2023 Team Preview: Clear Creek Wildcats

Brandon Gowins
Texas Scouting Director

The 2023 high school baseball season is underway with practice having started and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Texas

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in the Austin at the State Tournament, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Texas. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and eventually releasing our preseason Top 30 teams in the state.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state. Each week we will be releasing our players of the week and updating the Top 30 teams in the state.

*Please note that all information is based on team preview questionnaires that were sent out and returned by the participating high school coaches.

High School Name: Clear Creek

Coach’s Name: Brent Kunefke

Classification: 6A (District 24)

No. of Returning Positional Starters:

No. of Returning Pitchers: 5

Team Strengths: Athleticism & Pitching Depth


Top Returning Players:

2023 MIF Aaron Aceves

2023 LHP Connor Clark (Grayson JC)

2024 LHP/OF Tyler Austin

2024 UTL/RHP Jackson Babcock

2024 UTL Dylan Russo

2025 OF Walker Hurst


Top 2023 Prospects:

2023 LHP Conner Clark (Grayson JC)

2023 OF Scott Martinez

2023 C Cameron Martin

2023 OF Tucker Marquez


Top 2024 Prospects:

2024 LHP/OF Tyler Austin

2024 UTL/RHP Jackson Babcock

2024 UTL Dylan Russo

2024 MIF Thomas Huang 

2024 LHP Talan Plott


Top 2025 Prospects

2025 RHP Lyndon Auffarber

2025 RHP Alex Bechler

2025 C/1B JJ Hawthorne

2025 OF Walker Hurst

2025 RHP Evan Sanchez

2025 MIF Caden Schindler


Team Outlook:

Clear Creek comes into the 2023 season looking to repeat as district champs and make an even deeper run in the playoffs.  Coach Kunefke and his staff are primed for a big spring with key players from last years regional quarterfinalist team returning.

Offensively, the Wildcats be led by  Sr. Infielder Aaron Aceves, Jr. Utility Jackson Babcock, Jr. OF Dylan Russo, and last years district newcomer of the year, Walker Hurst. Seniors, Tucker Marquez, Scott Martinez and Cameron Martin look to add depth to the lineup this year.  

On the mound, the Wildcats are led by Jr. LHP Tyler Austin, who was 1st team all district last year, and by LHP Conner Clark, who is signed with Grayson County.  They will also look for contributions from Jr. LHP Talan Plott as well. 

Clear Creek has a good blend of upperclassmen and a talented sophomore class that will help them continue their path to making a deep playoff run. I expect we will be talking about them a couple rounds into the playoff this spring. 



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