2015 Team Preview: Wichita East



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: Wichita East
Nickname: Blue Aces
Class: 6A
League: GWAL
Head Coach: Ryan Bensch
Years as Head Coach at School: 9
2014 Overall Record: 11-10
2014 League Record: 9-7

Returning Starters: 5
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 4

KEY PLAYERS (College Commitment)
Corey Steward, C/OF/RHP, 2015 (Pratt CC) – All-City, 2nd Team
Sherwin Salim, 2B/SS/RHP, 2015 – All-City, 1st Team
Jake Ewart, OF/RHP, 2015 – All-City, 2nd Team
Lane Inskeep, SS/RHP, 2015
Mark Hartley, OF/RHP, 2016
Riley Baker, UT, 2015
Greg Sousa, UT, 2017

X-FACTOR
Sherwin Salim. Last spring the second baseman led the Blue Aces with a .460 batting average and eight doubles. He was named to the All-City 1st Team at season’s end.

NEWCOMER TO WATCH
Andrew Dory, 1B/OF/RHP, 2015

KEY PLAYER LOST
Oscar Silva, RHP/3B, 2014. The All-City, 2nd Team performer led East in innings pitched and hit .439 with a team-leading 22 runs scored and .579 on-base percentage.

2015 OUTLOOK
The Blue Aces look to make a move up the competitive Greater Wichita Athletic League standings with the return of three All-City performers from a year ago in seniors C/OF/RHP Corey Steward (.381, 9 extra base hits), 2B/SS/RHP Sherwin Salim and OF/RHP Jake Ewart (.418, 11 SB). Senior SS/RHP Lane Inskeep also returns after hitting .403 with 18 runs scored. Seniors Riley Baker and Andrew Dory are expected to make an impact this spring as well as junior Mark Hartley and sophomore Greg Sousa.

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