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2012 All-South Plains 5A-4A baseball team

Posted: July 10, 2012 - 12:22am
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Paxton De La Garza, Sr., Coronado

The shortstop polished off a stellar career at Coronado by hitting .414 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs — 19 of his 53 hits went for extra bases. He also helped Team Texas win the championship at the Heartland Classic in Norman, Okla., where he hit .355 with two home runs and five RBIs. De La Garza will play at Weatherford College next season.

 

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Taylor Bridges, Jr., Coronado

Bridges, who earns this distinction for the second straight season, was instrumental in Coronado’s run to a district championship and the regional quarterfinals this season. The District 2-5A first team lefty, the compiled a 9-2 record with a 2.39 ERA, striking out 88 hitters in 67 1/3 innings.

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Gary Hix, Coronado

The second-year Coronado coach led the Mustangs to the District 2-5A title, a feat the team wasn’t able to accomplish when it ran all the way to the state championship game in 2011. After battling back from a one-game deficit to win an area round series against Abilene High this season, Coronado fell to Arlington Martin in the regional quarterfinals.

 

PITCHER

Steven Smith, Jr., Frenship

Even though he was plagued by leg injuries, Smith put together a strong season on the mound for Frenship, which finished second in District 3-4A. Smith, the district’s most valuable player, recorded a 2.27 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 37 innings. He also hit .459 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

 

PITCHER

Kit Henderson, Sr., Monterey

Henderson was a dependable force for Monterey, which rode a hot second half to a second-place finish in District 2-5A. As the Plainsmen’s ace, Henderson recorded a 2.73 ERA in 45 innings. As the team’s leadoff hitter, he batted .322 with a .427 on-base percentage. He will play at Sul Ross State next season.

 

PITCHER

Will Breedlove, Sr., Coronado

As part of strong pitching staff for the Mustangs, Breedlove went 5-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 50 2/3 innings, and he also recorded three saves. Breedlove’s best performance came in the deciding game of the area round series, when he pitched a one-hit shutout to lift the Mustangs over Abilene High.

 

FIRST BASEMAN

Ryan Almager, Jr., Monterey

The junior earned all-District 2-5A first-team honors for his performance with the Plainsmen this season, his first as a full-time player on the varsity squad. Almager combined with Travon Benton to make first base a power-producing position for Monterey.

 

SECOND BASEMAN

Josh Narvaiz, Jr., Coronado

Narvaiz, a first-team all-district selection, provided some pop at the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the Mustangs, hitting .272 with nine doubles and 12 RBIs. His 29 runs scored were the second most on the team. Narvaiz also recorded a .930 fielding percentage.

 

SHORTSTOP

Michael Davis, So., Lubbock High

Davis was named the District 2-5A first-team shortstop for his performance with the Westerners this season. He batted .348 with a .458 on-base percentage with 11 walks and 16 runs scored.

 

THIRD BASEMAN

Tyler Thorne, Jr., Coronado

Thorne led Coronado with a .455 batting average, and he compiled a 1.091 OPS. Already committed to play at Stanford, Thorne was also strong on the mound, posting a 2.87 ERA in 46 1/3 innings of work.

 

CATCHER

Colson Craddick, Sr., Monterey

Craddick played his best baseball in the second half of the season to lead Monterey to a second-place district finish. He finished the year hitting .326 with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 30 RBIs — seven of them coming in Monterey’s final two games. Craddick will play at Hardin-Simmons next season.

 

CATCHER

Bryndan Arredondo, Jr., Frenship

After a stellar sophomore season, Arredondo was strong behind the plate again for the Tigers as a junior. He hit .347 with six doubles, three triples, a home run and 30 RBIs. Arredondo made only five errors in 200 total chances, a .975 fielding percentage.

 

OUTFIELDER

Tyler Pridmore, Sr., Monterey

Pridmore was one of Monterey’s vocal team leaders this season, and he also let his play do the talking. He hit .333 with a .495 slugging percentage. Twelve of Pridmore’s 37 hits went for extra bases — seven doubles, four triples and a home run — to go with 25 RBIs.

 

OUTFIELDER

Chance Rollins, Sr., Plainview

The senior tallied a team-high .388 average for the Bulldogs to go along with five doubles, one home run, 18 RBIs and a .921 OPS. Rollins was also a perfect 10 for 10 on stolen base attempts, and he compiled a 4.36 ERA in 37 1/3 innings on the mound.

 

OUTFIELDER

Tyler Schovanec, Sr., Lubbock High

Schovanec paced the Westerners with a .394 average during District 2-5A play, and he drove in 20 runs. Schovanec, a three-sport athlete during his time at Lubbock High, will play football at Carroll University (Wisc.) next season.

 

UTILITY

Chad Curtis, So., Frenship

The first-team all-District 3-4A outfielder hit .342 in his first full season as a starter. Curtis hit two doubles, three triples and one home run to go along with 11 RBIs. He scored 21 runs, third most on the team.

 

UTILITY

Blake Walden, So., Monterey

Monterey coach Kent Meador is high on the potential of Walden, who seemed to grow stronger as the season went on. He finished the season with a .317 average with five doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs. He also went 5-3 on the mound with a 4.25 ERA.

 

Second Team

Pitchers: Kyle Rutherford, Jr., Frenship; Jay Rawlins, So., Frenship; Bryson Mitchell, Sr., Coronado

Catcher: Greg Hewett, Jr., Coronado

First Base: Travon Benton, So., Monterey

Second Base: Evan Gayler, So., Monterey

Shortstop: J.J. Perez, Jr., Plainview

Third Base: Trey Hernandez, Jr., Plainview

Outfielders: Bo Ricks, Jr., Frenship; Cade Davis, Jr., Frenship; Clayton Brown, Sr., Coronado

Utility: Ralph Molina, Sr., Lubbock High; Craig Grossman, Sr., Coronado

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