The Glen Rose Tigers not only placed two players on the All-District 8-4A baseball first team, but a freshman earned one of the special superlative awards.
Senior Tigers Camron Rush and junior Tyler Torres, both infielders, were voted to the first team by league coaches during their district meeting held in Godley. And GRHS freshman pitcher/outfielder Davis Shackelford was voted Freshman of the Year.
Seniors Gus Stoner and Camden Reynolds were voted second-team all-district for the Tigers as infielders. Stoner was the team’s starting catcher and Reynolds was the second baseman.
The Tigers’ honorable mention picks were seniors Brennan Cary and Cordell Whitefield, plus junior Connor Hansen.
Head coach James Evans, who led the Tigers to a 12-11 season record and a 3-9 district mark, said that the high quality of competition made it tough to make the all-district team.
“It’s real tough,” Evans said. “You can’t vote on your own players. It’s tough to get on there. This is one of the tough (districts).”
Shackelford recorded a sparkling earned run average of 0.66, and led the Tigers in wins, with a 6-2 season record. He struck out 90 batters and allowed 23 hits in 53 innings. Shackelford gave up 15 runs, but only 5 of them were earned.
Torres led the Tigers in hitting, posting a .480 average. He had 36 hits including 5 doubles, and scored a team-high 32 runs.
Rush, a shortstop who will be heading for East Texas Baptist University to play baseball after signing a letter-of-intent at the start of the season, batted .323, had 11 doubles and scored 20 runs.
Both Stoner and Shackelford hit .403, tying for second behind Torres in that department. Stoner and Shackelford also tied for the team lead in runs batted in, with 23 each.
Reynolds and Shackelford had six doubles, which was the most on the team. Reynolds notched a .323 batting average.
Cary batted .229, drove in 10 runs and scored 11.
Whitefield batted .133, while Hansen hit .130.
Two players tied in the voting for the district’s Most Valuable Player honor — junior Brett Brown of Godley and senior Adam Oviedo of Alvarado.
The Pitcher of the Year was junior Easton Jones of Stephenville.
Bobby Goodloe, a junior from Godley, was the Offensive Player of the Year.
There was a tie for Defensive Player of the Year voting between sophomore Brayton McDaniel of Midlothian Heritage and senior A.J. Bates of Alvarado.
The Utility Player of the Year was Nick Menchaca, a sophomore from Godley.
Godley reached the Region I-4A championship round but was eliminated by Abilene Wylie last week, two games to none.