Prep Baseball Report

2023 Team Preview - Lebanon

Josh Schoenberg
Scouting and Operations Assistant

The 2023 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Oregon.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons at the State Tournament, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Oregon. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and eventually releasing our preseason Top 25 teams in the state.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state. Each week we will be releasing our players of the week and updating the Top 25 teams in the state.

High School Name: Lebanon

Coach’s Name: Jeff Stolsig

Classification: 5A

No. of Returning Positional Starters: 7

Team Strengths: The Warriors will rely on depth and experience from last year's state Runner-Up team as they look to make a second consecutive trip to Keizer. 

Top Returning Players:
+ '23 RHP/INF Ryan Rivers 
+ '23 RHP/1B Tyler Walker 
+ '23 INF Colton Vandetta
+ '24 OF Hayden George 
+ '23 C Matt Woodward
+ '23 OF Dre Smith 
+ '23 P/1B Sam Thompson
+ '24 INF/RHP Bryant Starr
+ '23 INF/OF Zach Lyon

Prospects includes all players within the program who have PBR profiles, it does not indicate Varsity status

2024 Prospects:

2025 - 2026 Prospects: 
+ '25 INF Leo Brawn
+ '26 RHP Dayton Stills

Team Outlook: 
Lebanon's 2022 campaign was one of the most successful in the history of the school, as the Warriors made a run to the 5A State Championship game. They'll look to repeat that success this season and bring back several key pieces that should continue to contribute at a high level. Starting at the top with SR Ryan Rivers who did it all last season, compiling a 5-1 record on the mound with a sub 1.00 era and 77 k's. He also batted .412 with a robust .652 slugging percentage. Fellow SR Tyler Walker will also rack up significant innings on the mound again this season after a 8-0 record last year as a junior. Lastly, SR Sam Thompson had a 6-1 record last season and rounds out the impressive trio that Lebanon has at the top of their pitching staff. Offensively, in addition to getting contributions from the previously mentioned prospects, look for seniors Colton Vandetta, Matt Woorward, Dre Smith and Zach Lyon to end their careers on a high note. While key juniors Hayden George and Bryant Starr look to take a step forward after productive sophomore campaigns. 

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