Prep Baseball Report

TN HS Team Preview: Stewarts Creek Redhawks

Hunter Martin
TN Scouting Director

The 2024 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 Tennessee.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Murfreesboro at The Spring Fling as they compete for a state championship, 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 Tennessee. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and by continuing other pieces of content covering the Volunteer 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, updating the Power 25 and much more.

*Please note the information has been gathered from head coaches across the state, based on their replies to the questionnaire we distributed over this offseason.

High School: Stewarts Creek
Head Coach: Brian Howard
Classification: AAAA
District + Region Number: District 7 + Region 4
2023 Record (Finish): 31-9




    The Redhawks come into the 2024 season on the heels of participating in the 2023 TSSAA 4A state tournament, where they would go 2-2 and close out their season to eventual state champion, Farragut 6-4. The club saw a lot of highs, evident by them having 30+ wins to single digit losses. This year’s schedule looks manageable, albeit with some early tough matchups against Clarksville, Lipscomb Academy that should have the team battle tested by district play and beyond. They also will have a rematch with sub-state opponent Shelbyville Central. It is safe to say that the Redhawks have high expectations as they enter the season with a plethora of returning talent defensively, and especially on the hill. “25 Coleman Neas looks to pick things back where he left off in the leadoff spot and manning right field. This is a dude that had 6 hits to go with 3 RBI’s in 4 state tournament games last season and remains uncommitted. Back in the 2-hole will be uncommitted senior shortstop JJ Odum. He was another guy that had a productive state tournament where he had 4 hits to go with 1 RBI. Lee University signee Aiden Schwartz should be back holding down the hot corner, while also being one of their go-to starters on the mound where he fires in mid to upper 80’s with spin for his breaking-ball. He fired 5 scoreless innings with 8 K’s against Independence in the state tournament last season. This is a kid that has some talent already at his disposal and will be one of the leaders on this year’s club in the 3 or 4 hole. Senior Lincoln Memorial signee Easton Bartnett will be another leader on this year’s team where he will be in the starting rotation mix on the mound and comes in the mid-80’s with two secondary offerings. ‘25 Ayden Jackson was a sparkplug in the bottom half of the order last season where he comes in with sub 7 speed on the basepaths, while being the other half of the middle infield tandem at second base. Junior Easton Young looks to take over full time catching duties with Lex Falsone moving on to Vol State. Senior Vol State signee RHP JD Speakman was one of their first guys out of the pen last year where he comes in with a fastball in the upper 80’s. Uncommitted junior RHP Chase Fernandez may have the most upside of the entire pitching staff with a projectable body that carries present velo in the arm that has been up to 90 mph. He has been his own worst enemy at times with walks, but if he can learn to control the strike-zone without overthrowing, will be another high-end arm that is tough to hit. The Redhawks will also have crafty left-handed senior pitcher Ben Bryant who will be another spot starter, while being a reliable arm out of the pen. This year’s team is deep on the hill with a good portion in the meat of their lineup back. Getting back to 30 wins will be no easy feat, but the expectations are high as they look to lead their district once again, with their eyes set on returning back to the state tournament once again. 


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