Junior Brandon Sedell is no stranger to national attention. He's been surrounded by players in the spotlight since his freshman year and has even taken his own turn in getting some recognition. Sedell is a catcher/third baseman for American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) and was varsity rookie in 2008, when the Patriots won a national title. That team had a loaded lineup that included first baseman Eric Hosmer (first round, Royals), catcher Adrian Nieto (fifth round, Nationals), righthander Juan Carlos Sulbaran (30th round, Reds), shortstop Deven Marrero (a 17th-round pick last year by the Reds, now at Arizona State) and third baseman Nick Castellanos (2010 All-American now at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches, Fla.).
"(Playing with those guys) gave me good experience," Sedell said. "I got to play with very good talent. I'm a leader now instead of a role player. I know what it takes to get back to the state championship."
American Heritage fell to The Bolles School (Jacksonville) in the 3-A state finals in 2009 and a rematch could be in the making. Sedell is doing everything in his power to make it happen. He's off to an incredible start at the plate. Up until a couple games ago he was hitting over .700. Even a good day can bring that average down and Sedell now sits at .667/.705/1.104 in 48 at-bats. He has five home runs, six doubles, 18 runs and 25 RBIs.
"I'm seeing the ball really well right now," Sedell said. "The best I've ever seen it. I work hard on my game every day. I don't take a pitch or day off."
Sedell is catching about three-quarters of the Patriots' games and playing third base the rest of the time. The team is off to a good start and poised to compete this season and next. With Sedell leading the way, the Patriots shouldn't be overlooked.
"We need to keep playing as a team and buying into what the coaches are telling us," Sedell added. "Just keep doing what we're doing."
While one matchup was washed out by the storms that hammered the East Coast, another is brewing for next week. Righthander Stetson Allie and catcher Alex Lavisky of St. Edwards High (Lakewood, Ohio) were set to face Walsh Jesuit High (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) Monday night. Righthander Tyler Skulina was scheduled to make the start for Walsh Jesuit, setting up another Top 100 pitching matchup. The game also has ranking implications as Walsh Jesuit and St. Edwards are Nos. 15 and 24 respectively.
While that game will be played when the weather warms up, St. Edwards will travel to South Carolina after Easter and face Wando High (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) in a tournament. St. Edwards head coach Danny Allie said Drew Cisco is supposed to make the start for Wando and he'll throw his power-armed son, Stetson, against him.
Cross your fingers and hope for these two games to go on as planned in April. Each one would feature three players from the High School Top 100.
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