Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25 Countdown: Oak Grove

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: Oak Grove

Preseason Rank: 14
2017 Record: 29-6
MHSAA Classification: 6A
MHSAA District:
Head Coach: Chris McCardle
Playoff Run: 3rd Round
2017 Final Rank:
Returning Starters: 4
Returning Pitchers: 3


Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
Turner Swistak MS Oak Grove 2020 RHP
Alex Bolling MS Oak Grove 2019 3B -
DM'trice Booth MS Oak Grove 2020 OF -
Kris Jones MS Oak Grove 2019

Hayes Maples
MS Oak Grove 2018

John Plumlee
MS Oak Grove 2019
Nic Scucchi MS Oak Grove 2019
Kade Shannon MS Oak Grove 2019


Stat Rat (X-Factor)

Kris Jones (.377-BA, 20-RBI, 9-2B, 2-HR)
Kade Shannon (.329-BA, 21-RBI, 9-2B, 2-HR)
John Plumlee (.330-BA, 16-RBI, 6-2B, 2-HR)
Hayes Maples (.317-BA, 32-RBI, 5-2B, 2-HR)


Coach Chris McCardle has increased expectations for this group after a 29-6 2017 campaign. With several talented players on the roster the Warriors are in a nice position. After logging significant varsity action as sophomores, OF Kris Jones and C Kade Shannon will provide leadership to an inexperienced lineup. On the mound RHP/3B Turner Swistak and LHP Nic Scucchi will be expected to have increased roles.  Swistak a Future Games participant has displayed solid arm strength pitching in the low to mid 80s while Scucchi showed feel for multiple pitches at the recent Preseason Prospect ID, sitting 78-81 with fastball. Also look out for 3B/RHP Alex Bolling to have a more significant part in the lineup this season as he has displayed solid bat speed with strength to the pull side at multiple events this summer.

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