Brinkley named first-team All-State

Catcher Caffey second team; Thorndale’s Schaefer third


Rockdale catcher Austin Caffey has caught over 550 consecutive innings behind the plate. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale catcher Austin Caffey has caught over 550 consecutive innings behind the plate. Reporter/Bill Martin Gone but not forgotten, Ethan Brinkley is still leaving his mark at Rockdale High School.

Brinkley was named firstteam All- State on the Class 3A Texas High School Basebal l Coaches Association team.

The depa r ted s eni o r becomes just the second Rockdale baseball player to earn first-team designation, the first being Chance Betchan in 2009.

Br ink ley— who was sec - ond- team All- State last season— turned in one of the top seasons in RHS history in 2013, batting .493 with 38 RBIs.

Brinkley collected 73 runs batted in during his career.

As a hurler, the southpaw was 8-5 with a 2.39 earned run average.

Brinkley will play in the THSBCA All-Star game Saturday at Dell Diamond at 1 p.m.

Aust in Caf fey joined his teammate on the squad as a second team selection at catcher.


Junior Riley Schaefer also pitched for the Bulldogs this past season. Junior Riley Schaefer also pitched for the Bulldogs this past season. Caffey, who will be a senior next season, batted .402 last season with 21 runs batted in, 22 stolen bases and a team-high 34 runs scored, 18 walks and 210 total bases from his lead off slot.

While Caffey provided impressive offensive numbers, it was his work as a backstop on defense that deserves equal credit.

Caffey has logged over 550 consecutive innings behind the plate and he did not commit an error this past season, while throwing out 19 runners.

“There’s not two more deserving players than these young men,” said former Rockdale baseball coach Clay Cox. “Ethan built off of a stellar junior campaign and earned all-state honors for the second straight year. He put in the work and it paid off.”

“AC hit lead off all season for us and was our defensive catalyst,” Cox said. “He was never scared to sacrifice his body and put his team first. I fully expect for him to continue his growth as a player his senior season.


Ethan Brinkley hit .493 this season with 38 runs batted in. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Ethan Brinkley hit .493 this season with 38 runs batted in. Reporter/Bill Martin “He has a very bright future ahead of him in this game as a senior and at the next level.

“(I am) extremely proud of these young men and what they have done for this program over the last two years. I doubt this is the last you will hear about them as honors go.”

Thorndale’s Riley Schaefer was named third-team Class A All-State at shortstop.

Schaefer, a junior, led the Bulldogs back to the playoffs after a two-year absence.

Junior Tyler Sapp of Cameron was named second team in Class 2A as an outfielder.

Matt Lemon of Caldwell was second team as an outfielder in Class 3A.

Taylor senior Brandon Martinez— whose grandparents reside in Rockdale—was third team in the 3A outfield.

Brinkley, William Dean and Nick Pelzel were named to the all-academic team.

TOP TIGERS

FIRST TEAM
2013 Ethan Brinkley (THSBCA) OF
2009 Chance Betchan (TSWA) 1B
SECOND TEAM
2013 Austin Caffey (THSBCA) C
2012 Ethan Brinkley (TSWA) OF
2009 Chance Betchan (THSBCA)1B
2009 Mark Drake (TSWA) OF
THIRD TEAM
2012 John Stewart (THSBCA) 2B
2011 Dillan Schnerr (THSBCA) 1B
HONORABLE MENTION
2012 John Stewart (TSWA) 2B
2012 Tate Pounders (TSWA) P
2011 Dillan Schnerr (TSWA) 1B
2009 Mark Drake (THSCA) OF
2008 Nic Hammett (TSWA) C


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