2A 2019 | The Year of the Pitcher

These three 'Aces' give each of their teams a chance for the State title, but one has a stacked on deck

By Dave Dawson, email: Texodave@gmail.com —TexopSports editor Ι Originally published April 10, 2019

Thus far in 2019, Kelley (Refugio) and Tucker (Douglass) have led their teams to perfect records, both nines stand at 7-0 in stats available  for week of March 25, 2019.  Big Sandy (13-1), Dallardsville, is #1 and Douglass #2.  #7 Refugio, a good bet to win District 32,  will enter the playoffs competing in  the same Region IV with Big Sandy, District 25.  Douglass competes in Region III, District 22.

Update:  With a 13-0 win over Agua Dulce Friday night (Mar29), Refugio stands at 10-0 for the year.

Kelley threw three no-hitters in 2018 and was a first team All-State selection (Texas Sports Writers Assoc.); Tucker, received an honorable mention.  Kelley was a member of the 2018-2019 USA team.  In the summer, he changed his early college commitment from TCU to Texas.  Tucker has committed to Texas A&M.  Both are juniors.

For his outstanding play in2018, in which his Wildcats won the state title over Muenster, 13-3, Holmes was named first-team All State as an outfielder.  This year he still bats well, but is throwing strike outs as a southpaw like he did against Muenster in the state final, a nice advantage in high school baseball, especially in the lower divisions.  2A teams seldom face a strong left-hander on the mound.  Holmes has accepted an offer from Howard.

But that's not all Holmes has going for him.  He has two hard-hitting fellow seniors to help his team get the runs needed: namely, Brad Hendrix and Bryan Duff.  Hendrix was the MVP in the 2018 championship game; he has committed to play for the Red Raiders.



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