2003 All Central Florida Baseball

All-Central Florida Baseball

Player of the Year
Brian Brooks
Oviedo, pitcher/1st baseman
The buzz: The senior went 10-2 with a 1.09 ERA as a left-handed pitcher for a 27-3 team that was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally. Brooks, who signed with UCF in April, batted .351 with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 17 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

First Team
D.J. Ackley
Lake Mary, pitcher
The buzz: The senior followed up an 8-1 junior campaign with a 9-1 season. His only loss was to Jacksonville Sandalwood in regional play after beating Lake Brantley in a key district semifinal. He signed with Daytona Beach Community College.

Scott Chapman
Deltona, pitcher
The buzz: He began his banner senior season with a 2-1 victory over state runner-up Apopka and never let up. Chapmen went 12-2 to break his own school single-season win record and posted a 1.39 ERA. He signed with Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Drew Shetrone
Apopka, pitcher
The buzz: The senior went 9-1 with a 1.49 ERA and his fastball/slider combination was nasty in the playoffs, helping him go 4-1. He was 14-0 over 2 seasons before 1 bad inning (7 runs) in the state final against Miami Columbus. He signed with University of Tampa.

J.T. Wise
Apopka, catcher
The buzz: The sophomore son of 25-year Blue Darters Coach Sonny Wise went 5-for-7 at the Class 6A state tournament to finish the season at .371 with 8 doubles, 9 home runs and 33 RBIs. He committed no errors and had 30 throwing assists to put the clamps on foes' running games.

Justin Smith
Eustis, 1st baseman/pitcher
The buzz: The 5-foot-10, 230-pound power hitter/power pitcher batted .388 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs and was 9-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 111 strikeouts for the Class 3A state champs. The senior pitched 82/3 innings in 2 relief stints at state, striking out 10. He signed with Lake-Sumter Community College.

Bridger Hunt
Oviedo, 2nd baseman
The buzz: The senior led Central Florida large-classification (4A-6A) schools in batting at .463 for the regular season. He finished at .445, with 26 runs and 17 stolen bases. Hunt, who has signed with UCF, delivered 111 career hits as Oviedo went 70-21 in his tenure. He committed only two errors.

Tommy King
Apopka, shortstop
The buzz: The senior led the Blue Darters (30-5-1) in hitting at .445 with 15 doubles, 27 RBIs, 37 runs and went 18-of-21 on steal attempts. King batted .416 as a 9th-grader for Lake Highland Prep, then piled up 118 hits and 91 runs in 3 seasons for Apopka. He has signed with South Carolina.

J.J. Brace
Trinity Prep, pitcher/infielder
The buzz: The senior led the Saints (22-10) to the Elite 8 of 2A, hitting.468 with 11 doubles, 5 homers, 35 RBIs and 31 runs. He went 7-4 as a pitcher, including wins against Lake Mary and Ocala Forest. Brace has signed with the University of West Florida.

Brett Bordwine
Eau Gallie, infielder/pitcher
The buzz: The UCF recruit hit .468 with 31 RBIs as the Cape Coast Conference champion Commodores enjoyed a 26-4 season. He also went 8-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 88 strikeouts as a pitcher, and the senior stole 30 bases in 31 attempts.

Aaron Jones
Winter Park, pitcher/outfield
The buzz: Jones went 7-3 with a 0.94 ERA. He carried the Wildcats down the stretch, throwing shutouts in 5 of 6 starts before losing 2-0 to Apopka in the 6A, Region 1 final. The senior also batted .400 in the postseason to finish at .364 with 18 runs.

Justin Justice
Tavares, outfielder
The buzz: The senior got a late start after scoring a state-best 68 goals in soccer, but it didn't show in his baseball numbers: .543 with 9 home runs, 8 doubles, 5 triples and 34 RBIs. He has signed with Lake-Sumter Community College.

Matt Staley
St. Cloud, outfielder
The buzz: The senior left-fielder led Osceola County in batting at .458, including 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 20 runs and 26 RBIs for a 19-7 team.

Second Team
Jordan Holmes, Leesburg, Senior
Brandon Carey, Eustis, Senior
Jarad Gower, Colonial, Junior
Jonathan Lucroy, Umatilla, Junior
Dale Cornelius, Seabreeze, Senior
Kyle Bowley, Apopka, Junior
Matt Lopez, Oviedo, Senior
Ben Watkins, Spruce Creek, Senior
Travis Parrott, Merritt Island, Senior
Barry Baxter, Oviedo, Senior
Pat Warfle, Eau Gallie, Senior
Michael Taylor, Apopka, Junior
Carl Hayes, St. Cloud, Senior
Tommy Cauley, Deltona, Junior
Jonathan Lozada, Cypress Creek, Senior
Austin Pride, Lake Mary, Senior
Matt Whittington, MCC, Senior

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