Diamond Pro/THSB Private School Preseason Top 20

1.    Liberty Christian Argyle (TAPPS D1)-7 starters return from 30-12 Division 1 State Champion. Joe Wolf, SR, P (1st Team All-State, District Pitcher of the Year); Jacob Hasty, SR, P (2nd Team All-State Division 2; committed to LSU)

2.    Cypress Christian (TAPPS D3)– 8 starters return from 27-6 Division 3 State Champion.   JT Mounce, JR, OF (1st Team All-State; committed to Oklahoma State); Clayton Dean, JR, 2B (1st Team All-State; committed to University of Louisiana); Joseph Carbone, SR, LHP/1B/OF (2nd Team All-State); Drue Hirth, JR, C/RHP (HM All-State); Cory Chapman, SR, OF/RHP (2nd Team All-State)

3.    Episcopal (SPC)– 7 starters return from 24-9-1 SPC Champion.  Tanner Witt, JR, SS/P (1st Team All SPC, 16U National Team Development Program); Colton Rathjen, SR, OF (1st Team All SPC; committed to University of Texas)

4.    Kinkaid (SPC)– 10 starters return from 23-12 2ndPlace team.  Wyatt Young, SR, UTIL/P (All SPC; committed to Oregon State); Stone Simmons, SR, P/UTIL (All SPC; committed to Furman)

5.    Kelly Catholic (TAPPS D1)– 5 starters return from 21-5 State Finalist.  Mitchell Breaux, SR, C (1st Team All-State); Peyton Miller, SR, P/OF (2nd Team All-State)

6.    Houston St. Thomas (TAPPS D1)– Josh Wolf, JR, P (2018 Rangers Area Code Games; committed to Texas A&M); Brody Logsdon, SR, OF (State All-Tournament Team; committed to Sam Houston State)

7.    Fort Worth All Saints (TAPPS D1)– 8 starters return from 16-11-1 Division 2 Regional Finalist.  Matthew Tieding, SR, P (1st Team All-State); Jacob Speaker, SR, SS/P (1st Team All-District; committed to TCU); Mason Speaker, SR, C/P (1st Team All-District; committed to TCU)

8.    The John Cooper School (SPC)-10 starters return from 25-11 3rd place team. Evan Minarovic, SR, SS/P (All SPC; committed to Northwestern); Logan Leax, SR, CF (All SPC, Team MVP; committed to George Washington); Evan Godwin, SR, P/1B (All SPC)

9.    Lutheran South (TAPPS D2)- 7 starters return from 31-7 Division 2 State Champion. Luke Harrison, SO, LHP/CF (State All-Tournament Team); Jared Chambers, SR, SS (2nd Team All-State); Chad Allen, SR, C/RHP/OF (State All-Tournament Team, 1st Team All-District)

10.  Covenant Christian Academy (TAPPS D3)– 10 starters return from 23-9 Bi-District Finalist).  Mason Roach, SR, LHP (1st Team All-State; committed to Air Force); Luke Roden, SR, CF (1st Team All-State; committed to Howard College); Jacob DeBilzan, SR, LF (1st Team All-State); Noah Boughton, SR, C (2nd Team All-State); Preston Adkins, SR, RHP/UTIL (HM All-State)

11.  Prestonwood Christian (TAPPS D1)– 7 starters return from 15-14 Bi-District Finalist.  Luke Savage, JR, 1B/RHP (2nd Team All-District; committed to TCU); River Ridings, JR, 1B/LHP (HM All-State; committed to TCU); Ryan Patterson, JR, OF (HM All-State; committed to Baylor)

12.  Central Catholic (TAPPS D1)-9 starters return from 24-5 Regional Finalist.  Calvin Marks, SR, P (1st Team All-State; committed to Arkansas); Luke Markey, SR, OF (1st Team All-State)

13.  Lubbock Christian (TAPPS D3)– 4 starters return from 18-15 State Finalist).  Parker Rumsey, SR, OF/P (1st Team All-State; committed to Lubbock Christian University); Merritt McPherson, SR, OF/P (1st Team All-State; committed to Lubbock Christian University); Zeke Lott, JR, OF (2nd Team All-State)

14.  Concordia Lutheran (TAPPS D1)– 3 starters return from 24-8 State Semifinalist

15.  Pasadena First Baptist (TAPPS D3)– 6 starters return from 26-7 Division 4 State Champion.  Jake Sweeney, SR, P/SS (1st Team All-State); Jesse Perry, SR, C (1st Team All-State); Bailey Baird, SR, OF (1st Team All-State); Steve Shaqlovitz, SR, P/C (1st Team All-State)

16.  New Braunfels Christian Academy (TAPPS D4)– 7 starters return from 20-0 Division 5 State Champion.  Brett Nicholas, JR, INF/RHP/C (1st Team All-State); Dalton Janysek, SR, INF/RHP/C (2nd Team All-State)

17.  El Paso Faith Christian (TCAL)– 4 starters return from 23-11-1 team.  Matt Paz (State All-Tournament Team, All City)

18.  Houston Second Baptist (TAPPS D2)– 4 starters return from 22-16 Regional Finalist.  Michael Fordham, SR, 3B (HM All-State)

19.  Hallettsville Sacred Heart (TAPPS D4)-7 starters return from 19-8 Regional Finalist.  Sam Brown, SR, P/C (1st Team All-State); Cory Heger, SR, P/SS (1st Team All-State); Josh Steffek, JR, P/INF/OF (2nd Team All-State); Nolan Steffek, JR, P/INF/OF (HM All-State)

20.  Ovilla Christian (TAPPS D5)– 5 starters return from 17-1 Division 5 State Semifinalist ).  Connor Bjerke (1st Team All-State); Ryan Sardina (1st Team All-State)

Next Ten (Alphabetical):  Antonian, Bishop Lynch, Brook Hill, Fort Worth Christian, Incarnate Word Academy, Plano John Paul II, McKinney Christian, San Antonio Christian, St. Michael’s, Southwest Christian

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