2016 Team Preview: La Plata

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: La Plata
Nickname: Warriors
Class: 2A
Conference: SMAC
Head Coach:  John Childers
Years as HC:  5th
Twitter: @LaPlataBaseball
2015 Record: 19-3
2015 Conference Record: 11-1
2015 Post Season: Lost in 3A Regional Semi-Final

Returning Starters/Position: 2
Returning Starters/Pitcher: 1

Players with Post-Season Honors
Tyler Stockwell ?? 2nd Team All-SMAC, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-District
Taylor Cook ?? 1st Team All-County

Players to Watch
C Tyler Stockwell 2016 (Rider)
SS/2B Taylor Cook 2016 (Alderson-Broaddus)
P/UT Jake Hanks 2017
P/INF Scott Logue 2016

Season Outlook
The Warriors will be looking for new players to help replace the graduation of 14 players that contributed to the program from last season. They have to replace 10 homeruns and 140 RBI on the offensive end and 17 wins on the mound. Leading the way for La Plata this season will be Seniors Tyler Stockwell and Taylor Cook. Stockwell, a Preseason PBR Maryland 1st Team selection, is one of the top backstops in the state and a powerful presence in the lineup. Last year Stockwell hit .509 with 3 HR and 25 RBI. It may be hard to duplicate those numbers again unless some new talent can come in a provide protection in the order. Cook is coming off a .333 BA and 12 RBI 2015 campaign and will once again solidify the middle infield and be a consistent threat in the Warrior lineup.  2016 Scott Logue (.400 BA, 14 RBI) will also provide an experienced bat in the order and will be making the move this year from DH to on the corner for the Warriors.  Keep an eye out for 2017 Jake Hanks who hit .300 with three RBI in limited time and looks to build off last season in a bigger role this year for La Plata.

As stated before, the Warriors will be inexperienced on the mound after having to replace 17 of their 19 wins from last season. The coaching staff feels that they have some talented arms, but will need some to step up to round out the rotation. Look for Logue to be a key arm and build off his 2-0 record with a 3.80 ERA from last year. Hanks, Cook, and 2017 Brett Pilkerton also look to add innings on the mound for the Warriors.

New players to keep an eye out for from La Plata include 2017??s Christian Elder and Quinn Krahling along with 2018??s Peytyn Gray, Zach Hill, and Nick Steury. Overall, look for Stockwell to pace the offensive effort and Logue to mold into a key performer as La Plata could contend in the 2A.