Betchan named first team all-state

Texas Sportwriters tab Tiger first baseman

It's a fact that Rockdale's Chance Betchan turned in an outstanding performance in the Tigers' record setting year and as proof positive he is still stacking up the post season hardware.

The 5-foot-10, 225-pound first baseman was given his highest recognition after being named first-team Class 3 A a ll-state by t he Texa s Sports Writers Association.

Teammate Mark Drake was named honorable mention as an outfielder.

Three Thorndale Bulldogs— Tyler Jordan, Shea Maupin and Joe Salinas—were also named to the Class A squad.

Betchan has also been named second team all-state by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, secondteam All-Brazos Valley and firstteam all-district 24-3A.

He was also a first-team alldistrict selection in football at center.

"Its really awesome to see Cha nc e get t he rec og nit ion he's getting with this all-state selection," said Rockdale Coach Jarad Richards. "He's more than deserving."

"He's given a lot of time and committment to baseball—playing summer ba ll a nd working extra in the cages at home as well as being at practice everyday working on his game," Richards said. "This past year was particularly challenging for Chance as he came off shoulder surgery after football season and pushed himself through rehab so he'd get back in time for his senior baseball season.

"He loves to play baseball and you can see that in his w illingness to work at it like he does. Chance was huge for us this past year. I sure w ill miss him."

After a disappointing 2008 in which his batting average slipped to .246 with only 16 runs batted in, Betchan rebounded in his senior year to lead the Tigers to a school record 22 wins with a team-high .435 batting aver- age.

BEST CHANCE Status—Graduated senior 2009 Batting average—.435 average— 2009 Runs batted in— 48 Honors—TSWA 1st team All-State; THSBCA 2nd team All-State; All- Brazos Valley 2nd team; All-District 24-3A 1st team; All-District 24-3A 1st team in football.

Batting in the cleanup spot, his 48 runs batted in were just two short of the school record of 50 set by Vincent Jiminez in 1988. He also led the Tigers with four home runs and 15 base on balls. He gained state-wide recognition because his numbers were far superior than anyone else at the position. Defensively, he made just t wo errors all season. Drake—who was also a second team selection by the THSBCA and first team All-Brazos Valley— followed Betchan with a .400 average and led the Tigers in hits (40), runs (44) and stolen bases (8). For Thor nd ale, third baseman Shea Maupin and outfielder Joe Salinas were second team, while catcher Tyler Jordan was a third team pick.

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