By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Tigers baseball team celebrated the success of their 2015 squad with a banquet that was held at TenRoc Ranch in Salado on Tuesday, May 26.
Belton head coach Eddie Cornblum welcomed the attendees and introduced the District 12-6A All-District Team.
Honored were: Hobey Hiland (District 12-6A Most Valuable Player), Tanner Frick (First Team, pitcher), Cameron Whitman (First Team, pitcher), Jacob Alexander (First Team, catcher), Nathan Vail (First Team, designated hitter), Coby Potvin (First Team, outfielder), Dustin Tish (Second Team, pitcher), Trent Stafford (Second Team, pitcher), Chase Sortor (Second Team, first base), Miguel Quinones (Second Team, shortstop), Shane Stafford (Honorable Mention, outfielder), Collin Mask (Honorable Mention, outfielder) and Brandon Rudy (Honorable Mention, infielder).
Cornblum then introduced the five seniors that were invited to play at the CenTex All-Star Game. Those five were Potvin, Shane Stafford, Alexander, Sortor and Tish.
The Tiger Award went to Potvin and Shane Stafford. The pair exemplified the qualities of great leadership and dedication in representing Belton athletics.
The Spirit Award went to Ethan Williams and Tish. The award represents players that best demonstrates the spirit of the Tigers and keeping the team loose.
The Hustle Award was given to Shane Stafford. The two-sport star represented the quickness and the day-in-and-day-out motivation that made him an asset on the diamond.
The Golden Arm Award went to Frick. The southpaw pitched a pair of solid games against Midway and had a stellar game against Irving Nimitz in a 1-0 shutout win in the Area Round.
The Golden Glove Award went to Quinones. A player with dynamite play-making abilities, Quinones demonstrated the spirit of the Tigers’ stellar defense.
The Big Stick Award went to Sortor. Shaking off a tough start, Sortor came through with several big hits in the Tyler Lee bi-district series and hit a monster home run in game one of Belton’s 1-0 game one, Area Round win against Irving Nimitz.
The Belton Tigers’ Most Valuable Player Award went to Alexander. Hitting the big walk-off single against Harker Heights, Alexander’s calm demeanor on the field and expert handling of the Belton pitching staff made him a solid example of leadership in the dugout and on the diamond.