Player of the Year: Stony Point senior shortstop Taylor Bailey
The unanimous MVP in District 16-5A and THSBCA first-team all-state honoree, Bailey wrapped up his three-year varsity career with this spring statline: .376 batting average, 41 runs scored, 24 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Bailey also had a .564 slugging percentage and his 77 defensive assists was a record for Stony Point shortstops.
Stony Point finished third in the District 16-5A standings but the Tigers swept Bowie in the bi-district playoffs. In the area round, Stony Point pushed The Woodlands, the eventual Class 5A champions, to the brink before dropping a 2-1 decision in a one-game series.
Coach of the Year: Hays’ David Null
Null was promoted in the off-season when longtime Hays coach Doug Ragsdale opted for retirement and he inherited a team that had a losing record in 2012. This season, Hays won 23 games, split the District 27-4A championship and were the only Austin-area team to reach the fourth round of the UIL baseball playoffs.
Newcomer of the Year: Round Rock freshman outfielder Cameron Blake
Round Rock opened the season as the state’s sixth-ranked team and the Dragons finished the spring as a regional quarterfinalist that won a share of the District 16-5A title. Along the way, the Dragons got a boost from Blake, who hit third in the team’s batting order and contributed a .344 batting average, 20 RBIs and 15 runs.
Along with fellow freshman Mason Thompson, a pitcher who has already verbally committed to Texas, Blake will help anchor Round Rock’s team for years to come.
P: Round Rock senior Chris Falwell
Arkansas signee led Dragons with 8-1 record, 66 strikeouts, 1.26 ERA.
P: Hays junior Tyler Woodmansee
Went 10-2 with 1.97 ERA, 98 strikeouts. Was also 2-for-2 on save chances.
P: Marble Falls senior Cole Ridgely
Recorded 12 wins and three saves while striking out 124 over 82.3 innings.
C: Dripping Springs senior Jason Nicholson
Led Tigers to a district title with team-best .442 batting average and 23 RBIs.
1B: McCallum senior Jake Whitefield
Hit .424 with 36 RBIs as McCallum extended reign over 26-4A standings.
2B: Westlake senior Aaron Black
Hit .430 with 4 HRs. Also fueled Chaparrals’ offense with 26 RBIs, 25 runs.
3B: LBJ senior Zacharie Johnson
THSBCA’s all-state pick complemented .541 batting average with 36 RBIs.
SS: Stony Point senior Taylor Bailey
Speedy senior won 16-5A MVP honors, led Tigers to Class 5A’s area round.
OF: Hays senior Granger Studdard
His .408 batting average, 32 RBIs, 31 runs led Hays to playoff’s fourth round.
OF: Round Rock senior Kirby McGuire
Dragons’ leadoff hitter hit .336, legged out eight triples and recorded 40 runs.
OF: Regents senior Jason Chapman
Three-time TAPPS all-state pick hit .452, scored 37 runs, stole 19 bases.
DH: Dripping Springs junior Chance Callihan
District 25-4A MVP pitched and played shortstop. Went 5-2, hit .417 with 3 HRs.
UTIL: Lake Travis senior Daniel Castano
Baylor-bound hurler went 7-3 with 0.89 ERA, led Cavs with .393 batting average.
P: Georgetown senior Jako Kelm
Left-hander recorded a 1.39 ERA for District 17-4A champs, soared to 7-0 record.
P: Vista Ridge senior Dylan Bein
Pitched 70.2 innings for Rangers and tallied 7 wins, 133 strikeouts and a 0.79 ERA.
P: Westlake junior Paul Kirkpatrick
Westlake ace went 7-2 with 1.86 ERA, logged 27 more innings than any other teammate.
C: Cedar Ridge junior Mike McCann
Led Class 5A area finalists in batting average (.369) and doubles (11).
1B: St. Michael’s senior Eric Honeycutt
All-state pick hit .432, collected many of his 45 RBIs against UIL programs.
2B: Georgetown senior Wilkes Swaim
Late addition to Georgetown’s starting line-up hit .400, won 17-4A MVP honors.
3B: Wimberley senior Shane Clement
District 27-3A co-MVP earned all-state honors while hitting .461 with 5 HRs, 35 RBIs.
SS: Crockett senior Jacob Paciocco
2012 All-CenTex honoree hit .423 with 24 runs, 20 SBs. Struck out only four times.
OF: Cedar Ridge senior Daniel Williams
Dallas Baptist-bound Raider drove in 33 runs, had .495 slugging percentage.
OF: Bastrop junior Clifton Hendrix
Stole 33 bases, scored 34 runs as Bastrop made first playoff appearance since 1996.
OF: Hutto junior Chase Adams
Hippo hit 14 doubles and had batting average and on-base percentage top .400 mark.
DH: Lehman senior Hunter Lehman
Missed playoffs but earned MVP honors in stacked district. Hit .326, went 7-1 as pitcher.
UTIL: Thrall senior Lane Hobbs
Went 10-2 and struck out 120 over 69 innings, also hit .368 for regional quarterfinalists.
P: Cedar Park senior Ryan Johnson
Vanderbilt recruit’s 4-5 record wasn’t stellar. 1.04 ERA and 87 strikeouts definitely were.
P: McCallum senior Griffin Stuesser
Ex-quarterback returned to baseball, allowed three earned runs in 47 innings.
P: Hyde Park Baptist junior Chance Kirby
TAPPS all-state pick went 10-3 in 2013, struck out 113 with a 1.66 ERA.
C: Stony Point senior Kiki Menendez
All-district catcher provided 33 RBIs, .330 batting average for Tigers’ offense.
1B: Georgetown senior Trey Hicks
Texas State signee hit .360 and drove in 25 runs for District 17-4A champions.
2B: Bowie senior James Carter
Bowie’s top hitter (.383) led the Bulldogs to a share of the District 15-5A title
3B: San Marcos junior Elijah Perez
Rattler received all-district accolades after hitting .446 with 31 RBIs, 27 runs.
SS: Burnet senior Will Kyle
Produced .432 average, 33 runs and 26 RBIs from Bulldogs’ leadoff spot.
OF: Leander senior Garrett Venner
Clubbed three home runs while also contributing 30 RBIs, 29 runs for the Lions.
OF: Marble Falls junior Carson Bowen
Centerfielder brought speed (28 SBs) and power (27 RBIs) to Mustangs’ line-up.
OF: Taylor senior Brandon Martinez
Hit .353 with 24 RBIs, placed on third team of THSBCA’s Class 3A all-state team.
DH: McNeil senior Alex Grant
Had .354 batting average as McNeil won a playoff series for the second straight season.
UTIL: Thorndale junior Riley Schaefer
26-A’s Defensive MVP hit .411 with 34 RBIs, 41 runs. Also had 100 strikeouts, 1.95 ERA.