2016 Season Preview: Douglas S. Freeman Rebels



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By John Nolan
Assistant Director of Scouting/Content Management 

As we enter March, the high school season is quickly approaching. As we approach opening day, we will continue our look at high school programs throughout our coverage area as they prepare for the 2016 season.
 

Douglas S. Freeman

Team: Douglas S. Freeman
Nickname: Rebels
Class: 5A South
Conference: 11 and Colonial District
Coach: Ray Moore
Twitter: @DSF_Baseball
2015 Record: 19-7
2015 Post Season: Colonial District Champions, Regional Runners-Up, State Semifinals
Returning Starters/Position: 5
Returning Pitchers: 5

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Luis Barrios (UTL, 2017) Barrios earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2015.
Jake Gerkin (OF, 2016)
Coleman Greene (1B/OF, 2016) Greene earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named to the All-Region Team in 2015.
Bodhie Long (IF/RHP, 2016)
Colby Sale (MIF, 2016, King) Sale earned All-Conference honors in 2015 at second base.
Vincent Steenburgh (CIF, 2016) Steenburgh earned First Team All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State honors in 2015 and is poised for another big season in 2016. Steenburgh has a quick bat and a line drive stroke with consistent gap power.

 

 

SEASON OUTLOOK
Douglas Freeman is coming off of an outstanding 2015 season that saw the Rebels go to the State Tournament for the third straight year and ultimately reach the State Semfinals before being eliminated by eventual State Champion Stone Bridge. The 2016 Rebels return an experienced core of position players and will have a solid lineup with Steenburgh anchoring it from the middle. Freeman graduated a lot of innings and four year starter at catcher Logan Harvey (Wake Forest), so the Rebels will have to look to their youth to plug those holes. The Rebels have a talented core with good senior leadership, which should allow them to develop and replace the production that they lost to graduation over the course of the season. The Rebels are off to a 1-1 start after a tough loss to Atlee and a big win over Highland Springs. As the season progresses and the playoffs approach, look for Douglas Freeman to be a contender for its fourth straight trip to the State Tournament.

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