Lebanon High School Baseball
2021 TEAM PREVIEW
The 2021 Team brings back 8 Seniors. All 8 are 4 year players at LHS and each played valuable roles early on in their high school careers. Senior shortstop and Lincoln Memorial commit, Carson Boles, looks to be the catalyst for the Blue Devil offense at the top of the order. Boles, who made the switch to SS from 2B as a junior, is a strong left side defender that will also see some innings out of the bullpen this season. Boles’ left side infield mate, Ty Bailey, holds down the 3rd base spot for LHS. Bailey, a Chattanooga State commit, stands at 6’3 and 205 pounds. The middle order hitter is one of the Blue Devils top power threats and like Boles, will see some late innings out of the bullpen as a reliever. Another left side defender and pitcher, Jake Jewell, looks to have a big Senior year on the mound and at the plate. Jewell enters his 3rd straight season as one of the top arms on the Blue Devil staff. He will also be a top half of the order hitter that plays left field when he isn't toeing the rubber. Another big piece of the Blue Devil pitching staff is John Tomlinson. The 6’4 lefty has gotten the interest of people all over that state with a huge Fall and uptick in velocity. Tomlinson looks to compete for valuable innings this year for LHS as both a starter and reliever. Team captain Eli Carson will be patrolling center field for the 3rd straight season. The long, strong outfielder will be a big part of the Blue Devil offense as an emerging power bat that runs well. Will Burruss and Braden Taylor both look to help this year in a wide variety of ways just as they have the past 2 seasons. Burruss, a pitcher that can play both corner infield spots,will be all over the field this year for Lebanon. Taylor, who primarily plays 2nd base, looks to make a big jump offensively after a big offseason in the weightroom. Logan Apple, the final Senior and hard nosed catcher continues to provide depth at the most valuable position on the field.
Players to Watch
Junior catcher Copeland Bradford looks to have a monster season after a big start to his season and a big Summer in 2020. The Blue Devil backstop has been the everyday catcher for LHS since his freshman year. Bradford will hit in the middle of the order and provide some power to the lineup. Junior lefty pitcher Bryce Fuller will see big innings all year. A big jump in both height and velocity puts Fuller into a position to compete for one of the top spots on the staff of new pitching coach, Nathan Holcomb. Alongside Fuller is fellow junior pitcher Nick Maggart. The 6’3 righty continues to improve and will see innings both out of the bullpen and as a starter. Brody Hays and Denton Dodson look to provide some spark to the middle of the lineup this year. Both will see time at 1B/OF and DH. Logan Sullivan is the second half to the dynamic junior catching duo LHS will put on the field this year. The right handed hitting catcher will see valuable innings all year for Lebanon. Outfield depth is not hard to find on the roster this year with a stable of athletic junior outfielders in Brett Bowman, Bryce Kelley, Isaiah Douglass, Ian Jennings and Bryson Underwood. Each provides a different area of value and makes the LHS roster very dynamic. Sophomores Jackson Lea, 2B, and Wyatt Bowling, LHP/OF, will also see time for the LHS Varsity this season.
This is the most experienced group I have been able to coach. We have a group of Seniors that have been so skilled that many of them were able to play early on in their HS careers. I think this bodes well for us coming off a year with a cancelled season. In a year of unknowns I am so fortunate to have some many sure things on the field for us.We have been blessed with a great offseason even with the weird circumstances that surrounded us. Our strength coach, Josh Williams, has been a tremendous asset and has the players stronger and more prepared for a season than ever before. Nathan Holcomb has been a huge addition to the staff to work alongside Curtis Hoppe and Randy Wakefield to continue to develop our pitchers. This was an area of emphasis for us this past year and I can’t wait to see what our guys can do with the full season. This is the first time in my tenure at LHS we have been able to identify pitchers and their roles for us early. This gives us a lot of freedom to play match ups and bring different looks out of the bullpen. I feel like we have developed depth all over the field that many high school teams do not have the luxury of having. We have so many options off the bench that can fill a wide variety of roles for us. Besides our depth, the strength of this team is the experience we have in both the lineup and defensively. We lost some big power bats from last year in Luke Bradshaw (Vol St), Kohl Finch (Union,KY), and Chase Birdwell (Vol St.) that were hard to replace. Last year we went into the season knowing we could rely on a few bats to bail us out. This year we feel we have a much better offense top to bottom with more pure hitters. Daniel Barr and Daulton Smith do a great job with our hitters and continue to turn the strength of our team into an even bigger one going into the 2021 season. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to seeing you all out at Brent Foster Field this Spring!