Prep Baseball Report

2024 HS Team Previews: The First Academy

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PBR Florida Staff

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will preview Florida High School teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:


Team: The First Academy
2023 Record:
Playoff Run: Regional Quarterfinals
FHSAA Class: 
Head Coach:
Scott Grove

Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Zack Hopper, RHP/1B, 2024 (USC Upstate)
Will Dizney, LF, 2024
Thomas Achey, LHP, 2025 (Stetson)
Roy Rodriguez, SS, 2025 
Erick Martinez, 3B, 2025
Austin Pierzynski, C, 2025
Blake Fields, RF/RHP, 2025
Luis Machado, RHP/CF, 2025
Kyle Hopper, RHP, 2025
Ryon Smith, RHP, 2026
Josh Garcia, LHP, 2026
Ty Arafet, RHP, 2026


Tradition and discipline


Coach Grove: "The First Academy Royals has a 82-8 overall record the past 3 seasons while winning the state championship in 2021. This year's team has an abundance of talent and looks to continue the standard set for TFA Baseball. Our goal every year is to pay attention to detail, be discipline, and have a great TEAM culture."


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