GLEN ROSE – With the Brock Eagles bowing out of the UIL 3A Regional Finals over the weekend via a two-game sweep of Van Alstyne, 4-3, 7-2, the 2016 District 11-3A baseball superlatives and All-district teams have been released and the Tigers were fairly well represented.
11-3A Newcomer of the Year – Tyler Torres, sophomore
Tyler Torres was the lone Tiger to receive a superlative and the sophomore absolutely deserved the nod. Prior to late-season broken finger on his throwing hand – suffered while attempting to put down another one of his patented drag bunts – the Glen Rose second baseman led the team in a heaping handful of offense categories.
Despite missing the final two and a half weeks of the season, along with the 20-plus at-bats during that span, Torres still managed to lead the team in runs scored (21), batting average (.426) and with an astronomical on base percentage (.544).
It was also not until the final two Bi-District games that Dylan Hammond and Layne McAnear bested his 23 hits with 25 of their own.
Torres also collected eight RBIs while hitting in the No. 2 spot of 2nd year Glen Rose Head Coach James Evans’ lineup. He also amassed 14 free passes and his five strikeouts were second to only the four of Devin Crawford among those with 50-or-more at-bats.
11-3A First Team Pitcher – Devin Crawford, senior
As the unquestioned staff ace of the Tigers this season, Devin Crawford (7-2, 1.77 ERA) was as dominate on the bump as any other pitcher in 3A. After tossing a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in his first start of the season, the left-handed hurler finished the year with 89 strikeouts to his name. Fourteen of those strikeouts came against the second meeting against Hillsboro and tied Colten Lane’s school-record set one year ago.
Over his 69.1 IP, Crawford allowed 22 runs – 15 earned – on 47 hits and 24 walks.
With the bat, Crawford led all Tigers with 20-or-more at-bats with his team-low four strikeouts. He collected 14 hits, 12 runs, 15 RBIs and six extra bases for a .215/.261/.308 slash across his 65 at-bats.
Crawford has a standing offer to continue his playing career at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster.
11-3A First Team Pitcher – Camron Rush, junior
Camron Rush (5-3, 1.92 ERA) was a phenomenal, right-handed compliment to Crawford throughout the season. Although a minor finger injury caused a few sporadic outings during the latter portion of the regular season, Rush finished having allowed 20 runs – 10 earned – over 40.1 IP.
The junior scattered 27 hits across his 14 outings. He also struck out 27, while walking 26, over that span.
At the plate, Rush finished with a team leading 78 at-bats from the leadoff spot in the order. He collected 23 hits and 17 runs en route to his .295/.421/.321 slash.
11-3A First Team Infielder – Layne McAnear, senior
After a 1-for-4 night at the plate April 1 against Rio Vista dropped his batting average to a season-low .281, Layne McAnear turned it up at the plate and one-upped his 2nd team 11-3A All-District placement from a season ago.
The Glen Rose shortstop reeled off a nine-game hitting streak, which included three-hit games April 15 against Grandview and April 22 against Millsap, along with hits in 13-of-his-last-14 games to vault his slash to an impressive .373/.475/.493.
McAnear’s 15 hits tied Hammond for the team lead, while his 17 runs finished third to Torres (21) and Drayton Williams (18). He also finished second on the team with 18 RBIs and eight extra bases.
The eight strikeouts by McAnear placed him third with Tigers who had 50-or-more at-bats.
11-3A First Team Outfielder – Dylan Hammond, senior
For the second-straight year, Dylan Hammond was named an 11-3A 1st team Outfielder.
A staple in the three-hole of the Tigers’ lineup, Hammond’s senior campaign was highlighted by his school-record 28 RIBs. The total was 10 more than any other Tiger this season.
Hammond tied McAnear for the team lead with 25 hits on the season. However, he took the outright team lead with RBIs, extra bases (13) – thanks partly to the team’s only home run – and SLG% (.494).
Like Crawford, Hammond also has a standing offer to continue his baseball career at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster.
11-3A Second Team Catcher – Drayton Williams, senior
A 2015 11-3A All-District Honorable Mention, 2015 Under Armour All-American and the 39th ranked catcher in Texas heading into the season, according to Perfect Game, Drayton Williams now has an 11-3A 2nd team Catcher nod under his belt, as well.
Williams who signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Texas at Dallas and will continue his playing career under head coach Shane Shewmake
This season, Williams posted a .274/.361/.383 slash with 20 hits, 15 RBIs and 13 BB across 73 at-bats.
11-3A Second Team Infielder – Codey Barker, senior
Concluding his Glen Rose career with an 11-3A 2nd team infielder recognition is a splendid way to go out for Tiger third baseman Codey Barker.
Barker slashed .208/.300/.264 this season with 11 hits, 7 RBIs and 7 BB.
11-3A Second Team Outfielder – Gus Stoner, junior
Stepping into the No. 2 spot in the Tiger order when Torres went down with a broken finger, Gus Stoner and the Glen Rose offense never missed a beat.
The Glen Rose right fielder was one of five Tigers with an OBP above .400 – joining Rush, Hammond, McAnear and Torres – and finished with a .250/.423/.267 slash. He also led the team with 18 free passes.
11-3A Honorable mention – Reece Nickell, senior
Nickell often manned first base for the Tigers when Crawford was on the bump during the 2016 season and did so admirably.
He finished his senior season at the plate with four walks and two runs scored in 10 at-bats.
11-3A Honorable mention – Gage Costello, senior
Gage Costello platooned with Brennan Cary in left field this season for the Tigers. A slow start was highlighted by his four hits in the Tigers final two games of the UIL 3A Bi-District playoffs.
He finished with nine hits, nine runs and 6 RBIs across 45 at-bats.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith