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Accolades roll in after baseball, softball state appearances

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The accolades continue rolling in for the Deer Park baseball and softball teams following their appearances in this season’s state championship tournament. The Lady Deer advanced to its fourth state semifinal game in six years while the Deer baseball team won its first-ever state championship. The baseball team will be honored with a parade Monday night and in pregame festivities at Minute Maid Park Tuesday by the Houston Astros.

Several members of the Deer baseball and Lady Deer softball teams earned postseason honors to go along with their state tournament accolades.

Deer outfielder Chase Keng was named the Greater Houston area’s hitter of the year, batting .438 for the season, knocking 36 extra base hits. The senior has committed to the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Lefthanded pitcher Peyton Sherlin was named District 22-6A MVP with a 6-0 district record, striking out 50 batters in 43 innings. Deer head coach Chris Rupp was named Coach of the Year.

Joining Keng and Sherlin on the 22-6A first team are Clay Aguilar (P) and Josiah Ortiz (SS). Second team honorees were Adrian Gonzalez (RP), Austin Mitchell (OF) and Blake Martin (DH).

Honorable mention selections were Reece Moon (C) and Blaine Holden (2B).

Keng, Gonzalez, Aguilar and Martin were also all named to the state all-tournament team following its first-ever state championship.

The Lady Deer softball team fell just short of a Texas championship berth, falling in the state semifinal to eventual 6A softball champion Keller.

Seniors Maddie Nelson and Erin Edmoundson, junior Ash Wade and sophomore Sara Vanderford were each named to the 6A all-state team by the Texas Girls Coach’s Association. Edmounson and Nelson were also both selections to the academic all-state team as well as the 2016-17 5A-6A Legacy Team.

Edmoundson was also named the TGCA Athlete of the Year.