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Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 22 Sweeny


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage.

Team: Sweeny
2017 Record:
20-10
Conference Finish: 1st
Conference: 26-4A
THSA Classification: 4A
Head Coach: Mark Durham
Playoff Run: Area Finalist
Returning Starters: 9

TOP PLAYERS

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Ty Ringo TX Sweeny 2018 LHP/OF
jaden Bohlar TX Sweeny 2018 IF
Caden Homniok TX Sweeny 2019 SS/RHP Texas A&M
Quinton Martin TX Sweeny 2019 OF/RHP Rice
Jackson Kiddy TX Sweeny 2019 RHP/OF Rice
Wes Folse TX Sweeny 2019 OF/C Blinn JC
Blake Benevides TX Sweeny 2019 OF/C  
Cord Filipp TX Sweeny 2019 2B  
Joe Effenberger TX Sweeny 2019 RHP/OF  

 
SEASON PREVIEW

The Bulldogs return a ton of experience from an Area Finalist team that won 20 games last year, led by a very strong junior class. Coach Durham has several front line options on the mound, including 2018 LHP Ty Ringo, who earned District Pitcher of The Year awards in '17. There is a trio of juniors that may hold the key to success on the mound. District Newcomer of The Year 2019 SS/RHP Caden Homniok is committed to Texas A&M and ranked No. 11 in Texas 2019 Class, No. 54 Overall. Last season, Homniok punched out 51 batters and recorded an ERA of 1.46. 2019 OF/RHP Quinton Martin was a 1st Team All-District selection as a hitter (BAVG .342), but the the right-hander can run his fastball up to 90 mph and spins a sharp curveball. Martin, who is committed to Rice, is also ranked No. 46 in the Texas 2019 Class, No. 228 Overall. A fellow Rice commit, 2019 RHP Jackson Kiddy, had a miniscule 0.80 ERA last season, and struck out 31 batters. 2019 Joe Effenberger was a 2nd Team All-District selection as a pitcher, after he finished the season with a 1.43 ERA. 

On the offensive side of things, the Bulldogs have some thunder in the lineup and enough athleticism that they should be able to defend. Homniok and Martin can certainly produce runs, as will Blinn JC commit 2019 C Wes Folse, who hit .333 last season and drove in 20. Add in 2019 C/OF Blake Benevides, 2019 2B Cord Fillipp, and 2018 Jaden Bohlar, and the Bulldogs look strong. One thing is for sure, Sweeny plays with a toughness and grit that is tough to match. With a strong pitching staff this year, and a talented group of returners, the Bulldogs have a chance to make a deep playoff run.

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