D-BAT Elite 18U hopes to recapture series title

Jake Newby
D-BAT Elite-Bonesio

D-BAT Elite 18U will take aim at the Connie Mack World Series title that the team's program last captured two years ago.

By blanking Texas Stix Red 8-0 on July 24 in the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Final, the team out of Dallas, Texas, stamped its ticket to the CMWS.

Coached by Ryan Bonesio, D-BAT Elite 18U won’t return any players from last year’s Ryan Nelson-coached team. But the team will still come to Farmington with a well-balanced roster full of college commits.

Arkansas commit Jaxon Williams and double-play partner Brian Klein — a Texas Tech commit — will comprise one of the more formidable middle-infield tandems in the tournament. Andrew Davis, another Texas Tech commit, and future Stanford hurler Jacob Palisch are two of the top arms in what is expected to be a deep D-BAT pitching staff.

Bonesio, who coached many of the players heading to Farmington on D-BAT’s 17U team last year, said his guys aren't going to be afraid of the spotlight.

"This is a pretty tough team. There are a lot of high school state champions on this team who have seen a lot of big moments," Bonesio said. "I don’t think they’re going to be nervous."

To bring the program another Connie Mack World Series championship, Bonesio said the team will have to perform well every day.

"This thing boils down to throwing strikes, limiting the defensive mistakes and getting timely hitting," he said. "We do those things, we’ll be right there in the thick of it."

2016 Connie Mack World Series preview

A Closer Look 

Coach: Ryan Bonesio 

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Region: South Plains

Roster (number, player)

1 Anthony Bernardez 

2 Sammy Blair 

3 Skyler Cox 

4 Shaston Johnson 

5 Keone Givens 

7 Easton Murrell 

8 Brady Lindsly

9 Brock Figueroa 

10 Nick Thornquist

11 Hunter Markwardt 

12 Alex Pinedo 

13 Johnny Panatex 

17 Jacob Palisch

20 Brian Klein

23 Trent Allen

24 Blair Henley 

27 Mack Mueller

30 Andrew Miller 

33 Landon Gray 

37 Chezzare Gonzalez 

42 Jaxon Williams 

56 Andrew Davis