The impact of Howe senior Garrett Fulenchek and Trenton senior Bailey Burks wasn’t limited to either the mound or the batter’s box.
When the opportunity to affect a game in either area came about, Burks and Fulenchek normally made a positive impact for their squads.
For their dominance on the rubber and at the plate, the duo share the honor as Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Baseball Player of the Year for 2014.
Fulenchek went 8-1 with a save and had a 0.93 earned run average with 128 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. He also hit .508 with five home runs and 43 RBI to lead the Bulldogs to 11-2A title, their first district crown since 1993.
He was named the district’s Most Valuable Player and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round (66th overall) in Major League Baseball’s draft earlier this month.
Burks, an all-state selection last spring when the Tigers reached the state tournament for the first time, was 10-1 with a 0.44 earned run average and 161 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched.
He also hit .435 with 15 doubles, four home runs, 36 RBI, 46 runs and 32 stolen bases as Trenton repeated as the District 16-A champions.
He was named the district’s Most Valuable Player as he helped guide Trenton to its second straight region final appearance.