2015 Team Preview: Eastview Lightning



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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

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Team: Eastview
Nickname: Lightning
Class: AAA
League: South Suburban
Head Coach: Tom Strey
Years as Head Coach at School: 14
2014 Overall Record: 13-13
2014 League Record: 7-10
2014 League Finish: NA
2014 Post-Season Finish: 3rd Place in Section 3AAA

Returning Starters
: 5
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 3

Starters Lost: 4
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 3

TOP RETURNERS
2015, Cole McDevitt, C, Commit to U. Minnesota
2015, Jonny Selchow, 3B/RHP, Commit to UW-Osh Kosh
2015, Adam Stockwell, RHP
2015, Tommy Hutsell, INF, Commit to MN-Duluth (Football)
2015, Jacob Wilson, OF
2015, Jordan Johansen, SS/RHP

UNDERCLASS PLAYERS TO WATCH
2016, Riley Johnson, RHP,
.38 ERA in 20 innings pitched in 2014
2016, Dylan Brend, RHP, All-Conference as sophomore (out for 2015 with knee injury)

X-FACTOR
Brend was lost this winter with an injury to his knee. The Lightning will need to find someone to fill the quality innings they were expecting from him on the mound.

2015 OUTLOOK
14 year veteran Head Coach Tom Strey feels good about his squad entering the 2015 spring season. Strey feels that Eastview will have the chance to compete for a conference and sectional title. Pitching should be a strength even with the loss of one of their top pitchers (Dylan Brend) from last year due to injury. They have a strong senior class and some experience returning that looks to build on the success they had at the end of 2014. Leading the group will be U. of Minnesota commit Cole McDevitt behind the dish.

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