BRYAN – Douglass' Matthew Wallace and Anson's Matt Villanueva, a pair of pitchers who each were 13-1, shared player of the year honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class A All-State Baseball Team.

Wallace had an 0.43 earned run average for the state champs. Wallace, who also played shortstop, also batted .344 with 25 runs batted in. Villanueva had an 0.28 ERA, striking out 193 in leading Anson to the state semifinals.

Douglass' Eugene Lafitte was also Coach of the Year after leading the Indians to a 33-1 record and the school's first-ever state championship.

Wallace, sophomore pitcher Grant Holland, senior first baseman Bryce Westbrook and senior third baseman Kolten Rhoudes all represented Douglass on the first team.

Other first-teamers from East Texas were Carlisle senior pitcher Zach Brightwell and Beckville sophomore shortstop John Michael Bounds.

East Texans on the TSWA Class A All-State Baseball Team

SUPERLATIVES

  • Co-Player of the Year -- Matthew Wallace, Douglass, Sr.
  • Coach of the Year -- Eugene Lafitte, Douglass

 

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers
  • Zach Brightwell, Carlisle, Sr.
  • Grant Holland, Douglass, Soph.
  • Matthew Wallace, Douglass, Sr.

 

First Base
  • Bryce Westbrook, Douglass, Sr.

 

Third Base
  • John Michael Bounds, Beckville, Soph.
  • Kolten Rhoudes, Douglass, Sr.

 

SECOND TEAM

Second Base
  • Ty Baker, Carlisle, Sr.
  • Joe Earle, Harleton, Jr.

 

Shortstop
  • Caleb Colley, Carlisle, Sr.

 

Designated Hitter
  • Chris Thedford, Colmesneil, Jr.

 

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher
  • Taylor Henson, Harleton, Sr.

 

First Base
  • Dylan Falcon, Colmesneil, Sr.

 

Second Base
  • Zachary Bryan, Colmesneil, Jr.

 

Shortstop
  • Cameron Burk, Cushing, Jr.

 

Outfield
  • Reshod Williams, West Sabine, Jr.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Carlisle
  • Zach Brightwell, OF, Sr.

 

Colmesneil
  • Matt Bailey, P, Sr.
  • Kaleb Lindsey, SS, Soph.
  • Landon Lowery, P, Sr.

 

Cushing
  • Lane Williams, OF, Sr.

 

Douglass
  • Grant Holland, OF, Soph.
  • Matthew Wallace, SS, Sr.

 

Harleton
  • Matt Bullock, 3B, Sr.

 

West Sabine
  • Rickel Thomas, 3B, Sr.