Cox, Houghtaling headline All-District 23-6A picks

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles won their first district title this season in school history as head coach Kerry Cox saw his diamondmen go 12-0 in District 23-6A for the crown.

Despite winning the league title, Dawson entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, but ran into a hot No. 4 seed Dickinson Gators from District 24-6A. The Gators swept the Eagles 5-0 and 9-2 in the opening round to end the season for Dawson.

When the district coaches gathered to make their All-District picks, it was only natural that the coaches would select Cox as the District "Coach of the Year" and deservedly so.

Named unanimously as the District 23-6A "MVP" was Dawson senior Adam Houghtaling. As a pitcher, Houghtaling was 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA while pitching 55 innings with 65 strikeouts. He was also a beast at the plate hitting .467 with 10 runs scored, 16 RBIs, 14 doubles, and two triples.

Named to the All-District first-team was junior pitcher Tyler Langston who pitched 28.1 innings with a 3-1 record, a 1.48 ERA while striking out 23.

Senior Giovanni Iannuzzi was named as a first-team designated hitter after he hit .306 with nine runs scored, 14 RBIs, and five doubles.

Senior J.P. Marrero was named to the first-team outfield after hitting .361 with 14 runs scored, 17 RBIs, eight doubles, and two home runs.

Named to the All-District second-team for Dawson included: senior Alec Reyes (pitcher), senior Hunter Richey (pitcher), senior Justin Rodriguez (first base), senior Austin Pratt (second base), senior Austin Langland (shortstop), senior John Sebok (outfield), and senior Jason Scott (outfield).

Pearland Oilers

The Pearland Oilers finished in third place in the District 23-6A race but advanced to the second round of the post-season.

The Oilers eliminated the Friendswood Mustangs with a two-game sweep in the opening round, but fell victim to the No. 3 state-ranked Kingwood Mustangs in a best-of-three series 2-1.

Named to the All-District 23-6A first-team was junior Matt Adams (pitcher), freshman Carter Allen (second base), and junior Mason Lytle (outfield).

Named to the All-District second-team was sophomore Colby Casey (pitcher), sophomore Clayton Broeder (pitcher), and senior Sam Velazquez (outfield).

The Oilers have a very young team and should be contenders for the district crown next season.