Guard baseball swings for nine TAPPS 5A All-District awards

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The Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team’s 2018 campaign was certainly one to remember, with several members of the team now being honored for their contributions to the team’s deep playoff run, as the TAPPS 5A All-District honors list was recently announced.

On the district’s First Team All-District awards list, the Guard baseball program collected a total of five recognitions, including senior outfielder Campbell Fletcher, senior catcher Josh Jenkins, sophomore infielder Seth Moss, senior pitcher Tyler Overbeek, and senior pitcher Miguel Vega.

At the plate, Campbell was credited with a .295 batting average this season, with 18 hits (eight singles, seven doubles, three home runs), with 21 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He also amassed a .800 fielding percentage, with 18 putouts out of 20 attempts and four errors.

Jenkins, a Murray State commit, was a leader in the field, holding a .970 fielding percentage with 140 putouts out of 164 opportunities, while committing five errors. He also swung a solid bat, connecting to achieve a .431 batting average with 25 hits (15 singles, seven doubles, two triples, one home run), with nine runs scored and 15 RBIs.

Jenkins was also relied on by the Guard’s pitching staff, earning a 1.313 earned run average and collecting four saves, allowing just one hit, four runs, and one earned run, while striking out six and walking three, in 5.1 innings.

The bat of Moss was effective in the Guard’s lineup this season, as he collected a .342 batting average with 25 hits (19 singles, four doubles, one triple, one home run), with eight RBIs and 18 runs scored. Moss also was attributed with a .818 fielding percentage, with 25 putouts out of 33 chances and six errors.

On the mound for the Guard, Overbeek held a 4-2 overall record with a 5.803 ERA, allowing 27 hits, 29 runs, and 21 earned runs, while striking out 29 and walking 26, with a total of four batters hit. He also collected a .952 fielding percentage, with 105 putouts out of 125 attempts and six errors committed.

Overbeek also was a strong presence at the plate for the team, collecting a .323 batting average with 21 hits (14 singles, two doubles, three triples, and two home runs), with 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

A strong presence both on the hill and at bat, Tyler Junior College commit Vega achieved a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.969 ERA, allowing 16 hits, 12 runs, and nine earned runs, recording 36 strikeouts and 29 walks, and hitting six batters, in 32 innings pitched. He also held a .298 batting average with 14 hits (10 singles, three doubles, one home run), with 13 runs scored and 13 RBIs.

In the field, Vega was able to amass a .870 fielding percentage, with 35 putouts out of 54 attempts and seven committed errors.

The Guard varsity baseball team also took home a total of four recognitions on the district’s Second Team All-District awards list, including freshman pitcher Conner Carson, sophomore pitcher Mason Kelley, freshman infielder Carson Richards, and sophomore pitcher Jake Shaffer.

Carson provided a crucial swing in the team’s lineup, holding a 2.75 batting average with 19 hits (15 singles, three doubles, and one home run), collecting 15 RBIs and 18 scored runs. On the mound, he collected a 2-2 performance and one save with a 2.042 ERA, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, and seven earned runs, with 28 strikeouts, 14 walks, and five hit batters, in 24 innings pitched.

Carson also amassed a .901 fielding percentage this season, with 33 putouts out of 81 chances and eight errors committed.

At the plate, Kelley’s bat connected for a .359 batting average with 14 hits (13 singles, one double), with eight runs scored and 13 RBIs. He also collected a 2.85 ERA on the mound in 46.2 innings, allowing 53 hits, 35 runs, and 19 earned runs, with 45 strikeouts and 17 walks, as well as four hit batters.

Kelley also added a .939 fielding percentage with his stats, recording 11 putouts out of 33 attempts and committing two errors.

Richards took home a .289 batting average this season, connecting on a total of 11 hits (seven singles, four doubles), with seven RBIs and 11 runs scored. He also collected a .851 fielding percentage, with 11 putouts out of 47 opportunities, committing a total of seven errors.

In the field, Shaffer held a .861 fielding percentage, recording 18 putouts out of 36 chances and five errors. He also swung for a .245 batting average at the plate, connecting on 13 hits (10 singles, three doubles), with 12 runs scored and a total of 14 RBIs.

Coached by head coach Austin Reed and assistant coaches Trey Webb and Jordan Price, the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team wrapped up the 2018 season with an overall record of 17-8, 6-3 in district play, and was recognized as TAPPS Area, Regional, and State Semi-Final Champions, as well as State Runners-up.

The team fell short to the Houston Lutheran South Academy Pioneers in the TAPPS 5A State Championship Game, 7-3.

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