2016 Spring Team Preview: Fort Recovery Indians

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
Editor in Chief/NW Scout

With the 2016 spring season right around the corner, PBR Ohio is eagerly anticipating bringing the Buckeye state the best high school coverage throughout the entire state.

Starting February 1st, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2016 Spring Team Preview: Fort Recovery Indians

Team Name: Fort Recovery Indians
Head Coach: Jerry Kaup
Division: IV
2015 Record: 25-6
Conference Record: Midwest Athletic Conference, 7-2
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4/3

2016 Team Strengths:

  • Pitching
  • Defense

2016 Team Weaknesses:

  • We have talented young players who must perform at the varsity level
  • We also lost five starting seniors and our team leaders

Coach Outlook: "We are coming off a strong 2015 campaign that culminated in a State Final Four appearance. We return a strong nucleus of players."

PBR Outlook: When thinking back at 2015 at the teams in Division IV that could be a contender in 2016, the Indians of Fort Recovery were one of the teams I thought about. That was before the arrival of Nick Thwaits. Adding an arm like that along with All-State performer Jackson Hobbs, has the Indians as one of the top teams in Division IV.

Cade WendelTop Returning Players:

  • Jackson Hobbs, SR, INF, .395 BA, RHP, 11-2 record, 0.765 ERA, 52 K
  • Jacob Homan, SR, INF, 0.359 BA, RHP, 4-1 record, 1.75 ERA
  • Chase Bruns, SR, C, .310 BA, RHP, 3-1 record
  • Kyle Schroer, SR, OF, .353 BA 
  • Cade Wendel (pictured right), SO, INF/C, RHP, 1-1 record, 2 saves

Nick ThwaitsTop Underclassmen:

  • Nick Thwaits (pictured right), RHP/OF, Ranked 4th in 2018 Class
  • Ben Homan, RHP/INF, 6'4" and still growing, a natural hitter with a baseball IQ
  • Reese Rogers, RHP/INF, strong arm, 6"3" 
  • Will Homan, OF, above average speed, can hit with power


A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

To view the 2015 Preseason State Rankings, click below.

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