PBR Iowa High School Preview: Johnston
April 18, 2022
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As we prepare for the upcoming 2022 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.
Head Coach: Michael Barta
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 11 (307-91-1)
2021 Overall Record: 37-8
2021 League Record: 15-5
2021 League Finish: 1st
2021 Post-Season Finish: Runner Up at State (2nd)
# of Returning Starters: 4
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 3
# of Starters Lost: 6
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Michael Siemer, 1B, 2022 (Iowa Central Commit)
ALUMNI CURRENTLY PLAYING COLLEGE BASEBALL:
Peyton Williams - Iowa
Cade Moss - Iowa
Ben Wilmes - Iowa
Gabe Swansen - Nebraska
Derek Hackman - South Dakota State
Drew Beazly - South Dakota State
Reece Anderson - South Dakota State
Frankie Cresta - Tennessee Tech
Nick Crandell - Western Michigan
Jackson Stewart - DMACC
Jake Thilges - DMACC
Jacob Dreager - DMACC
Cooper Smith - DMACC
Zach Kinney - Northwestern
Vinney Cresta - Southwestern CC
Parker Shupe - Kirkwood
Nick Scanlon - Kirkwood
Nathan Buckallew - Concordia
Noah Janssen - Concordia
Evan Salmon - Indiana Wesleyan
Jacob Wolver - Grand View
Connor Canny - Grand View
Jack Stoye - Grand View
“Our 2021 run to the State Title game was so much fun for our program! It was a wonderful group of talented seniors. As a staff we feel like the people and talent are both hard to replace from a team that successful.
Over the off-season we have seen great growth in both character and skill out of our seniors. On top of the growth as individuals we also are excited about the LEADERSHIP shown by our 2022 Senior Class. They truly lead our program daily in a positive direction.
That leadership is needed to fill the voids left from last season. Our success in 2022 will come down to our ability to continue to push our athletic boundaries and grow as a group. We will look to our seniors to make our environment amazing COMPETITIVE as practice starts. We need that fierce competitive atmosphere to prepare us for the gauntlet that is our schedule.” Head Coach Michael Barta