Written by Corbett Smith
A look at SportsDayHS' 2013 All-Area baseball first team
C, Arlington Martin, Sr.
The Angelina College signee finally moved back to his natural position — his third position change in three years on varsity — and did so flawlessly. He was the 3-5A MVP, hitting .342 with four home runs, 16 doubles, 39 RBIs and 38 runs scored. With him behind the plate, Martin’s top two pitchers went 24-1.
IF, Midlothian, Jr.
Heck helped Midlothian to the 7-5A title, picking up all-state and district offensive player of the year honors along the way. He posted a .472 on-base percentage, thanks in part to a school-record 48 hits. The junior also added five home runs, 16 doubles (another school record), five triples, 39 RBIs and 36 runs.
IF, Melissa, Sr.
The Dallas Baptist signee has been a model of consistency, garnering back-to-back district MVP honors. Over his four-year high school career, he had 148 RBIs and 195 runs scored. This season, he helped Melissa — in its first year in Class 3A — to the Region II final, hitting .405, with 9 HRs, 41 RBIs and 54 runs.
IF, Lake Highlands, Sr.
The Dartmouth signee was among area leaders in batting average (.478) and stolen bases (29), named District 9-5A’s MVP. A third baseman, he had 20 extra-base hits, 26 RBIs and 42 runs scored. He also served as Lake Highlands’ closer, getting five saves with a 0.66 ERA, allowing only one earned run all season.
IF, Southlake Carroll, Sr.
The heir apparent to Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, the third baseman also plans to play baseball at Texas A&M. He was a first-team all-state pick, hitting cleanup for a team that made its second straight 5A Region I final. Hill posted a .583 on-base percentage, with six home runs, 39 RBIs and 37 runs scored.
OF, Colleyville Heritage, Sr.
Signed with Oklahoma for football and baseball, Thomas was the District 6-5A MVP and a first-team all-state selection. He led area players in home runs (13) and RBIs (45) during the regular season, posting a .479 batting average. He was drafted in the 30th round by the New York Yankees but opted not to sign a professional contract.
OF, Flower Mound, Jr.
Wanhanen was a sparkplug for Flower Mound’s stellar season, named the 5-5A MVP and a second-team all-state selection. The junior hit .447, with a .528 on-base percentage, 24 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 19 steals, as Flower Mound won 21 straight games and went unbeaten in district play.
OF, Rockwall, Sr.
An Iowa signee, Coleman decided to sign a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees after being selected in the 11th round. During the regular season, he led his team in batting average (.403), on-base percentage (.526), home runs (four) and RBIs (31). Rockwall advanced to the 5A Region II final.
Util, Keller Fossil Ridge, Sr.
The Oklahoma signee was the 4-5A co-MVP, hitting .462 with nine home runs, 11 doubles, 38 runs scored and 43 RBIs to help Fossil Ridge to the 5A Region I quarterfinals. He was also the staff ace, going 10-2 with two saves, while striking out 89 in 60 innings. Neuse was drafted by the Rangers in the 38th round.
Util, McKinney North, Sr.
The Dodge City CC signee was a unanimous choice as the 13-4A MVP. He hit .467, with 32 RBIs, 36 runs scored and six triples. In his first season to pitch — using a submarine style — he was masterful, allowing no earned runs in 33 innings. He finished 4-0, with 12 saves and 40 strikeouts.
Util, Corsicana, Sr.
The 16-4A MVP and a first-team all-state selection, Grounds turned down a scholarship from Texas State to sign with Navarro College, hoping for a major Division I offer in the future. A four-year starter, he was 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA, 109 strikeouts and four shutouts. He also batted .421, with 29 runs and 33 RBIs.
Util, Mansfield Summit, Sr.
The District 15-4A MVP found his stride during his senior year, finishing the regular season among area leaders in home runs, RBIs and wins. A second-team all-state selection, Pickens hit .425 with six home runs and 38 RBIs. As a pitcher, the right-hander went 8-3, with a 2.27 ERA.
P, Arlington Martin, Jr.
Last season’s SportsDayHS newcomer of the year, Larkins continued his amazing run of success by going 12-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP, ringing up 130 strikeouts over 882/3 innings. The junior, 22-1 as a varsity starter, helped Martin back to the UIL state tournament for the second straight season.
P, Coppell, Sr.
The Oklahoma signee allowed four hits or fewer in nine of his starts, garnering District 5-5A pitcher of the year honors and a third-team all-state selection. The 6-7 right-hander had a 7-1 record with five shutouts and a 1.01 ERA, striking out 90 batters in 691/3 innings.
P, Highland Park, Sr.
The Oklahoma State signee earned 10-4A pitcher of the year honors for the second straight season. Highland Park battled back for the district title after a slow start, thanks in good measure to the strong-armed senior. Wilson was 8-1 with 94 strikeouts in 59 innings, posting a 0.59 ERA by allowing just five earned runs all season.