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,


, Senior