It looks like another solid-hit spring for Lexington high school baseball.
Defending 11th Region champion Lexington Catholic was No. 1 in the state in the coaches' pre-season poll. Six other city teams were rated in the top 25.
There also appears to be a bumper crop of Division I talent in town, including six pitchers who have signed with Division I schools and were pre-season all-state honorees.
Bryan Station has three of them — Ryne Combs (Kentucky), Michael Bollmer (Louisville) and Chris Laporte (Morehead State). Henry Clay has Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt), Lexington Catholic has Zach Haynes (Indiana) and Lafayette has Anderson Miller (Western Kentucky).
Also on the pre-season honors list: Lexington Catholic catcher/infielder Tyler Jackson (WKU) and outfielder Will Hurt (Coastal Carolina), and Tates Creek junior pitcher Aaron Mitchell and senior outfielder Dorian Hairston.
"Just typical Lexington baseball," Bryan Station Coach Eddie Brooks said when asked if the competition looks even stronger this season. "It's always brutal."
New KHSAA rules let baseball teams start their schedules earlier this year, but nobody expected the warm temperatures that have allowed Bryan Station to already play five games.
"This time last year we hadn't opened the season yet," Brooks said. "This weather's been unbelievable."