2015 Team Preview: Liberty-Benton

By Dylan Hefflinger 
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Liberty-Benton

School Name: Liberty-Benton
Coaches Name/Record: Scott Arnold, 19-5
2014 Record: 19-5
Conference: Blanchard Valley Conference
Conference Record/Finish: 9-0, 1st
Division Level: III

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Jared Neiling (SS/P, 2014 BVC POY)
  • Anthony Webb (CF/Leadoff, SB leader 2014)

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/4

Strengths of Team:

  • Pitching
  • Experience
  • Defense
  • Baseball IQ

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Consistent hitting
  • Shortstop
  • Speed

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Alex Harter, P, 6-2, 190, U. Findlay Commit. Ranked 93rd in 2015 class.
  • Caleb Russell, P/INF, 6-0, 190, Mount Vernon Nazarene Commit
  • Josh Ostrander , OF, 5-11, 160
  • Parker Lease, P/INF, 5-9, 175
  • Jon Dager, P/1B/OF, 6-3, 220

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Mason Rose, OF/INF, 5-9, 155
  • Jeff Gierke, OF, 5-10 165, R-R
  • Jaret Kern, OF/P, 5-11 155, L-L

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Wyatt Young, C, 6-0, 175
  • Tyler George, INF, 5-8, 150

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