For South Texas high school 2A programs, it appears the state playoffs are going through Refugio.

Refugio High School is ranked No. 2 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Preseason Top 20. Weimar tops to the list of 2A schools at No. 1.

Refugio is returning six starters from last season’s 26-3 squad which was a regional semifinalist. The Bobcats are led by senior shortstop and pitcher D’Mond LaFond. In 2016, he had a .580 batting average and an ERA of 1.86 and 53 strikeouts. 

Some of the local unranked teams to watch are the Freer Buckaroos and Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Badgers.

THSBCA 2A Preseason Top 20

1. Weimar – 9 starters return from a 16-8 Area Finalist Team. Tanner Semera (.510 BA, 4 HRs, .067 ERA, 2nd Team All State THSBCA, 1st Team All State TSWA, 1st Team Victoria Advocate, District Co-MVP); Brody Gall, Sr, OF (.615 BA, 11 2Bs, 21 SBs, 2nd Team All State THSBCA, 1st Team All State TSWA, 1st Team Victoria Advocate, District Offensive MVP);

2. Refugio – 6 starters return from 26-3 Regional Semi-Finalist Team. D’Mond LaFond, Sr, SS/P (.580 BA, 1.86 ERA, 53 Ks, MaxPreps Small School All American, 1st Team All State THSBCA, 1st Team All State TSWA, Victoria Advocate All Area MVP, 1st Team All District); Anthony Delgado, Sr, CF/P (.338 BA, HM Victoria Advocate All Area, 1st Team All District); Jacobe Avery, Jr, C/P (.459 BA, .988 ERA, 68 Ks, 1st Team Victoria Advocate All Area, 1st Team All District);

3. Thorndale – 8 players return from a 22-8-1 Regional Quarter-Finalist Team. Ashton Albert, Jr, SS/P (.468 BA, 35 RBI, 12 SB, HM All State TSWA, 1st Team All District); Scott Guzman, So, 2B (.479 BA, 27 RBI, 49 RS (Maxpreps Freshman All American, HM All State TSWA, 1st Team All Centex, 1st Team All District); Logan Fisher, Jr, P/C/INF (5 W, 1.704 ERA, 1st Team All District)

4. Woden – 7 players return from 3A Bi-District Finalist Team. : Ryland Roach, Sr, CF/P (.354 BA, 26 RS, 6 2B, 1st Team All District); Lance Albritton, Jr, C (.365 BA, 24 RS, District Catcher of the Year); Drew Shifflet, Jr, INF/P (7-2, .071 ERA, 85Ks, 1st Team All District)

5. West Sabine – 7 players return from a 24-7 Regional Quarter-Finalist Team. Demarie Smith, Sr, SS/P (.383 BA, 27 SB, 26 RBI, District Defensive Player of the Year); Blake Ponder, Sr, P (8 W, 2.23 ERA, 87 K, District Pitcher of the Year; Hunter Brown, Jr, OF (.432 BA, 18 SBs, 22 RBI, 1st Team All District)

6. Muenster – 8 Players return from 23-6-1 Area Finalist Team. Blayne Jones, Sr, SS/P (.456 BA, 28 RBI, 14 SB, District Offensive MVP); Clay Stevens, Jr, 2B (.477 BA, 18 RBI, 17 SBs, 1st Team All State THSBCA); Brennon Binder, Sr, 3B/P (.379 BA, 30 RBI, 20 SB, 1st Team All District)

7. Joaquin – 8 players return from 18-10-1 Regional Finalist Team. Brock Lawson, Sr (Co-Defensive MVP); Hunter Harper, Sr (1st Team All District); Nate Belrose, Sr (1st Team All District)

8. Evadale – 6 Players return from 19-6 Area Finalist Team. Daniel Bean, Sr, P/INF (District MVP); Tyler Torres, Jr, C (District Defensive MVP); Parker Moye, So, P/OF (District Newcomer of the Year)

9. Windthorst – 7 players return from 23-9 Regional Semi-Finalist Team. Brady Tackett, Sr, P/INF (1st Team All State THSBCA, 2nd Team All State TSWA, District Pitcher of the Year); Tristan McQuerry, Sr, 3B/P (1st Team All District); Coby Schroeder, Jr, 1B (1st Team All District)

