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High school baseball: 2024 season starts Monday

by Russell Hedges

The 2024 season begins Monday evening with three games.

Glenbrook visits Captain Shreve at 6 p.m., North Webster hosts Plain Dealing at 5 and Lakeside visits Doyline at 5.

Minden opens its season Tuesday at home against Southwood at 6.

Glenbrook is coming off a 24-9 season. The Apaches reached the select Division IV semifinals, falling to Ascension Catholic 4-1.

Glenbrook’s Tony Sanders was named the Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State team.

Sanders’ son Easton, a junior, leads Glenbrook’s veteran players. A pitcher and infielder, he was named to the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 1A All-State team at utility.

Sanders was 6-1 with a 2.763 ERA. He struck out 54 in 38 innings. He batted .354 with seven doubles, four home runs and 31 RBI.

Also returning are first-team All-District catcher Landry Powell and outfielder Seth Mangrum and second-team infielder Jackson Waller.

Minden went 18-14 last season and lost in the first round of the non-select Division II playoffs.

Among the Crimson Tide’s top returning players are All-District 1-4A first-team pitcher Brody Bower and outfielder Jakobe Jackson.

Second-team pitcher Jaxon Smith, shortstop Bryson Ranger and outfielder Landyn Huddleston  are also back.

North Webster went 18-10 last year and lost in the first round of the non-select Division III playoffs.

The Knights return first-team All-District 1-3A pitcher Sawyer Wages and outfielder Nathan Bernard.

Lakeside finished 18-14 last season and lost in the second round of the non-select Division II playoffs.

The Warriors return first-team All-District 1-2A pitcher Jordan Isbell and catcher Jon Jon Dick.

Doyline went 10-17 last season and lost to No. 1 seed Choudrant in the second round of the non-select Division IV playoffs.

Junior Noah Spears, who pitched a perfect game in a 3-0 victory over Simsboro in n the first round of the playoffs, leads the Panthers’ returning players.

Second-team All-District 1-B selections Cayden Mingo, a shortstop, and Austin Arbaugh, a pitcher and infielder, are also back.

Benton Bates, Cameron Johnson, Dakota Stewart, Zach Normand, Jonas Florence and Kenneth Jones all started in last year’s final game.

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