Pitkin, Simpson, Hornbeck have four each on first team
May 24, 2010 at 12:01 AMMay 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM
District 5-B was well-represented in the recent Class B playoffs as four teams — Pitkin, Fairview, Hornbeck and Simpson — all made it to the postseason, with three of those advancing to at least the second round.
So it should come as no surprise all four teams were represented on the District 5-B squad by multiple players.
Fairview, which reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Holden, landed five players on the first-team all-district squad and took home both of the top honors from the coaches.
Senior pitcher Lyndal Williams was selected as the district’s Most Valuable Player, while Fairview skipper Greg Manuel won Coach of the Year recognition.
Williams, the ace of the Fairview staff, went 6-1 in district play with a 2.92 earned run average. For the season, he went 14-6 on the hill with a 2.60 ERA, striking out 125 batters in just over 80 innings.
Manuel guided the Panthers to a 24-8 overall record, which included a 9-1 mark in league play, edging Pitkin by one game.
Williams was joined on the team by fellow seniors Colby Marler and Jake Howard, along with freshmen Tyler Maddox and Keegan Gordon.
Howard, an all-district outfielder, batted .458 in league play and was responsible for a team-high seven homers this year for Fairview, while Marler was an all-district utility selection thanks to a solid batting average of .455
Maddox was selected to the team as an infielder, sporting a .455 batting average, while Gordon joined Marler at utility with a .400 batting average.
Pitkin, which also reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual state champion Forest, had four players named first-team all-district, three of which were seniors.
Seniors Trevor West, Paul Willis and Slade Deason were each first-team picks, along with sophomore Kendal Abel.
West was one of four pitchers named first-team all-district as he went 3-1 in district with a 2.73 ERA. He was just as big a threat as a hitter as he had four home runs and 15 RBIs in 10 league outings.
Willis, the Pitkin catcher, batted .407 on the district campaign, while Deason, selected as an infielder, had a .429 average.
Abel was an all-district outfield selection, carrying an average of .419. He also pitched for the Tigers.
Hornbeck and Simpson each had four players named first-team all-district.
Simpson senior Chance Moore and Hornbeck senior Heath Smith round out the all-district pitching staff.
Moore went 3-1 in district play with a 2.79 ERA, while Smith was 1-3 before an elbow injury cut his senior season short.
A pair of Hornbeck freshmen — Allen Beaird and Matt Alford — and sophomore Shannon Hale were first-team all-district picks.
Beaird, who caught and pitched for Hornbeck, made the team as a utility player, carrying a batting average of .308, while Alford, a shortstop and pitcher, batted .364 for the Hornets and made the squad as an infielder.
Hale, an all-district outfield along with Abel and Howard, had a batting average of .455.
Simpson juniors Kyle Myers and Kyle Busby, along with freshman teammate Jared Parker, round out the all-district team.
Myers, with his .303 average, was one of two catchers named first-team all-district, while Busby and Parker were utility selections.
Busby batted .522 in league play, while Parker was good for a .304 batting average.
The second-team all-district pitching staff included Simpson eighth-grader Lane Merriman, Hornbeck senior Justin Alford, Singer junior Justin Reed and Scottie Biscamp of Evans.
The five players named second-team all-district on the infield were Singer’s Tim Mock, Fairview’s Quade Pitts, Simpson’s Hunter Stephens, Pitkin’s Blane Perkins and Hornbeck’s Braley Browning.
Hornbeck’s Zack Staddon, Simpson’s Kevin Martin and Fairview’s Josh Walker comprise the second-team outfield selections.
Rounding out the second team at utility were Pitkin’s Chris Jenkins, Fairview’s Steven Maxwell, Andrew Blackmon of Evans, Simpson’s Hunter Woodham and Pitkin’s Logan Johnson.