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PBR Iowa High School Preview: Johnston

Chloe Williams
Prep Baseball Report Iowa


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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.

Team: Johnston
Nickname: Dragons
Class: 4A
League: CIML
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:
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 3

# of Starters Lost:
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5


Miles Risley, CF, 2022 (Kirkwood Commit)

Michael Siemer, 1B, 2022 (Iowa Central Commit)

Spencer Campidilli, C, 2022 (Iowa Western Commit)

Jake Pemble, P, 2022 (Kirkwood Commit)


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