Led by three superlative picks from Howe and Van Alstyne, the two schools were well represented on the 2017, District 10-3A all-district team.
Howe sophomore Mason Riggs was selected as Newcomer of the Year, senior Brennan Ross was picked as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Van Alstyne sophomore Rhett Gallagher earned the Pitcher of the Year award on the ‘17 team.
Riggs finished the season with a 9-3 won-loss record, striking out 60 while walking just 28 in 48 innings of work.
Riggs played shortstop when he was not pitching and he made just four errors on 86 chances in the field.
Ross, a Texas High School Baseball Coaches All-State player last year, was a standout leadoff batter for the Bulldogs.
He batted .407 with an on-base percentage of .490, drawing 13 walks. He scored 31 runs and batted in 22.
Gallagher had an outstanding sophomore season,stepping into the Friday night starters role on the mound. He tossed two no-hitters during the season, winning six games for the Panthers.
In 54 innings he had 76 strikeouts and walked just 30, finishing with an ERA of 0.783.
First team spots were awarded to Howe players Matt Griffin, Peyton Reagan and Jaden Matthews.
Van Alstyne players Tyler Wilson, Chase Wilson and Luke Hundt were also first team picks.
Griffin, a senior, was the Howe closer, coming out of the bullpen to record five saves in the 2017 season. In 27 innings the big lefty fanned 43 and finished with an ERA of 1.012.
Reagan, a junior, batted .430 with an OPS of 1.035, and the shortstop had a fielding percentage of .941.
Matthews was picked as the designated hitter on the first team and the senior batted .333 for the year. He missed five early games due to injury, but came on strong at the end of the season.
Sophomore Tyler Wilson, a Van Alstyne infielder, led the team in batting with a .400 average and he had the Panthers’ only home run of the year. He drove in 22 runs for Van Alstyne.
Junior Chase Wilson was the leadoff hitter for the Panthers and he excelled at that position with an on-base percentage of just under .500. He swiped 13 bases last year.
Hundt, playing his final season for the Panthers, repeated as an all-district pick. He batted .380 with an OPS of .888, and collected 17 RBI.
Second team awards went to: Tanner Hartsfield and Tyler Grisham, both Bulldog seniors, and Hunter Hutchison, a Van Alstyne junior and his teammate, freshman Samuel Tormos.
Great way to cap two playoff season’s for these schools.