2018 Team Preview: Smithville Warriors

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: Smithville HS
Nickname: Warriors
Class: Class 4
Conference: Midland Empire
Head Coach: Josh Speer
Years as head coach at school: 3
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2017 Overall Record: 17-12
2017 Conference Record:
6-1 (1st Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in State Quarter Finals
Team Website: https://www.smithvilleschooldistrict.net/Page/895

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

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Karsen Reid, INF, 2018, 1st Team All-District (Arkansas State)
Bobby Orr, OF, 2018, 1st Team All-District
Rafael Tormes, INF, 2018, Honorable Mention All-District
Jarin Nitsche, INF, 2019, 2nd Team All-District

Players to Watch
Brandon Sulzer, RHP, 2018
Michael Tyhurst, LHP, 2018

Season Outlook
The Smithville Warriors will play mostly Class 5 schedule this spring and was 11-2 vs. Class 4 opponents last year.  In 2017, the Warriors were were game away from qualifying for the Class 4 Final Four.  This spring, they have five position players and two pitchers returning.  They will be lead by one of the top shortstops in the state in senior Karsen Reid and one of the fastest outfielders in the state in senior Bobby Orr.  The Warriors will feature a pair of senior arms that will be tough on any opponent.  Senior RHP Brandon Sulzer came on late last season and had a big postseason for the Warriors recording 25 strikeouts in 15 innings. Senior lefty Michael Tyhurst features a fastball in the mid-80's and will throw big innings this spring.  A pair of All-District players will round out the infield in senior Rafael Tormes and junior Jarin Nitsche.  Watch for the Warriors to take the next step this spring and compete for a spot in the Missouri Class 4 Final Four.

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