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VYPE Preseason BASEBALL Top 20 -- No. 19 The Second Baptist Eagles
February 10, 2011By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - Houston
Second Baptist Eagles
Fell in the Playoffs to Liberty Christian Argyle
The Second Baptist won TAPPS 4A District 4 a year ago and will return a solid nucleus from last year's successful 26-9 squad.
While Brandon Powell and Jason Stading graduated, and will be attending Sanford University and Southwestern University, respectively, the Eagles return senior right-handed pitcher Jay Calhoun. Calhoun has signed with Dallas Baptist University. Garrett Luce is back for his senior year after coming back from Tommy John surgery early last summer. His production will be greatly need is Second Baptist is to win district again. First-baseman and righty pitcher Trey Soape also returns to anchor the infield.
"Jay will be our number one pitcher," said coach Jeff Schroeder. "He was the District co-MVP and a first-team all-state selection last year. Garrett Luce was second-team all-district in 2010, hitting .326 for the season. Sophomore Jordan Stading, Jason's younger brother, will be a starting pitcher/utility player, and can fill in at catcher if Luce gets dinged up a little bit."
Additional pitchers include juniors Drew Tollson, Billy Arendt and Daniel Rankin.