All Saints juniors William Young and Chandler Hammond were named to the TAPPS 4A all-state first team after leading the Trojans to an unbeaten run through TAPPS 2-4A.
Young, a pitcher, held a 1.11 ERA with more than 80 strikeouts. He also batted .425.
Hammond, a catcher, had a team-leading .433 average with eight doubles and three triples.
Also, Grace Community senior catcher Micah Florey was named all-state honorable mention. Throughout his Cougars career, Florey was named all state in football, soccer and baseball.
Florey was also named academic all state. He was joined on the list by teammate Jacob Spitzer, a junior outfielder.
Panthers Pitcher Suggs A First Teamer
East Texas Christian Academy junior Cade Suggs was named first-team all state in TAPPS 1A/2A after a standout year at pitcher and first base.
Suggs batted .603 and had a 0.71 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 49 innings.
Additionally, Suggs’ teammate, junior pitcher Sawyer Dorsey, earned honorable mention all state. Dorsey had a 2.48 ERA on the mound and had team highs of three home runs and 35 runs.
Suggs, Dorsey and teammate William Finley, a junior shortstop, were all named to the academic all-state team.
Guard Have Five On First Team
Bullard Brook Hill placed five players on the all-state first team in TAPPS 3A after winning the second of back-to-back state championships.
Seniors JB Moss, A.J. Minter and Travis Pirtle as well as juniors Kendall Kerns and Drew Robertson earned the top honors.
Additionally, junior Michael Greening was named second-team all state.
Moss, a shortstop, batted .457 and scored nearly twice a game.
Minter, a left-handed pitcher and right fielder, struck out 119 in 59 2-3 innings while batting .452.
Moss and Minter are both Texas A&M signees and led the team with five home runs apiece.
Pirtle, a second baseman, hit .512 on the year from the five hole, leading the team in RBIs after returning from a broken leg suffered in the football team’s playoff run in November.
At catcher, Kerns led the Guard with a .548 average and hit a key three-run homer in the state semifinals.
Robertson, the team’s No. 2 starter on the mound, had a 0.60 ERA in the regular season and earned the win in the state championship game to finish the year 8-0.
Greening, an outfielder, was the team’s spark in the nine hole in the playoffs, coming up with a three-run triple in the title game.
The Guard also placed six on the academic all-state team. Minter, Pirtle and Kerns were joined on the team by seniors Hunter George and Dylan Horinek and junior Quintin Pile.
Softball:?Grace’s Stanley, Gorman’s Jacobi Honored
Two Tylerites earned a spot on the TAPPS 4A all-state team.
Grace Community sophomore shortstop Kylee Stanley and Bishop Gorman freshman pitcher Katelin Jacobi were both named honorable mention all state.
Jacobi’s battery mate, junior Rachel Carney, was named academic all state.
Also, Bullard Brook Hill junior Alyssa Eden was named academic all state out of TAPPS 3A.