2018 Team Preview: Branson Pirates

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: Branson HS
Nickname: Pirates
Class: Class 5
Conference: Central Ozark - Large
Head Coach: Troy Nimmo
Years as head coach at school: 7 years
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2017 Overall Record: 15-11
2017 Conference Record:
 5-3 (3rd Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in 2nd Round 
TeamWebsite: http://www.bransonpirates.net/landing/index

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Bryce Burtless, RHP, 2017, All District 
Zach Johnson, SS, 2018, 1st Team All COC
Skyler Harris, INF, 2018, All-District (Missouri Valley)

Players to Watch
Reece Chiasson, INF, 2019
Sam Lemley, C, 2019
Graham Funderburk, P, 2019 
Josh Seitz, P/INF, 2018
Mason Fields, P/OF, 2018 
Ty Werling, INF, 2020
Cameron Banks, OF, 2018
Kelly Henson, OF, 2019

Season Outlook
The Branson Pirates return four position players and three pitchers from last year's team that finished 15-11 and third in the Central Ozark Conference.  Senior SS Zack Johnson and senior INF Skyler Harris, a Missouri Valley recruit, earned post season honors as juniors.  Josh Seitz, Reece Chiasson and Mason Fields are all new to the school and make a difference in the teams depth.  Branson will rely a pair of juniors to have a big impact this season in catcher Sam Lemley and Graham Funderburk.  Also watch for sophomore Ty Werling build on freshman season as a starter.  Watch for the Pirates to make a move up the COC standings this spring and make a run in the state playoffs. 

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