Prep Baseball Report

#2 Hamilton Huskies: Preseason Preview

Shea Sbranti
Arizona Scouting Director

High School: Hamilton Huskies
Coach: Mike Woods
AIA Classification: 6A
Conference: Premier 

Hamilton High School's baseball team, led by Head Coach Mike Woods, enters the 2024 season with high expectations following a stellar performance in 2023. The Huskies dominated the competition, securing the 6A Championship with an impressive 26-5 record and claiming the top spot in the 6A Premier conference with a 7-1 standing.

Despite bidding farewell to key players such as Roch Cholowsky, now excelling at UCLA, and other notable talents like Josh Tiedemann, Ryan Kucherak, Carson Johnson, and Cooper Brass, the team remains a force to be reckoned with. The departing players left a legacy, and now the Huskies are focused on the upcoming season, ready to build on their success.

Returning to the lineup is the dynamic 2025 Utah commit and standout center fielder Jaylen Payne. In the 2023 season, Payne showcased his prowess with a remarkable .420 batting average, solidifying his reputation as one of the top center fielders in the state. Complementing the team's returning talent is senior catcher Liam Wilson, committed to Harvard, and sophomore Ben Ball, an emerging talent committed to the University of Arizona.

While the Huskies faced significant losses, they gained two impactful out-of-state transfers to bolster their roster. Drew Rogers, a 2024 graduate and Georgia Tech commit, arrives with a reputation as a power hitter and previously held the #1 player spot in Minnesota. Rogers' skills were on full display at the 2023 Area Code Games, representing the Reds. Another key addition is junior middle infielder Boston Kellner, a Louisville commit and former #1 player in Colorado.

The 2024 season promises excitement as the Hamilton Huskies, armed with a mix of returning stars and promising new talents, set their sights on regaining the championship title and making waves in Arizona high school baseball.


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