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Celebrating First Pitch of 2024 High School Baseball in Central Florida

Yes, it’s finally here…the wait is over…baseball season has arrived!  While Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow up in Pennsylvania, pitchers and catchers begin to report to their MLB camps this week and high school baseball in the state of Florida begins their season.

We’ve been very fortunate at Legends on Deck to get to know some great high school baseball coaches here in the Sunshine State.  Over the past two years, we’ve hosted six high school coaches from Central Florida. These have included Eric Lassiter (Windermere), Mike Sindone (Hagerty), Dane Wisneski (Horizon), Mike Scudero (West Orange), Mike McDaniel (Olympia) and Dakoda Grove (Foundation Academy).

All these guys shared their unique story in the game of baseball.  One thing I can say with assurance is that each of them possess a love for the game in its purest form.  Anyone who’s been around high school athletics knows that these coaches spend countless hours, year around and receive very little compensation.  Yet still, they take deep pride in guiding a group of young men through their formative years, playing a game they all love.

We wish them all a successful 2024 season and hope to see some of them in the FHSAA State Championships in May!

Windermere Wolverines – Coach Eric Lassiter

Hagerty Huskies – Coach Mike Sindone


Horizon Hawks – Coach Dane Wisneski

Olympia Titians – Coach Mike McDaniel

West Orange Warriors – Coach Mike Scudero

Foundation Academy Lions – Coach Dakoda Grove

Mark Your Calendars for April 24 & 25

While we strongly encourage you to get out and support all our coaches and their programs this Spring, late offers one of the most anticipated games of the year.  According to the preseason Florida Perfect Game Rankings, Hagerty ranks #8 and Windermere #12. The two powerhouses will meet for a two-game home and home series on April 24 and 25.  The matchup will surely have a playoff-like atmosphere to it.

Yes, it’s only mid-February, but we’re ready to PLAY BALL here in the Sunshine State!

Brian is the Co-Owner/Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and son George. You can also reach him at

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