Another high school baseball season has come and gone. See who made The Times’ annual All-City and All-Area Baseball teams.
All-City Player of the Year: Andrew Cole, Benton, Sr.
Cole, a Southeastern Louisi-
ana signee, made his lone
year as the Tigers’ starting
catcher count. He led the city
in regular-season batting av-
erage at .438, homering four
times and driving in 14 runs
out of the leadoff spot. Cole
also swiped five bases and
scored 26 runs. Defensively,
he took control of the Tigers’
pitching staff early in the sea-
son, earning first-year coach
J.D. Stephens’ trust to where
Cole became the primary
pitch caller for the Tigers,
who advanced to the Class
4A state quarterfinals.
All-City Pitcher of the Year: Stephen Morrison, Calvary, Sr.
Morrison emerged as much more than just a fill-in for
Ryan Leone. Including the postseason, Morrison went
10-1 with a save, posting an 0.80 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.
Armed with the ability to throw both his fastball and
off-speed pitches for strikes, Morrison struck out 59
batters in 61 1-3 innings. During the Cavaliers’ run to
the Class 2A state semifinals, Morrison went 2-0 and
threw nine scoreless postseason innings.
All-City Coach of the Year: Tim Hulett, Evangel
Hulett led Evangel to its third state championship in
the last five seasons, doing so with his least-experi-
enced team in years. Evangel won its final 12 games of
the season, culminating in a two-day state tourna-
ment run, where the Eagles did not allow a run, win-
ning a 1-0 game and a 2-0 game to keep the Class 2A
state championship in Shreveport for a third straight
All-Area Player of the Year: Austin Pinnick, North DeSoto, Sr.
Pinnick did a litte bit of everything
for the Griffins, none more impor-
tant than staying healthy. As his
teammates battled the injury bug
all season, Pinnick was a rock for the
Class 3A semifinalists. As a swing-
man pitcher, Pinnick went 12-1 with
four saves, striking out 67 batters en
route to a 2.20 ERA. When he wasn’t
pitching, Pinnick batted .346, drove
in 31 runs and scored 24, while play-
ing solid at second base.
All-Area Pitcher of the Year: David Michael Burkhalter, Ruston, Jr.
Burkhalter made a quick impact in his first season in Ruston. Burkhalter, a Tulane commitment, finished the season 11-1 with an 0.83 ERA. In 76 1-3 innings, he overpowered opposing batters, striking out 117. Not just a power pitcher, Burkhalter also flashed excellent command, walking just 14 batters for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 8-to-1.
All-Area Coach of the Year: Bo Odom, North DeSoto
Odom is a repeat choice for the hon-
or after leading a depleted Griffins
squad back to the state tourna-
ment. Odom had to replace his top
starting pitcher and the state Class
3A Player of the Year, but he guided
North DeSoto to a 28-5 record and a
23-game winning streak from
March through late April. The Grif-
fins were the No. 1 seed in the 3A
playoffs, reaching the state semifi-