Adams, Buchhorn highlight UT Tyler all-conference selections

Monday, May 9, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER - UT Tyler juniors Trenton Buchhorn and Cason Adams have earned American Southwest Conference first-team honors, while Graham Welch, Alex Bishop and Sam Lane are second-team selections for the Patriots who will play in the ASC Championship Gold Series this weekend against Hardin-Simmons. 

Adams (6-2) earns his second career postseason honor from the ASC coaches' selections after a strong junior year on the mound where he has six wins and leads the Patriots with 57 strikeouts through 13 starts. He has 14 wins in his career at UT Tyler and is 14-5 over the past two seasons. He enters the second round of the ASC tournament with a 3.70 ERA this season and with 132 strikeouts. Buchhorn earns first-team honors at utility after leading the conference with 58 RBI and hitting .335 with 17 doubles, seven triples and five home runs. In his first year at UT Tyler, Buchhorn has played second base, third base and has solidified himself at shortstop throughout the last half of the year. Buchhorn is coming off a Sunday performance in Austin where he had two triples in the first game against Texas Dallas and then had an RBI double in the win by the Patriots. He has produced 16 multi-RBI performances this season and 19 multi-hit games. 

Bishop is a second-team selection in his sophomore season after leading the Patriots with a .414 batting average and 65 hits. UT Tyler's first baseman has 45 RBI with a team-leading 18 doubles to go along with two triples and five home runs. His second triple of the season came on Sunday in the win over the Comets. He also leads UT Tyler with 31 walks and 21 multi-hit games. Lane earns his second conference honor after hitting .315 with 27 RBI in his senior season, while Welch takes second-team honors as a freshman after hitting .339 with a program-record and national-leading 10 triples this season. Welch is second on the team with 61 hits from the leadoff spot in the lineup. 

Brady McCoy, Blake Wilson, Reese Read and Michael Blevins earned honorable mention selections. The Patriots travel to Abilene this weekend to play Hardin-Simmons in the ASC Championship Gold Bracket series. The best-of-three series begins at 6 p.m. on Friday before a 2 p.m. game on Saturday. An if-needed game will take place on Saturday after the first game if the two teams split the opening two games of the championship series.  

2016 All-ASC Baseball Teams
Player of the Year – Conner Combs, East Texas Baptist
Pitcher of the Year – Lane Hobbs, Concordia Texas
Freshman of the Year – Bret Leiferman, Concordia Texas
Newcomer of the Year – Jake Valadez, Concordia Texas
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Conner Bertsch, Concordia Texas
Coaching Staff of the Year – East Texas Baptist
(Jared Hood, Kyle Palmer, Torry Peterson, Tyler Seibert)
First Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Conner Combs Jr. East Texas Baptist Southlake, Texas / Carroll Senior
2B Johnny Campos2 Jr. Sul Ross State Odessa, Texas / Odessa
SS Zach Compton2 Jr. East Texas Baptist Pflugerville, Texas / Pflugerville
3B Dynas Doud Sr. East Texas Baptist Adel, Iowa / DC-Grimes
C Max Conway So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Spring, Texas / The Woodlands
OF Tyler Bates3 Sr. East Texas Baptist Joshua, Texas / Alvarado
OF Jamie Ball Sr. Hardin-Simmons Morton, Miss. / Morton
OF Michael Evan2 So. Concordia Texas Cameron, Texas / Yoe
OF Andrew Beck2 Jr. Univ. of Ozarks Conway, Ark. / St. Joseph
DH Colton Parker Jr. Hardin-Simmons Decatur, Texas / Decatur
UT Trenton Buchhorn Jr. UT Tyler Arlington, Texas / Arlington Martin
SP Lane Hobbs Jr. Concordia Texas Thrall, Texas / Thrall
SP Ashley Dukes Jr. East Texas Baptist Gladewater, Texas / Sabine
SP Cason Adams2 Jr. UT Tyler Rockwall, Texas / Rockwall
RP Taylor Cooling So. Hardin-Simmons Mont Belvieu, Texas / Barbers Hill

Second Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Alex Bishop So. UT Tyler Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Vauxhall Academy
2B Kyle Jacobs Jr. LeTourneau Leander, Texas / Rouse
SS Taylor Cooling So. Hardin-Simmons Mont Belvieu, Texas / Barbers Hill
3B Noah Payne Fr. Howard Payne Humble, Texas / Atascocita
C Taylor Empkey Sr. LeTourneau Bedford, Texas / LD Bell
OF Josh Covey So. UT Dallas Tomball, Texas / Tomball
OF Sully Martin So. Louisiana College Paulina, La. / Lutcher
OF Graham Welch Fr. UT Tyler Plano, Texas / Plano Senior
OF Sam Lane* Sr. UT Tyler Plano, Texas / Plano East
OF Bret Leiferman* Fr. Concordia Texas Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock
DH Ryan Almager So. Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
UT Zach de Luna Jr. Hardin-Simmons Pittsburg, Texas / Pittsburg
SP Adrian Acosta Jr. Howard Payne Austin, Texas / Jack C. Hays
SP Kyle Ramon2 Jr. Howard Payne San Antonio, Texas / East Central
SP Boone Privette Sr. LeTourneau Fort Worth, Texas / Western Hills
RP Jimmy Russo Sr. East Texas Baptist Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood Park

