Prep Baseball Report

2017 High School Team Preview: Western Branch


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By Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

As part of our 2017 season preview, we will be releasing team spotlights throughout the time leading up to the beginning of the 2017 high school season. Stay tuned to PBR Virginia/DC as we will be releasing previews for 6A - 1A, Private Schools, our Preseason All State teams, and our new power rankings, which will be split up between levels this year.

Let's take a look at today's Team Spotlight:

Western Branch Bruins

Head Coach: Roland Wright (12th season)
Classification: 6A
Conference: 2
Record last year: 12-11
Post-Season: Lost in second round of 6A Regional Tournament
Team Website:

Team Info

Returning Starters: 7
Returning Pitchers: 2

SS Connor Rhem
2B Connor Butler
3B Tucker Shaver
P Jay Patto (King University)
CF Rufus Hurdle (Old Dominion)
LF Trent Jones (Gardner Webb)
P Antonio Velasquez (Old Dominion)

Returners with Post-Season Honors
Rufus Hurdle

Key Returner
Rufus Hurdle

Key Loss
Corey Klak

Newcomer to watch
Antonio Velasquez - Look for Velasquez to potentially have a greater role in the pitching staff this upcoming season.

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