The Weatherford Kangaroos extended the program’s streak of consecutive postseason appearances to 12 in 2019, finishing as Class 6A bi-district finalists.
Weatherford’s success was reflected in District 3-6A, with eight Roos being recognized for their play.
Sophomore Landon Ellington led the way, picking up Newcomer of the Year, the team’s lone superlative award.
Ellington, who batted .320 for 31 hits including 23 singles, six doubles and two triples, made great contributions to the team wherever he took the field, Weatherford Head Baseball Coach Jason Lee said.
“Landon did a lot of different things for us this year,” Lee said.
“He played outfield, catcher and pitcher. He was also one of our top hitters in 2019.”
Senior pitcher Mason Riney took home the Roos’ sole first-team selection.
The senior RHP helped lead Weatherford to a 3-0 win over Arlington Martin in game one of the teams’ bi-district playoff series.
Lee said Riney made efficient use of the entire strike zone.
“Mason pitched extremely well this year,” Lee said.
“He kept us in every game he pitched. He does a great job of locating his pitches and throws all of them for strikes. That is what makes him tough to hit.”
Fellow senior Pierce Morris was also recognized for his work on the mound, earning second-team pitcher honors.
Morris was essential in helping the Roos clinch a playoff spot, earning a combined 17 strikeouts in two crucial district games against Richland and Euless Trinity down the stretch (both wins).
The second-team pitcher handled pressure situations extremely well, Lee said.
“Pierce came up big for us on the mound when we needed a win,” Lee said.
“The Trinity and Richland games were two must-win [matchups] that Pierce won by pitching a complete game.”
Weatherford’s senior class also notched two second-team selections, with Lukas Loran being named a second-team hitter while Chris Molina picked up second-team second-baseman honors.
Loran batted .361 for 35 hits including 21 singles, 11 doubles, two triples and a home run while driving in 28 RBIs and scoring nine runs.
“Lukas was our top hitter all year,” Lee said.
“He hit in the middle of our order and was a force driving in runs. He also did an excellent job handling the pitchers and controlling the game behind the plate.”
Molina served as Weatherford’s lead-off hitter, batting .304 for 28 hits including 24 singles, three doubles and a triple.
The senior second baseman also scored 28 runs while driving in eight RBIs.
“Chris played great defense and was an excellent lead-off hitter for us all year,” Lee said.
“He was a leader on the field.”
A number of the Roos’ younger players also found their way onto District 3-6A’s award list.
Junior first baseman Jake Seglem, sophomore shortstop Dawson Nelson and sophomore Bruce Collingsworth were each named honorable mentions.