Jacksonville Indian baseball fans have had to wait quite a long time to learn of the District 16-4A All-District team, thanks to a deep playoff run by league champion Whitehouse whose season just came to a to halt over the weekend — it is customary in Texas that all-district teams not be revealed until all teams in the league are done with post season play.
The wait was worth it for supporters of Tribe baseball as two team members earned First Team mention, while a pair of Tribesmen were voted onto the Second Team as well.
“I am well satisfied with the amount of representation that we have on the All-District team,” Jacksonville head baseball coach Mike Eckles said Tuesday.
Senior Brett Eckles was one of three First Team pitchers chosen, while junior Brayden Rawlinson, earned First Team mention as an outfielder.
Two Indian freshman, catcher Mason Smith and outfielder Cash Cleaver picked up Second Team honors.
Also earning a spot onto the Second Team was Chris Holcomb, a junior, who was listed as a utility player.
“I was particularly pleased to see some of our young kids the recognition,” Eckles said. “Hopefully this is something that we can build on and will be something to give some of our younger kids a boost.”
Whitehouse and Corsicana, the league's top-two clubs, dominated the superlative mentions.
District Most Valuable Player went to Corsicana's Holden Grounds and Ryan Cheatum of Whitehouse secured Pitcher of the Year accolades.
Derrick Jenkins (Whitehouse) and Corsicana's Heath Autry shared Coach of the Year lauds.