After being in Class B for the past two years, the Hicks Pirates returned to Class C and reached the state tournament at Bringhurst. One of the big reasons for the Pirates return to the state tournament was the play of senior Seth Wellman. The third baseman/first baseman was quite dominant at the plate, sporting a .496 average with seven homers and 45 RBIs. Those numbers allowed him to share the District 4-C MVP honor with Grace Christian senior Chaston LaCaze, according to the coaches in the league. LaCaze was responsible for a .600 batting average on the season, connecting on four homers and driving in 36 runs. He also had 42 stolen bases with 59 runs scored. As for Wellman, he batted over .700 in district play and scored 27 runs on the season. Grace Christian skipper Josh Brown was named the league’s Coach of the Year as he guided the Warriors to the Class C title game, where they lost to Claiborne Christian, 5-3. Wellman, who made the all-district team at third base, was joined on the first-team squad by teammates Caleb LaCaze, Zakk Rogerson, Mike Borders, Ty Durbin and Austin Wilson. LaCaze, a junior pitcher, was 8-1 on the season, which included a victory over Calvin in the state quarterfinals. He had a 4.50 ERA?and struck out 48 batters. Rogerson, a junior outfielder, batted .431 for the Pirates and had 24 stolen bases to go along with 17 RBIs and a homer on the year. Borders, a senior outfielder, drove in 26 runs for the Pirates this season and had .301 batting average. Durbin, another Hicks junior who made the all-district team at designated hitter, was good for a .420 batting average, two homers and 24 RBIs, while Wilson, a freshman utility player, played four different positions for the Pirates. Wilson sported a .380 batting average and had 23 RBIs and 10 stolen bases on the season. Along with LaCaze, the Warriors were represented on the first team by senior pitchers Daniel Margheim and Jeremy Fontenot, sophomore catcher David Slater, senior first baseman Patrick Murphy and junior outfielder Morgan Briggs. Margheim went 9-2 with 109 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched, while Fontenot was 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA. He was also one of the top hitters in the lineup for the Warriors. Slater had two homers and 33 RBIs for the Warriors, while also throwing out 45 percent of those runners attempting to steal, while Murphy had a .354 average with 24 RBIs. Briggs stole 11 bases for the Warriors, while also batting .342 with 21 RBIs. Ebarb landed a pair of players on the first-team all-district squad. Senior second baseman Josh Hilburn batted .333 on the season to make the squad, while sophomore utility choice Jarrod Brandon was good for a .310 batting average. A total of eight players picked up second-team all-district honors, including three from Hicks. Junior left-hander Dustin Phillips was named to the pitching staff, while freshman Anthony Gonzales made the team at catcher. Ty Williams, a seventh grader who spent the last part of the season as a designated hitter, made the second team as an infielder. Grace Christian had three players named second-team all-district, including senior infielder Austin Waters, freshman infielder Colten Murphy and sophomore outfielder Justin Reynaud. Ebarb landed a pair of players on the second-team as well. Freshman Hunter Curtis made the squad as a second-team infielder, while fellow freshman Sam Brandon was named to the squad as an outfielder.