BASEBALL: PNG’s Bost earns 22-5A MVP honor

Published 5:04 pm Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Gold Glove-style defense and leadoff hitting came in handy for Port Neches-Groves senior Austin Bost.

District 22-5A has named Bost its Most Valuable Player. The Panola College signee led the Indians with .462 batting and .688 slugging averages. He homered once, but scored 38 runs and lined 43 hits with 16 doubles, a triple and a home run.

District champion Nederland earned three superlative awards, with Braydon Credeur sharing the pitcher of the year title with Cory Kizer of Vidor, catcher Case Babino winning defensive MVP and Bryan Spell being named coach of the year. PNG sophomore Carson Roccaforte, who homered seven times, was named offensive player of the year.

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Lumberton’s Trent Myers was named newcomer of the year.

First-team selections include:

  • Pitchers: Conner Kemp, Nederland; Josh Hranicky and Brandon Petix, PNG; Garrett Basden, Vidor; and Brett Payne, Lumberton;
  • Catcher: David Torres, Port Arthur Memorial;
  • First base: Holden Lane, PNG;
  • Second base: Braidn Baker, Vidor;
  • Third base: Alan Underwood, Nederland;
  • Shortstop: Landon Hiltz, Nederland; and Noah Bunting, Vidor;
  • Outfield: Riyad Antoine, Memorial; Jace Bridges, Lumberton; Angel Castillo, Nederland; and Cameron Stansbury, PNG
  • Utility: Trenton Simon, Nederland; and
  • Designated hitter: Cade Purcell, Vidor.

Second team selections: Pitchers Khristian Curtis of PNG, Nate Campbell and Tyler Seek of Livingston; catchers Drake Varnado of PNG and Mason Brown of Vidor; first baseman Brice Townsend of Lumberton; second baseman Miguel Martinez of Memorial; third baseman Josue Rodriguez of Memorial; shortstop Camron Abate of PNG; outfielders Kyle Harshbarger of Livingston, Brian Davila and Alex Ortiz of Nederland and Remington Boykin of Lumberton; and utility player Josh Ward of Lumberton.


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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