FRISCO WAKELAND BASEBALL LUKE ROBERTSON

Wakeland senior Luke Robertson was voted the 9-5A co-utility player of the year.

The 10-team Frisco ISD district is considered one of the deepest and most talent-rich in the state in a number of different sports and baseball is certainly no exception.

Wakeland was the star of the class in 2021, as the Wolverines not only edged Liberty by one game for the 9-5A title, they also advanced all the way to the regional championship series before falling to Hallsville.

The 9-5A all-district team featured representation from each of the 10 programs, but it is no surprise that Wakeland led the way with 14 selections, including four superlative awards.

Senior Blake Morrow was voted as the defensive player of the year as he did not commit an error in 324 chances for a 1.000 fielding percentage. Morrow was also a big factor at the plate, hitting .340 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 27 runs batted in.

Senior Luke Robertson was tabbed as the co-utility player of the year. Robertson batted .312 with four doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. He was even better on the mound, posting a 10-1 record with a 1.82 earned run average and 74 strikeouts in 51.2 innings of work.

Senior Blake Sedatole was selected as the reliever of the year. In 59 innings of work, Sedatole went 6-3 with four saves, a 1.31 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

Darrell Preston and his assistants were named 9-5A coaching staff of the year after guiding the Wolverines to the district championship and trip to the regional finals.

Wakeland landed five more players on the first team.

Senior Robert Fortenberry was another dominant arm, going 7-1 with a miniscule 0.79 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 53 innings. He was joined by another key arm in Holden Yaksick, who went 7-0 with a 0.93 earned run average and 26 strikeouts in 30 frames.

Senior shortstop Conor Linkfield posted a .289 batting average, with a .409 on-base percentage, with three doubles, two triples, 22 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 37 runs scored. Fellow infielder Nick Miller hit .296 with five doubles, one triple, one home run, 20 runs and 20 runs batted in. Outfielder J.J. Young rounds out the first-teamers for Wakealnd, as he hit .295 with four doubles, two triples, 24 runs scored and 15 driven in.

The Wolverines’ second team honorees include infielder Preston Snead (.261, 7 doubles, 1 home run, 30 RBIs, 17 runs), outfielders Addison Brown (.392 OBP, 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 22 RBIs, 19 runs) and Connor Cassano (.292, 14 RBIs, 19 runs), designated hitter Keegan Daniels (.359, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 11 RBIs) and utility player Dylan Snead (.281, 8 doubles, 10 RBIs, nine stolen bases, 28 runs).

Liberty finished just one game back of Wakeland in the battle for the 9-5A title as it made the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and its efforts were recognized with eight selections.

That includes the highest honor of them all as senior Will Glatch was honored as the 9-5A most valuable player. Glatch was one of the most dominant pitchers in the area, going 4-1 with one save, a 1.24 earned run average and 64 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. He was also a force at the plate, hitting .376 with six doubles, three triples, six home runs and 33 RBIs.

Senior Chandler Benson was tabbed the pitcher of the year, as he posted a 6-2 record with a 1.65 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 55 innings. Benson was a two-way standout, as he hit .325 with two doubles, two triples and 12 runs batted in.

Infielder Cade McGarrh was chosen to the first team, as he batted .381 with eight doubles, one triple, 29 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. He was also effective on the mound, going 1-0 with three saves, a 1.58 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

He was joined on the first team by infielder Lawson Towne, who hit .375 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 26 runs and 20 stolen bases.

The Redhawks landed a quartet of players on the second team, as well, with pitcher Cade Vestal (4-4, 1 save, 3.59 ERA, 39 IP, 40 strikeouts), outfielders Owen Archer (.241, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homeruns, 19 RBIs, 14 stolen bases) and Brent Boruff (3 doubles, 12 runs, 18 stolen bases) and designated hitter Jack Dehnisch (.393, 2 doubles, 14 RBIs).

Lone Star once again returned to the playoffs and had nine players selected to the team.

The Rangers had four first-team selections in pitcher Tyler Bogusz, infielder Kaden Doan, outfielder Owen Peck and designated hitter Chase Womack.

The second-team picks were pitcher Teague Rehwald, catcher Dillon Kim and infielders Quincy McGraw, Dominick Reid and Carson Shepherd.

Reedy returned to the playoffs and had six players recognized, including a pair of superlative awards.

Senior Jordan Viars hit .468 with six doubles, two triples and four home runs to earn offensive player of the year honors and senior Cole Hebel was chosen as the co-utility player of the year.

Joining that duo on the first team is pitcher Ben Williams. The Lions also had four second-team picks with pitcher Will Johnson, catcher Mack Brousseau, outfielder Spencer Tepedino and utility player Dylan Blyleven.

