Delgado

Senior first baseman Brady Delgado, 18, takes a throw from pitcher Coleson Abel Saturday against Sharyland.

After the Tivy baseball team had lost to Sharyland, 4-3, in Game 3 of the Regional Semifinals, after he had played his final game with the Antlers, Brady Delgado searched for positives inside the dugout at Cabaniss Field.

He was sad that his Tivy career was over, but he was grateful for the opportunities it afforded him. He treasured the lessons he learned from Tivy coaches Chris Russ and Gary Miears; he cherished playing with his teammates and he was glad that he and a young Antlers squad overachieved this season, advancing to the regional semifinals for the third consecutive season.

Delgado and his teammates found another silver lining on Monday, when the all-district teams were revealed. Delgado was voted the District 26-5A MVP by the district coaches. He was also selected to play in San Antonio Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game at Nelson-Wolff Stadium on Tuesday (He wasn’t able to participate because the Antlers were still in the postseason this weekend).

He received these accolades after posting a 1.971 ERA in 81.2 innings while also hitting .373/.481/.548 at the plate.

Delgado wasn’t the only Tivy player to receive recognition from opposing coaches. Five Antlers (Travis White, Braden Jaeger, Colten Drake, Cole Miears and Coleson Abel) were first-team, all-district selections, while Walker Grimes, Cole Mixon and Cooper Duennenberg received second-team honors. Luke Hale and Stoney Rhodes earned honorable mention recognition.

“I’m proud that work they put in got rewarded,” Russ said.

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