Conference Preview: District 5 Class A

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season less than a month away we will be previewing conferences around the state leading up to opening day. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each conference.

            district 5 Class A

Preseason Favorite

North Star (21-1), Meyersdale (20-4)

The two teams collided in the District 5 title game in 2013 and just may do so again this year. North Star will have to contend with the loss of Tony Strasiser (West Virginia) and Brantley Rice (Pitt-Johnston). Meyersdale will also have to contend with the loss of four starters from last year's 20 win ball club, but both teams have enough talent coming back to make a repeat match-up a likely scenario in 2014.


Preseason Player of the Year

Derek MullenDerek Mullen, North Star HS (Class of 2014)

Mullen had a breakout junior season for the Cougars hitting .405 with 39 RBI and 24 runs scored. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound left-handed hitter also swiped 9 bases, good for third on the team. Mullen helped lead North Star to the District 5 title and a 21 win season.


Top Prospects

berlin brothersvalley

Zac Cooney, IF/RHP (Class of 2014)
Brenden Bowser, SS/RHP (Class of 2015)
Tyler DeArmitt, C (Class of 2015)
Chandler McClucas, 3B/1B (Class of 2017)

conemaugh township

Lucas Bailey, IF/RHP (Class of 2014, Messiah College commit)
Bruno Rosa, IF/RHP (Class of 2014)


Travis Minium, RHP/2B (Class of 2014)

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Kyle Schoen, C (Class of 2014, Messiah College commit)


Dalton Garlock, 2B/3B (Class of 2014)


Ryan Brown, SS (Class of 2014)
Lance Leydig, LHP/OF (Class of 2014)

north star

Dalton Rice, OF/RHP (Class of 2014)
Derek Mullen, 1B/OF (Class of 2014)
Brady Walker, LHP/OF (Class of 2016)

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Brandon Bodes, OF (Class of 2015)


Nathan Defibaugh, OF (Class of 2014)
Nash Walker, IF/RHP (Class of 2014)

southern fulton

Connor Litton, RHP/3B (Class of 2015)
Dillan Lashley, OF (Class of 2015)

turkeyfoot valley

Lake Murray, SS (Class of 2015)
Andrew Kemp, RHP/OF (Class of 2017)
Tyler Smith, 2B (Class of 2017)


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