Whitehouse already looking toward next year; Carlisle savors title

Whitehouse's Jake Parker will be one of a strong contingent of returning players from the Wildcats' first state-tournament team.(Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

On the bus ride home from Round Rock, the Whitehouse baseball team started talking about next season.

Having just experienced one of the most difficult losses of their lives, the Wildcats looked ahead to another promising spring. And with so much talent returning from a state semifinalist, the expectations will be through the roof.

"We have a lot of kids coming back," coach Derrick Jenkins said. "Hopefully it's something we can do more than one time."

Whitehouse, which had never been to state before, finished the season with a school-record 31 wins (nine losses). The Wildcats fell 3-2 in the semifinals to 12-time state qualifier Corpus Christy Moody, which lost to Tomball in the Class 4A final at Round Rock's Dell Diamond.

All three starting pitchers — Patrick Mahomes, Ryan Cheatham and Peyton Conser — were juniors this season and are set to return. Other returning starters include infielders Jake Parker and Alex Munoz, plus outfielders Coleman Patterson and Rex Swinney.

However, four key players graduated last week and will be missed next fall. The players include first basemen Michael Nuon, catcher Derek Clemons, outfielder Jared Raabe and designated hitter/outfielder Aaron Clemons, who combined for 139 RBIS (Aaron and Derek led the team with 52 and 42, respectively).

"We're losing a lot of runs," Jenkins said.

The seniors helped Whitehouse go 85-23 the last three seasons and put together the best years in program history in back-to-back seasons.

"It was a great year," Jenkins said. "This group of kids have bought into everything we've done. We have a great program because of those guys."



On Saturday, Carlisle coach Wesley Colley sent his son, Caleb, a question via text message.

"How does it feel to be a state champion?"

The answer: "Great!"

Last week, the Indians claimed the first state title in program history with a 6-1 victory against Stamford in the Class 1A baseball final at Round Rock's Dell Diamond.

Carlisle, which fell in the state semifinals last season, finished the season with a 29-1 record — the only loss coming to 2A state-ranked White Oak in a warm-up game.

On Saturday, coach Colley said the championship hadn't settled in yet.

"I've just been doing some year-end stuff," he said. "I've got to do some inventory on my equipment. Once I get through all that and settle down it will probably. Right now I've just been too busy."

The championship game was one of Carlisle's best performances of the season, Colley said. It came a day after the Indians gave up four runs in the first inning in a 7-6 comeback victory against Weimar that took eight innings.

Zach Brightwell, who struck out eight in a three-hitter, was named the championship game MVP in addition to being named the pitcher on the Class 1A all-tournament team. Other Indians on the all-tournament team were sophomore third baseman Ben Goss, junior short stop Caleb Colley and senior outfielder Shadow Sanders.

Mahomes was Whitehouse's lone representative on the all-tournament team, earning the nod as a pitcher.


2013 UIL Baseball State All-Tournament Teams

Selected by Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association

Class 1A

PitcherZach BrigthwellJr.Price Carlisle

Catcher Dylan McCarleySr.Trenton

1BWyatt BeezleySr.Trenton

2BDalton MathisSr. Stamford

3BBen GossSo.Price Carlisle

SSCaleb ColleyJr.Price Carlisle

OFMario GonzalesSr.Stamford

OFClay KansteinerSr.Weimar

OFShadow SandersSr. Price Carlisle

UtilitySeth HelmcampJr.Weimar

MVPZach BrightwellJr.Price Carlisle


Class 2A

PitcherDylan MooreJr.Hughes Springs

Catcher Chad McKinneyJr.Hughes Springs

1BWill WallaceSr.Hallettsville

2BCameron DealSr.Bangs

3BNate KowalikSo.Bangs

SSCarson SchindlerSr.Hallettsville

OFHunter SmithSo.Hughes Springs

OFChris JonesSr.Hallettsville

OFJustin ReevesJr.Hallettsville

UtilityJon FranzSr.Salado

MVPReagan McAdaSr.Hallettsville


Class 3A

PitcherTrey SupackJr.La Grange

Catcher Landon GerikSr.La Grange

1BChris RabornSr.La Grange

2BAlex AlsupSr.Texarkana Pleasant Grove

3BJoe PearlmanFr.Texarkana Pleasant Grove

SSTanner FritschSr.La Grange

OFDylan SilveyJr.Texarkana Pleasant Grove

OFKris ElersJr.Silsbee

OFKolb KolekSr.La Grange

UtilityChase FreemanJr.Lubbock Cooper

MVPLogan VinklarekSr.La Grange


Class 4A

PitcherPatrick MahomesJr.Whitehouse

Catcher Mason StoneSr.Wichita Falls Rider

1BKenny SaenzJr.Corpus Christi Moody

2BEric DunbarSr.Tomball

3BPayton GeisingerSr.Wichita Falls Rider

SSAnthony LucasSr.Tomball

OFJoshua CoveyJr.Tomball

OFNicholas BanksSr.Tomball

OFTres LunaJr.Corpus Christi Moody

UtilityChris Estrada Jr.Corpus Christi Moody

MVPRobert DuggerSr.Tomball


Class 5A

PitcherDakota MillsSr.Fort Bend Dulles

Catcher Alex DunlapSr.Conroe The Woodlands

1BChris AndritsosSo.Conroe The Woodlands

2BLuke SherleyJr.Conroe The Woodlands

3BNick HernandezSr.Fort Bend Dulles

SSCaden WilliamsSr.Fort Bend Dulles

OFKolbi BrownSr.Conroe The Woodlands

OFJosh WatsonSo.Arlington Martin

OFDarryn SheppardSr.Ford Bend Dulles

UtilityJustin GarciaSr.Northside O'connor

MVPCarter HopeSr.Conroe The Woodlands


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