2018 Team Preview: Willard Tigers


Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Willard HS
Nickname: Tigers
Class: Class 5
Conference: Central Ozarks Large
Head Coach: Scott McGee
Years as head coach at school: 10
Twitter Handle:
@willardtigersbb
2017 Overall Record: 24-5
2017 Conference Record:
7-1 (1st Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in Sectionals
Team Website: www.willardtigersbaseball.com

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

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Tanner Norris, OF/RHP, 2018, 1st Team All-Conference (Crowder)
Matthew Eleiott,
RHP, 2nd Team All-Conference (Southwest Baptist)

Players to Watch

Grant Harris, MIF/RHP, 2020
Noah Wooldridge
, INF/OF/C, 2019
Cole Bieller, C, 2020
Cameron Pope, SS, 2018
Jacob Van Doren, 3B, 2019
Garrett Rice, 3B/1B/RHP, 2020 (Missouri)
Ethan Thompson, OF, 2020
Reece Dawson, OF/1B, 2020
Blake Moore, OF, 2018
Evan Dock, OF, 2018
Landon Taylor, OF/LHP, 2018 (Evangel)
Devin Custer, RHP, 2019

Season Outlook
The Willard Tigers have played for the district championship in each of the last seven years, winning five of them, and last spring, they won the Central Ozarks Conference title for the first time since the mid-1990's.  They fell the to the eventual state champions, Jefferson City, in the state playoffs, but have a lot to be excited for in 2018.  Willard will be lead by a pair of senior all-conference performers in Tanner Norris and Matthew Eleiott. Both will see time on the mound with Norris playing a key role in the outfield.  Watch for newcomers Noah Woolridge and Cole Bieller to make an impact this spring, while sophomore Grant Harris could be the teams X-Factor.  Harris a an athletic defender that can hit and could fit in as the number four pitcher in the rotation.  The Tigers line up will also feature, power bat and Missouri commit, sophomore Garrett Rice and Evangel commit, Landon Taylor will see time in the outfield and give the Tigers a lefty in the rotation.  Expect to see Willard back in the district championship this spring and making a run a state playoffs. 

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