All-District 2-2A Baseball Team
Earning first-team honors for the fourth consecutive season, senior left fielder Austin Haman is among six Sterlington Panthers on the All-District 2-2A first unit.
Cole Pippen of district champion Oak Grove, who hit .723 in district play, is the Most Valuable Player. A senior pitcher/center fielder, Pippen helped the Tigers to a 24-7 record, including an 8-1 mark in district play, and a state quarterfinal appearance.
Haman, Ross Lambert and Austin Mills all earned repeat first-team honors for the district runner-up Panthers, who put together a 24-8 worksheet before falling to eventual state runner-up New Iberia Catholic in the quarterfinals. Also representing the Panthers on the first team are Spencer Davis, Tyler Buffington and Jacob Barr.
A first-team All-District pitcher as a junior, Haman is listed as an outfielder on this year's squad.
Batting from the leadoff slot, Haman led the Panthers in batting average (.441), on base percentage (.633), hits (41), home runs (5), runs scored (53) and walks (32), while tying for tops on the team in doubles (11). He also contributed 21 RBI and seven stolen bases in nine attempts.
Hindered by arm problems for much of the season, Haman was limited to 25 innings and nine appearances on the mound. He fashioned a 3-2 record with one save and a 4.48 earned run average.
Lambert drew 12 starts, compiling a 7-2 record, five complete games and four shutouts, with a 1.45 ERA. Logging 58 innings, the junior lefthander recorded 45 punchouts, while walking 24 and allowing 42 hits. In district play, he was a perfect 3-0 with two shutouts and a minuscule 0.68 ERA.
Davis, a freshman righthander, posted a 9-1 record with a 2.95 ERA, three complete games and two shutouts in 12 appearances (nine starts). Laboring 57 innings, he notched 37 strikeouts, issued 24 walks and yielded 45 hits. Davis' district line included a 3-1 record with a pair of shutouts and a 2.26 ERA.
Buffington, a senior first baseman, hit .253 with three home runs, two doubles and 18 RBI, before missing the final seven games due to an ankle injury which required surgery. A four-year starter, Buffington drew 19 free passes and added five sacrifice hits. He hit .353 in district play.
Mills, a senior second baseman, is listed as a utility player after earning first-team honors at shortstop as a junior. Batting behind Haman in the No. 2 slot, Mills was second on the team in batting average (.333) and runs scored (39), while leading the club with 16 stolen bases and 10 sacrifice hits. Mills, who started every game of his varsity career, hit .324 with a team-best seven RBI in district play.
Barr, a freshman center fielder, scored 21 runs and was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases. His season highlight was a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth as the Panthers defeated Pope John Paul II 6-5 in the first round of the state playoffs.
Representing the Panthers on the second team are Kyle Vandergracht, Dalton Dopson, Devon Murphy and Zac Corrent.
Vandergracht, a senior, is listed as a catcher after making the first team as a designated hitter in 2013. Starting the majority of the season behind the plate, he moved to first base following Buffington's injury. Vandergracht's season totals include a .241 batting average, 13 runs batted in and 21 walks.
Dopson, a freshman third baseman, scored nine runs and collected five sacrifice hits. In 17 2/3 innings on the bump, he was 1-1 with a 4.75 ERA.
Murphy, a sophomore shortstop, hit at a .306 clip with 11 doubles, two triples, a home run, 22 runs scored and 25 bases on balls, while leading the team with 27 RBI.
Corrent, a senior right fielder, had a .265 batting average, with 14 RBI and 16 runs scored. He also drew 11 walks and was hit by a pitch on six occasions.