Prep Baseball Report

Kansas High School Spring Spotlight: Maize South

By: Prep Baseball Kansas Staff

The Kansas high school baseball season kicks off on March 19, opening day for regular season action under KSHSAA regulations. Leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2024 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, counting down through the official Prep Baseball Kansas Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a preseason questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

Our 2024 preseason coverage continues today.

High School: Maize South
Head Coach: Chad Christensen (13 years experience)
Classification: 5A
League: AVCTL Division 1
2023 Record: 10-11



No. of Returning Starters:


Top Returning Players:

Hunter Higgins - Sophomore - 6'6" 240, C/P, throws right/bats right - Hunter will be our anchor behind the dish this year and will hit three/four hole to drive in runs for the Mavericks this year. Hunter was 2nd team 5A All-State Catcher in 2023.
Tate McNew - Junior - 6'1" 180, 3B/P, throws right/bats right - Tate will be our leader on the field and hit in the 2/3 hole.
Luke Youngdahl - Senior - 6'3" 200 DH/P/1B - Luke will be our number 1 on the bump. Luke will be hitting in the 4/5 hole for us this season to drive in runs.
Jack Martens - Senior - 5'8" 160, SS, throws right/bats right - Jack will hit lead-off for us this season.
Brody Epke - Sophomore - 5'10 160, OF, throws left/bats left - Brody led the Mavericks in hitting last season. Brody will also mix into the starting group on the mound.

Top Newcomers:

Kanyon Akers - OF, Sophomore, throws right/bats left
Tanner Herrington - MIF, Sophomore, throws right/bats right
Cy Stucky - 1st Base, Sophomore, throws right/bats left

Coach’s Insight:

“The Mavericks should have a solid group of players defensively. Their line-up should produce runs up and down the line-up. The Mavericks struggled on the bump in 2023. Their returning starters have a good amount of varsity innings under their belt for the 2024 season.” – Chad Christensen, head coach

Find more information on the 2024 Maize South program below:

+ Follow them on X: @baseball_mshs
+ Visit Prep Baseball Kansas’ 2024 KHSHAA Season Preview page to learn more.

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