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PBR IA HS Team Preview: Johnston

Savannah Dennis
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2021 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Johnston
Nickname: Dragons
Class: 4A
League: CIML
Head Coach: Michael Barta
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 10 (270-83)
2020 Overall Record: 24-3
2020 League Record: 24-3
2020 League Finish: 1st
2020 Post-Season Finish: State Champion

# of Returning Starters:
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 2

# of Starters Lost:
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 3

Gabe Swansen, 2B, 2021- Nebraska

Ben Wilmes, SS, 2021- Iowa

Jacob Wolver, 1B, 2021- Grand View

Connor Canny, OF, 2021- Grand View

Miles Risley, UTL, 2022

Spencer Campidilli, C, 2022


Nick Crandell- DMACC

Jacob Draeger- DMACC

Jake Thilges- DMACC

Jackson Stewart- DMACC

Frankie Cresta- Kirkwood

Parker Shupe- Kirkwood

Cade Moss- Kirkwood

Andrew Nord- Kirkwood

Nick Scanlon- Kirkwood

Peyton Williams- Iowa

Jackson Vines- Iowa

Jack Dreyer- Iowa

Reece Anderson- South Dakota St.

Derek Hackman- South Dakota St.

Drew Beazley- South Dakota St.

Nathan Buckallew- Concordia

Noah Janssen- Concordia

Nolan Monthei- Minot

Evan Salmon- Indiana Wesleyan

Keaton Duckett- Indiana St.


Lost a tremendous amount of leadership and key pieces of our line-up and pitching staff. You attempt to replace the talent but sometimes hard to replace the character and people of a championship group. Love the potential of our group....but have a long way to grow.  Have to see our pitching and new position players improve quite a bit...and have the group grow in the leadership department.” Head Coach Michael Barta