Sam Smith catches coaches' attention
Four Wildcats on All-District First or Second Team
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 25, 2004 -- Hitting a district-high three homeruns in 10 games and running down fly balls from his center field position earned Sulphur Springs senior Sam Smith a spot on the First Team All-District 11-4A baseball squad, announced this week.

Smith was the only Wildcat to earn First Team honors, though teammates on the Second Team included sophomore pitcher Alex Aguilar, sophomore second baseman Josh Riley and junior utility player Ryan Allison. Honorable Mention selections included senior pitcher Kevin Roberts, sophomore infielder Casey McMahan and senior outfielder Adam Peugh.

"I think most of the guys we got on there are the guys that the other coaches thought got after it all the time," said SSHS head coach Rahn Smith. "Even in our situation where at the end of the season we didn't have much to play for, those guys were the ones still getting after it."

Sherman's Tyler Huntsman was named the district's MVP, while McKinney North senior Stephen Donaldson was the Offensive MVP, Denison junior Matt Finke was the Defensive MVP, McKinney North senior Michael Gunter earned Pitcher of the Year, and Greenville sophomore Travis Smith was named Sophomore of the Year.

Coach Smith said his senior center fielder made an impression on the other teams' coaches.

"Sam was one vote away from unanimous," he explained. "He just covered so much ground in the outfield. I think he had the most homeruns of any player in district, at least tied for the lead. They talked about how he played all-out all the time, diving for balls, running down balls in the gaps, and they made comments like that about him."

The Wildcats had seven total on the honorary team, though Coach Smith was disappointed a couple of the players did not get more votes from the district's head coaches.

"It's a little disappointing. There's a couple that I thought deserved at least Second Team," he explained. "You don't expect a whole lot with a 2-8 district season. We didn't have quite the numbers some of the other teams had as far as individual stats and things like that.

"I wasn't expecting to get a lot on there. I was a little disappointed that Kevin and Casey didn't get on Second Team. I think they both missed it by one vote. But, overall, I was satisfied with the ones who did receive the awards."

Here's a look at the Wildcat honorees:

Sam Smith not only led the team in homeruns with three, but also led the district. He also led the team in runs (20) and was second in stolen bases (7) and walks (9). He batted .253 for the season.

Alex Aguilar sported a team-low ERA of 4.31 for the season. In going 2-5, he allowed 44 hits and struck out 35 in 42 innings.

Josh Riley played superb defensively at second base and came through offensively with a .246 batting average. He was tied for second on the team in RBI (10), walks (9) and doubles (5).

Ryan Allison played both first base and third base in district action. He batted .245 and was tied for second on the team in RBI (10) and walks (9).

Kevin Roberts led the Wildcats in innings pitched (51), strikeouts (48) and was second in ERA at 4.65. Offensively, he batted .294 in limited plate appearances, driving in three runs in 17 at-bats.

Casey McMahan played third base and hit .265. He was third on the team in hits (18), led the team in walks (12), and second in runs (17) and stolen bases (5).

Adam Peugh had a team-high 22 hits, six of them for extra bases, while batting .265 with 10 RBI, nine stolen bases and 11 runs.

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