2016 Team Preview: Rockwood Summit Falcons



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: Rockwood Summit HS
Nickname: Falcons
Class: Class 5
Conference: Suburban XII South
Head Coach: Jason Schneider
Years as head coach at school: 2
Twitter Handle: @summithardball
2015 Overall Record: 13-15
2015 Conference Record: 5-5 (3rd Place)
2015 Post-Season Finish: Lost in first round of districts

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 2
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 6

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Coltyn Kessler, C, 2017, 1st Team AllConference
Jaxon Passino, SS, 2017, 2nd Team All-Conference
Conor Dryer, OF, 2017, 2nd Team All-Conference

Players to Watch
Jackson Rutledge, RHP, 2017 (Kansas State)
Jimmy Schork, LHP, 2018
Blake Cisneros, RHP, 2018
Connor Gilles, RHP, 2017
Connor Martin, C, 2018
Alexander Strickland, P, 2017
Austin Sims, SS, 2016

Season Outlook
The Rockwood Summit Falcons will return six starting position players and two starting pitchers from the 2015 squad.  Three players earned post season honors and will provide much of the offesnse for the Falcons this spring.  Junior C Coltyn Kessler, a 1st Team All Conference selection a year ago, will return behind the plate and hit in the middle of the line up for the Falcons.  Junior SS Jaxon Passino, a 2015 2nd Team All-Conference selection,  will anchor down the defense, providing experience up the middle.  Junior OF Conor Dryer, selected as a 2nd Team All-Conference outfielder last year, will join Passino and Kessler as the nucleus of the team.  The Falcons will also have depth on the mound, led by Kansas State commit, junior RHP Jackson RutledgeDyer will also see time on the mound will be joined with junior Alexander Strickland and junior RHP Connor Gilles.  Rockwood Summit also has two underclassmen that will be a big factor in the teams success this spring, sophomore Jimmy Shork and Blake Ciseros.  The Falcons are well rounded, talented and experienced.  Look for the Falcons to be a contender in Class 5 in late May and early June.

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