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Classic Pool B Preview


Lake Howell enters the week with a distinction no other team can claim - defending FHSI champions. The Silverhawks will be challenged by one of the deepest pools in the tournament, with four of the five teams finishing the 2022 season with a winning record. Eau Gallie, a regional champion last season, figures to be the main contender to dethrone Lake Howell, but Deltona, South Fork, and West Orange are all more than capable of making a run.


Deltona

Nickname: Wolves

Location: Deltona, Florida

Head Coach: Anthony Campanella

2022 Record: 16-12

Playoff Finish: District Finals

Key Players:

Matt Chase, RHP/IF, c/o 2024

Garrett Thompson, C, c/o 2024

William Martinez, 3B/OF, c/o 2024

Miguel Cortes, RHP, c/o 2024

Jaydan Lochiatto, IF, c/o 2025


Deltona has been a team on the rise in Central Florida. They got within one win of the state playoffs last season as the Wolves took perrenial powerhouse Bishop Moore to the limit in the district championship game. Deltona is a team led by its junior class, and Campanella describes the Wolves as a "Very young group with a promising future," adding that the Wolves' strength lies in their dedication and work ethic.


Eau Gallie

Nickname: Commodores

Location: Melbourne, Florida

Head Coach: Bob Collins

2022 Record: 23-7

Playoff Finish: Regional Champions, State Semifinals

Key Players:

Riley Jackson, C, c/o 2023 (Florida State commit)

Garrett Smith, 1B, c/o 2023 (South Florida commit)

Elijah Syrkus, 2B/RHP, c/o 2023 (Trinity Baptist College commit)


Eau Gallie made a run to Fort Myers last season, and return several pieces from that team. The headliner is Florida State commit Riley Jackson, who is considered one of the top defensive catchers in the nation. Jackson isn't the only player to keep an eye on, as two-way Garrett Smith is ranked as one of the top ten first basemen in the state of Florida. Head coach Bob Collins, who has won nearly 450 games in his coaching career, said his team doesn't quite have the pop of last year's regional champs, but will still compete at the plate.


Lake Howell

Nickname: Silverhawks

Location: Winter Park, Florida

Head Coach: Eric Martinez

2022 Record: 13-14

Playoff Finish: District Finals

Key Players:

Matt Misiti, RHP/INF, c/o 2023 (Florida Gulf Coast commit)

Chance Fitzgerald, RHP, c/o 2023 (Clemson commit)

Camden Curley, RHP, c/o 2023 (Johns Hopkins commit)

Ryley Chapman, INF/RHP, c/o 2024 (UT San Antonio commit)


The defending champs are back in Seminole County to defend their crown, and most of the pieces from that team return. Division I commits Matt Misiti and Chance Fitzgerald both pitched in the championship game, with tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Fitzgerald earning the win and Misiti picking up the save. Those are just two of head coach Eric Martinez's ten returning seniors, as Lake Howell looks to become just the third team ever to repeat as FHSI champions.


South Fork

Nickname: Bulldogs

Location: Stuart, Florida

Head Coach: Dan Harper

2022 Record: 17-7

Playoff Finish: District Semifinals

Key Players:

Grant Jones, RHP/1B, c/o 2023

John Roberts, INF/RHP, c/o 2024

Conner Wiggins, SS/RHP, c/o 2024

Curtis Vining, C/UTIL, c/o 2024


Head coach Dan Harper takes over a South Fork program on the rise, as the Bulldogs return much of their production from a 17-7 team. Harper points to his team's "fast outfield and experienced infield" as a strength heading into the 2023 season. A junior-led roster - five juniors and three seniors make up the bulk of South Fork's everyday lineup - will look to qualify for the playoffs in a district that includes national powerhouse Plantation American Heritage.


West Orange

Nickname: Warriors

Location: Winter Garden, Florida

Head Coach: Kyle Flanigan

2022 Record: 18-7

Playoff Finish: Regional Quarterfinals

Key Players:

Nathan Diedrick, RHP/UTIL, c/o 2023

Tanner Cullen, RHP/UTIL, c/o 2023 (Queens University commit)

Nick DeGeorge, C/UTIL, c/o 2023

Max Eidelman, OF, c/o 2024


This year's version of the West Orange Warriors will look different from last season's Metro champions, thanks to a senior-laden roster. New head coach Kyle Flanigan brings a much younger roster to the FHSI, albeit one led by Division I signee Tanner Cullen. Flanigan still expects the new-look Warriors to be a contender on the district and metro stages, and spotlights a young pitching staff that gives West Orange reason for optimism going forward.

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