HOUSTON – Houston Hilltoppers baseball completed the 2019 baseball season with a 19-14 overall record and an 8-2 divisional record, which placed them second in division 4-3A. The Toppers were faced with heavy graduation losses from the 2018 season.
Brian Goodman, in his first season as the Hilltoppers head baseball coach, said, “We had a very good season and I think we surprised some other teams in how well we bounced back from losing so many good players form the season before. We always want to win the last game, but we feel like this was a good season to build on. We had several pitchers step up late in the season and really pitch well when we need it. We also got a big power boost in the playoffs by hitting seven home runs in the last five games.”
The Hilltoppers defeated Charleston in the first round of the playoffs. They then defeated the Water Valley Blue Devils two games to one after losing the first game. Auzie Myatt pitched well in the game three victory for the Toppers. They played the North Pontotoc Vikings in the third round of the playoffs. The Toppers defeated the Vikings 7-4 in game one, lost game two 13-5, and then lost game three by the score of 13-3.
Senior Blaize Gann at the plate with a .398 batting average led the Hilltoppers. Junior Eli Hancock also hit .382 on the season. Senior Briley Poteete also was a major contributor to the Toppers’ offense with 25 runs scored and tremendous bunting ability.
Several pitchers combined to strengthen the Topper pitching staff. Gann was 6-4, and sophomore Shemar Crawford was 3-0 on the season for the Toppers. Junior Eli Hancock was the Toppers’ closer. Seniors Kevin Diaz, Jamie Brassfield, and sophomore Gage Harrington provided quality depth to a good Hilltopper pitching staff.
The Toppers had a very good season in a year that looked to be a rebuilding one with all the graduation losses. Hilltopper baseball has a very bright future in Class 3A with several key players returning.