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Kilgore's Smitherman first-team all-state

Dallas Baptist signee one of few E. Texans

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Kilgore High School baseball fans have known for quite a while that pitcher-infielder Javan Smitherman was one of the best players in the state.

And now, everyone knows.

Smitherman was elected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 4A all-state team, all classifications of the team were announced on Monday. Smitherman was named to Class 4A’s first team, as a pitcher.

The Dallas Baptist University signee was one of four pitchers to be named a first-team selection: Argyle’s Bryson Hudgens, Fredericksburg’s Ryan Segner and Iowa Park’s Chris Dickens were the other three.

Unfortunately, Smitherman was the only player from a very good Kilgore team – a KHS team that went 27-6, and made it to the regional finals (the round before the state tournament) – that made the all-state team.

It was also the first trip for Kilgore to the regional finals since the 2004 season.

Smitherman helped Kilgore have one of its best seasons in the history of the program. The senior went 10-3 on the mound this year. He threw 87 1/3 innings and allowed just 23 runs on 50 hits, finishing with a 1.202 ERA (earned run average). He walked only 18 batters all season and struck out 138.

Offensively, Smitherman played in all 33 of the Bulldogs’ games. He had 100 at-bats and batted .340, getting 34 hits, 10 of them doubles. He had a team-leading 34 RBI, and scored 22 runs.

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