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
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
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