Kaleb De La Torre, 2B/SS, 2016
Chase Brown, C, 2015 (Independence CC)
Jacob Bradbury, OF, 2015
Benjamin Labbe, 3B, 2015

Mason Knopp.
The Neosho County CC signee put up big numbers in 2014 going 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA on the mound and hitting .473 with 14 extra base hits and 29 RBI. He was named KABC 4A-I All-State at season’s end for his efforts.

Carter Young, 1B/OF/RHP, 2016. Young saw limited action as a right-handed pitcher for the Tigers last spring but should see expanded innings on the mound and in the everyday line-up this spring. He’s 6-foot, 200-pound left-hand hitting utility player with some juice at the plate.

Jake Durosette, SS, 2014. In order to win 20 games and a league title it’s a near requirement to have a very solid defender at the shortstop and for the Tigers that guy last spring was Durosette. He was named KABC 4A-I All-State and is now a freshman playing for the Pittsburg State Gorillas.

2015 OUTLOOK:  
The Tigers return four First Team all-SEK league performers from last year’s league championship and state tournament team in seniors Knopp, Bradbury (both also named 4A-I All-State) and Brown along with junior DeLaTorre. In addition, Coach Regan is excited about the return of 2013 All-SEK third baseman Labbe to 100% after battling injuries throughout the 2014 season. The Tigers will, once again, look for Wyatt Reehl to log key innings on the mound and sophomore utility player Grant Goldston, who served as the team’s closer last spring, is likely to hit his way into the everyday line-up. Senior Adam Fink (Independence CC), an athletic right-hand hitting outfielder, will patrol center field again this spring.

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