STORY BY KEVIN WARNER | PHOTO BY DOUG HOSLER
Despite some rainy conditions, cancellations and rescheduling, the 2019 high school baseball season got underway for area teams last week. Last week, finds many of the local squads competing in out-of-town tournaments over the Williamson County spring break.
Let’s check in on how a handful of WillCo teams are fairing as the season is underway.
The Brentwood Bruins are coming off a District 11 title and trip to the TSSAA Division I AAA state championship, where they lost to Rossview High School 11-1. The 2019 Bruins will look to return to the postseason again this season, with the continued development of star sophomore pitcher Cade Granzow. Granzow committed to Auburn University in January.
Franklin High School did not make a big splash in the postseason last year, but started the 2019 campaign red-hot. The Rebels jumped out to a 6-0 start with three district wins two against Spring Hill and one against Ravenwood. Senior pitchers Mason King, Jack Kimmel and Joshua Nichols all picked up wins for the Rebels to begin their senior campaigns.
The Ravenwood Raptors finished 2018 as the District 11 – AAA runners-up even beating Brentwood 5-3 in the regional before losing to eventual champion Rossview. Senior third baseman Zane Denton signed with Alabama earlier this spring and looks to lead the Raptors attack at the plate this season.
Denton hit two home runs already in the Raptors’ 7-5 loss to Franklin earlier this season. Ravenwood will also rely on senior right-handed pitcher/outfielder Jackson Sherri to contribute on the mound. Sherri signed with Northeast Texas Community College earlier this year.
Summit comes into 2019 with two big-time players committed to Southeastern Conference schools. Senior catcher/right-handed pitcher Chris McElvain is signed to play at Vanderbilt University next season.
He got the chance to play at his future home when the Spartans opened their season with a 12-1 victory over Ravenwood at Hawkins Field. Junior pitcher Blake Money has a low 90s fastball and video shared to the team Twitter account shows it is giving hitters fits. Money is already committed to play at Louisiana State University upon graduation.
Head Coach Rob Baughman boasts a strong starting pitcher in senior Solomon Washington to lead the Cougars on the mound this season. Washington plan to continue his playing career at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville next season.
Christ Presbyterian Academy
CPA won its first four contests to open the season outscoring opponents 38-7. Two of the wins also came by way of shutouts where the Lions scored 12 and 13 runs respectively. CPA joined Brentwood High in Pensacola, Fl., last week.
The Eagles lost in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, but have started the 2019 season strong. BA posted a 3-1 record through four games to start the year. The Eagles took two of three from region foe McCallie.
The Eagles traveled to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Gulf Coast Classic last week.