Jacob Cheatham, Sr., Elkhart
Not many players get to call themselves record-holders.
The good ones can claim to own some team and maybe district records, while great players can claim some state marks as their own.
Then there is Elkhart infielder Jacob Cheatham, who just finished the most prolific triples season in national history.
Cheatham’s 17 triples in 2013 eclipsed the former record by one, but it wasn’t the only thing that defined the Cisco College-bound players year.
Cheatham hit an area-best .556 for Elkhart in 2013, running his four-year career average to .550.
That earned Cheatham first-team all-state honors, as well as the District 19-2A Offensive Player of the Year nod.
Levi Smith, Sr., Elkhart
Baserunners leading off from first or second against Elkhart this year had a choice that all baserunners have – should they stay or should they go?
Against the Elks, if those runners chose the latter, the odds were they weren’t going to get to their destination safely.
That’s because Elkhart backstop Levi Smith threw out more than 50 percent of potential base-stealers in 2013 en route to a first-team all-state nod, a year after being a second-team selection.
Smith was also a starter in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) all-star game earlier this month and is headed to catch at Stephen F. Austin University.
But, Smith wasn’t just a defensive star. The senior hit .435 for the Elks in the middle of their potent lineup.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jordan White, Sr., Elkhart
With the graduation of their ace a year ago, many coaches would find themselves worried about finding a replacement for this season.
Not Elkhart Coach John Adair, who knew what he had in No. 2 starter Jordan White.
White didn’t disappoint, moving seamlessly into the No. 1 role for the Elks, helping Elkhart back to the regional semifinals a year after a state tournament run.
White was 10-2 with 107 strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA on the season. He was the Pitcher of the Year in District 19-2A, and is bound for Howard College to play baseball next season.