Weatherford Sports

Seven area BB players get state honors

Special to the Weatherford Star-Telegram

With each team coming off their best season since 2009, the Weatherford Kangaroos and Peaster Greyhounds had the only two underclassmen honored as members of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Teams.

Meanwhile, Brock, which reached its first regional final since 2012, was honored with three seniors selected. Another perennial power, Aledo, had one player chosen.

Peaster sophomore third baseman/pitcher Evan Hafley is also the only area player to be named first team, garnering that accolade in Class 3A. He batted .500 and anchored the middle of the lineup as the Greyhounds (18-14) reached the regional quarterfinals (third round) before losing a pair of close games to rival Brock.

"It is exciting to know that he will be returning for two more years. The sky is the limit for him," Peaster coach Lynn Grimes said. "Evan puts a lot of time in on baseball, and it is paying off. Along with Evan and the other returning players, the future looks bright."

Junior outfielder Preston Edison was named to the third team in Class 6A for the Kangaroos (24-11). In helping them win the District 4-6A championship and reach the third round of the postseason, he batted .416 with six doubles, four triples, 23 runs batted in, a .504 on-base percentage, and a .554 slugging percentage.

Also for the Kangaroos, senior pitcher Spencer Hynes was selected for the recent THSBCA All-Star Game. He posted a 6-4 record with a 1.58 earned run average, 96 strikeouts and 32 walks in 71 innings.

"I think it is well-deserved for both of them," first-year Weatherford head coach Jason Lee said. "I am very pleased that they were recognized for the great seasons that they put together. They are the typ of players that have us competing at a high level year-in and year-out."

From Brock (27-9), third baseman Seth Boleman (.419 average, 12 doubles, 29 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 11-2 pitching, 80 strikeouts, 37 walks, 79 innings) and outfielder Travis Albritton (.423, 5 doubles, 22 RBI, 16 stolen bases) were picked for the second team in Class 3A. First baseman Gabe Mendoza (.360, 7 doubles, 19 RBI, 4-2 pitching, 1.13 ERA 37 strikeouts, 3 walks, 42 innings) was named to the third team.

"I'm really proud of these three individuals and all they accomplished this season," first-year Eagles head coach Hart Herring said. "We had a special group and these three seniors really stepped up and had a huge impact on our success.

"Seth was big for us, not only at the plate, but on the mound as well. He stepped up and took on a bigger role for us on the mound this year, and at times was completely dominant.

"Travis had an incredible statistical year. He did it all at the top of our order, not only by hitting, but stealing bags and scoring runs as well.

"Gabe had a real nice year for us both on the bump and at the plate. He came up clutch time after time and had some huge games for us in the postseason."

First baseman Griffin Benson (.378, five doubles, five triples, two home runs, 21 RBI, .460 on-base percentage, .611 slugging percentage) was named to the third team in Class 5A for Aledo. He helped the Bearcats (22-10) to a second-round playoff appearance.

"Very proud of him," Aledo coach Chad Barry said. "He works really hard on and off the field, and it paid off for him."

Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State

Area selections

Class 6A

▪ Weatherford - Preston Edison, junior, outfield, third team.

Class 5A

▪ Aledo - Griffin Benson, senior, outfield, third team.

Class 3A

▪ Peaster - Evan Hafley, sophomore, third base, first team.

▪ Brock - Seth Boleman, senior, third base, second team; Travis Albritton, senior, outfield, second team; Gabe Mendoza, senior, first baseman, third team.

THSBCA All-Star

▪ Weatherford - Spencer Hynes, senior, pitcher.

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