Texas High School Baseball recently released the top 20 preseason polls for each classification in the state of Texas, and two Johnson County schools are ranked in the top 5 in their respective classes, one of which tops its poll.
The Cleburne Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 4 in Class 4A while the Grandview Zebras come in at No. 1 in Class 2A.
Following is the preseason top 5 rankings in Class 4A, according to www.txhighschoolbaseball.com:
1. Moody Trojans — Returning nine starters from the 33-7-1 state runner-up, including the top 2 pitchers in senior Kenneth Saenz (15-2), TSWA 1st team and senior Michael Cantu (12-1), TSWA 1st team (Texas commit).
2. Whitehouse Wildcats — Returning seven starters from last year’s 31-9 state semifinalists, including the top 2 pitchers in senior Ryan Cheatham (13-0), TWSA 2nd team and senior Patrick Mahomes (9-2), TSWA honorable mention.
3. Mt Belvieu Barbers Hill Eagles — Returning five starters from the 34-5 regional semifinalist, including senior Kaleb Denny, 1st team all-district (Texas commit) and senior Logan Lyday, 1st team all-district
4. Cleburne Yellow Jackets — Returning five starters from the 36-7 regional finalist, including ace, junior Dylan Schneider, TSWA 1st team, and junior Tyler Fowler, District 8-4A MVP.
5. Richmond Foster Falcons — Returning seven starters from the 29-9 regional finalist team, including ace and 23-4A MVP, senior Reid Garret and junior Brock Keener, all-state honorable mention.
Following is the preseason top 5 rankings in Class 2A:
1. Grandview Zebras — Eight starters return from a 25-10 regional semifinalist team. Senior 1B/P Chase Goldwater (Temple Jr. College/.429, 8 HR, 39 RBIs) and senior C Aaron Holliday (.283, 23 RBIs).
2. Sunnyvale Raiders — Nine starters return from a 25-6 regional quarterfinalist team. Senior OF/P Jake Wilcox (University of Texas at Arlington/10-3, 1.44, 137Ks) and senior SS/C/P Wesley Phillips (Cisco Jr. College/.505, 16 2B, 52 RBIs).
3. Salado Eagles — Five starters return from a 34-5-1 state semifinalist team. Senior DH/P Casey Frazier (11-1, 0.72, 98 Ks) and senior C Cole Haag (.336, 16 2B, 49 RBIs).
4. Holliday Eagles — Eight starters return from a 23-8 regional quarterfinalist team. Seniorr C Brandon Wright (.484, 19 2B, 34 RBIs) and senior SS/P Brayden Boyd (7-2, 0.75, 62Ks).
5. East Bernard Brahmas — Seven starters return from a 21-6 regional quarterfinalist team. Senior SS/P Derrick Rucka (.558, 27 R, 25 RBIs) and senior INF/P Cole Koeppen (.432 18 R, 25 RBIs).
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In the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll, released Wednesday, Cleburne is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A and Grandview is slotted in at No. 3 in Class 2A behind Sunnyvale and Holliday.