2015 Team Preview: Sullivan Eagles



Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

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

Team: Sullivan
Nickname: Eagles
Class: 4A
League: 4-Rivers
Head Coach: Mike Carmi
Twitter Handle:  @SHSondeck
2014 Overall Record: 19-9
2014 League Record: 7-0, 1st
2014 Post-Season Finish: District Runner-Up
MHSBCA Preseason Rank: 10

Number of Position Players Lost: 3
Number of Pitchers Lost: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 7
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3

TOP RETURNERS (Commit)
Christopher Blankenship, C, 2017
Blaine Bridges, INF, 2015
Dalton Conrad, INF, 2015
Cole Englert, 1B/RHP, 2015
Matt Foster, C/RHP, 2015
Jake Lochner, LHP, 2015 (Missouri State)
Heath Schatz, OF/RHP, 2015
Blane Tyree, INF, 2017

OUTLOOK
After a 19-9 season a year ago, the defending Four-Rivers Conference Champs look to take a step further and make a run at the Final Four in T.R. Hughes in early June.  Sullivan returns seven starters from a season ago, including three returning pitchers.  Senior Jake Lochner is gaining attention after a recent velocity increase, and could one of the top LHPs in the midwest.  Lochner, a Missouri State commit, is touching 90 mph and will get a look by professional scouts this spring.  The Eagles also return a pair of RHP with varsity experience in Matt Foster and Heath Schatz. The two combined for a 3-3 record with 46 strike-outs in 43 innings pitched.  Although the senior class is deep, Sullivan will call a pair of sophomores to contribute as well. C Christopher Blankenhip and INF Blane Tyree both saw varsity time in 2014 and will be experienced. The Eagles open as the #10 ranked team in Missouri Class 4 and will rely on the arms on the mound as they advance into the state playoffs.  

 

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