Video: Diving catch straight into a wallWatch Tyler Pettigrew of Henley (Klamath Falls, Ore.) make one of the top catches during the 2016 season.
2017 Vermont Preseason Baseball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard1. Burr & Burton (Manchester)
Edward Lewicki2016 record:
In only its fourth season at the Division 1 level, Burr & Burton will try and go one step farther from last year when it finished as runner-up to St. Johnsbury Academy. The Bulldogs have possibly the state's top all-around athlete in Griffin Stalcup
. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in football, Stalcup is possibly the top baseball prospect as an infielder and pitcher. He earned All-State honors last year.See last season's Vermont baseball computer rankings2. Bellows Free Academy (St. Albans)
Geoff Murray2016 record:
The No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs last year, the Bobwhites fell to Burr & Burton in the semifinals. Bellows Free Academy was in the midst of its best season in school history before falling in the semifinals. The Bobwhites, who have an 0-3 record in state championship games, will be looking for their first state title in school history.See the MaxPreps national baseball pro photo galleries3. Essex (Essex Junction)
Steve Ferreira2016 record:
Essex made an early exit from the Division 1 state playoffs, but it has won two state titles since the 2008 season. Essex has one of the state's top junior pitchers in
, who earned All-State second team honors as a sophomore.See last season's MaxPreps Vermont baseball playoff brackets4. Colchester
Tom Perry2016 record:
Colchester is still looking for its first state title in school history after falling in the quarterfinals to Hartford. While All-State pitcher Derek Sanderson has graduated, Colchester does return junior outfielder Tom Vesosky
, who earned All-State first team honors as a sophomore.See last season's MaxPreps Vermont baseball stat leaders5. St. Johnsbury Academy
Marc Choinierre2016 record:
The Hilltoppers captured the Division 1 state championship last year with a win over Burr & Burton and had the State Player of the Year in Eamonn McCabe. He has graduated, but St. Johnsbury Academy's No. 2 pitcher Patrick Greenan
returns for his senior season.