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Big Country Preps Baseball-Softball All-Hustle Team: Our hardest-working players!

OTHER 2019 ALL-BIG COUNTRY PREPS TEAMS

Our All-Big Country Preps Softball and Baseball Teams, released Friday and Saturday, respectively, are in place to honor those who achieved the most on-field success in 2019. It is off the field, however, where character, grit, and work ethic are often measured. And it is with our Big Country Preps All-Hustle Team that we wish to honor those players, male and female, who were (simply put) the hardest-working, best teammates in the area this spring. 

This team isn’t about who the best baseball and softball players were.

The All-Hustle team honors effort, discipline, toughness, coachability and selflessness — traits that coaches wish they had in every player and upon which championships are built.

It is for that reason that this team is largely selected by area coaches and described in their own words.

Big Country Preps is now honored to present these individuals to you — the best team players (boys and girls) that the the Big Country had to offer during the 2019 season.

The players below are listed in no particular order. 

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All-Big Country Preps Baseball Team: First-Team Roster

Here are our first-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps baseball team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.

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All-Big Country Preps Baseball Team: Second-Team Roster (w/ honorable mention)

Here are our second-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps baseball team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.

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2018-19 IN REVIEW: Softball (w/ two photo galleries)

Prior to the release of our All-Big Country Preps softball and baseball teams on Friday and Saturday, Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood will review the 2018-19 school year throughout this week and the top athletic stories produced by the area in football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball.

I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for fastpitch softball — I admit it. 

A long time ago, it was common for men to play the game. My dad played it. I played it. So I still thoroughly enjoy getting to as many girls softball games as possible — just to see some fastpitch again.

So, it is with pleasure that I review the the 2019 season — the top teams, the top games, the top surprises and the clubs that are about to make a splash in 2020.

 That said, it’s time to dive in.

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PHOTO GALLERY: 7-on-7 Division III state qualifying tournament (93 images)

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GAME STORY: No. 7 ranked Breckenridge sweeps Anson

Breckenridge’s Owen Woodward had a walk-off three-run home run for a 12-2 win over Anson on Friday night at ACU’s Crutcher Scott Field in the first game of a best-of-three Region I-3A baseball series.

“It felt pretty good,” Woodward said. “It helped us roll into the second win.”

The Buckaroos then finished off the sweep with a 13-1 win in the nightcap to advance to face Holliday, which swept Jim Ned on Friday.

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BCP Podcast No. 45: Evan, Daniel talk baseball with Clyde coach Rowley

Clyde baseball coach Colby Rowley has consistently fielded a strong product during his nine years coaching for his alma mater, and things are no different this season. His Bulldogs are currently 24-6 and slated to take on Bowie this weekend in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Earlier this week, Rowley took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about this year’s team, his time at Clyde and more for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also on this week’s episode, Evan and Daniel recap last week’s baseball and softball playoff action and forecast this week’s slate of games.

GAME STORY: Anson outlasts Early in extra innings to advance

It took parts of four days, but the Anson baseball team is moving on to the area round of the Region I-3A playoffs after a comeback in their best-of-three bi-district series with Early.

After taking the second game 15-10 at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field, the Tigers outlasted the Longhorns 7-6 in nine innings in the deciding game to take a 2-1 series win.

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BCP Podcast No. 44: Daniel Youngblood, Brandon McAuliffe discuss baseball, softball playoffs

The high school baseball and softball playoffs are in full swing, and the Big Country has a number of promising teams and intriguing story lines on both sides.

With Evan Ren out of pocket for the week, Daniel Youngblood is joined by contributor Brandon McAuliffe to discuss all of the top developments and matchups involving local and area baseball and softball teams in this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Daniel and Brandon chat about recent football coaching moves and give a rundown on all the programs that will have new faces in 2019. 

BCP Podcast No. 42: Brownwood’s Lynn talks Lady Lion softball with Evan, Daniel

Led by senior ace Chyanne Ellett, the Brownwood softball team is in the midst of another outstanding season, sitting at 20-2-1 overall and 6-1 in District 74A heading into Thursday’s regular season finale against Mineral Wells.

Earlier this week, Lady Lions coach Jessica Lynn took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the season her team is having and what makes this group special for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this week’s episode, Evan and Daniel recap the latest developments and look ahead to the biggest games of the Big Country baseball and softball season.

