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2018 UIL Team Preview: Smithson Valley


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

The Texas high school season kicks off on February 19, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 26, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25. 

Team: Smithson Valley
2017 Record:
25-9
Conference Finish: 1st
Conference: 27-6A
THSA Classification: 6A
Head Coach: Chad Koehl
Playoff Run: Area Playoffs
Returning Starters: 2
Returning Pitchers: 2

TOP PLAYERS

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
C.J. Horn TX Smithson Valley 2018 C
Mason Pierce TX Smithson Valley 2018 2B CO School of Mines (Football)
Eric Reece TX Smithson Valley 2018 OF/RHP
Ethan Rivera TX Smithson Valley 2018 IF/RHP  

 
SEASON PREVIEW

Coach Koehl and the Rangers look to reload after a stellar 2017 campaign that saw them finish the season 25-9, getting knocked off by the state runner-up (San Antonio Reagan). Two big keys to the Rangers offense this year will be 2018 C C.J. Horn and 2018 2B Mason Pierce. Last year Horn hit .330 with 15 RBI and was selected 1st Team All-District. Pierce is a sure handed middle infielder and accomplished football player (committed to Colorado School of Mines for football). Look for returning senior pitchers Eric Reece and Ethan Rivera to log significant innings on the mound, both had sub-2.00 ERA's last season.

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