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 Mustangs’ 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 team’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.