GAME STORY: Tant’s one-hitter leads Jim Ned to 7-0 win over Anson

TUSCOLA — Landon Tant flirted with his second no-hitter of the season, allowing just a two-out single in the fifth inning to lead Jim Ned to a 7-0 win over Anson on Tuesday night in District 5-3A action.

Tant had 12 strikeouts and allowed just three walks as Jim Ned improved to 16-6 overall and 9-1 in district. The Tigers, meanwhile, fell two games back in the standings. Tant struck out at least one batter in every inning except the sixth.

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BCP Podcast No. 41: Breckenridge’s Bartley talks Buckaroo baseball with Evan, Daniel

First-year Breckenridge baseball coach Kevin Bartley has the Buckaroos in the midst of one of their best seasons ever. Fresh off a win last Friday over then-No. 1 Brock and a run-rule victory over Peaster on Monday, Bartley’s squad is 20-2 overall, 8-1 in District 7-3A play and ranked 12th in Class 3A.

This week, Bartley took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the Brock victory, the season his team having and the future of his program for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the latest developments of the Big Country baseball and softball season. 

GAME STORY: Laughlin, Clyde stop Anson 5-1

CLYDE — With Clyde’s Payton Laughlin on the hill, the Anson Tigers knew coming into Tuesday’s District 5-3A road game that they would have to take advantage of what few opportunities that came their way. 

Unfortunately for AHS, Laughlin was able to close the door nearly every time it opened, stranding four Tigers in scoring position in a 5-1 Clyde win. 

Tossing a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts, Laughlin (6-1) overcame three errors behind him and three of his own walks to earn the win with his seventh complete game of the year. His ERA dropped to 1.12 in the process. 

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Big Country Preps Player of the Week: Woodward tops nearly 50 nominees for award

When selecting our Big Country Preps Player of the Week, the quality of competition is one of the top considerations we look at.

And in a week that is absolutely loaded with nearly 50 quality nominations from area coaches, choosing the player to occupy the top spot was no easy task.

Our choice: Breckenridge junior Owen Woodward, who helped Breckenridge in its stunning 3-0 win over top-ranked Brock with a three-hit, no-walk, 12-strikeout complete game.

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BCP Podcast No. 38: Evan, Daniel discuss All-Big Country Preps basketball teams

In this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast, Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood discuss the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys and girls basketball teams, giving insight into the selection process and sharing their opinions the superlative award winners and first-tema selections.

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All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: First-Team Roster

Here are our third-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Second-Team Roster

Here are our third-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Third-Team Roster (w/ honorable mention)

Here are our third-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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Big Country Preps Player of the Week: Eastland senior Stacy snags accolade

In a week that saw multiple performances worthy of Big Country Preps Player of the Week honors, it was the magnitude of one win, in particular, that shifted the award to Eastland senior guard Hailee Stacy. 

Stacy averaged 26 points and 9.5 rebounds for the week, including 19 points and eight boards in a 56-42 win over highly touted Cisco to force a first-place tie in the district race.

She followed that with a 33-point, 11-rebound performance in a 71-26 win over Comanche.

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Evan Ren’s 2018 Big Country True Grit Team

Most high school football teams have that one player acknowledged by the coaching staff as the prime example of what a teammate should be. 

He’s the guy who seldom misses any practice time and is a regular in the weight room. He’s early to arrive. He’s late to leave and takes pride in being coachable, though he seldom needs direction. 

He always sets the right example for younger players. He doesn’t complain and, above all else, he’s tough enough to make all the aforementioned traits consistently possible. 

Know someone like that? Here is where they are honored. 

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Anson Lions Club Tournament roundup

In an otherwise difficult tournament for Big Country area teams, it was the Roscoe Plowgirls who emerged with a chance at taking home a championship at the Anson Lions Club Tournament on Friday. 

Unfortunately, they had one rather large roadblock: The fifth-ranked undefeated Vega Lady Longhorns (24-0), who handed Roscoe a 58-22 loss in the title round. 

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Oi! Oi! Oi! Vegimite-wielding Australians come to Anson seeking basketball and BBQ

ANSON — Some unusual sounds were audible in Anson on Thursday and Friday, coming in the form of unified voices, chanting something completely foreign to rural Texas.

How foreign? About 8,400 miles worth.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! … Oi! Oi! Oi! Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! … Oi! Oi! Oi!

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