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Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 7 Rockwall Heath


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: Rockwall Heath
2017 Record:
33-10
Conference Finish: T-1st
Conference: 11-6A
THSA Classification: 6A
Head Coach: Greg Harvey
Playoff Run: Regional Sem-Finals

TOP PLAYERS

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Cole Stilwell TX Rockwall Heath 2018 C Kansas State
Jake Wade TX Rockwall Heath 2018 OF
Kaden Krowka TX Rockwall Heath 2018 LHP Oklahoma State
Anderson Needham TX Rockwall Heath 2018 RHP Baylor
Hunter O'Shea TX Rockwall Heath 2018 IF  
Chris Teufel TX Rockwall Heath 2018 1B  
Miller Ladusau TX Rockwall Heath 2019 OF  
Casey Curtin TX Rockwall Heath 2020 OF  
Nolen Hester TX Rockwall Heath 2018 OF Wofford

 
SEASON PREVIEW

The Hawks return seven starters from a team that won 33 games last year, including 3 top 100 players from the Texas 2018 Class. 2018 C Cole Stilwell will lead the Hawks behind the plate. The Kansas State commit is ranked No. 33 in Texas, and hit .400 last season with 61 RBI. Stilwell is one of the best pure hitters in the state and is an RBI machine. Other returners in the lineup are 2018 OF Jake Wade (.403 AVG), 2018 Chris Teufel (.393 AVG), 2019 OF Miller Ladusau (.385 AVG), and 2018 C Hunter O'Shea. Keep an eye on 2018 OF Nolen Hester, a Wofford commit that transferred in, and 2020 Casey Curtin, a young right-handed hitter has some pop in his bat. 

On the mound, Heath will have two front line starters in Kaden Krowka and Anderson Needham. Krowka, an Oklahoma State commit, is currently ranked No. 69 in TX and finished 2018 with an 8-4 record and 1.91 ERA. Needham, a Baylor commit, transferred in this year and will be a valuable addition to the pitching staff. If the Hawks can sure up the bullpen, they have the rotation and lineup that to compete with any team in the state.

POWER 25 RANKINGS

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