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Powerhouse Sun Prairie picked as the preseason favorite in Division 1 baseball rankings

04/01/2020, 10:00am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Sun Prairie's Spencer Bartel is part of a talented returning bunch for last year's D1 runners-up

The 2020 baseball season is on hold, but in an effort to remain positive and provide recognition for the athletes and teams, we will be spotlighting the preseason rankings from the Baseball Wisconsin Yearbook, the official publication of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.

Sun Prairie is a true baseball heavyweight, with 10 state tournament appearances in the last 15 years, including seven state finals appearances and five championships during that run. The Cardinals had to settle for a runner-up finish last season, losing a heart-breaker to Eau Claire North in the Division 1 championship game when Sam Stange hit a three-run, go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Veteran head coach Rob Hamilton has a good amount of talent and experience back this season, led by a trio of First Team All-Conference performers: Spencer Bartel, Carson Shepard, and Josh Caron. Liam Moreno and Noah Wendler were Second Team selections.

Rounding out the top five are Green Bay Preble, Oak Creek, Waunakee, and Sussex Hamilton.

Below are the preseason spring baseball rankings courtesy of the Baseball Wisconsin Yearbook. The 2020 book is the 28th edition, 224 pages in length and in full color. Written and edited by Joe Waite and Chris Lavold, it features a season breakdown for every high school program in the state.

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About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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