Each season, a new round of Dogwood Circle Teams is announced. For the baseball and softball teams in the area, now is a time to reflect on the seasons each school had.
Starting with baseball, for Most Valuable Player, the honor goes to Chico Herod from Palestine. The Offensive Player of the Year is Jayson Johnson from Cayuga. The Defensive Player of the Year goes to Jordan Thomas. Pitcher of the Year is Palestine’s Brian Gummelt. Newcomer of the Year goes to Neches’ Chase Main. And Coach of the Year is Neches’ Jacob Magee who took Neches from a 2-16 record last season to a 12-10 record this season, just missing the playoffs.
On the First Team of the Dogwood Circle, Palestine’s Ryan Zavala, Cayuga’s John Vickery, Payton Wallace and Kegan Holliman, Neches’ Andrew Flowers, Ryan Gray and Scout Parrack, Frankston’s Waylon Morris and Caleb Whitehurst and Grapeland’s Nick Decello made the list.
For the Second Team of the Dogwood Circle, Palestine’s Abraham Vasquez, Neches’ Paul Macmillan and Alex Aguilara, Frankston’s Justice Bean and T.J. Brumley, Cayuga’s Colton Daniel and Colt Laughrey and Grapeland’s Zack Lewis and Jaques Faulk made the list.
Honorable Mentions for the Dogwood Circle Team for baseball include Neches’ Bradley Moore and Dylan Smith, Grapeland’s Riley Chipman and Palestine’s James David and Ryan Jones.
For the softball girls, the team that traveled furthest into the playoffs was Grapeland.
The Most Valuable Player for the softball Dogwood Circle Team is Westwood’s Courtney Stanhope. Offensive Player of the Year is Slocum’s Brooke January. Defensive Player of the Year is Elkhart’s Courtney Lindsey. Pitcher of the Year is Grapeland’s Baylee Lumbreraz. Newcomer of the Year goes to Westwood’s Korbyn Bassett. And Coach of the Year goes to Grapeland’s Jim Dillard who led his team to the regional finals in the playoffs.