The 10-6A baseball race was one of the most tightly-congested in the area for a good portion of the season.
It remained that way in the playoff race, but not at the top, where Sachse was able to run away from the pack to claim the undefeated 10-6A championship by four games over the field.
Rowlett finished in second place, extending its Garland ISD baseball record of postseason appearances to 20 in a row, while Naaman Forest and Lakeview tied for third as they continue to establish their own traditions as perennial playoff contenders.
All eight teams had their share of representation on the 10-6A all-district team, including superlative award winners from five different schools.
It was no surprise, though, that it was the Mustangs who earned the lion’s share, with 12 overall selections including an eye-popping eight players selected to the first team.
Sachse senior pitcher/outfielder Chase Alford was honored as the 10-6A most valuable player.
Alford did a little of everything for the Mustangs this season. He posted a team-high .414 batting average with two triples, seven doubles and 23 runs batted in. Alford was also 6-1 on the mound with a 0.56 earned run average with 56 strikeouts in 50.1 innings and posted a .972 fielding percentage.
Chris Burrow was tabbed as the coach of the year after guiding Sachse to their first undefeated district season and second straight 10-6A championship.
Alford was joined by seven other Mustangs on the first team, including a pair of fellow arms in seniors Blaine Chapman and David Gonzalez.
Chapman went 8-0 during the regular season with a 0.81 ERA and 35 strikeouts with only nine walks in 51.2 innings. Gonzalez, last year’s district pitcher of the year, took on a different role and led the team in appearances, posting a 2.29 earned run average with 34 strikeouts in 33.2 frames.
That group’s battery mate, senior Dylan Debuty, was named the first-team catcher after hitting .350 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 15 RBIs and posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.
The Sachse infield was also well-represented with senior first baseman Robert Hines, junior shortstop Mark Anzaldua and senior third baseman Chase Cromer.
Hines hit .289 and tied for the team lead with 23 RBIs while also putting together an error-free season in the field. Anzaldua posted a .279 average with 20 runs batted in. Cromer, one of the top defensive players in the district at the hot corner, batted .306 with three triples, seven doubles, 14 stolen bases and 28 runs scored.
Senior outfielder Tye Fairley rounded out the first-teamers after hitting .293 with 11 stolen bases, 23 runs and 16 RBIs.
Junior outfielder Drake Herrera (.358, 15 runs) was named to the second team, while senior second baseman Cameron Cromer (.282, 14 stolen bases) and senior outfielder Trent Dean (.286, three home runs, 29 runs) were honorable mention selections.
Rowlett had eight players selected, highlighted by senior Brayden Ferrie who was voted as the 10-6A pitcher of the year.
Ferrie set the tone with a pair of no-hitters during the opening weeks of the season and he did not slow down, finishing with a 9-1 record with a 1.29 earned run average. In 57 innings of work, Ferrie struck out 67 and allowed only 28 hits and 15 walks.
A trio of Eagles made the first team with junior catcher Hudson Parker, senior outfielder Nic Waite and junior pitcher/designated hitter Cole Maxey.
Parker slid into the starting role behind the plate nicely, leading the team with a .360 batting average with eight doubles and 15 runs batted in. Waite returned to the all-district team after hitting .333 with a team-high 26 runs scored.
Maxey went 4-3 on the mound with a 1.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched. He was also a key cog in the lineup, hitting .321 with 13 runs scored.
Rowlett had four more players chosen to the second team with junior pitcher Cade Denton (3-1, 2.47 ERA, 3 saves, 24 strikeouts in 28.1 IP), senior second baseman Ethan Green ( .337, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs; 2-1, 2.56 ERA, 2 saves), senior third baseman Austin Arey (.330, HR, 21 runs, 25 RBIs) and junior shortstop Elijah San Juan (.267, 18 runs, 16 RBIs).
The remaining superlative awards went to Naaman Forest senior Nate Vanmaanen as offensive player of the year, Lakeview junior Aaron Garza as defensive player of the year and North Garland junior Timmy Gautier as newcomer of the year.
10-6A Baseball All-District Team
Most Valuable Player
Chase Alford Sr. Sachse
Pitcher of the Year
Brayden Ferrie Sr. Rowlett
Offensive Player of the Year
Nate Vanmaanen Sr. Naaman Forest
Defensive Player of the Year
Aaron Garza Jr. Lakeview
Newcomer of the Year
Timmy Gautier Jr. North Garland
Coach of the Year
Chris Burrow Sachse
Cooper Broeske Jr. P Lakeview
Blaine Chapman Sr. P Sachse
David Gonzalez Sr. P Sachse
Ben Vanmaanen Sr. P Naaman Forest
Luke Matula Sr. P Wylie
Dylan Debuty Sr. C Sachse
Hudson Parker Jr. C Rowlett
Robert Hines Sr. 1B Sachse
Amir Mason So. 2B Lakeview
Chase Cromer Sr. 3B Sachse
Mark Anzaldua Jr. SS Sachse
Tye Fairley Sr. OF Sachse
Luis Lorda Sr. OF Lakeview
Cameron Harding Sr. OF Naaman Forest
Nic Waite Sr. OF Rowlett
Cole Maxey Jr. DH Rowlett
Dylan Hill Jr. U Lakeview
Marcus Williams Sr. P Naaman Forest
Christian Norris Jr. P Garland
Cade Denton Jr. P Rowlett
Mason Lang Jr. P Wylie
Adrian De La Pena Sr. P Garland
Beau Beshires Sr. C Garland
Gideon Ethridge Sr. 1B Garland
Ethan Green Sr. 2B Rowlett
Austin Arey Sr. 3B Rowlett
Elijah San Juan Jr. SS Rowlett
Cody Russell Jr. OF Garland
Drake Herrera Jr. OF Sachse
Ethan Valant Fr. OF North Garland
Joseph Corso Jr. OF Wylie
Kyler Kinsey Sr. OF South Garland
Josh Ramirez Sr. DH Naaman Forest
Nick Spencer Sr. U Wylie
Cameron Cromer Sr. 2B Sachse
Trent Dean Sr. OF Sachse