2017 Team Preview: Shawnee Mission East Lancers




Shon Plack

Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2017 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Shawnee Mission East HS
Nickname: Lancers
Class: 6A
Conference: Sunflower
Twitter: @SMEbaseball
Head Coach: Jerrod Ryherd
2016 Overall Record: 21-4  
2016 Post Season Finish:  Kansas 6A State Champions

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4

Players with 2016 Post Season Honors
Zebulon Vermillion, RHP, 2017, 1st Team All State (Arkansas)
Jake Randa, OF, 2017 (Northwest Florida)
Luke Anderson, SS/RHP, 2017 1st Team All State (Missouri)
Jonah Watt, C/3B, 2018, Honorable Mention All Sunflower
Trevor Thompson, 2B, 2017, Honorable Mention All Sunflower
Cam Fritz, DH, 2017, Honorable Mention All Sunflower

Players to Watch
Henry Miller, RHP/1B, 2017 
Dalton Mall, RHP, 2018
Chris Closser, LHP, 2018 
Robert Moore, 2B/SS, 2020 

Season Outlook
The Lancers return essentially the State Championship team from last year. The
question is whether or not the Lancers can repeat as State Champs without All-
American Joey Wentz. Varsity experience is something the Lancers will rely on as
they return 8 seniors and 1 junior that started last year. The pitching staff and
depth of pitching is what will set this team apart. Zebulon Vermillion (Arkansas), Henry Miller, and Luke Anderson (Missouri) will handle most of the starts with juniors Dalton Mall and Chris Closser anchoring the pen. Along with a great pitching staff the defense will be the best defense Coach Ryherd has ever assembled. On the offensive side, Jake Randa, anchors an offense that returns a .322 team batting average. The Lancers are well rounded.  They can hit, pitch and defend with experienced players all over the field. They will be the team to beat in Kansas Class 6 as they look to repeat as state champions.  

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High School coaches can request a 2017 Team Survey by email PBR State Director, Shon Plack at,[email protected].


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