Preseason Power 25 Countdown: East Union

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

The Mississippi high school season kicks off on February 26, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 29, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school team previews every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: East Union

Preseason Rank: 23
2017 Record: 24-10
MHSAA Classification: 2A
MHSAA District:
Head Coach: Chris Basil
Playoff Run: State Finals
2017 Final Rank: 2A State Runner Up
Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers: 4


Top Players

State School Class Position Commitment
Josh Basil MS East Union 2019 SS -
Cade Bell MS East Union 2019 OF -
Haygen Richey MS East Union
2019 C -
Joel Wilkinson MS East Union
2019 OF

Stat Rat (X-Factor)
Cade Bell (.478-BA, 43-RBI, 18-2B, 6-HR)(1.84-ERA, 67-K, 25-BB)
Joel Wilkinson (.413-BA, 33-RBI, 17-2B, 3-HR) (1.97-ERA, 66-K, 27-BB)
Haygen Richey (.385-BA)
Josh Basil (.379-BA, 37-RBI, 10-2B) (3.66-ERA, 29-K, 13-BB)

Coach Chris Basil and the East Union Urchins showcased a talented team in 2017 losing only 10 games, and will return a lot of young talent in 2018.  With a solid core of juniors, two-way players Cade Bell, Joel Wilkinson and Josh Basil are primed to lead the Urchins through the 2018 campaign. Bell, Wilkinson and Basil combined in 2017 for 113 strikeouts finishing the season with a team ERA of 2.55. Offensively, this group of juniors will carry the load for the Urchins, looking to improve on the impressive numbers from their 2017 campaign.

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