All-State

Carthage’s Dylan Leach, shown here completing a 1-6-3 double play against Jasper, was named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team at shortstop.

Carthage sophomore Dylan Leach was selected to the 2019 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team for his play for the Bulldogs.

A University of Arkansas commit, Leach was named to the second team at shortstop.

While not named to the All-State team, teammate Seth Smith was selected to play in the THSBCA All-Star game for the South Class 2A-3A-4A team on Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

“We probably had two or three other guys who were worthy, but I think they focus more on power numbers,” Carthage coach John Goodwin said. “It took everybody we had to win 27 games. Hopefully that was more important than individual honors.”

Leach hit a team-leading .472 for the Bulldogs with 50 hits, including 10 doubles, five triples and six home runs. He drove in 45 runs, scored 35 runs, walked 24 times and struck out 13 times.

Defensively he had a .907 fielding percentage, with 66 assists, 40 putouts and 10 double plays.

“He was certainly deserving with the numbers he put up,” Goodwin said. “Especially the difference from his freshman to his sophomore years. He really got a lot of things figured out this year.

“We expected big things from him and we expect even bigger things from him in the future.”

Smith posted a 9-1 record for the District 20-4A champion Bulldogs as their No. 1 pitcher through the season, going undefeated until the regional semifinal round against state runner-up Sweeny.

He made 13 starts and pitched 61.2 innings with an EAR of 2.13. He struck out 93 batters, walked 34, hit 3 and gave up 28 hits.

“Seth had some up and down times his sophomore and junior seasons,” Goodwin said. “We talked some last fall and I challenged him. I told him he could be dominant on the mound.

“He realized what I was telling him was true and we went into the season with a chip on his shoulder. He ended up with nine or 10 wins and that’s not very easy to do.”

Goodwin is excited for his player because he knows from first-hand experience the thrill.

“It’s a really good experience for these guys,” he said. “I was fortunate to play in it when I was in school (1998) when the game was at the Ballpark in Arlington. This is something you won’t forget. It’s a tribute to his career at Carthage and that he was really successful here.”

Smith has signed to play baseball at Grayson College.