Friday, 08 July 2011 10:13
Eric Gutierrez named District MVP
Dispite a disappointing bi-district loss to Laredo United, the Sharyland Rattlers baseball team had an outstanding season – 13-0 in district play – supported by a top-notch lineup of players. The recently released all-district list proves the point, as the Rattlers led the district with the most selections: eleven placements on the first and second teams.
Pitcher and utility player Eric Gutierrez, along with his coach Bart Bickerton, led the team in award hardware. Gutierrez was named District 30-5A MVP and Bickerton was honored as the Coach of the Year for helping the Rattlers obtain a 28-2 overall record and a 13-0 district record. Gutierrez’s strong hitting percentage of .566 went along with 58 RBIs helped him earn the top honor.
Six other Sharyland ball players joined their coach and star player on the all-district list. Second baseman Francisco Martinez, third baseman Brian Valencia, catcher Erik Garcia, outfielders Oscar Gonzalez and Fernie Martinez and designated hitter Erasmo Valdez all made the first team. Martinez also made the second team as a pitcher.