The Texas Sports Writer’s Association announced their All-State teams this week, thanks to its primary sponsor Collin Street Bakery.
The Italy Gladiators were represented by senior pitcher Caden Jacinto and senior utility player Marvin Cox on the Honorable Mention squad. Jacinto made the team as a pitcher and Cox was tabbed as a shortstop.
Jacinto pitched 64 innings this year and won seven games, both leading the Gladiators. He also had an ERA of 2.39 and struck out 79 batters.
At the plate, Jacinto had a .301 batting average and drove in 17 runs while scoring 30 times. He also stole seven bases.
Cox had a .532 batting average, 42 hits, 26 RBIs, 37 runs and 23 steals, all of which led the team.
Cox also pitched some and threw 25 innings, won three games and had a save while striking out 35 batters.
Both graduated from Italy this year. Jacinto has signed to play baseball for Mountain View Community College, which is in Dallas.
TSWA 1A First-Team
Pitchers - Gunner Baker, Price Carlisle, sr.; Tyler Pate, Port Aransas, sr.; and Kyle Barnett, Stamford, sr.
Catcher - Jake Roberts, Port Aransas, jr.
First baseman - Matt Villanueva, Anson, jr.
Second baseman - Steven Crump, Harlton, sr.
Shortstop - Caleb Colley, Price Carlisle, jr.
Third baseman - Chantz Holland, Cayuga, sr.
Outfielders - Nick Maxham, Port Aransas, jr.; Zach Brightwell, Price Carlisle, jr.; Brett Anderson, Kerens, jr.
Designated hitter - Hagen Hutchinson, Stamford, sr.
Player of the year – Gunner Baker, Price Carlisle, sr.
Coach of the Year - Wesley Calley, Price Carlisle
TSWA 1A Second-Team
Pitchers - Slater Stone, Trenton, sr.; Kellen Green, Windthorst, sr.; Lane Hobbs, Thrall, sr.
Catcher - Dawson Reid, Archer City, sr.
First baseman - Caleb Vaught, Sundown, sr.
Second baseman - Hunter Clark, Chico, sr.
Shortstop - Seth Helcamp, Weimar, jr.
Third baseman - Ty Kirk, Windthorst, jr.
Outfielders - Kyler Rabel, Sundown, jr.; Josh Velasquez, Flatonia, sr.; Charlie Wallace, Alto, jr.
Designated hitter - Wyatt Beezley, Trenton, sr.
TSWA 1A Third-Team
Pitchers - John Michael Blaha, Weimar, soph.; Bailey Burks, Trenton, jr. and Bret Mathis, Bosqueville, soph. and Jacob Stroder, Frost, sr.
Catcher - (tie) Will Bruns, Flatonia, jr. and Alex Delgado, Weimar, sr.
First baseman - Cody Nienstedt, Burton, jr.
Second baseman - Kyler Marshall, Sundown, sr.
Shortstop - Tanner Richey, Borden County, sr.
Third baseman - Brett Rohde, Fayetteville, sr.
Outfielders - Steven Howard, Borden County, sr.; Jared Reagan, Booker, soph.; Justin Rosenauer, Weimar, sr.
Designated hitter - Marcus Mica, Flatonia, soph.
TSWA 1A Honorable Mention
Pitchers - Brett Anderson, Kerens, jr.; Marcus Mica, Flatonia, soph.; Brent Hemmi, Windthorst, sr.; ; Chantz Holland, Cayuga, sr.; Caden Jacinto, Italy, sr.
Catchers - Austin Alvarado, Stamford, sr.; Zach Barnard, Dallardsville Big Sandy, sr.
First basemen - Brett Cox, Booker, sr.; Tanner Jones, Alto, sr.; Greg Wilganowski, Bremond, sr.
Second basemen - Angel Bermudez, McCamey, sr.; John Michael Blaha, Weimar, soph.
Shortstops - Kyle Barnett, Stamford, sr.; Trevor Burchett, Forsan, sr.; Zakkery Castillo, Hale Center, sr.; Brady Cejka, Shiner, sr.; Marvin Cox, Italy, sr.
Third basemen - Armando Arroyo, Alto, jr.; Louis Lachney, Dawson, sr.; Bryce Skotnicki, Blue Ridge, sr.
Outfielders - Gunner Baker, Price Carlisle, sr.; Lane Hobbs, Thrall, sr.; Taylor Rich, Lovelady, sr.; Joseph Stafford, Shiner, jr.; Tyler Pate, Port Aransas, sr.