By Evan Ren

Killeen Daily Herald

The Ellison High School baseball team commemorated one of its most successful seasons ever with its annual awards banquet Friday night.

Held in the Ellison cafeteria, the event featured a dinner, catered by Bobby Grant, after which coach Richard Tucker honored the second team in school history to reach the area round of the playoffs.

"It was a great year," said Tucker, whose team finished at 19-11 when it lost two of three games in an area round series to Dallas Seagoville last Saturday. "It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but we started eight underclassmen in those last two games, so we're excited about the future."

Walking away with awards were Paul McCoy (Pitcher of the Year), Matt Jackson (Most Improved), along with Ethan Tijerina and Garrett Carter (Golden Glove).

The Big Stick Award was split between Drew Chapman and Brandon Skinner, the Eagle Award was taken by Sam Hull, and the "Do What You've Got To Do Award" was given to Trent Sinclair.

Tucker's son Travis, who earned 4A All-State honors in 2004 as a junior and who seems a solid candidate to repeat that acomplishment, was named team MVP. He also took the Monte LeBay award, signifying a player willing to make any sacrifice necessary to help the team.

Travis, who was invited to play in this year's Texas 4A/5A All-Star Game at Dell Diamond on June 19th, finished with EHS season records in batting average (.600), stolen bases (51), RBIs (41) and base hits (63).

On Ellison's career list, he finished first in doubles (31) and first in triples (16). He is second in career batting average at .426, second in RBIs with 80, second in runs scored at 108, and second in base hits at 117.

Travis also garnered academic all-state and all-district honors. Other academic all-district recipients were Kyle King, Sam Hull and Victor Cartegena.

"If he continues to work as hard as he has, and doing the things he's been doing, he'll be playing for a long time," said coach Tucker of his son. "I want to thank him for all the things he's done for me over the last four years and to tell him I love him."

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