After a stellar season, two Hettinger/Scranton legion baseball players made the All-Region teams for the West Region.
By COLE BENZ
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After a stellar season, two Hettinger/Scranton legion baseball players made the All-Region teams for the West Region. Brandon Pierce was voted onto the All-Region 1st Team, and Hudson Pierce was voted onto the All-Region 2nd Team.
Head coach Nolan Dix said he was kind of surprised that Hudson didn’t make it on the first team.
“[Hudson] and Brandon were the only two that were over 500 for batting,” Dix said.
Dix did say that the fact Hudson wasn’t a pitcher may have been the difference maker in voters’ choices.
This was, to Dix’s knowledge, the first year the region voted on all-region teams. He was the organizer of the voting process and it started at the beginning of the season.
“At the beginning of the year I sent a text to all the coaches and I said ‘would you guys want to do an all-region [team],’” Dix said.
Dix was also in charge of managing the stats and standings for the region during the season.
Each coach was allowed to nominate four players from their team, with Crosby being the lone squad to not nominate a player. Then the coaches were allowed to vote for seven players for the first team and 10 players for the second team. Teams that finished in the top three in the standings were allowed one player to be automatically added to the first team, so there were seven spots left after the automatic bids were added.
When the coaches sent in their nominees, they included season statistics for each voter to analyze while they made their decisions.
For the Bears, Dix nominated Brandon and Hudson, and also nominated Jacob Dix and Jarad Mattis.
For the season, Brandon had a .525 batting average in 68 at-bats, 16 doubles, two triples, 29 RBI, 10 stolen bases. He also went 4-1 as a pitcher with a 2.80 earned run average (ERA), 22 strikeouts, and held his opponents to a .122 batting average.
Hudson had a .507 batting average in 69 at-bats, 17 runs, 21 RBI, nine doubles, 10 stolen bases had an on-base-percentage of .541 and a slugging percentage of .638.
Jacob Dix hit for a .351 batting average, had 12 walks, scored 20 runs, had 18 RBI, six doubles and one home run. He also had a .493 on-base-percentage. As a pitcher Dix went 2-0 with 16 strikeouts. He pitched to a 4.91 ERA and held his opponents to a .174 batting average.
Mattis batted .292 on the season with 14 runs scored, 16 RBI, nine walks and seven stolen bases. He also had a .390 on-base-percentage. Mattis pitched to a 2-2 record with 43 strikeouts. He had a 5.31 ERA and held his opponents to a .162 batting average.
First team votes were worth three points, second team votes were worth one point. Brandon receive 30 points with 10 first first team points. Hudson received 13 points with two first team points.
Jacob received votes from two coaches while Mattis received a vote from another coach.
Dix’s desire is that this voting process catches on and the other regions follow the lead and start their own voting processes.
“We’re kind of hoping all the other regions see this and decide to do it.” Dix said.