Preseason Elite Eight: No. 1 Team in Class AA



By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

In the spirit of March Madness the first rendition of the Prep Baseball Report Elite Eight Rankings are being released this week. We have been counting up to No. 1 and today we release the Preseason No. 1 team in Class AA baseball.

 

class aA:  No. 1 - Independence

The Independence Patriots return a senior laden lineup from a squad that won 19 games in 2014. Region III Preseason Player of the Year Wyatt Adkins a group of five seniors that received all-state or all-conference honors in 2013.

The Patriots lost a heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover in the 2013 AA state semifinals on a walk-off home run. That memory, along with the return of eight starters, should be enough to motivate Independence for another potential run at a state title. Coach Scott Cuthbert likes his teams chances of a deep playoff run, as he should.

ACCORDING TO THE COACH:

""This year's team returns all players but one from a state semifinal performance. Last year's team lost only three games in our classification. The one player that we lost (Drew D'Angelo) will be very tough to replace but this year's team should be very competitive in conference and regional play. "

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Wyatt Adkins, SS, Class of 2014 (1st Team All-State 2013)
Jeremy McGinnis, C/RHP, Class of 2014 (2nd Team All-State 2013)
Brad Huffman, Utility/RHP, Class of 2014 (2nd Team All-Conference 2013)
Brian Sexton, RHP/1B, Class of 2014 (Honorable Mention All-State 2013)
Andrue Hughart, RHP/3B, Class of 2014 (Honorable Mention All-State 2013)

 

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