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After winning a district co-championship and getting to the regional quarter-finals for only the third time since its baseball program was revived 25 years ago, Sweetwater has left its mark on the District 4-3A team as well. A total of nine players have earned recognition, two receiving top honors.
The Mustangsâ€™ junior first baseman, Greg Aiken, is the Defensive Player of the Year while sophomore pitcher-infielder J.P. Poe is the district Newcomer of the Year.
Aiken recorded 105 put-outs and had only three errors for a .974 fielding percentage, while participa-ting in 10 double plays. He was also among the team leaders in several categor-ies including batting (.369) and RBIs (27).
Poe, in his first year on the varsity, threw two shut-outs in district play and had a 5-4 record with 46 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. He also started at second base when not pitching and hit .346 in district play.
Making the 4-3A all-district first team were catcher Sean Morrow, pitcher James Clift, infielders Cole Maxwell and Dylan Bennett and outfielders Kaleb Hoo-ver and Stephen May, while outfielder Shawn Campbell is on the second team.
Morrow, a senior, led the team with a .402 batting average and 28 RBIs, as well as 13 doubles. He has been named all-district all four years he has played. On defense, he had 175 putouts and only five errors for a .973 fielding percentage.
Clift, named a first team all-district pitcher for the second straight year, led the team with an 8-3 record, 56 strikeouts and 75 innings this season while issuing just 19 walks. The junior threw a complete-game shutout against Pampa in the playoffs and had a 2.89 ERA, and also played second and third base. Ben-nett, a junior shortstop, and Maxwell, a senior third baseman, earned all-district honors for the first time. Bennett, the teamâ€™s leadoff hitter, batted .350 for the season and led the team with 41 hits and 37 runs scored. Maxwell, who usually batted ninth, had a .423 average in district play and also pitched. May, a junior who also played the infield and pitched, batted .387 in district play. He and Hoover, also a junior, became full-time outfielders this season and like Bennett and Maxwell, earned first team all-district honors for the first time this year.