2015 Team Preview: Branson Pirates



Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

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

Team: Branson
Nickname:
Pirates
Class:
5A
League:
Central Ozarks Conference (Large)
Head Coach:
Troy Nimmo
Twitter Handle:
@BransonBaseball
2014 Overall Record:
11-14
2014 Post-Season Finish:
Lost in District semifinal

Number of Position Players Lost:  9
Number of Pitchers Lost:  5
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players:  NA
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: NA

TOP RETURNERS (Commit)
Matthew Allison, INF/P
Cameron Armstrong, OF/P, 2016
Tyler Aulger, OF/C, 2016
Seth Cline, INF/P, 2016
Zac Funderburk, INF/P, 2016
Hayden Gibson, OF/P, 2016
Tyler Hinkle, INF/C/P, 2016
Joe Lemley, INF/P, 2015
Jake Newberry, C/P, 2016
Ben Odell, C, 2015
Max Perez, OF/P, 2015
Tanner Poor, INF/P, 2015
Zac Redford, INF/P, 2015
Chad Reusch, OF/P, 2016
Tyler Waggener, OF/P, 2015
Ethan Whiteis, INF,P, 2015

OUTLOOK
The Branson Pirates look to improve on a an 11-13 record from a season ago, with a strong senior class and talented group of juniors.  Junior Chad Reusch was impressive athletically and physically at the Winter ID Showcase on Feb. 21.  Reusch is a strong 5-foot-11 170-pound OF/RHP with a positional velo of 83 mph and an exit velo of 84 mph.  He showed good speed with a 4.29 home-to-first.  Junior Matthew Allison, is a 6-foot 170-pound RHP with a loose arm action and was clocked a 81 mph this winter.  He has a 12-to-6 curveball at 66-68 mph and a change-up at 68-71 mph.  Branson has a winning tradition in baseball and is looking for its first Central Ozarks Conference championship since 2012 and first District title since 2013.  The Pirates open the season on March 21 against Carl Junction in the Lael Lead-Off Tounament, followed by match-ups against Webb City, Nixa and Logan-Rogersville.  They will be tested early and prepared for conference play in April. 

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