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Baseball: Couture, Essig earn individual honors – Cook named Newcomer of the Year

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Boyd’s Dylan Couture earned District 8-3A Offensive MVP and Paradise’s Jace Essig was named 8-3A Defensive MVP after stellar 2018 campaigns.

Couture hit .462 for the Yellowjackets and drove in 17 runs. He slugged .635 and had an OPS of 1.126 to go along with a home run and six doubles.

Essig was a wall behind the plate for the Panthers, sporting a fielding percentage of .983. He committed only two errors on the season.

Essig’s battery mate, Parker Cook, was one of two Newcomers of the Year out of 8-3A. He went 3-2 on the season and had an impressive playoff start in Game 1 of the 3A Region I bi-district series against No. 2 Brock. Cook surrendered just three runs to the Eagles in a 3-1 loss. He finished the year with a 3.30 ERA and tallied 19 strikeouts.

First-team selections for Boyd included catcher Rustyn Ellis, outfielder Payton Brown and designated hitter Creighton Witt.

Ellis hit .357 and drove in 18 runs. Brown had an average of .333 and an OPS of .856. Witt hit .333 and worked 12 walks.

The Panthers’ first-team selections were pitcher Mikey Passariello, first baseman Mitchell Sellars and outfielder Will Reeves.

Passariello was 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 1.77. Sellars hit .417 at the dish with a home run and 14 RBIs. Reeves had an average of .250 and a fielding percentage of .933.

2018 DISTRICT 8-3A BASEBALL TEAM

MVP: Clay Botello, Jacksboro

Offensive MVP: Dylan Couture, Boyd

Defensive MVP: Jace Essig, Paradise

Pitcher of the Year: Weston Max, Henrietta

Newcomers of the Year: Parker Cook, Paradise; Hadley Harrigal, Holliday

Coaching Staff of the Year: Holliday

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher: Mikey Passariello, Paradise; Jake Turner, Holliday

Catcher: Rustyn Ellis, Boyd; Blake Gray, Holliday

First base: Mitchell Sellars, Paradise

Second base: Lathan Lowrance, Jacksboro

Shortstop: Luke Dixon, Jacksboro

Third base: Fernando Piedra, Jacksboro

Outfield: Will Reeves, Paradise; Payton Brown, Boyd; Ty Kennedy, Jacksboro; Zack West, Henrietta

Utility: Brendan Toulan, Holliday

Designated hitter: Creighton Witt, Boyd

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher: Boston McIntire, Boyd

Third base: Bridger Skogberg, Paradise

Outfield: Colby Cox, Paradise; Trey Valentine, Paradise

Utility: Cade Goodman, Paradise

HONORABLE MENTION

Boyd: Jake Faust, Nolan Clark

Paradise: Blaine Gibson, Trevor Helton, Trace Tyler

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