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Kilgore's Gus Witt, Spring Hill's Marshall Lipsey and Linden-Kildare's John Roberts earned superlative selections on the 2019 All-East Texas Baseball Team.

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All East Texas Baseball MVP Gus Witt of Kilgore Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

MVP

Gus Witt
Kilgore

By the numbers: Witt helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 4A State Tournament in Austin. The senior third baseman finished his year with a .477 average, 3 home runs, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 15 of 17 bases stolen. The Weatherford commit was also 8-2 on the bump with a 1.83 ERA. Witt struck out 40 with just 16 walks in 53.1 innings of work.

Q&A

When do you first start playing baseball and what was the name of your team: First started playing when I could walk. My first game was when I was four. The name of my team was the Athletics.

Describe your routine on game day: Get in a couple games of ping pong. Once I'm in the locker room I'll get stretched out on the roller, then get my wrists wrapped Brandon Meyers.

Favorite food: Crab legs

Favorite athlete: Christian Yelich

How many texts do you send in a day: Not real sure. It just depends on the day.

Celebrity crush: Kacey Musgraves

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why: My grandpa. I would just wanna catch up with him and do some things with him that I didn't get to do as much.

If Hollywood made the Gus Witt movie, who would play you in the movie: I would say Chris Hemsworth would play me.

Did you know: I am always at my ranch with family or friends hunting, fishing or hanging out.


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Marshall Lipsey of Spring Hill has been named the All-East Texas Baseball Newcomer of the Year.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Marshalll Lipsey
Spring Hill

By the numbers: As a freshman, Lipsey batted .343 with 3 doubles, 12 RBI, 14 runs scored and 7 stolen bases. He played a significant role in the Panthers' deep playoff push that left them one step short of state.

Q&A

When do you first start playing baseball and what was the name of your team: I was five years old and my team was the Spring Hill Dixie League Red Wings.

Describe your routine on game day: I always listen to music on the bus and then we get to the field. I stretch well, warm up and throw. I also take batting practice in the cages.

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite athlete: Mike Trout

How many texts do you send in a day: Around 20

Celebrity crush: Jennifer Aniston

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why: My grandfather because he passed away when I was six and the last time I had dinner with him was the last time I saw him.

If Hollywood made the Marshall Lipsey movie, who would play you in the movie: Chris Pratt

Did you know: I love the game of basketball just as much as baseball.


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John Roberts of Linden-Kildare has been named the All-East Texas Baseball Coach of the Year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Roberts
Linden-Kildare

By the numbers: Roberts guided the L-K Tigers to their first berth in the state baseball tournament in over three decades. The 7th year coach helped carve a 21-10 record and advance to the Class 2A state finals at Round Rock's Dell Diamond. It was L-K's fourth trip to state as the Tigers dropped a 7-1 decision to defending champion Dallardsville Big Sandy.

Q&A

If you weren't coaching baseball, what would you be doing: I'd probably be doing sports broadcasting of some sort, or youth ministry.

Describe your routine on game day: I don't eat very much. I get my lineup set early in the day and then try to keep my mind off the game until I get to the field to begin pregame preparations.

Favorite food: Shrimp

Favorite athlete: Ryne Sandberg

How many texts do you send in a day: Seems like thousands during baseball season, but much less the rest of the year.

Last book you read: Not much of a book reader. I like to read inspirational stories and quotes.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why: George Washington, to try and get a feeling of what it was like to be a part of the birth of a nation. I'd want to know what it takes to lead that kind of action.

If Hollywood made the John Roberts movie, who would play you in the movie: Kids I have taught heave sometimes said I look like Tom Cruise. So I'll go with that.

Did you know: I grew up in Dumas, Texas. I am a Dumas Demon.


FIRST TEAM

PITCHERS

GAGE GODDARD

TEAM: Harmony

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Goddard went 11-2 for the Eagles with a 1.17 ERA, 138 strikeouts and 37 walks in 95 innings pitched.

CHASE HAMPTON

TEAM: Kilgore

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Hampton, a Texas Tech commit, finished 12-3, with a save and a 1.55 ERA. He totaled 159 strikeouts against 34 walks in 85.1 innings.

HUNTER HOLLAN

TEAM: Spring Hill

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Hollan, an A&M verbal, was 6-4 on the bump with a 1.95 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 21 walks in 82.1 innings

CATCHER

KHALON CLAYTON

TEAM: Kilgore

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Clayton batted .398 with 11 doubles, 2 triples and a homer. He drove in 41 runs, scored 27 and stole nine bases. Clayton is signed to play at Northeast Texas CC.

FIRST BASE

NIC KUNZE

TEAM: Linden-Kildare

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Kunze hit .404 with 9 round trippers, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 43 RBI and 33 runs scored for the Class 2A state semifinalist.

SECOND BASE

DYLAN CARRELL

TEAM: White Oak

GRADE: Sophomore

BY THE NUMBERS: Carrell batted .384 with 10 doubles and 26 RBI.

THIRD BASE

CONNER MARTIN

TEAM: Kilgore

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Martin hit .322 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 20 RBI, 5 steals and 17 runs scored.