10. West Texas – 9 starters return from a 20-9 Regional Quarter-Finalist Team including All District players Trey Griffin, Derek Smith Kenny Monden, 2nd Team All District players Cade Young & Dalton Couch

11. Goldthwaite – 10 players return from 15-10 Bi-District Finalist Team. Ryan Elderton, Sr, P/3B (.429 BA, 2.97 ERA, 23 RBI, District Offensive MVP; McKennon Jones, Jr, P/UTIL (2.86 ERA, .414 BA, District Newcomer of the Year); Kendal Hopper, Sr, LF (.486 BA, 25 RBI, 2nd Team All District, All West Texas

12. Kerens – 8 player return from 19-3 Bi-District Finalist Team. Stacey Bailey, Jr, P/C/3B (8 W, .46 ERA, .550 BA, District MVP, 1st Team All State THSBCA, 3rd Team All State TSWA); Garrett Kilcrease, Jr, OF (.444, 2nd Team All State THSBCA, 3rd Team All State TSWA); Tate Engel, So, 1B/P (3 Ws, 1.171 ERA, .418 BA, 3rd Team TSWA, District Newcomer of the Year)

13. Center Point – 8 players return from 19-7 Regional Quarter-Finalist Team. Aaron Walters, Sr, C/P (7 W, 160K, 539 BA, Texas Rangers Area Code Team, 2nd Team All State Texas Sports Writers Association, San Antonio News MVP, District MVP); Jack Junker, Sr, P/SS (6 Ws, 81 Ks, .277 BA, District Utility Player of the Year); Kase Kitchen, Sr, P/SS/C (5 Ws, 77 Ks, .323 BA, 1st Team All District)

14. Charlotte – 7 players return from 21-5 Area Finalist Team. Jevon Santos, So, INF (District Co-MVP); Darien Guerrero, Sr, INF (District Utility Player of the Year); Brandon Felan, Sr, OF

15. Flatonia – 5 players return from 29-6 State Champion Team. Easton Migl, Sr, P/1B (6 Ws, 1.50 ERA, .265 BA, 3rd Team All State THSBCA, 1st Team All State TSWA); Kaddin Mikulik, Sr, SS/P (9 Ws, 2.0 ERA, .410 BA, 1st Team All State THSBCA, 2nd Team All State TSWA)

16. Lindsay – 6 players return from 30-4-1 Regional Finalist Team. Yancey Otto, Sr, CF/P (.508 BA, 6 Ws, 1.59 ERA (2nd Team THSBCA All State, 2nd Team TSWA All State, District Co-MVP); Dawson Anderle, Sr, 2B (.308 BA, 20 SBs, 1st Team All District); Kyle Hermes, Sr, SS/P (.368 BA, 5 Ws, .875 ERA, 1st Team All District)

17. Dallardsville-Big Sandy – 4 Starters return from a 28-7-1 Regional Finalist Team. Austin Hendrix, Sr, P/C (.408 BA, 6 W, 128 K, 1st Team All State THSBCA); Cody Adams, Jr, LF (.281 BA, 2nd Team All District); Kylie Cox, Jr, UTIL (.303 BA, HM All District)

18. Mart – 6 players return from 17-16 Regional Semi-Finalist Team. Colby Headen, Sr, P/UTIL (.412 BA, 6 Ws, 121 Ks, District Pitcher of the Year); Jace Terry, Jr, P/SS (.404 BA, 29 Ks, 1st Team All District); Hunter Schreiber, Jr, 2B (.270 BA, 2nd Team All District)

19. Burton – 8 teams return from 13-11 Bi-District Finalist Team. Cash Kunkel, Jr, P/1B (.286BA, 7 W, 47K, 1st Team All District); Luke Salinas, Jr, C/SS/P (.303 BA, 17 RBIs, 20 H, 1st Team All District); Demonderick Winters, So, CF (.383 BA, 23 H, 12 RBIs, District Newcomer of the Year)

20. Miles – – 7 players return from 21-9 Regional Quarter Finalist Team.  Sawyer Harris, Sr, C (.422 BA, 29 RBI, 31 RS, 1st Team All District); Jonathan Flores, Sr, 2B (.287 BA, 14 RBI, 34 RS, 1st Team All District)