2015 Team Preview: Tippecanoe

By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Tippecanoe

School Name: Tippecanoe High School
Coaches Name/Record: Bruce Cahill, 587-253
2014 Record: 23-8
Conference: Central Buckeye Conference
Conference Record/Finish: 14-2, 1st
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Four consecutive District titles

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Ben Hughes, Pitcher, Eastern Illinois University
  • Cameron Johnson, Shortstop, University of Findlay
  • BJ Donathan, Catcher, King University

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 8/7

Strengths of Team:

  • Strong arms on the mound
  • Good hitting lineup
  • Good defense

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Starting four sophomores

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Cole Quillen, LHP/OF, coming off of Tommy John surgery and did not play last year--committed to Sinclair CC
  • Zack Blair, 3 year starter at 2B--should move to SS this year 5'11 180 hit .359 a year ago
  • Evan Gilliam--will play a lot of 1B and DH this year 6'0 185 hit .296 a year ago
  • Brandon Roberts--utility guy who hit .250 a year ago.
  • Jared Rindler--will compete for an outfield spot--good speed
  • Austin Clack, OF/SS, 6’0, 210

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Brandon Gotthardt--catcher--solid athlete
  • Nate Shirley--1st basemen outfielder who got called up late season and contributed with the bat
  • Mitchel Fischer--outfielder with speed will compete for an outfield spot

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Justyn Eichbaum-started in CF last year--.300 hitter with great throwing arm. Will be counted on to pitch more this year. Tremendous ability
  • Aaron Hughes--became our number 2 pitcher and hit well late in the season. Ben's brother who should have a great sophomore season
  • Bradley Calhoun-- brother Steven pitches at the University of Toledo. Bradley should be our number 3 guy this year. Got great experience at the Varsity level last year and also hit over 300 with some power

Top Prospects in Class of 2018:

  • Cole Barhorst--catcher--will play JV this year but could see some Varsity action
  • Clay Barhorst--twin brother who will also play JV but has a promising future as an outfielder
  • Josh Riebe-big stick at 1B who will play JV but could also come up and hit varsity pitching as the year goes along

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