All-District 2-3A Baseball Team
After sweeping through District 2-3A play undefeated, state semifinalist Sterlington swept the individual awards on the All-District 2-3A baseball team.
Senior second baseman Jarrett McDonald is the Most Valuable Player, junior right-hander Trey Rugg is Pitcher of the Year and Mark Sims is Coach of the Year.
McDonald, a four-year starter and LSU Eunice signee, led the team in batting average (.480) and home runs (8), and was second with 43 RBIs. Batting from the leadoff spot the past two years, McDonald proved to be a tough out throughout his career. Over the past three seasons, he reached base safely (hit, walk, hit by pitch or via error) in 106 out of 109 games. He made his way aboard in 68 consecutive games at one point, a stretch that began in the 2016 season and ended on the 11th playing date of the 2018 campaign vs. West Ouachita.
Rugg, the Panthers' Game 1 starter throughout the playoffs, compiled a 12-1 record with a 0.99 earned run average. He recorded 79 punchouts while working a staff-high 84.2 innings.
A year after piloting the Panthers to the first state championship in program history, Sims directed Sterlington to a 32-4 mark and a second consecutive State Tournament berth in their first year in Class 3A.
In all, the Panthers claimed 15 spots (11 first team, 4 second team) on the All-District team.
Sophomore left-hander Adam Tubbs and senior righty Taylor Martin join Rugg on the first team pitching staff.
Helping offset the loss of 2017 Class 2A State MVP Spencer Davis, Tubbs fashioned a 10-3 record with a 1.82 ERA while striking out 70 over 69.1 innings pitched.
Martin put together a perfect 4-0 record with a 1.70 ERA. In 12.1 innings of mound duty, he struck out an impressive 21 batters.
Senior Tucker Allen is the first team catcher after batting .316 with 14 RBIs. Allen leaves Sterlington as the only athlete in school history with four state championship rings (2 powerlifting, 1 each in football and baseball).
Senior shortstop Carson Clowers accompanies McDonald on the first team infield after batting .377 with 22 RBIs. A four-year starter in football and baseball, Clowers quarterbacked the school's 2016 state championship football team and helped the Panthers to the state title in baseball as a junior. He has signed to continue his baseball career with the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks.
Another four-year starter, senior center fielder Brooks Rushworth, heads up the first team outfield. An LSU Eunice signee, the Panthers' cleanup batter drove in a team-high 44 runs while hitting at a .386 clip and belting six home runs.
Sterlington's entire starting outfield earned first team All-District acclaim as Rushworth is flanked by junior left fielder Luke Denman and junior right fielder Davis Johnson.
Denman was second on the team with a .474 batting average and third on the squad with 37 RBIs. One of the Panthers' best clutch hitters, he also knocked two home runs.
Batting from the No. 3 slot, Johnson produced a .350 batting average with three home runs and 30 RBIs.
Rounding out the Panthers' first team honorees are sophomore utility player Braden Hough and junior designated hitter Kyle Elee.
Hough, who spent the majority of his time behind the plate, posted a .395 batting average with 35 RBIs.
Elee finished the campaign with a .345 batting mark.
Representing Sterlington on the second team are sophomore first baseman Brock Risinger, freshman third baseman Seaver Sheets and sophomore outfielders Logan Rushing and Reece Brooks.
Emerging as the Panthers' starting first baseman over the second half of the season, Risinger hit .296 with a pair of dingers and 21 RBIs.
Sheets hit .225 with 15 RBIs and developed into a solid defender after taking over at third base for four-year starter and ULM signee Dalton Dopson.
Making the most of their opportunities in a crowded outfield, Rushing compiled a .344 batting average with 10 RBIs and Brooks turned out a .400 batting clip with nine ribbies.