WHITEHOUSE — This past spring, Whitehouse’s Jared Raabe was an elder statesman on a team that included many underclassmen.
The junior had an interesting role in his first season on the varsity — newcomer and leader.
“It was interesting,” Raabe said.
Raabe, an outfielder, is the Newcomer of the Year on the Tyler Courier-Times—Telegraph’s All-East Texas Baseball Team.
Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes won the award last season.
Raabe, who is set to graduate as his class’s valedictorian next year, helped Whitehouse reach the regional semifinals and complete the year with a 28-6 record — the best season in program history.
Raabe batted .424 with one home run, 19 RBIs and 32 runs. He also produced six doubles, two triples, 15 walks and 14 steals with a .587 on-base percentage.
Raabe was also hit by a team-high 20 pitches, which reflected his unselfish contributions to the team.
“We came into the year as underdogs and nobody expected us to be where we are,” Wildcats coach Derrick Jenkins said during the season. “Team-wise this is the most unselfish team I’ve ever been around, which includes getting hit by pitches.”
Raabe enjoyed the season.
“It was really exciting,” he said. “It was just a blast. It was great to exceed our expectations.”