Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 7 Stewarts Creek


Colton Provey
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The 2021 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. That excitement may be at an all-time high entering this high school season as the 2020 high school baseball season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season during an offseason unlike any other and as always, there are some very talented players and teams across Tennessee.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Murfreesboro at the TSSAA Spring Fling state championships, 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. 

We start diving into the Preseason Power 25 Rankings, highlighting some of the deepest clubs across the state. Although we could have done 40+ clubs with so many talented teams getting tuned up for the 2021 season, we can only rank 25 and this list will continue to change as the season plays out on the field.  There will be teams not on the list that will be battling for a state championship come late May, so take it for what it's worth, as no championships have ever been won on paper.  

 *Please note that all information is based on team preview questionnaires that were sent out and returned by the participating high school coaches.

 

High School: Stewarts Creek High School

Coach: Michael Bartlett

Classification: TSSAA AAA-District 7

 

 Top Returning Players:

2021 LHP/OF Austin Wooten (Army Commit)

2022 SS Brett Vondohlen (MTSU Commit)

2021 RHP Devyn McEachron (Vol State CC Commit)

2022 OF Reggie Cooper

2022 RHP Caleb Peterson

2022 C Luke Dymond

2022 SS Cooper Newsom

 

2021 Prospects:

2021 LHP/OF Austin Wooten (Army Commit)

2021 RHP Devyn McEachron (Vol State CC Commit)

2021 INF Alex Fernandez (Trevecca Commit)

2021 OF Joshua Dudley (Cleveland St CC Commit)

2021 OF Maddux Leebrick (Vol State CC Commit)

2021 SS Kaine Severance

 

2022/Underclass Prospects:

2022 SS Brett Vondohlen (MTSU Commit)

2022 SS Cooper Newsom

2022 OF Reggie Cooper

2022 C Luke Dymond

2022 RHP Caleb Peterson

2022 3B Bryce Jackson

2022 OF Robert Matano

2022 2B Keenan Saiyasak

2023 RHP Zachary Lawson

2023 C Lex Falsone

 

Outlook: 

Stewarts Creek opened in 2014 and in their 6 full seasons, they have made 3 state tournament appearances, including a runner up finish in 2017.  They lost a solid senior class from the 2020 campaign,  but they'll return several mid-upper 80s arms with a strong positional core that is especially sound up the middle.  One the mound, seniors LHP/OF Austin Wooten (Army) and RHP Devyn McEachron (Vol State CC) will lead the pitching staff along with Jr. RHP Caleb Peterson, who ran it up to upper 80s this fall with good feel for two secondaries.  Wooten has a good athlete with mid to upper 80s FB and biting breaking ball, and McEachron has peaked at 89 but will pitch it in mid 80s to build a formidable trio of arms.  Up the middle, '22 SS Brett Vondohlen (MTSU) and '22 SS Cooper Newsom are both top 5 middle infielders in the class in large part to an advanced offensive production and good defensive actions. '22 C Luke Dymond will handle catching duties and has shown to be a above average defender while consistent at the dish.  The Redhawks have an array of options in the outfield with well rounded rising prospect '22 OF Reggie Cooper, left handed hitting '21 OF Joshua Dudley (Cleveland St CC), '21 Maddux Leebrick (Vol State CC), as well as Wooten and '22 OF Robert Matano. Sr INF Alex Fernandez (Trevecca) and Jr 3B Bryce Jackson will provide depth and are more than capable to defend it at multiple positions and with steady offensive production from lean, athletic frames. It will be another challenging year in 7-AAA, but the Redhawks are stacked to handle anything thrown their way and will look to secure their fourth "trip" to the Spring Fling. 

 

Best of luck this season!

 

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