The postseason baseball honors are rolling in for the Glen Rose High School Tigers, paced by senior Tyler Torres and sophomore Davis Shackelford.
Head coach James Evans announced that Torres, who was a second baseman for the Tigers, and Shackelford, the team’s leading pitcher, were voted by their teammates to receive the prestigious Tiger Excellence Award for the 2018 baseball squad.
Also, the all-District 8-4A voting has been released since district champion Godley was eliminated in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament on June 7.
Shackelford was voted by league coaches as the district’s Pitcher of the Year, and Torres was voted first-team all-district.
Glen Rose teammates Jaden Harper, Adrian Lewis and Jett Gould were voted second-team all-district.
GRHS sophomores Ashton Smith and Michael Watson are honorable mention all-district picks.
Evans also released the names of the varsity players who made the academic all-district list (with grade-point averages of 90 and above) — Ashton Smith, Michael Watson, Bryan Pounds, Tyler Torres, Connor Hansen, Coby Riley, Jadon Harper, Garrett Gilbreath, Chance Hatfield and Davis Shackelford.
Torres had earned second-team all-state honors from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association for the 2017 season as a junior. He was a three-year starter at second base for the Tigers, and led the team in hitting in both 2016 and 2017. His average in 2018 was .342, fourth on the team.
Torres owns the school’s career record for hits, with 86. He became the all-time GRHS leader in runs scored last year, when he crossed the plate a single-season school-record 32 times. Torres was also a multiyear standout in football, earning first-team all-district as a receiver and honorable mention as a cornerback.
A year ago, Shackelford was voted as the district’s Freshman of the Year. This season, he led the team with a 7-2 pitching record and an earned run average of 3.01. In pitching a team-high 62 2/3 innings, Shackelford struck out a team-leading 97 batters. Although his honor was as a pitcher, he was also one of the team’s top hitters, finishing second among the regulars with a .375 average. He led the Tigers in extra-base hits with 10 doubles and one home run.
Harper, a sophomore, batted .267, hit two home runs, drove in 21 runs and scored nine times.
Lewis, a senior, hit .344 with one home run, drove in 12 runs and scored eight.
Gould, a junior, hit ..279, scored 13 runs and had six RBI.
Smith led the Tiger regulars in hitting with a .416 average and in hits with 32, and was second in RBI with 20.
Watson recorded a 2-2 pitching record for the Tigers, striking out 19 and walking 29 in 20 2/3 innings.
Hansen, on the academic all-district team this year, was an honorable mention all-district pick as a junior.
Evans’ Tigers finished the season with a 14-12 record. They made the playoffs as the fourth-place team in District 8-4A before being eliminated in the bi-district playoff round in two straight games by Kennedale.
The all-district superlatives also included overall Most Valuable Player Brett Brown, a senior from Godley, Offensive POY Bobby Goodloe, also a senior from Godley, along with three Midlothian Heritage players — Defensive POY Code Sumbler, Utility POY Trey Bostic and Newcomer of the Year Travis Belz. Sumbler and Belz are sophomores and Bostic is a senior.