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Zane Becker from Flower Mound
What he did: Becker hit .667 with four RBIs and a home run as Flower Mound went 2-0 to Lewisville this week. Becker was 3 for 5 with RBI singles in the fourth and seventh innings in a 7-2 win in Lewisville. In a 5-2 home win on Friday, he came off the bench for a two-run homer and a pinch hit at the bottom of sixth.
Who he is: A 5-foot-10 sophomore catcher. Becker has played baseball since he was five years old. He started playing catcher when he was nine, out of necessity, for a Flower Mound youth team called The Rattlers. He said he started enjoying being a catcher when he was 11 or 12.
The stats: Becker is batting .414 this season with six doubles, two homers and 18 RBIs. He helped Flower Mound to 9th place The Dallas Morning News Class 6A area poll, set a 14-6 record, 4-2 in District 6-6A.
He said it: “The highlight of the week was definitely the home run. We’ve been preparing for everything all week, so we’ve grabbed it [batting practice]. I mentally prepared myself with deep breaths. That was the first time I ever got into an emergency situation.”
Coach said it: “The highlight for me was the pinch hit homer. Originally we wanted to give him a rest because of the wear and tear from playing tag… Probably the best thing about his game is his throwing arm. That he keeps the other team’s runners from running is a definite plus. His overall game has really evolved for us this year.” – Flower Mound coach Danny Wallace.
Did you know already? Becker hopes to play college baseball and is an Oklahoma State fan. When his playing days come to an end, he, like his mother Sharon, considers a career as an accountant. … Becker’s favorite subject at school is money matters. He likes it as money plays a role in most aspects of society and likes to be financially prepared especially in case something bad happens. … His favorite meal is either a fried chicken sandwich or a steak (medium rare) with macaroni and cheese and a blue raspberry sports drink. … Becker’s favorite athlete is Hall of Fame catcher and former longtime Texas Ranger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Becker said his favorite aspects of Rodriguez’s game are its intensity and that he never gave up.
|Ryan Black||Mansfield Lake Ridge||sir||IF||.833 BA, HR, 3 RBI, SB as Lake Ridge went 2-0.|
|Nicholas Coronado||Irving Nimitz||jr||P/IF||0.625BA, 2B, 23B. 4 RBI, SB, 2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 1 hit allowed as Nimitz went 2-0.|
|Jacob Hollingsworth||Wylie East||jr||SS/C||.600 BA, 4 barrels, 2B. 1 RBI as Wylie East went 2-0.|
|Matt Hudspeth||Arlington-Martin||jr||P||8 IP, 0 R, 9 K, 4 BB, 2 hits allowed in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Arlington Lamar.|
|Landry Laird||Sunnyvale||sir||ss||.556 BA, 3 3B, 4 RBI, 2 SB as Sunnyvale went 3-0.|
|Johnny Lowe||Rockwall Heath||sir||P||.444 BA, 5 RBI, 5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 9K, 1 BB, 2 hits allowed as Rockwall-Heath went 3-0.|
|Cort McDonald||Arlington Pantego Christian||sir||FROM||.833 BA, 3B, 4 RBI, 5 SB as Pantego went 2-0.|
|Bynum Martinez||Birdville||jr||3B/OF||.429BA, 2B. HR, 5 RBI as Birdville went 3-0.|
|Owen Proksch||Southlake Caroll||sir||P/1B/OF||.556 BA, HR, 5 RBI, SB, 5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 10K, 2 BB, 3 hits allowed as Carroll went 2-1.|
|Dawson Schumann||Grapevine Faith Christian||sir||IF||.833 BA, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 2 SB as Faith Christian went 2-0.|
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