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.
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.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
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.
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.
COACH OF THE YEAR
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.
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.
BY THE NUMBERS: Goddard went 11-2 for the Eagles with a 1.17 ERA, 138 strikeouts and 37 walks in 95 innings pitched.
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.
TEAM: Spring Hill
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
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.
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.
TEAM: White Oak
BY THE NUMBERS: Carrell batted .384 with 10 doubles and 26 RBI.
BY THE NUMBERS: Martin hit .322 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 20 RBI, 5 steals and 17 runs scored.
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.
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.
BY THE NUMBERS: McKinney hit .400 with a homer, 12 doubles, 31 RBI and 30 runs scored.
BY THE NUMBERS: Shumaker hit .293, including .409 in district play. He finished with 9 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple with 9 steals.
TEAM: Spring Hill
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.
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.
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.
BY THE NUMBERS: Smith finished the year 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA, 93 Ks, 34 walks in 62.1 innings of work.
BY THE NUMBERS: Blackstone hit .470 with 3 home runs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 44 RBI, 26 runs scored and 14 steals.
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.
TEAM: New Diana
BY THE NUMBERS: Stanley batted .398 with 5 doubles, 23 RBI and 37 runs scored.
TEAM: Pine Tree
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.
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.
TEAM: Pine Tree
BY THE NUMBERS: Freeman batted .317 with 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 16 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.
BY THE NUMBERS: Johnson batted .418 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, a homer, 23 RBI and 29 runs scored.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jordan hit .391 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, a home run, 29 RBI and 21 runs scored.
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.
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