CBS MaxPreps Top 25 Early National Baseball Contenders:North Davidson back in the ‘On-deck Circle’ from the Tar Heel state(Local Baseball News/Info)

*****High School baseball practice begins next week(Monday February 13) and here’s and early look at who the top teams around the U.S. as we head into the 2016 season….*****
+++++from the Tar Heel state of North Carolina, we have 18. North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.), last year’s 4-A Champions….+++++
$$$$$ The North Carolina powerhouse has one of the nation’s best outfielders in Austin Beck…..Centerfielder/Pitcher and 6’2/205…$$$$$
^^^^^Interesting school at #7 from Lutz, Florida and that is Steinbrenner High School….^^^^^

1. Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
3. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
4. Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
5. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
6. Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
7. Steinbrenner (Lutz, Fla.)
8. South Hills (West Covina, Calif.)
9. Dallas Jesuit (Texas)
10. Cullman (Ala.)
11. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
12. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
13. Johnson (San Antonio)
14. Huntington Beach (Calif.)
15. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego)
16. Shawnee (Okla.)
17. Basic (Henderson, Nev.)
18. North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.)
19. Deer Park (Texas)
20. Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
21. Brother Rice (Chicago)
22. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.)
23. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
24. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
25. Oxford (Miss.)

Jim Stout
Media Manager, Eastern U.S.
CBS MaxPreps, Inc.

@@@@@As someone stated earlier, the best teams from Guilford County for this upcoming high school baseball season do appear to be Northern Guilford, Southeast Guilford and Southwest Guilford….@@@@@….The two Guys(Justin and Jaylen) along with Ryan Douglas and others at SEG, Josh Pike, Cameron Cotter and John Clark Ouzts on the pitching staff at Northern with Logan King catching them, then you JT Jarrett at short and there’s Joe Millwee at third and NG should be the #1 ranked 3-A team in the state and that pitching staff alone, with Pike, Cotter and JC Ouzts is one of the tops ever in Guilford County and there is no about that…Jacob Edwards on the hill and a load of other kids will be back for SWG….Edwards will just be junior….SEG will also have back Thorn Alley, Tyler Alley and Devin Bartley and Bartley could turn out to be one of the best power hitters in the state…..If our reading numbers stats are correct Kyle Blendinger(P) is also back for Southwest and after what he and Jacob Edwards did last year on the mound for SWG, this could take SWG all the way for their second school title in baseball…They won a 2-A Title in baseball back around 1997 and Kyle Blendinger has already committed to attend North Carolina and join the young men from Guilford County on the Tar Heels’ pitching staff that we listed below…Paul Bullock and Mason Chu, among others also back for SWG….All three of these Guilford County teams, SWG, SEG and NG, are State Title contending teams….Kyle Blendinger made the final cut for the USA U18 All Star team that traveled and tried out in Houston, this past fall….

?????These teams will have some other returning players too(Especially SWG), but most of the rosters from last year, did not have the class the kids were in….?????
Last crack for now, for a 4-A Title for SWG and SEG, as they will return to 3-A ball next year/season…

Interesting looking at HS Baseball title history today, Grimsley won 4-A titles in 1960, 1964, 1971 and 1981….Western Guilford won the 3-A Title in 1984 and 1985, Southeast won the 3-A Title in 1969, Northeast Guilford won the 2-A Title in baseball, in 1964 and 1965 and Southwest won the 2-A Title in 1997, while now defunct Bessemer High School won the 3-A Title in 1963 and that means Bessemer was a bigger school than Northeast, back in the 60’s and it is sort of hard to think back to NEG as a 2-A school, but they were, according to history and the records….

Some neat notes, as we hit the boat…..

*****Three Guilford County players on the UNC Tar Heels’ pitching staff/roster in right handers:

#25	Taylor Sugg	R/R	RHP	6-1	169	So.	Greensboro, N.C. (Southern Guilford)
#29	Trevor Gay	R/R	RHP	6-3	196	So.	High Point, N.C. (Charlotte) (High Point Central)
#44	Cole Aker	R/R	RHP	6-2	195	So.	Kernersville, N.C. (Northwest Guilford)

*****Kyle Blendinger(SWG) to join them next season.*****