2018 Team Preview: Maize South Mavericks


Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Maize South HS
Nickname: Mavericks
Class: Class 5A
Conference: AVCTL-II
Head Coach: Chad Christensen
Years as head coach at school: 9th
Twitter Handle:
@baseball_mshs
2017 Overall Record: 20-5
2017 Conference Record: 9-3 (2nd Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: 4A-1 State Champions

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 5
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 6

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Jack Wagner, 3B, 2018, 1st Team All State (Kansas)
Bradyn Wiens
, SS, 2018, 1st Team All League (Barton CC)
Brody Hanna
, 2B, 2018, 2nd Team All-State (Pratt CC)
Cade Koster
, 1B/RHP, 2018, 1st Team All-League
Grant Bumgardner
, OF, 2019, 1st Team All-League (Kansas State)
Hayden Bontrager
, RHP/1B, 2019, 1st Team All-State
 
 

Players to Watch
  
Jayce Meyer
, LHP, 2020
Brayden McPheeters, RHP, 2019
Tysaac Noland, C, 2020
Dylan Epke, RHP/UTL, 2020
Dakota Harding
, C, 2020
Tyler White, OF, 2018
Justin Looper, OF, 2B, RHP, 2018
Alex Epp, 2B, 2019
Cody Fayette, P/1B, 2020


Season Outlook

In 2017, The Mavericks broke 15 individual and season records on the way to winning their first state championship in school history.  In 2018, Maize South will have the core of their team returning.  Junior RHP Hayden Bontrager won a school record eight games as a sophomore and looks to lead the staff again this spring. The Mavericks will be solid defensively, sporting one of the best infields in that state in any class in seniors Jack Wagner, a Kansas commit, Bradyn Wiens, a Barton CC recruit and Brody Hanna, a Pratt recruit.  Junior Grant Bumgardner, Kansas State commit, will patrol the outfield and give the Mavericks a power bat in the middle of the middle of the line up.  Maize South has a young talent to add depth to already talented upperclass roster.  Sophomore LHP Jayce Meyer and junior 2B Alex Epp could also play important roles with spring, along with several other sophomores and juniors. The Mavericks will be tested early, taking on two Oklahoma powerhouses in Bixby and Deer Creek to kick off the season.  As the calendar turn to May, watch for the Mavericks to break even more records and make another run at the state championship.

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