Baseball: Pair of Dragons make Texas Sportswriters team

By Travis Lisle | Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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The Texas Sports Writers Association named a pair of Dragons to their 2A All-State baseball team.

Jaston McBee and Tyler Melton were each named to the squad after tremendous junior seasons and helping Chico to the second round of the playoffs.

McBee was named to the TSWA first team for the second consecutive year after hitting .463 with a .550 on-base percentage.

The center fielder, who’s most notable parlor trick is his ability to throw the ball with either hand, hit a team-leading six triples to go with three doubles and a team-high 28 base hits. As Chico’s lead off man, McBee crossed home 49 times and drove in 26 runs while stealing a team-high 35 bases.

McBee’s most memorable moment, and only home run of the season, came in a district game against Bryson when he only needed two innings to complete a cycle.

McBee was also named District 10-2A Defensive MVP for the 2015 season with his .903 fielding percentage.

Despite being the pitching ace for the Dragons with a 1.91 earned-run average, a 7-0 record on the hill and 66 strikeouts to just 13 walks, Melton made the TSWA’s second team as a first baseman for the second straight year.

The 2015 10-2A MVP and All-Wise MVP batted .525 with a .721 on-base percentage and hit seven home runs.

Also a junior, “T-Bone’s” best moment came in a road game against district rival Alvord when he battled the Bulldogs’ top two arms in Kegan Branum and Cassidy Patterson.

Melton threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts and one walk while allowing just four hits in a 6-3 Chico victory.

Melton also made the TSWA honorable mention list as a pitcher, along with Branum who made honorable mention as a short stop.

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