2016 Season Preview: Osbourn Park Yellowjackets



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By John Nolan
Assistant Director of Scouting/Content Management 

As we enter February, the high school season is quickly approaching. As the month progresses and February turns into March, we will take a look at high school programs throughout our coverage area as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Covenant School


Team: Osbourn Park
Nickname: Yellowjackets
Class: 6A North
Conference: Cedar Run Conference
Coach: Jack Ferrick
Twitter: @JackFerrick
2015 Record: 13-8
2015 Post Season: Conference Tournament Champions, Regional Tournament
Returning Starters/Position: 7
Returning Pitchers: 4


PLAYERS TO WATCH
Thomas Ankers (SS, 2017)
Willy Balkin (OF, 2018) Balkin is an athletic outfielder with a decent arm and good, line drive swing. 
Justin Brown (2B, 2016, Harford)
Ethan Carmack (OF, 2016)
Christian Payne (RHP, 2017)
Kyle Whitten (RHP, 2017, Virginia) Whitten is currently ranked eighth in the PBR VA/DC Class of 2017 Rankings. Whitten a projectable arm with a ton of upside as he fills out his lanky 6-3 frame.


SEASON OUTLOOK
Osbourn Park had a very good 2015 season that saw the team capture it’s first-ever Conference Championship in program history with its win over top-seeded Patriot. The Yellowjackets did not lose a lot to graduation, but the players they lost had a significant impact as Nick Atkinson (OF, VCU) supplied game-changing speed at the top of the lineup and covered a ton of ground in centerfield and Riley Lane had some big-time performances on the mound down the stretch. The 2016 Yellowjackets will be very deep on the mound with a rotation that will be led by Whitten and Payne with a host other effective arms behind them. The team will also be very athletic around the diamond and should again catch a lot of balls and have speed throughout their lineup. Osbourn Park will be a younger team in 2016 but the Yellowjackets have the talent and depth to again challenge Patriot and Battlefield for the top spot in the Cedar Run Conference and be dangerous in the 6A North tournament.

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