Wildcats take Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in District 12-4A
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

May 19, 2005 - What a year for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.

With a runner-up finish to the Paris Wildcats in district play and a first round exit against the Mesquite Poteet Pirates in the bi-district round, the Wildcats landed three players on the superlative list and had two members on the First Team, three on the Second Team, and one honorable mention selection to the District 12-4A All-District squad in balloting by the coaches.

Sulphur Springs junior Alex Aguilar was voted as the District Pitcher of the Year after he went 9-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 77 innings pitched for the Wildcats this year. He struck out 82 batters and walked 42 while giving up 66 hits.

Teammate Josh Riley was honored with the Offensive Player of the Year after he batted .468 with 33 RBI and a team-leading 23 doubles. Sophomore Colby Mills received the Newcomer of the Year after he batted .387 with 16 RBI and a team-high 11 stolen bases this year in the lead-off position.

Paris, the champion of District 12-4A, had the Coach of the Year in Bill Sikes and also had the Most Valuable Player in Thomas Watson.

Paris also had the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Jon Marc Rea, who shares the honor with Justin Coats from Texas High to round out the superlative honors.

Making First Team for Sulphur Springs was senior pitcher Zach Adair and senior Kason Scroggins. Second Team honors went to junior pitcher Blake Wells, junior infielder Casey McMahan and junior catcher Scott Stewart, while junior outfielder/pitcher Jake Broumley received honorable mention for the Wildcats.

Scroggins, McMahan and Broumley all hit over .300 for the Wildcats this season, while Wells had a .243 batting average, and Stewart went .286 at the plate.

Carsen Hargis and Ryan Southworth were honored with First Team selections for Paris, while teammates Travis Wright, Drew Vest, Matt Marrone, and Andrew Harrison were Second Team selections.

Greenville had seven selections to the All-District team, followed by Texas High with six selections, North Lamar had four and Mount Pleasant had three.

Most Valuable Player - Thomas Watson, Paris.

Pitcher of the Year - Alex Aguilar, Sulphur Springs.

Offensive Player of the Year - Josh Riley, Sulphur Springs.

Co-Defensive Player of the Year - Justin Coats, Texas High; Jon Marc Rea, Paris.

Newcomer of the Year - Colby Mills, Sulphur Springs.

Coach of the Year - Bill Sikes, Paris.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher - Casey Smith, North Lamar; Zach Adair, Sulphur Springs; Josh Gill, Texas High.

Infield - Kason Scroggins, Sulphur Springs; Gabe Garcia, Greenville; E.J. Rhone, Texas High; Josh Vanderburg, North Lamar; Carsen Hargis, Paris; Brad Payne, Mount Pleasant.

Outfield - Brad Espino, Greenville; Jared Washington, Texas High; Kyle Hawkins, Texas High; Will Ferguson, Mount Pleasant.

Catcher - Trey Sorrells, Greenville.

Designated Hitter - Ryan Southworth, Paris.

Utility - Craig Turner, Greenville.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher - Blake Wells, Sulphur Springs; Chase Martin, Greenville; Rodney Wilson, Texas High.

Infield - Casey Gain, North Lamar; Casey McMahan, Sulphur Springs; Travis Smith, Greenville; Garrett Larsen, Texas High; Travis Wright, Paris.

Outfield - Justin Miller, North Lamar; Colton Cummings, Greenville; Drew Vest, Paris; Matt Marrone, Paris; Andrew Harrison, Paris.

Catcher - Scott Stewart, Sulphur Springs; Derrick Hosmer, Mount Pleasant.

HONORABLE MENTION (Sulphur Springs only):

Outfield - Jake Broumley.

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