Both the Early Longhorns and the Bangs Dragons had nine players selected to the 6-2A all-district baseball team, which was released earlier this week.
Three Longhorns were on the first team, four made the second team and two more were honorable mention choices. Meanwhile, the Dragons earned one superlative award, four first-team spots, one second-team selection and three received honorable mention.
Bangs sophomore pitcher Caleb Stone joined Jim Ned sophomore Tye Hodges as the district’s co-newcomers of the year. Landon McCall — one of a dozen sophomores honored — and coach Mark Howell of Grape Creek were voted the district’s MVP and coach of the year, respectively.
Despite missing the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history, Bangs still led 6-2A with four first-team choices. Pitcher Buck Nelson, catcher Caleb Gamblin, infielder Tyler Truitt and outfielder Tyler Roberts — all seniors — received first-team status.
Meanwhile, the trio of Longhorns chosen for the first team were sophomore pitcher Cale Bearden, sophomore infielder Bob Atchley and senior outfielder Taylor Singleton.
Early tied Coleman with a district-high four second-team selections. Earning a roster spot for the Longhorns were junior pitcher Cody Thompson, junior designated hitter Mitchell Bailey, sophomore infielder Jonathan Conley and senior outfielder Stephen Hopkins.
Bangs’ lone second-team choice was senior infielder Jarred Mason.
Honorable mention selections from Early were seniors John Atchley and Cody Blythe, while Bangs was represented by senior Cutter Hargrove and juniors Justin Greenhaw and Nic Carruth.
Early (14-14, 8-6) and Bangs (15-9, 8-6), along with Coleman (16-6, 8-6), all tied for second place in 6-2A behind district champion Grape Creek (17-9, 11-3). The Longhorns defeated Bangs, 10-4, in a postseason mini-tournament to oust the Dragons from postseason contention. Coleman then knocked off Early, 12-7, to relegate the Longhorns to the third seed.
Grape Creek was knocked out of the playoffs in the regional quarterfinlals round last week, which concluded the season for 6-2A. Early dropped its bi-district series to Coahoma the first weekend in May.
6-2A All-District Baseball Roster
Landon McCall, Soph., Grape Creek
Co-NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
Caleb Stone, Soph., Bangs; Tye Hodges, Soph., Jim Ned
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Howell, Grape Creek
Cale Bearden, Soph., Early
Derek Dallas, Sr., Ballinger
John George, Sr., Jim Ned
Buck Nelson, Sr., Bangs
Caleb Gamblin, Sr., Bangs
Garrett Brown, Sr., Jim Ned
Nathan Schwartz, Sr., Wall
Blake Farmer, Soph., Grape Creek
Bob Atchley, Soph., Early
Colton Buzzard, Soph., Coleman
Clayton Miller, Sr., Grape Creek
Robert Pulatie, Jr., San Saba
Tyler Truitt, Sr., Bangs
John Henry, Jr., San Saba
Nathanael Long, Soph., Grape Creek
Tyler Roberts, Sr., Bangs
Taylor Singleton, Sr., Early
Chase Avants, Jr., Coleman
Corbin Brooks, Jr., Coleman
Taylor Harrison, Sr., Wall
Blake Lewis, Soph., San Saba
Cody Thompson, Jr., Early
Py Brown, Jr., Jim Ned
Hunter Ashley, Soph., Grape Creek
Kyle Broadway, Soph., Grape Creek
Nelson Ingram, Soph., Jim Ned
Mitchell Bailey, Jr., Early
Jordan Coffman, Jr., Jim Ned
Jonathan Conley, Soph., Early
Layton Landers, Jr., Grape Creek
Jarred Mason, Sr., Bangs
Brady Bradford, Sr., Wall
Stephen Hopkins, Sr., Early
Joe Lopez, Sr., Ballinger
Chase Van Pelt, Sr., Coleman
Brandon Worsham, Jr., Coleman
Bangs: Cutter Hargrove, Sr.; Justin Greenhaw, Jr.; Nic Carruth, Jr.
Early: John Atchley Sr.; Cody Blythe, Sr.