2016 Team Preview: Forsyth Panthers

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: Forsyth HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: Class 3
Conference: Southwest Central League
Head Coach: Jim Julian
Years as head coach at school: 7th as head coach (216-67 overall)
Twitter Handle: @forsythbaseball
2015 Overall Record: 23-6
2015 Conference Finish: 14-0 (1st Place)
2015 Post­ Season Finish: Lost District Championship

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 2
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Layne Hurst, RHP/INF, 2016 1st Team All-Area
Austin Padgett, 1B/DH, 2016, 1st Team All-District
Jett Schanda, CF, 2016, 1st Team All-District
Tyler Groves, INF, 2017, 1st Team All-Conference
Austin Jasper, RHP/2B, Honorable Mention All-Conference

Players to Watch
Dylan Jordan, RHP/2B, 2016
Caleb Terrell, RHP/2B, 2017
Chris Cole, C/3B, 2016

Season Outlook
The 2016 senior class has a chance to set the total wins record for a group at Forsyth, breaking a record set by last years team at 150 wins.  Coach Julian surpassed the 200 win mark last fall, entering his seventh year has head coach.  The Panthers have a history of winning, and the 2016 season should be no different.  Senior Layn Hurst will lead the way.  He will be in the middle of the Panther line up.  He is a power threat can change a game with swing. Hurst is also a good baserunner and fielder and will anchor down the defense.  Senior Jett Schanda has game changing speed and has developed into one of the top lead-off hitters in the area.  His ability to on base and take an extra base will be a huge part of the Panther success this spring.  The Panthers have depth on the mound.  Look for Austin Jasper, Caleb Terrell and Dylan Jordan to all have an impact at the mound.  Forsyth will be solid defensively this spring All-Conference players Austin Padgett, Tyler Groves and Austin Jasper returning.  Also look for Chris Cole to add defensive depth behind the plate and at 3B.  If the Panthers can stay consistent up and down the lineup and execute offensively, they will win a lot of games this spring.  They have pitching and defense to go a long way in 2016. 

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