By Joey D. Richards
Eleven Big Country players were named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association's Academic All-State Team for their respective classes.
Stephenville has four players on the Class 4A team – Cade Dunavant, Derek Gifford, Gabriel Moor, and Justin Swenson. Snyder's Drevian Hernandez also is on the team.
Early's Jonathan Morales and David Shields made the Class 3A squad.
Three Stamford players are on the Class 2A team – Nolan Baker, Zachary Duran and Kaleb Flick. Baird's Jaxon Bellar also is on the team.
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By LaMar Gafford
Over the past few seasons, Districts 4-B and 5-B have been two of the best districts in Class B baseball with numerous title contenders and impact players.
Recently, the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association (LBCA) named its All-State teams and the Class B teams were highlighted by Pitkin coach J.C. Holt, Pitkin junior Garrett Edwards and Grace Christian junior Jimmy Miller winning top honors.
In Holt's first season, the Tigers capped off their first Class B title since 1999 by going 27-5 and defeating Converse, 7-0, in the Class B championship game in May.
Holt, who was awarded the Class B Coach of the Year by the LBCA, had an assortment of talent that was led by Edwards.
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We keep right on moving with our Number 6 moment of the 2018-19 season.
Bobby Witt Jr. Takes All The Awards
Expectations are a tricky thing. They provide a floor to which an athlete should perform and how they are graded as either declining, leveling off or excelling.
In the 2019 season, expectations were sky high for Colleyville Heritage's senior shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. Brining in comparisons to Alex Rodriguez as a prospect, earning tournament MVP for the 18U National Team and touted as a sure-fire Top 5 draft pick were just some of the accolades being thrown in Witt's direction.
Lo and behold, the senior took those expectations head on to the tune of a .482 batting average, 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 65 runs scored, a district championship and a 5A state title in 2019.
Witt, who was committed to Oklahoma before the 2019 campaign started, elevated his play and was rewarded handsomely by being the first high schooler to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (a college baseball player award), earning the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, USAToday's All-USA Baseball Player of the Year and fulfilled the draft prophecy by being selected No. 2 overall in the June draft by the Kansas City Royals.
The future is bright for the former Heritage star as he begins his professional career. As of this posting, he has one game under his belt in the Arizona Rookie League.