Four members of the Houston High School baseball team were recently named all-SCA.
Lucas Cooperman was named a first team infielder. He was joined by Ethan Williamson, selected to the second team as a DH, and honorable mention picks Kaleb Poynter and Devin Coulter.
Austin Holmes of Cabool was named the conference’s player of the year. Salem’s Don Smith was named coach of the year after guiding his team to the SCA title in his final season.
Cooperman, a senior, was Houston’s top offensive player. He led the team in hitting by a wide margin — his .478 average was 149 points higher than anyone else — and had a team-best 22 runs scored. He also hit the team’s lone home run, drove in 16 runs and had a team-high .593 on-base percentage.
Cooperman hit safely in 21 of the team’s 22 games.
“He’s probably the only kid this year that when we did tee work and drills, he swung hard all the time,” Houston coach Brent Hall said. “When he got up there, he took a hack and it wasn’t something that he hadn’t practiced.
“If we needed a hit or someone on base, Lucas is the guy we wanted up there.”
Williamson, who began the season hitting seventh, finished the year hitting second for the Tigers. He batted .306 with 15 runs and 11 RBIs. His .469 on-base percentage ranked second on the team.
This was the first full varsity season for Williamson, who is a junior.
“Ethan works extremely hard,” Hall said. “Over the length of the offseason, he increased his bench press 80 pounds. That’s a testament to how hard he works. He’s always out there running sprints by himself and hitting off the tee. He has helped make himself the player he is right now.”
Poynter, a senior, ranked second on he team in batting average (.329) and steals (13). He also scored 17 times, knocked in 10 runs and had three of the Tigers’ seven triples.
Coulter, the team’s starting third baseman as a freshman, led Houston with 19 RBIs and 14 steals. He batted .275 and scored nine times.