It was a momentous week for Madisonville baseball player Zach Poe, who was named Co-District MVP and selected to compete in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) All-Star game.
“This was a huge honor and I’m just glad to be a part of it,” said Poe on his selection. “I love to hit and I’ve had a very focused approach throughout the season. When I got a good pitch to hit, I’d go after it.”
Poe’s numbers throughout the 2018 campaign speak for themselves. The senior had nine more doubles than any other player and led the team in batting average (.426) and RBIs (39). He also led the Mustangs with a slugging percentage of .673 and was second in on base percentage behind Brad Rudis.
“The THSBCA selects players throughout the state and a committee decides which will make the team,” said Coach Keith Sitton on the selection process for the all-star game. “He was up against first basemen from 1A though 4A, so the fact that he was chosen to compete is a tremendous accomplishment.”
While Poe made his biggest contributions with his offense and leadership, he was also an effective option for Madisonville on the mound. He started four games throughout the season and was always a viable relief option. He finished with a record of 3-2 an ERA of 3.50. His 43 strikes were third on the team behind Matt Rudis and Bryce Bennett.
“All of my coaches and teammates have helped me so much along the way,” said Poe. “Coach Sitton would always stay after practice to hit me ground balls or throw batting practice. My teammates are all my best friends and I’m thankful I got to spend my high school career with them.”
Zach’s father Trae Poe was also one of those coaches.
“My parents have done a lot for me and they are the reason I am where I am today. I love them a lot.”
Poe will compete in the 2018 edition of the THSBCA All-Star game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on June 16.