The JJ Peirce-era begins at Oak Ridge this season. Well sort of, Peirce has been an assistant at the north Houston power program and now takes the reigns with a full cupboard. The lead bird is Logan Letney, the TCU-signee, who can pitch, play infield or outfield. The district first-teamer is explosive at the plate as well. The Newcomer of the Year last season is shortstop Carson Ogilvie. On the mound are Arkansas-commit Trey Valka and Kevin Skweres (McLellan). Blane Romero (McNeese State) will also pitch after a first-team, alldistrict season a year ago. Cole Rollins will play a big role this season at the plate.
The Panthers won District 20-6A last season but fell in the second-round of the playoffs. This team is loaded and should be the studs of Fort Bend. Back are a pair of first-teamers in Will Pendergrass and Gabe Colaianni. Pendergrass is a UH-commit and also stars on the football team, while Colaianni (Northwestern State) is a nice lefty at the plate. Hayde Key (Texas Tech) will be the ace of the staff after a second-team nod. Also, on the mound will be Dylan Bobo (UTSA). Tanner Bond (Brookhaven JC) returns to the outfield to run down balls. Jack Baker is a consistent infielder and will round out a solid group that could make a run in Region III. Don’t sleep on Austin Bradbury, who at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, has speed, can pitch and hit for power.
The Indians went through a tragic event last spring with the school shooting that ravaged the Santa Fe community. The Indians provided a beacon of hope during that time as they advanced to the regional quarters and won their district. Back in the fold for coach Ronnie Wulf is Rome Shubert, a first-team, all-district pitcher committed to UH. Likely behind the plate will be Grand Pfaff, while Gregory Adams is a talented utility player. Dalton Stevens will contribute to the pitching staff and Landon Thompson brings a football toughness to the squad.
The Tompkins Falcons’ athletic program is on the come-up. The Falcons went to state in hoops last season, the football team is much-improved and baseball won district last year and reached the regional quarters. So, who returns for coach Kenneth Humphreys? Kyle Sonduck (Incarnate Word) returns to provide senior leadership along with infielder Elias Koury. Jackson Brown, Jake Gonce, Justis Wineland (Alvin CC) and Austin Bell (Blinn CC) will play huge roles for the Falcons if they have hopes to recapture another district title.
The Chargers had an historic season in 2018, advancing to the regional semis. So, what will coach Chris Floyd do for an encore? While Clear Springs says goodbye to a talented senior class, the Chargers have some pieces to compete for the District 24-6A crown. They are led by junior pitcher Mason Schulz, who has committed to Sam Houston State, and slick-fielding shortstop Michael Cervantes (UL-Monroe). Chase Arnaud will patrol the outfield, while Cameron Cooper will provide some senior leadership. The Chargers look to overtake Clear Creek for the 2019 district title.
The HISD district was a competitive league last season with Bellaire edging out Westside, the Heights and Lamar. Can Lamar take the coveted crown as the inner city’s top squad this year? Coach David Munoz returns a ton of experience in 2019. Jake Arthur is the ace of the staff and has signed to Cisco CC. Brendan Cummings provides some punch in the lineup and will play his college ball at Princeton. Drew Woodcox is a smooth infielder, who is headed to play at Texas Tech upon graduation. This will be a seniorladen team with the return of Ross Selvaggi, Alex Lopez, Victor Hernandez, Sam Frank and Chris Gutierrez.