2015 Team Preview: Wichita Northwest



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 Northwest
Nickname: Grizzlies
Class: 6A
League: GWAL
Head Coach: Chris Lambert
Years as Head Coach at School: 3
2014 Overall Record: 13-12
2014 League Record: 10-6
2014 Post-Season Finish: Lost in 2nd round at 6A state tournament

Returning Starters: 6
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 2

TOP RETURNERS
Jordan Dingman, 3B/OF/RHP, 2015 – Wichita Eagle All-Metro Team
Will Clark, SS/RHP, 2015 – KABC 6A All-State, 2nd Team
Josh Jones, 1B/RHP, 2015 – All-City, 1st Team
Brendan Johnson, OF, 2015
Dylan Gates, 2B, 2015

X-FACTOR
Jordan Dingman. During his junior campaign Dingman hit.419, slugged at a .689 clip and was among the team leaders in innings pitched. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Dingman gives the Grizzlies a proven left-handed bat in their line-up that can also play multiple positions defensively.

KEY PLAYER LOST
Jared Gates, SS, 2014.
The left-hand hitting shortstop was a driving force in Northwest’s state tournament runs the past two seasons. He was named 6A Player of the Year as a junior and hit .424 last spring.

2015 OUTLOOK:
Northwest’s senior class has racked up its share of individual accolades but as a group they know how to win when it matters the most, having contributed to back-to-back 6A state tournament appearances. The seniors include a trio of two-way players in 3B/OF/RHP Jordan Dingman, SS/RHP Will Clark and 1B/RHP Josh Jones. In addition, Brendan Johnson will once again man centerfield and 2B Dylan Gates returns after hitting .345 as a junior.

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