Prep Baseball Report

2016 Team Preview: Bolivar Liberators

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As  we  prepare  for  the  upcoming  2016  high  school  season,  we  will  be  taking  a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Bolivar HS
Nickname: Liberators
Class: Class 4
Conference: Central Ozark Conference
Head Coach: Brad Roweton
Years as head coach at school: 5
Twitter Handle: @coach8610
2015 Overall Record:  19-9
2015 Conference Finish: 4-2 (2nd place)
2015 Post­ Season Finish: Lost in State Sectionals

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 8

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
JD Murders, SS, 2016, 1st Team All-District (Texas Tech)
Jackson Abdon, 2B, 2016, All-District (Benedictine)
Camden Burns, INF/P, 2016, 1st Team All-Conference (Crowder)
John Cates, INF, 2016, 2nd Team All-Conference
Aaron Samek, OF, 2016, 2nd Team-All Conference
Gavin Morris, C, 2016, 2nd Team All Conference
Connor Sechler, P, 2017, All-District (Missouri State)

Players to Watch
Britt Tucker, OF/P, 2017
Trace Bradley, P, 2016
Dontay Sharp, OF, 2016
Jacob Gaither, OF, 2016
Chase Roweton, OF, 2016

Season Outlook
Bolivar will loaded with seniors in 2016.  Eight position players return and three pitchers will also be back for the Liberators.  SS shortstop JD Murders, a Texas Tech recruit, will be the leader.  Murders was a First Team All-District selection a year ago, and will be playing along side 2B Jackson Abdon, a Benedictine commit and INF Camden Burns, a Crowder commit.  Senior INF John Cates will round out the infield, giving Bolivar one of the top defensive infields in Class 4.  Missouri State commit, junior RHP Connor Sechler will be the go-to guy on the mound, while senior C Gavin Morris and senior OF Aaron Samek round out the list of players returning with All-Conference honors.  Seniors Dontay Sharp, Jacob Gaither and Chase Roweton will play a key role in the Liberators success this spring as well.  All played a big part in the post-season for Bolivar in 2015.  This spring, the Liberators look to build on their success from last year and take the next step past the state sectionals.  They have their sights set on the Class 4 Final Four.

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