Salado’s Cody Wolf had a rapid response upon finding out he was named KDH 2016 All-Area Most Valuable Player.
“Sweet! This is a huge award to me,” he said. “I guess all the hard work I put in paid off.”
Indeed it did — in a very big way.
In 2016, his senior year, Wolf had a 13-0 pitching record with a nearly invisible ERA of 0.40. He struck out 133 batters in 105 innings worked.
And when he wasn’t on the hill, he played third base and had a batting average of .359.
And more important than any statistic — although his stats are ridiculously good — Wolf was the conductor of the Eagles ride to the UIL Class 4A state championship game.
In the semifinals of the state tourney in Austin on June 8, Wolf earned a complete-game victory, striking out six batters and yielding only one walk in a 7-1 romp of Robinson.
The very next night, in the state title game against Abilene Wylie, Wolf tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Salado’s 3-2 loss. The Eagles finished the season with a 30-12 record.
“I’m thrilled for Cody earning the All-Area MVP award,” said Chad Krempin, Salado’s head coach the past five years. “He had an incredible season and we would not have gotten as far as we did without him. In my entire coaching career (14 years), I may have had three or four pitchers like him, but Cody might have been the best.”
Wolf gave plenty of credit for his success in the 2016 season to Krempin, who left Salado last month to become head coach at Leander Rouse.
“I actually think I had the easier job,” Wolf said. “I just made the pitches, coach Krempin’s job was calling all the pitches.”
Not so fast, said Krempin.
“It’s Cody who deserves all the credit,” he said. “Cody could get his fastball in the low to mid 80s, his curve was very good and his slider, his go-to pitch, was outstanding. If you know how to call pitches, Cody is the pitcher that can execute and win you a ballgame.
“He went seven games without giving up a hit this year just by the way he effectively delivered that slider.” The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Wolf will now take that slider, curve and fastball to Temple College.
“I fully expect Cody to do well there,” Krempin said. “He’ll get to play early, show everyone what he can do and then go to a D-I or D-II school. Trust me on this: He won’t be lazy and their coaches will be very happy with the way Cody works — and the way he produces.”
2016 KILLEEN DAILY HERALD ALL-AREA BASEBALL TEAM
Most Valuable Player
- Cody Wolf, Salado
Pitcher of the Year
- Daniel Cole, Harker Heights
Offensive Player of the Year
- Tim Bechtold, Copperas Cove
Defensive Player of the Year
- Tyler Torres, Harker Heights
Newcomer of the Year
- Drew Dobbins, Salado
- Chase Basham, Salado
- Josh Carbajal, Copperas Cove
- Terrance Chamberlin, Copperas Cove
- Garet Douglas, Ellison
- Edward Eakin, Ellison
- Tanner Frick, Belton
- Michael Hays, Copperas Cove
- Tyler Ingram, Copperas Cove
- Collin Mask, Belton
- Jacob Mitchell, Harker Heights
- Trent Stafford, Belton
- Cameron Whitman, Belton
- Jared Butler, Gatesville
- Jose Casillas, Shoemaker
- Ryan Dunnahoo, Salado
- Phillip Ellis, Salado
- C.J. Giddens, Florence
- Mario Gonzales, Killeen
- Tyler Heine, Florence
- Jose Hernandez, Shoemaker
- Jequell Johnson, Killeen
- Billy Latham, Gatesville
- Preston Payne, Salado
- Jacob Wilk, Salado