Third Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Colson Craddick Sr. Hardin-Simmons Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
2B Dakota Parsons2 Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Conroe, Texas / College Park
SS Adam Ortega Sr. Concordia Texas Leander, Texas / Leander
3B Ryan Burciaga Fr. UT Dallas Katy, Texas / Morton Ranch
C Matthew Daniel2 Sr. Howard Payne Cleveland, Texas / Cleveland
OF Race Mellman2 Jr. Concordia Texas Refugio, Texas / Waller
OF Jonathan Bigley Jr. Sul Ross State Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs
OF Kameron Sumrall So. East Texas Baptist Paris, Texas / Paris
OF David McKenzie Sr. UT Dallas Dallas, Texas / White
DH Logan Phillips So. Louisiana College Deville, La. / Buckeye
UT Ely Gallego Sr. Sul Ross State Alpine, Texas / Alpine
SP Josh Smith2 Sr. Concordia Texas Conroe, Texas / Conroe
SP Colton Spears Sr. Hardin-Simmons Pflugerville, Texas / Pflugerville
SP Aaron Bach Sr. UT Dallas Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire
RP Justin Traxler2 So. Concordia Texas Austin Texas / Vista Ridge

Honorable Mention

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Connor Bertsch Sr. Concordia Texas Fayetteville, Texas / Fayetteville
2B Tim Cole Sr. UT Dallas Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad
2B Blake Wilson Fr. UT Tyler Midlothian, Texas / Midlothian
2B Alex Britz Fr. Concordia Texas Houston, Texas / Clear Lake
SS Jimmy Norris Sr. UT Dallas Kennedale, Texas / Kennedale
SS Phillip Russell Jr. Sul Ross State Austin, Texas / McCallum
3B Colton Poindexter Jr. Concordia Texas Humble, Texas / Atascocita
3B Chris York So. Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Lubbock
3B Rayne Hobbs So. LeTourneau Mont Belvieu, Texas / Rayne Hobbs
C Brady McCoy Jr. UT Tyler Haughton, La. / Haughton
C Mitch Barati Jr. UT Dallas Orlando, Fla. / Boone
C Trent Pearson Jr. Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
C Gareth Hutton Sr. Concordia Texas Georgetown, Texas
OF Chase Burrow Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Groesbeck, Texas / Groesbeck
OF Kit Henderson Sr. Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
OF Sean Sellers Sr. LeTourneau Arlington, Texas / Woodinville (Wash.)
OF Will Stafford Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Katy, Texas / Cinco Ranch
OF Cody Berryman So. Hardin-Simmons Shallowater, Texas / Shallowater
OF Jaxon Rader Jr. East Texas Baptist Paris, Texas / Paris
OF Haden Johnson Sr. UT Dallas North Richland Hills, Texas / Birdville
OF Wesley Moss Fr. Sul Ross State San Antonio, Texas / Brennan
DH Brandon George Sr. UT Dallas Spring, Texas / Spring
DH Josh Warbington Jr. East Texas Baptist Hallsville, Texas / Hallsville
DH Riley Davis So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Conroe, Texas / Conroe
UT Jake Valadez Jr. Concordia Texas Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock
UT Kiefer Moore Jr. Louisiana College Shreveport, La. / Northwood
SP Brandon Lee Sr. UT Dallas Dallas, Texas / Greenhill
SP Michael Blevins Sr. UT Tyler Houston, Texas / Mayde Creek
SP Andrew Harlan Fr. LeTourneau Lewisville, Texas / Lewisville
SP Brady Taylor Fr. Univ. of Ozarks Plano, Texas / Plano West
SP Ernest Perez Sr. East Texas Baptist Corpus Christi, Texas / West Oso
SP Justin Vajgert Sr. Sul Ross State Kyle, Texas / Lehman
SP Charlie Waddingham Jr. Louisiana College Brandon, Miss. / St. Joseph
RP Ty Bratton Sr. Concordia Texas Porter, Texas / Porter
RP Garrett Reed Sr. Hardin-Simmons Lubbock, Texas / Coronado
RP Cory Farr Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor New Caney, Texas / New Caney
RP Jordan Murphy Fr. UT Dallas Austin, Texas / Connally
RP Zach Moseley So. Howard Payne Harker Heights, Texas / Harker Heights
RP Reese Read Jr. UT Tyler Bridgeport, Texas / Bridgeport

Tie in voting*
Two-time All-Conference2
Three-time All-Conference3