2015 High School Season in Review (No. 21 Jefferson Forest)

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Over the coming months, Prep Baseball Report Virginia/DC will take a look back at the 2015 season for each school that finished the spring in the final 2015 Power 25. In each article, we will not only recap the successful seasons of these 40 schools, but highlight the individuals who drove that success and preview what the outlook is for each team in 2016.

21.  Jefferson forest Cavaliers


Season Recap:

Jefferson Forest finished 2015 with an 18-8 overall record and the Cavaliers were the Conference 24 and 4A Northern Region Champions. The Cavaliers won a hard-fought, rain-interupted pitcher’s duel in extra innings over Hanover in the State Semi-Finals before falling to 4A State Champion Glen Allen in the Final.

Key Performers:

+Christian Bourne: (RHP, 2015) Bourne was part of a three-headed monster of arms that the Cavaliers were able to run out on the mound in 2015 and is currently continuing his career at James Madison.

+Sean Burch: (OF, 2016) Burch was the table-setter for the 2015 Cavaliers and used his elite speed to get on base a lot as well as to cover a ton of ground in the outfield.

+Zach Duff: (C/RHP, 2015) Duff was the Cavalier’s catcher and jumped up on the mound from time-to-time, showing high-80’s velocity that touched 91 in the State Championship game. Duff is at Radford now and was recruited as a catcher with pitching as a potential fallback based on what the Highlanders need.

+Indiana Hall: (RHP/3B, 2016) Hall was the third and most important piece of Jefferson Forest’s trio of aces in 2015 and was named to the VHSCA First-Team All-State as a pitcher and also offered a significant power threat in the lineup for the Cavaliers.

+Camdyn Smith (1B/C, 2016) Smith served in a utility role admirably throughout the season, catching when Duff pitched and playing first base otherwise. He has a gap-to-gap approach at the plate and had an outstanding State Tournament for the Cavaliers.

2016 Outlook:

Jefferson Forest should be competitive again this spring in a challenging Conference 24 that features Amherst County and talented VHSL newcomer in back-to-back VISAA Division I Champs Liberty Christian. The Cavaliers bring back seven starting position players and Hall, so they have the talent to replicate their 2015 success.