Baseball coach Chad Krempin again thought Salado baseball players were slighted in an all-state list.
Three Eagles baseball players were recognized on one list earlier in the year and Krempin thought Salado should have been represented by more.
Well, standout pitcher Casey Frazier was one of five players to make the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writer’s Association’s Class 2A all-state team released Tuesday, but the Eagles didn’t have a single player on the first team.
“I wasn’t disappointed with how many we had on it, but we didn’t get anyone on first team. When you’re No. 1 or 2 all season and ended up No. 3, it seems like you’d have got someone on the first-team all-state. I won’t say that that didn’t upset me a little bit, but ... all the guys that were all-state were definitely, I think, deserving of it and I’m really proud of them.”
Frazier, a junior last season, was a second-team selection on this list after
receiving third-team consideration on the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state list released in mid-June.
Seniors Jon Franz (3B) and Marshall Mann (SS) were third-team selections and junior catcher Cole Haag and senior second baseman Coby Giniewicz received honorable mention.
For Mann and Haag, this was their first all-state recognition this year. Franz was Salado’s only first-team representative on the THSBCA list and Giniewicz was a third-team pick like Frazier. Giniewicz made both all-state lists despite playing with a broken hand for a short period and missed just a couple of weeks because of the injury before coming back to finish the season.
“I was really pleased with how many kids we got on there and that we had a few new names on there as well,” Krempin said.
Frazier finished 11-1 this season, suffering his only loss in a 2A state semifinal to eventual champion Hallettsville. The Daily Herald All-Area baseball MVP sported a 0.90 ERA, struck out 88 in 85 innings and was the District 22-2A MVP.
Krempin was most disappointed that Franz received just third-team consideration. Franz led the team with his .446 batting average and a 1.156 OPS. He scored 50 runs to go along with 62 hits, including 21 doubles, and 46 RBIs.
“It may have had to do with some of his performance in the playoffs; he wasn’t quite as hot in the playoffs as he was in the regular season,” Krempin said. “I think the shortstop from Hallettsville got first team and they won state, so he was able to bump Jon. ... Yeah, you’d like to see him up there at the top. I thought he was definitely one of the top shortstops in the state, I think most people would agree that saw him play.”
Mann, a three-year starter, was the team’s second-leading hitter (.369) and scored 41 runs. He had 48 hits and 43 RBIs. He was also the greatest omission left from the THSBCA list.
“The fact that the kid struck out seven times in two years in 200 at-bats and hit in the middle-300s all the time, had a lot of doubles and RBIs, just a great hitter ... there’s not many better hitters as far as putting the ball in play, hitting line drives than Marshall in 2A baseball,” Krempin said. “I thought he was really deserving, I was really happy that he was able to get on an all-state list.”
Haag hit .336 with a .953 OPS, 43 hits, 15 doubles and a team-leading 48 RBIs and three home runs. He was among 11 catchers to make the list.
“I didn’t know if he’d get on or not because there’s so few catchers on that list,” Krempin said, “and sometimes seniors get those awards a lot of times. That he got recognized is really big.”
TSWA All-State 2A Baseball Team
- Pitchers — Dylan Moore, Hughes Springs, jr.; Reagan McAda, Hallettsville, sr.; Zach Bassham, Hughes Springs, sr.
- Catcher — (tie) Victor Garza, Marion, sr. and Chad McKinney, Hughes Springs, jr.
- First baseman — Will Wallace, Hallettsville, sr.
- Second baseman — Stratton Bocanegra, Childress, sr.
- Shortstop — Carson Schindler, Hallettsville, sr.
- Third baseman — Jacob Cheatham, Elkhart, sr.
- Outfielders — Cody Hawkins, Hughes Springs, sr.; Ty Slanina, East Bernard, sr.; Chris Jones, Hallettsville, sr.
- Designated hitter — Ty McKinney, Leonard, jr.
- Player of the Year — Reagan McAda, Hallettsville, sr.
- Coach of the Year — Shorty Cook, Hallettsville
- Pitchers — Joseph Rubio, Bishop, sr.; Casey Frazier, Salado, jr.; Travis Quintanilla, Refugio, jr.
- Catcher — Levi Smith, Elkhart, sr.
- First baseman — Jacob Miller, Childress, sr.
- Second baseman — Tre Lambert, Marion, jr.
- Shortstop — Wesley Phillips, Sunnyvale, jr.
- Third baseman — Kleat Smith, Idalou, jr.
- Outfielders — Shay Phillips, Brock, sr.; Logan LeDane, Tom Bean, jr.; Nic Shimonek, Mildred, sr.
- Designated hitter — Lane Oliver, Wall, soph.
- Pitchers — Peyton Brown, Wall, jr.; Aaron Keller, Bangs, sr.; (tie) Mikey Wade, Pottsboro, sr. and Jon Malmin, Troy, sr
- Catcher — Kyle Whitley, Troy, jr.
- First baseman — Hayden Besetzny, Schulenburg, sr.
- Second baseman — Tyler Lowe, Palmer, sr.
- Shortstop — Jon Franz, Salado, sr.
- Third basemen — (tie) Nate Kowalik, Hallettsville, soph.; and Marshall Mann, Salado, sr.
- Outfielders — C.J. Ateek, Gunter, sr.; Garrett Powers, Wall, sr.; Ryan Payne, Centerville, sr.
- Designated hitter — Derek Cantu, George West, sr.
Salado — C Cole Haag, jr.; 2B Coby Giniewicz, sr.