Preseason Power 25 Countdown: Warren Central

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: Warren Central

Preseason Rank: 11
2017 Record: 17-15
MHSAA Classification: 6A
MHSAA District: 4-6A
Head Coach: Conner Douglas
Playoff Run: State 2nd  Round
2017 Final Rank: 2nd in district
Returning Starters: 7
Returning Pitchers: 8


Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
Farmer Abendroth MS Warren Central 2019 RHP Louisiana State
Aaron Greene MS Warren Central 2018 RHP
Sean Daily MS Warren Central 2019 C -
DJ Lewis MS Warren Central 2018 OF
Southwest Mississippi CC
Christian Oakes MS Warren Central 2019 RHP -
Vantrel Reed MS Warren Central 2019 SS
Hank Holdiness MS Warren Central 2019 OF -
Wesley Ricks MS Warren Central 2019 OF
Grayson Shealy MS Warren Central 2018 2B
Caleb Sterling MS Warren Central 2019 C
Landon Stewart MS Warren Central 2018 OF Southwest Mississippi CC

Stat Rat (X-Factor)

Vantrel Reed (.385-BA, 23-RBI, 14-2B, 4-3B) (1.95-ERA, 31-K, 27-BB)
Sean Daily (.349-BA, 16-RBI, 8-2B)
DJ Lewis (.330-BA, 27-RBI, 6-2B)
Caleb Sterling (.313-BA, 17-RBI)
Logan Stewart (.302-BA, 13-RBI, 4-2B)
Christian Oakes (0.23-ERA, 33-K, 6-BB)
Aaron Greene (3.63-ERA, 34-K, 11-BB)


The Warren Central Vikings return a balanced, young but experienced team that finish 17-15 last season. Coach Conner Douglas has a number of quality options on the mound, including a dominate trio of right-handers Christian Oaks, Aaron Greene, Mississippi recruit and Farmer Abendroth, Louisiana State recruit.  Two-way player Vantrel Reed is coming off an impressive sophomore season and should provide rock solid defense up the middle as well as have an increased role on the mound.  Leading the staff from behind the plate will be Caleb Sterling, who impressed at the recent Preseason Prospect ID displaying quality arm strength and athleticism that should translate well to his defensive play throughout the 2018 campaign. Also providing offensive support will be seniors Landan Stewart, DJ Lewis, both Southwest CC recruits as well as Grayson Shealy.

After looking at the amount of experience and talent they return, look for this team to have a stellar season and make a deep playoff run.

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