Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 15, 2014

Raiborn tabbed as state's 3A pitcher of the week

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK —

Josh Raiborn got the icing on his cake Thursday when he was named by Texas High School Baseball as its Class 3A Pitcher of the Week (March 4-11) for the state of Texas.

Raiborn, a junior lefty at Rusk High School, guided the Eagles to two District 19-3A victories in the past week.

First, Raiborn threw a no-hitter (6 innings) against the Fairfield Eagles, while striking out 13 and walking one.

On Tuesday evening at Eagle Park, Raiborn pitched a complete game in Rusk's 5-0 blanking of Palestine.

In that outing the southpaw sensation fanned 14 opposing batters while walking one. Raiborn limited Palestine to four hits in improving his record to 5-1 — Raiborn's only loss came to Class 4A and state-ranked Hallsville.

Raiborn said that the past few days have been ones to remember, but at the same time he was humble about his achievement.

“It was really exciting (to win the award),” he said in an interview on Friday. “It's been a good week.

“There was a lot of excitement from my teammates because we wanted to open district with some wins and that excitement definitely helped to motivate me. Also, the support of the community was really neat and I wanted to do my best to make everyone proud.”

Raiborn, who came up through the Rusk youth baseball ranks, said that he relies on both his physical and mental skills when pitching.

“I try to change my speed and my location to fool the hitters,” Raiborn said. “I also try to pitch them differently each time, so there is a lot of thinking going into (pitch selection).”

Josh is the son of Mark and Angela Raiborn of Rusk.