- "Two Scots Make All-State Team: Entire starting lineup earns all-district mention from 10-4A coaches," Scott Farrell, Sports Editor, Park Cities People http://www.peoplenewspapers.com, Friday, June 22, 2007, Volume 25, Issue 25, Page 6A
The Slammin' Scots placed two players on the all-state team, and eight other players earned All-District 10-4A honors from the coaches earlier this week.
Junior shortstop Joey Hainsfurther earned second-team all-state honors from the Texas High School Coaches Association, and junior outfielder Seth Gardner was a third-team selection from the statewide organization. Gardner was also named Offensive Most Valuable Player in 10-4A by a unanimous vote.
The Scots' three primary pitchers and every position received at least honorable mention all-district recognition from the coaches.
The all-district picks are selected based only on play during the 14-game district season. On the season as a whole, Gardner led the Scots' regulars in the batting order with 39 RBI and was second in batting average at .372. He hit four home runs, four triples and had 11 stolen bases. His 48 hits turned into 40 runs.
In a strange vote that preceeded the release of the all-state team, the district coaches named Hainsfurther to their second team at shortstop. Mesquite Poteet sophomore Brett Doe was the coaches' first-team pick at shortstop. Hainsfurther led the Scots with a .431 batting average at the top of the order, and had a team-high 44 runs with 35 RBI. He hit 14 doubles and a team-high five home runs to go with 25 walks.
"That district vote wasn't based on playing ability, I can tell you that," HP coach Sam Roberson said, regarding the discrepancy in the all-state and all-district voting. "Getting all-state is a real honor. You've got to be legit to be on that team."
Junior outfielder Dutch Crews (.371 average, 28 RBI), and senior designated hitter Mason Woodley (.333 average, 20 RBI) were also first-team all-district picks, as were the Scots' senior starting pitching duo of Evan Blakeley and Wyatt Holliday. Crews got hot in the playoffs, batting .462 with 12 RBI.
Blakeley finished 8-1 with 54 strikeouts in 49 innings, closing the season with a 1.86 ERA and leading HP in the playoffs as the starting pitcher pitcher in two one-game playoffs. Holliday was 6-2 on the season with a 1.44 earned-run average in 63-1/3 innings. He also had a save to go with 70 strikeouts. Hainsfurther had four saves in limited action on the mound.
Also on the second team were senior pitcher Bradley Stephenson (3-1, 2.29 ERA, 33-2/3 innings, 35 strikeouts), senior catcher Andrew Scates (.341 average, 23 RBI), and junior third baseman Jonathan Perlman (.327, 10 RBI). Seniors Nick Flabiano (second base), Will Russell (outfield), and Ryan O'Dwyer (utility), joined sophomore first baseman Crayton Bare as honorable mention all-district players. Flabiano and Russell produced big hits in the playoffs that upped their averages from the district season.