2015 Team Preview: Waynesville

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

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2015 Team Preview: Waynesville

School Name: Waynesville
Coaches Name/Record: Tommy Begley, 83-22
2014 Record: 24-4
Conference: SWBL: Buckeye Division
Conference Record/Finish: 11-1/ 1st
Division Level: III

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 1996 District Champions

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Wyatt Myers, LHP/1B, Tiffin University
  • AJ Lezotte, RHP, Miami Hamilton

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/6

Strengths of Team:

  • Senior depth
  • Offensive production
  • Catching
  • Strong middle of defense

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Pitching depth
  • Staff Ace
  • Getting over sectional championship hump

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Troy Black, SS/RHP, R/R, 2nd Team All State Infielder, hit .521 as a junior, Ohio U commit
  • Bryce Linkous, Inf/RHP, R/R, 1st Team SWBL, School record 43 runs scored as a junior
  • Jeremiah Stilwell, C, R/R, batted .420 with 33 RBI's
  • Andrew Magoto, C/3B, R/R, Clubbed team high 11 doubles last season
  • Cam Combs, CF, L/R, hit over .400 while stealing team high 17 bases

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Elijah Bennett, RHP, R/R, Up and coming pitcher who sports a low 80s fastball
  • Logan Fruhwirth, 1B, R/R, batted .370 with one home run as a sophomore
  • Nate Hiles, 1B/DH, L/L, Transfer from Lebanon HS, could be a much needed power source

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Mason Callahan, LHP/OF, L/L, Threw 17 innings as a freshman and only allowed one earned run, commands four pitches, with his fastball in the high 70s
  • Hunt Doepel, LHP,1B, R/L, LHP has the potential to add depth to the pitching staff
  • Kyle Leis, Inf, L/R, Transfer from Springboro HS, adds depth to a strong group of infielders

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