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FSU baseball commits make massive impact at FHSAA State Championships

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Walk-offs, shut-outs, homers... future Seminoles do it all in the postseason.

FSU ‘21 commit Jackson Baumeister
Julia Bonavita

Florida State baseball’s future was on full display at the FHSAA Baseball State Championships in Fort Myers over the past week. The Seminoles’ next three recruiting classes are all ranked as top 10 classes by Perfect Game. FSU was represented in five of seven classifications in the semifinals or finals of the state tournament. In total, eight future ‘Noles played at CenturyLink Sports Complex and three returned home as state champs.

In the 7A class, FSU had commits on both sides in the state title game. 2022 commit Santiago Ordonez was on state-title winners Marjory Stoneman Douglas, while 2021 commit Preston Wetherell opposed him on Spruce Creek. Ordonez was the catcher for Stoneman Douglas and the hero that pushed them to states. Two weeks ago, Ordonez blasted a two-run homer to walk-off the regional final.

For the season, Ordonez hit .398 and slugged 12 extra base hits. Four of those extra base hits left the year and three of his homers came in the postseason. The right-handed hitter posted a 1.191 OPS in his junior season.

Wetherell is a two-way commit and was productive on both sides of the ball for Spruce Creek. The senior posted a .855 OPS at the plate with 11 extra base hits and four homers. In Fort Myers, Wetherell was 3-5 with a double and an RBI. On the mound, the right-handed pitcher compiled a 2.00 ERA and 39 K’s in 35 IP. His biggest hit of the postseason was a grand slam in the regional semifinal.

2021 commit Aiden Mastantuno was the top producer for the 6A runner-up Fleming Island. Mastantuno hit .376 on the year and was tied for a team-high 22 RBI. The left-handed hitter had nine extra base hits and two homers. He posted a 1.003 OPS as he walked four more times than he struck out. In two games at states, he was 3-7 with two doubles.

Mastantuno is another two-way commit. The left-handed pitcher threw 26.2 IP and compiled a 2.62 ERA. Mastantuno’s biggest hit of the postseason came in the regional semifinal, where he walked off Creekside with an RBI-single.

Hudson Rowan is the youngest of the group of FSU commits to make in impact at states. The 2023 commit led Mosley High School to the 5A state title with a gem in the Championship game. The southpaw tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven. In his first year of varsity baseball, Rowan was 6-0 in 11 starts and 14 appearances. He compiled a 1.07 ERA and 16.8 K/9 over 46 IP. Rowan allowed an opponents’ batting average of just .093.

It was more of the same in 3A from a Florida State commit. 2022 commit Ben Barrett got the start for The First Academy in the 3A Championship game and tossed a complete game shutout for the win. Barrett allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out seven. For the season, Barrett he posted a 1.62 ERA and 15 K/9 in 60.2 innings.

Barrett is also a two-way commit and has a high ceiling at both sides of the plate. He had a hit in both games in Fort Myers. He produced a .333 average, eight extra base hits, two HR’s, and a .903 OPS in his junior season.

2021 commit Jackson Baumeister was also part of the final four in 3A. Baumeister got the start in the semifinal game against The First Academy. Baumeister didn’t allow an earned run and struck out 10 in six innings. He also walked just one batter. The season numbers for Baumeister are as eye-popping as they come. The right-handed pitcher had a 0.63 ERA, .132 OBA, and 16.9 K/9 in 77.1 IP. The Jacksonville native had 145 strikeouts to just 20 walks. Baumeister, another two-way commit, hit .318 with four homers and 10 more walks than strikeouts in 68 plate appearances.

The ‘Noles were represented by a pair of position players on St. Johns Country Day, who was the 2A runner-up. 2021 Connor Moore was one of the most powerful bats in the state this season and showed off his power in the semifinals. Moore blasted a two-run shot out of the park in the fifth inning. He had a hit in each game. For the season, Moore hit .383 with 17 XBH and 11 homers. Moore’s 40 RBI and 1.208 OPS led the team.

2022 commit Jordan Taylor was second on the team with 21 RBI and a 1.188 OPS. Taylor also led the team with a .406 average, eight doubles, 20 walks, and ten stolen bases. The outfielder was a tough out in Fort Myers, as he went 5-7 in the two games. On the season, he has four more free passes than strikeouts.

Outside of Florida, the Seminoles had a pair of state title winners in Georgia. 2023 LHP Luke Dotson was a state champ with Mount Paran Christian High School. 2021 RHP Brodie Chestnutt won the 6A state title with Houston County High School. In Nebraska, 2024 Kale Fountain was one of the best freshmen in the country. Fountain blasted a homer and two doubles in the state semifinals for Norris High School, who went on to be the state runner-up.

FSU currently has the #8 2021 recruiting class, #6 2022 recruiting class, and the #5 2023 recruiting class. Over their next four classes, the Seminoles have commits from seven different states and three different countries.