In a particularly tough year to hand out kudos equitably for the 2012 All-Parker County roster because of the storehouse of prep baseball talent in the area, tie-breakers were often hard to find due to the inflated stats players compiled.
But Brock junior Shay Phillips made the Most Valuable Player nod a relatively easy task, pitching the Eagles all the way to the state tourney, while also producing plenty of offense at the clean-up spot in the batting order.
Phillips finished the year with a 14-1 record on the mound and a 1.70 earned-run average. He rang up opposing hitters with 109 strikeouts with 16 walks, nearly a 7 to 1 K to BB ratio. The right-hander hit over .500 at the plate, driving in 52 runs and scoring 53, with seven of those runs coming from homers.
The margin of talent, and subsequent recognition, from the Superlatives list through the Honorable Mention rolls is as close as it has ever been for the APC overall roster, and the success of the teams across the county attests to the high quality of area players.
Weatherford slugger Trooper Reynolds, headed to Jeff Lightfoot’s Weatherford College Coyotes in the fall, hit safely in 50 percent of his at bats and is a worthy selectee for the county’s top offensive player. Crossing home plate 44 times during the 2012 season, the player who handled third-base duties for the Roos drove in 54 runs, leading the Roos in RBIs.
Callaway Kirkpatrick, a southpaw from Aledo, and right-hander Ben Dickmann, the second ace on the Brock pitching staff, shared Pitcher of the Year kudos.
2012 All-Parker County Baseball Roster
Most Valuable Player
Shay Phillips Brock Junior Co-Pitchers of the Year
Callaway Kirkpatrick Aledo Senior
Ben Dickmann Brock Senior
Catcher of the Year
Garrett Busby Brock Senior
Offensive Player of Year