Written by Corbett Smith
Marcus' Colin Poché named Baseball Pitcher of the Year; Wakeland's Willie Schwanke Hitter of the Year
Pitcher of the year
P, Flower Mound Marcus, Sr.
Notable: The senior lefty did not allow an earned run in his first 10 appearances, surrendering his only two earned runs in his final start – a 3-2 Game 1 win over Southlake Carroll in the first-round of the playoffs. An Arkansas signee, Poché finished the year 7-3, with a 0.21 ERA, 97 strikeouts and six complete games. He was drafted by Baltimore in the fifth round of the MLB first-year draft – and is still contemplating whether to sign.
Did you know?: It was the first full varsity season for Poché. On the junior varsity as a sophomore, he missed most of his junior season with elbow tendonitis.
Hitter of the year
P/3B, Frisco Wakeland, Sr.
Notable: There was little that Schwanke – an Arkansas signee – didn’t do for Wakeland. A finalist for SportsDay’s player of the year and pitcher of the year, he hit .420 with a .588 on-base percentage. Schwanke had 27 extra-base hits, including 19 doubles, driving in 41 runs while scoring 32. He shined on the mound as well, part of a potent duo with all-area pitcher Hayden Nixon, finishing 12-0, with a 1.26 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
Did you know?: Schwanke pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 2 against eventual 4A champs Rockwall-Heath, also scoring the game’s only run in a 1-0 win.