Brinkley named first-team All-State
Ethan Brinkley was named first-team All-State on the Class 3A Texas Sports Writers Association, becoming the first Rockdale player to be named on both the TSWA and the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association teams.
The departed senior becomes just the second Rockdale baseball player to earn first-team designation, the first being Chance Betchan in 2009. He was named to the first team as an outfielder.
Brinkley—who was second-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 also played in the THSBCA all-star game last month.
He will report later this month to West Texas A&M University in Canyon where he has signed to play football.
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.
Cameron Yoe’s Tyler Sapp was named to the Class 2A honorable mention team as an outfielder.