2023 Preview: Hickory


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Prep Baseball Report

Hickory High School Preview

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

HIGH SCHOOL NAME Hickory High School

MASCOT Red Tornadoes

CLASSIFICATION 3A          

CONFERENCE Western Foothills                 

HEAD COACH David Craft       

TWITTER HHS AD @HickoryAD

HOME FIELD: Troy Washam Field- 1234 3rd Street N.E.    Hickory, NC 28601

                  

PROGRAM HISTORY

NOTABLE ALUMNI
Zach Jarrett- UNCC-Triple A Baltimore/Tyler Barnette UNCC- Triple A White Sox-Will Banks- Davidson -Bryce Stober, William Stewart, and Davis Hall -Lenoir Rhyne University

LAST CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Conference Championship: 2013 

State Championship: 0

PREVIEWING 2022     

SCHEDULE: https://www.maxpreps.com/nc/hickory/hickory-red-tornadoes/baseball/schedule/

ROSTER: https://www.maxpreps.com/nc/hickory/hickory-red-tornadoes/baseball/roster/

PRESEASON EVENT:
Draughn Jambore- Feb.l9 at Draughn High School

SPRING BREAK:
Catawba Valley Easter Classic- April 10-12 - Fairgrounds Catawba County 

STARTERS RETURNING: 5          

RETURNING PITCHERS: 2           

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Expectations for Team - Hickory has the potential to make some noise in the always talented Western Foothills 3A Conference. They have a leader behind the plate in Henry Stewart and veterans on the infield in Boone Herman and Dean Hall. Isaiah McDoweel, Ellis Chappell and Brady Stober give them speed on the bases and defensively. Matthew Lefevers returns after missing last season and should anchor the pitching staff, if some other arms can step up the Red Tornadoes could make a run at their first Conference Title since 2013.

Expected Team Strength - Experience returns and we get some injured players back that missed all of last year

QUOTE FROM THE COACH:
We are excited to get started and look forward to getting better daily with a great group of kids.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

 

NAME STATE SCHOOL CLASS POSITION COMMITMENT
Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B UNC Greensboro
Dean Hall NC Hickory 2023 SS -
Henry Stewart NC Hickory 2023 C Lenoir-Rhyne College
Isaiah McDowell NC Hickory 2024 OF -
Matthew Lefevers NC Hickory 2024 RHP -
Sammy Nexsen NC Hickory 2024 RHP -
Brady Stober NC Hickory 2025 C -
Ellis Chappell NC Hickory 2025 OF -
Wil Prince NC Hickory 2024 2B