Heritage finished in fifth place and had five players named to the squad, including first-teamers in pitcher Andrew Hickey, catcher Jaxon Haynes and outfielder Tyler Dubak.

Pitcher Bryce Gilchrist and outfielder Kelly Yancy were second-team honorees.

Memorial did not make the playoffs, but did notch a winning record and the Warriors had seven players chosen to the team.

Pitcher Jacob Redfels was named the first team as a pitcher, as he went 2-2 with a 2.28 earned run average and 58 strikeouts in 49 innings of work.

He was joined on the first team by infielder Major Cantrell, who had a .364 on-base percentage with 10 RBIs and six runs scored.

Outfielder Johnny Breeden hit .270 with a home run, 15 runs scored and 11 stolen bases to earn a spot on the first team, as did utility player Ashten Wong, who posted a .321 batting average with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 29 runs and 11 RBIs, while also going 1-1 with a 4.05 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 22.1 innings on the mound.

Three more Memorial players are on the second team. Pitcher Preston Peyton went 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26.2 innings, while also adding five doubles, 10 RBIs, 13 runs and nine stolen bases on offense.

Infielder Austin Miller had a .358 on-base percentage with five doubles, 11 RBIs and 14 runs and outfielder Brennan Hoad hit .284 with five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 20 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Independence and Lebanon Trail are still in search of their inaugural playoff appearances, but each had some highlights this season.

The Knights secured one superlative award as freshman Wyatt Sanford was named newcomer of the year.

Outfielder Lane Butler was named the first team and the second team includes pitcher Nate Uglialoro and outfielder Jared Shult.

The Trail Blazers had a pair of first-team honorees. Infielder Alexander Johnson hit .311 with seven doubles, two home runs, eight runs batted in and nine runs scored, and also had a 3.30 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.

Outfielder Griffin Tarter batted .317 with three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, 11 runs and eight stolen bases and was also an effective arm, with a 1.14 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Rounding out the all-district team, Centennial infielder Nate Hopkins was selected to the second team as was Frisco infielder Cooper Brewer.

9-5A Baseball All-District Team

Most Valuable Player

Will Glatch Sr.     Liberty

Offensive Player of the Year

Jordan Viars        Sr.     Reedy

Defensive Player of the Year

Blake Morrow      Sr.     Wakeland

Pitcher of the Year

Chandler Benson  Sr.     Liberty

Co-Utility Players of the Year

Cole Hebel  Sr.     Reedy

Luke Robertson    Sr.     Wakeland

Newcomer of the Year

Wyatt Sanford     Fr.     Independence

Reliever of the Year

Blake Sedatole     Sr.     Wakeland

Coaching Staff of the Year

Wakeland

First Team

Andrew Hickey    P       Heritage

Robert Fortenberry        P       Wakeland

Holden Yaksick    P       Wakeland

Tyler Bogusz        P       Lone Star

Ben Williams        P       Reedy

Jacob Redfels       P       Memorial

Jaxon Haynes       C       Heritage

Cade McGarrh     IF      Liberty

Alexander Johnson        IF      Lebanon Trail

Major Cantrell      IF      Memorial

Conor Linkfield    IF      Wakeland

Kaden Doan         IF      Lone Star

Lawson Towne     IF      Liberty

Nick Miller IF      Wakeland

Owen Peck  OF     Lone Star

J.J. Young  OF     Wakeland

Griffin Tarter       OF     Lebanon Trail

Lane Butler OF     Independence

Johnny Breeden   OF     Memorial

Tyler Dubak         OF     Heritage

Chase Womack    DH    Lone Star

Ashten Wong       U       Memorial

Second Team

Teague Rehwald   P       Lone Star

Will Johnson        P       Reedy

Preston Peyton     P       Memorial

Cade Vestal          P       Liberty

Nate Uglialoro      P       Independence

Bryce Gilchrist     P       Heritage

Mack Brousseau  C       Reedy

Dillon Kim  C       Lone Star

Cooper Brewer     IF      Frisco

Preston Snead      IF      Wakeland

Quincy McGraw   IF      Lone Star

Dominick Reid     IF      Lone Star

Nate Hopkins       IF      Centennial

Carson Shepherd IF      Lone Star

Austin Miller        IF      Memorial

Owen Archer        OF     Liberty

Brent Boruff         OF     Liberty

Kelly Yancy         OF     Heritage

Brennan Hoad      OF     Memorial

Spencer Tepedino OF     Reedy

Addison Brown    OF     Wakeland

Connor Cassano  OF     Wakeland

Jared Shult OF     Independence

Jack Dehnisch      DH    Liberty

Keegan Daniels    DH    Wakeland

Dylan Blyleven    U       Reedy

Dylan Snead         U       Wakeland

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