The 2017-18 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Baseball First Team was chosen by USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Halley in consultation with high school coaches.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Chapman, Calallen
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Name: J.T. Ginn
School: Brandon, Miss.
Key stats: Was 5-1 with a 0.36 ERA with 78 strikeouts and nine walks and a no-hitter in 39.1 innings. Hit .419 with 27 RBI and nine homers in 74 at-bats.
College/pro: Mississippi State signee/Drafted 30th by Los Angeles Dodgers
Greatest player I’ve taken a selfie with: I think I got some pictures with Roy Oswalt.
Breaking in a new glove: I just play catch with it. A lot of people have their own little way. I let it mold to itself. I like my infield glove kind of flat.
My talent on America’s Got Talent: I could sing a little.
Favorite walk-up song: I liked Your Love by The Outfield.
First car and dream car: I still drive my dad’s old Ford (a 2003 Ford 150 truck). The dream car would be a Ferrari.
Smartest thing I’ve done lately: I graduated this week.
Dumbest thing I’ve done lately: I went fishing and fell out of the boat.
Teacher of influence: I like all my teachers. Mrs. (Shannon) Ferguson, by biology teacher, was pretty awesome. We get along really well she encouraged me throughout the year. She’s a big sports fan and her son played on our high school team.
My biggest pet peeve: I don’t get mad at much. I would say lying. I hate when people lie.
My second-best sport is: It has to be football. I played up until 10th grade.
Memorable home run hit: I had game this year game against Hillcrest where I had three home runs. I hit a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam.
Memorable home run delivered: The only one I ever gave up was this year, in our first outing against Clinton. I don’t remember the kid’s name (Walker Burchfield), but it was a fastball that he hit pretty good.