— By GREG WEBB
One might judiciously hesitate to boast about the baseball talent in one’s own reporting area, compared to the rest of the state — but let’s go ahead and throw caution to the wind.
Five of the seven Parker County prep baseball teams possessed enough diamond savvy, and pretty good leadership to boot, to advance to the postseason after successful district campaigns. Two of those teams, Brock and Aledo, delved deep into the state playoff fray, while the Bearcats displayed the definitive “peak at the right time” to win the Class 4A state title.
The down side of having a bumper crop of baseball-prolific kids is the task of deciding who deserves relative recognition for a stellar season — a thankless task usually, but also an extremely enriching one, building the 2014 All-Parker County baseball teams.
Brock senior Slaten Gough was a consistent triple threat to opposing teams in the 2014 season. A defensive asset at shortstop and an equally daunting weapon at the plate, Gough was also effective as a shut-down relief pitcher. Gough appropriately gets the nod as the APC’s Most Valuable Player.
His Brock teammate Kolbin Mills shares the Superlatives spotlight as the Offensive MVP on the Parker County team.
Aledo understandably made a significant impact on the Superlative club as well, as hurler Chris Reed was named at the top of a very deep and very impressive group of PC pitchers. Behind the plate, Zayne Willems was at the core of the Bearcats’ defensive lineup and is selected the Defensive Player of the Year.
Weatherford freshman Nick Rodriguez was one of the few no-brainer choices for the 2014 roster, singled out as the top newcomer for the season. His senior Roo teammate Andrew Healy is Catcher of the Year.
The coaching staffs receiving recognition on the APC Team received the nod for somewhat different reasons. But both are deserving. Brock mentor Chad Massey and his staff kept the Eagles formidable and focused through the regular and district campaigns, per usual, rolling up an impressive resume of victories.