2021 Team Preview: Lovejoy Leopards

Ben Green

High School: Lovejoy Leopards

Classification: UIL Class 5A (District 10)

Head Coach: Jason Wilson

Team Strengths: Pitching Depth & Team Experience

Top Returning Players

2021 C Ralph Rucker

2022 SS Kolby Branch (Baylor Commit)

2022 RHP/IF Adam Eschler

2023 OF Aidan Smith

2022 OF/RHP Trent Rucker

2021 3B/RHP Dylan Collins

2022 LHP/OF Brandt Corley

Names to Know (2021 Class)

2021 C Ralph Rucker

2021 3B/RHP Dylan Collins

Names to Know (2022 Class)

2022 SS Kolby Branch (Baylor Commit)

2022 OF/RHP Trent Rucker

2022 LHP/OF Brandt Corley

2022 RHP/IF Adam Eschler

Names to Know (2023 & 2024 Class)

2023 OF Aidan Smith

Team Summary

Coach Jason Wilson and his Lovejoy Leopards come into 2021 looking to get back in the playoffs after making it to the Regional Quarterfinals in 2019. Coach Wilson returns plenty of experienced starters this season, many of them being named to the All-District team in the past. Future Games Alumn, 2022 SS Kolby Branch (Baylor Commit) and 2021 C Ralph Rucker have both received All-District honors three times and will be the heart and soul of the squad this season. The Leopards will also count on 2022 RHP/IF Adam Eschler, 2023 OF Aidan Smith, 2022 OF/RHP Trent Rucker, 2021 3B/RHP Dylan Collins, 2022 LHP/OF Brandt Corley who have all previously received All-District honors as well. This team has a strength that is not common this season among high schools around the state: Varsity Experience. Coach Wilson will count on his leaders and deep pitching staff to propel the Leopards into the 5A playoffs where they are poised to compete.