SHORTSTOP

DYLAN LEACH

TEAM: Carthage

GRADE: Sophomore

BY THE NUMBERS: Leach batted .472, blasted 6 homers, 10 doubles, 5 triples and drove in 45 runs. He scored 35 times and swiped 13 bases, earning his district's MVP and Class 4A all-state by the THSBCA.

OUTFIELD

DEUCE ERVIN

TEAM: Kilgore

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Ervin hit .330 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 17 RBI and 50 runs scored from his lead off spot for the Bulldogs. The Eastland commit added 16 stolen bases.

LANDON MCKINNEY

TEAM: Sabine

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: McKinney hit .400 with a homer, 12 doubles, 31 RBI and 30 runs scored.

KRIS SHUMAKER

TEAM: Longview

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Shumaker hit .293, including .409 in district play. He finished with 9 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple with 9 steals.

UTILITY

CADEN NOAH

TEAM: Spring Hill

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: The Spring Hill southpaw finished 7-4 on the mound with a 1.70 ERA, 124 Ks, 27 walks in 78 innings of work. He also hit .386 with 4 home runs, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 27 RBI and 23 runs scored. Noah is committed to the University of Texas.


SECOND TEAM

PITCHERS

THOMAS COX

TEAM: Longview

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Cox was 4-5 with a 2.91 ERA, with 52 strikeouts and 16 walks in 53 innings pitched. He was first team all district in 11-6A.

JACOB OWEN

TEAM: Linden-Kildare

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Owen was 8-2 with a 1.70 ERA. He had five complete games and three shutouts. Owen fanned 66 and walked just 14 in 61.2 innings for the Class 2A state runner-up.

SETH SMITH

TEAM: Carthage

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Smith finished the year 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA, 93 Ks, 34 walks in 62.1 innings of work.

CATCHER

EASTON BLACKSTONE

TEAM: Harmony

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Blackstone hit .470 with 3 home runs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 44 RBI, 26 runs scored and 14 steals.

FIRST BASE

CARSON CARLILE

TEAM: Marshall

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Carlile hit .345 with 7 doubles, 2 triples and 14 RBI. He also had a .963 fielding percentage on defense for the Mavericks.

SECOND BASE

CODY STANLEY

TEAM: New Diana

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Stanley batted .398 with 5 doubles, 23 RBI and 37 runs scored.

THIRD BASE

WADE FELL

TEAM: Pine Tree

GRADE: Sophomore

BY THE NUMBERS: Fell finished with a .321 average, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. He managed 15 stolen bases and garnered first team all district in 9-5A.

SHORTSTOP

EASTON LOYD

TEAM: Hallsville

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Loyd hit .459 with a homer, 9 doubles, 9 triples, 18 RBI and 40 runs scored. He sported a .812 slugging percentage and swiped 13 bags with a .932 fielding percentage.

OUTFIELD

D.J. FREEMAN

TEAM: Pine Tree

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Freeman batted .317 with 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 16 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

BRAYDEN JOHNSON

TEAM: Hallsville

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Johnson batted .418 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, a homer, 23 RBI and 29 runs scored.

ZAK JORDAN

TEAM: Gilmer

GRADE: Senior

BY THE NUMBERS: Jordan hit .391 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, a home run, 29 RBI and 21 runs scored.

UTILITY

ROBERT HODGES

TEAM: Gladewater

GRADE: Junior

BY THE NUMBERS: Hodges batted .429 for the Bears with 2 home runs, 2 triples, 10 doubles, 20 RBI and 27 runs scored. He was 27 of 31 on steals and rang up 52 strikeouts and one save in 35.2 innings of action.


HONORABLE MENTION

Jeb Drewery, Hallsville

Blake Ware, Hallsville

Matthew York, Hallsville

Zach Daniel, Hallsville

Tyler Lee, Hallsville

Austin Green, New Diana

Addison Holt, New Diana

Cade Medlin, New Diana

Isaiah Martinez, New Diana

Landon Ferguson, New Diana

Jackson Illingworth, Elysian Fields

Landon Swank, Elysian Fields

Damion McGlothin, Elysian Fields

Ryan Wilkerson, Elysian Fields

Cole Ellis, Elysian Fields

Noah Mayhan, Union Grove

Kooper Smith, Union Grove

Cannon Cowan, Union Grove

Carson Daniel, Union Grove

Carter Smith, Union Grove

Alex Galyean, Sabine

Tucker Gabriel, Sabine

A.J. Gresham, Sabine

Carter Patterson, Sabine

Jace Burns, Sabine

Jackson Blissett, Carthage

Gunner Capps, Carthage

Mason Bobo, Carthage

Mackenson Bobo, Carthage

Micah Gibson, White Oak

Graham Young, White Oak

Jacob Young, White Oak

Mason Johnson, Linden-Kildare

Trey Schuler, Linden-Kildare

Dalton Alford, Linden-Kildare

K.J. Ross, Longview

Keaton King, Longview

Blake Martin, Longview

Blake Stanley, Harleton

Ethan Cooner, Harleton

JoJo Clark, Harleton

Klein Bradbury, Tatum

Luke Lister, Tatum

Trent Hart, Harmony

Drew McNeel, Harmony

Ryan Lepire, Spring Hill

Collin Martin, Spring Hill

Bryce Burns, Gilmer

Derrick McCellon, Gilmer

Jayce McFarland, Kilgore

Zach Conde, Hawkins