PBR Iowa High School Team Preview: Wapsie Valley


Will Vanderbilt
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2020 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.



Team: Wapsie Valley
Nickname: Warriors
Class: 1A
League: NICL East
Head Coach: Tom Joecken
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 6 (68-122)
2019 Overall Record: 27-13
2019 League Record: 10-6
2019 League Finish: 4th
2019 Post-Season Finish: Lost in District Final to South Winneshiek 12-6

Returning Starters:
 8
Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 6

Starters Lost:
 1
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 1

2019 GRADS IN COLLEGE:
N/A

SENIORS TO WATCH:
 
Tanner Blaylock, 3B/P/1B, 2020
Reese Welcher, SS/OF/P, 2020

JUNIORS TO WATCH:
Trevor Sauerbrei, CF/P, 2021
Blayde Bellis, P/CF, 2021
Ethan Oltrogge, OF/3B, 2021
Tyler Ott, SS/P, 2021
Jordan Rubner, C, 2021
Kobe Risse, 2B, 2021
Garrett Barnes, OF, 2021

SOPHOMORES TO WATCH:
Brody Blaylock, P/MINF, 2022
Brady Sauerbrei, 1B/P, 2022 

2020 OUTLOOK:
This could end up being the best team I've coached in 7 years. In my opinion, this is a top 5 ranked team in class 1A. We return 8 starters from a 27 win team and 6 of our top 7 pitchers. We led class 1A in team hits in 2019. This is a team ready to get to state and make a run at the title.” Head Coach Tom Joecken