High School Team Preview: Riverside




Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school team previews every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: Riverside
Preseason Rank:
On The Bubble
2016 Record:
23-11
District:
12-2A
LHSAA Class:
2A
Head Coach:
Frank Cazeaux
Playoff Run: Lost in Semifinal
2016 Final Rank: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Returning Pitchers:
3


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Mason Vicknair, RHP/IF, 2017
Conner Poche, RHP/ IF, 2017
Jordan Loving, RHP/ IF, 2018
Jared Hymel, RHP/INF,2018
Zack Gieger, OF, 2018
Payton Bailey, OF, 2017
Dane Edler, DH/OF, 2018

X-FACTOR
Mason Vicknair, has been a staple for the Rebels since his freshmen season. A legitimate two-way prospect, Vicknair showed flashes of right-handed raw power over the summer, which garnered some attention. He also displayed a mid-80s fastball out of a mid-3/4 slot with late sinking action.  

OUTLOOK
Coach Frank Cazeaux has set the standards extremely high at Riverside, with consistent deep playoff runs since taking over the program. Last year, the Rebels pulled off, perhaps, one of the biggest upsets of the year. As they traveled to north Louisiana to take on the two-time defending state champions, Ouachita Christian. Riverside swept the best of three series holding OCS’s potent offense in check, led by, current LSU freshmen Jake Slaughter and Texas freshmen Ryan Reynolds, both of whom could make immediate impacts at their respective schools.

BOTTOM LINE
The Rebels will not be sneaking up on anyone this year. After a semi-final run last season, the Rebels looked primed for another outstanding season, as they return seven starters and three pitchers.

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