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.