Preseason Power 25 Countdown: Vancleave

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: Vancleave

Preseason Rank: 20
2017 Record: 17-10
MHSAA Classification: 4A
MHSAA District:
Head Coach: Daniel Best
Playoff Run: 1st round
2017 Final Rank: 2nd
Returning Starters: 7
Returning Pitchers: All


Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
Bailee Hendon MS Vancleave 2018 LHP Jones County JC
Colton Hipp MS Vancleave 2018 SS Meridian CC
Evan Keith MS Vancleave 2018 3B East Central CC
Van.lonothan Knight MS Vancleave 2018 RHP -
Gavin Mckerchie MS Vancleave 2018 1B East Mississippi CC
Justin Stokes MS Vancleave 2018 RHP
Hayden Robb MS Vancleave 2018 RHP Mississippi Gulf Coast JC

Stat Rat (X-Factor)

Justin Stokes (.314-BA, 24-RBI, 10-2B)
Evan Keith (.295-BA, 15-RBI, 5-2B)
Colton Hipp (.286-BA, 8-RBI)
Hayden Robb (0.21-ERA, 57-K, 13-BB)

Coach Daniel Best and the Bulldogs showed a talented team in 2017 losing only 10 games, returning a lot of talent in 2018. The depth of the pitching staff will be key for the Bulldogs. With a solid core of seniors, the Bulldogs will rely heavily on two-way players Bailee Hendon, Colton Hipp, Evan Keith, and Gavin McKerchie to lead them through the 2018 campaign.

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