Tea Friendswood Mustangs is always in the conversation for district titles in Class 5A, but coach Cory Benavides has higher expectations with some serious star power in the lineup. The ‘Stangs made school history back in 2009 when they reached State Semis. Could they bring back the hardware to the south Houston school in June?
It starts with shortstop Izaac Pacheco (Texas A&M), a 6-foot-4, elite athlete who can also mash from the left side of the plate. He is the leader and could be a top 30 draft pick in June. But he needs some help. It comes in the form of Kevin Newkirk (Blinn) and Isaiah Winkler in the field, Devon Andrews at third base, and Dylan Maxey and Misael Cantu (Doane) behind the record. The ball goes to the pitchers Jacob Rogers and Griffin Kasemeyer to keep the opponents in check. Watch out for second-year Boots Landry, who is committed to Oklahoma State at first base. He’s probably a deadly stick.