2016 Team Preview: Jackson Indians



Shon Plack
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

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

Team: Jackson HS
Nickname: Indians
Class: Class 5
Conference: SEMO Conference
Head Coach: Byran Austin
Years as head coach at school: 3
Twitter Handle: @JHS_Indians
Team Website: www.indianhardball.com
2015 Overall Record: 22-11
2015 Conference Record: 5-2 (3rd Place)
2015 Post-Season Finish: Lost in extra-innings in quarterfinals to Eureka

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Jarrett Newell, SS/RHP, 2017

Players to Watch
Tristan Burdette, C/INF, 2016
Tyler Knight, OF, 2017
Jarrett Newell, SS/RHP, 2017
Gavon Turner, RHP, 2016
Colten Weber, RHP, 2017 (Dallas Baptist)

Season Outlook
Head Coach Bryan Austin led the Indians to 22 win in 2015, a school record, and to the brink of the Class 5 Final Four.  An extra innings loss to Eureka in State Quarterfinals ended their season.  Jackson will be a legitimate contender in 2016, returning five position players and three starters from a year ago.  Junior SS Jarrett Newell blasted 11 doubles in 2015, third on the school's all-time single season list, and received All-Conference and All-District honors.  The Indians staff had a team ERA of 1.80 led by Junior RHP and Dallas Baptist commit, Colten Weber.  Senior RHP Gavon Turner will add to the depth on the mound, bringing post season experience to the staff.  A pair of talented position players will round out the line up, junior OF Tyler Knight and senior C/INF Tristan Burdette.  Knight, at 6-foot-1 165-pounds, runs a 6.72 60 and will be a threat on the bases and a solid defender.  Overall, look for the Indians to make another strong run the Class 5 Final Four behind an experienced staff, solid defense and balanced line up. 

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