Kilgore native Matthew Dickey, who set the single season record for stolen bases, shared Freshman of the Year honors with the release of the All-Texas Collegiate League Team.
Dickey was joined on the elite squad by East Texas Pump Jacks’ teammate Nick Rossetta, who was named the league’s top pitcher, and Joey Armstrong.
It marked the fifth year in a row a Pump Jack player earned Freshman of the Year honors and the second straight year for an East Texas player to pick up Pitcher of the Year accolades.
Dickey hit .322 during the regular season with six doubles, 18 RBIs and 32 runs scored. He was successful on 40 of 45 stolen base attempts, breaking the team record of 33 and then setting the TCL mark of 40 on Thursday in the first inning of a 5-2 win over the Texas Marshals.
Rossetta entered the postseason with a 6-2 record and a 1.23 earned run average and a pair of complete game shutouts. He struck out 41 and walked 18 in 58.1 innings of work.
Armstrong, who started every game at third for the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has transitioned into one of the most versatile players for the Pump Jacks, spending time in the outfield as well as behind the plate. He hit .299 with 27 runs scored in the regular season and led the league with four triples — one off the single-season record — and ranks in the top 10 in the TCL in hits (52) and RBIs (31).