The Stephenville Yellow Jackets landed three players on the 2018 District 8-4A baseball first-team all-district squad, and had four on the second team.
Also for coach Justin Swenson's SHS squad, both Clay Krause and Kade Averhoff earned first-team slots on the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Academic All-State baseball team.
Mason Castleberry was voted onto the first team as a pitcher. Derek Gifford made the first team as an infielder and Gage Graham is on the first team as an outfielder.
The second-team all-district selections for Stephenville are pitcher Caleb Smith, infielder Clay Krause, designated hitter Gabe Moore and outfielder Cade Dunavent.
Catcher Trevor Easter is the lone honorable mention all-district pick for the Yellow Jackets.
Castleberry posted an earned run average of 3.23 this season with a 3-5 record. He was second on the team in innings pitched, with 41 1/3, struck out 47 and walked 28.
Gifford, a shortstop, batted .247 and was second on the team in runs scored, with 20. He drove in 18 runs.
Gage Graham, Stephenville’s centerfielder, recorded a .305 batting average and led the team in runs scored, with 30. He had 14 RBI.
Smith had a 4-1 record and an ERA of 3.08. He led the squad in inning pitched, with 45 1/3, striking out 26 and walking 19.
Krause, the team’s third baseman, batted .333 to lead all regulars in that category, including one home run and six doubles. He drove in 15 runs and scored 16.
As designated hitter, Moore drove in a team-leading 26 runs and had 11 doubles while batting .313.
Dunavent batted .281, drove in a dozen runs and scored 17 times.
Easter, who took over the full-time catching duties when Cody Storrs went down for the season with an injury, had 14 RBI and batted .247.
Swenson led the Jackets (16-15-2) to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs this season before falling to Iowa Park, two games to one, in their best-of-three series. Iowa Park, coached by Swenson’s older brother Michael Swenson, reached the Region I final before splitting its series with Godley.
Godley (30-2), the champion of Stephenville’s district, played Sweeny Wednesday afternoon in the semifinals of the state tournament on Wednesday, one win away from playing for a state title.