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Samples makes 9-3A team; 7 Eagles, 4 Bulls earn honors

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014

Bridgeport senior Alex Samples pitched the Bulls into the postseason as the veteran leader of the team.

Samples allowed only four earned runs in 55 innings on 52 hits. At the plate, he batted .296 with 15 RBIs and a homer.

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POWER PITCHER – Bridgeport’s Alex Samples earned a first-team 9-3A selection after leading Bulls to playoffs. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Samples’ efforts landed him on the District 9-3A first team. He was one of four Bulls to earn league honors.

Seven Decatur players earned district selections.

District champion Sanger dominated the superlative awards. Ted Wisdom earned the league MVP. Anthony Escobedo garnered Offensive MVP. T.J. Self was the best newcomer. Sanger hurler Ross Scott shared the pitching award with Krum’s Colton Lucas.

Gainesville’s Tag Sparks grabbed Defensive MVP.

Decatur pitcher Clayton Egle, catcher Michael Hicks, first baseman Nick Trachta, shortstop Mason Baur, outfielders Cain Lowe and Austin Givens made the first team.

Egle went 4-5 on the mound with a 2.62 ERA in 53.1 innings with 36 strikeouts. He hit .219 with 12 RBIs. Trachta batted .329 with a homer and 13 RBIs. Hicks sported a .222 average. Baur hit .293 with 15 RBIs and went 5-3 with a 1.70 ERA pitching. Lowe batted .271 with eight RBIs and a team-high 17 stolen bases. Givens hit .317 with 11 RBIs and a homer.

Bridgeport outfielder Eric Delgadillo joined the first team after hitting .207 with four RBIs. He hit .263 during district play.

Decatur’s Christian Carrillo, A.J. Johnson and Drew Edwards made the second team. Carrillo batted .256 with seven RBI. Johnson had a .256 average and drove in eight runs. Edwards hit .301 and knocked in 12 runs.

Bridgeport’s Jared Huff and Daniel Garcia made the second team. Huff batted .312 with seven RBIs. Garcia finished the year with a .304 average and nine RBIs.

Decatur’s Josh Jones and Bridgeport’s Dalton Hudson received honorable mention.

2014 9-3A BASEBALL TEAM

MVP: Ted Wisdom, senior, Sanger

Offensive MVP: Anthony Escobedo, junior, Sanger

Defensve MVP: Tag Sparks, junior, Gainesville

Co-Pitcher of the Year: Ross Scott, senior, Sanger; Colton Lucas, senior, Krum

Newcomer of the Year: T.J. Self, sophomore, Sanger

Coaching Staff of the Year: Sanger

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers: Logan Looper, senior, Sanger; Clayton Egle, junior, Decatur; Alex Samples, senior, Bridgeport

Catchers: Michael Hicks, sophomore, Decatur; Colton Graham, sophomore, Krum

First baseman: Nick Trachta, senior, Decatur

Second baseman: Chance Cockrell, junior, Sanger

Third baseman: Wilding Smith, junior, Sanger

Shortstop: Mason Baur, sophomore, Decatur

Outfield: Halen Frazier, junior, Sanger; Cain Lowe, senior, Decatur; Austin Givens, senior, Decatur; Eric Delgadillo, senior, Bridgeport; Landon Bond, senior, Gainesville

Designated hitter: Roy Hedgecock, senior, Sanger

Utility player: Austen Lange, senior, Sanger

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher: Colton Knierim, sophomore, Krum

Catcher: Justan Bailey, junior, Krum

Infielders: Jared Huff, junior, Bridgeport; Christian Carrillo, senior, Decatur; Daniel Garcia, senior, Bridgeport; A.J. Johnson, Decatur, sophomore

Outfielders: Kyle Link, junior, Sanger; Garrett Cooper, senior, Gainesville; Brennan Ellis, senior, Krum; Drew Edwards, senior, Decatur

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