After Neville and West Ouachita battled back-and-forth in a District 2-4A baseball race that was ultimately decided by a 10-9 Game 3 victory by the Neville Tigers, it should come as no surprise these teams dominated the all-district selections.

District champs Neville went 8-1, while West Ouachita went 7-2 in the competitive district race, while Franklin Parish and Bastrop took its lumps against the upper echelon of the district.

As a result, Neville coach Paul Guerriero was named district coach of the year, while Neville junior first baseman Parker Fugler and West Ouachita senior pitcher Peyton Parker earned individual awards.

Fugler, who led the Tigers with a .412 batting average and boasted a .577 slugging percentage, was selected as the district’s most outstanding player.

Meanwhile, Parker was named pitcher of the year for his 1.77 ERA and 10-2 record with the Chiefs as a senior. Parker threw a perfect game in the first round of the playoffs and hit .394 in the lineup for the Chiefs.

Also representing Neville as first-team selections where Cade McCarty (pitcher), Tavis Butler (pitcher), Andrew Cagle (shortstop), Jordan Thomas (outfield), Zeb Ruddell (outfield), Todd Stewart (outfield) and MD Talley (utlity). Wes Robinson (pitcher), Ely McPherson (first base), Charlie McDuffie (outfield), Andrew Robertson (catcher), Harrison Rhymes (designated hitter), Brett Batteford (utility) and Braeden Brown (utility) represented the Tigers on the second team.

As for the West Ouachita Chiefs, Thomas Wilhite (pitcher), Caleb Rutledge (pitcher), Luke Farrar (second base), Peyton Parker (shortstop), Conner Jones (third base), Brady Ryals (outfield), Kade Parker (utility) and Blake Linzay (utility) were all first-team all-district selections.

On the second-team for the Chiefs were Caleb Williams (pitcher), Jacob Spradlin (outfield) and Michael Davis (utility).

Award-winning sports writer for columns and features since joining the field in 2013. As the first-ever featured columnist of the month at Bleacher Report, Martin cut his teeth with online media before joining the newspaper business in 2014.

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