Senior Brett Epperson was selected as a first team all-state outfielder and teammate Shannon Taylor was selected as a second team all-state selection for the 20-9 bi-district champion George West Longhorns.
“Both these young men are being recognized for the achievements on the field this year,” said head coach Joey Hart.
“I am so proud of the way these guys played on the field and to be able to garner this kind of recognition is a statement in itself being out here in George West.”
The duo from 31-2A were the only ones from the district to garner any attention from the state.
Epperson was a four- year letter winner for the Longhorns, starting in center when he wasn’t on the mound. The left-handed hitter batted at a .562 clip for the Longhorns, including 45 hits, 33 runs, 20 RBI’s, 12 doubles, four triples, and two home runs. Brett also went 23-24 in stolen base attempts.
“We batted him leadoff, and he had some amazing games for us,” Hart said. “It seemed we led off the game with him on and him scoring almost all the time.”
On the mound, Epperson wasn’t too shabby either, going 8-2 with two saves in 46 innings of work. He had a 2.74 ERA and struck out 58 opposing batters.
“He did a great job on the mound for us, but what he did against sixth-ranked Hebbronville is the stuff legends are made of,” Hart said.
Indeed, after losing the first game at Hebbronville via the run rule, Epperson went 6 for 7 over the next two games, and picked up the save on that Friday before matching Hebbronville ace Benny Garcia pitch for pitch on that Saturday and gaining the win against the rival Hebbronville Longhorns, 3-2.
Senior Shannon Taylor also had a standout year for the Longhorns and put up impressive numbers on his own. Taylor batted .606 with 43 hits, scored 29 runs and had 33 runs batted in. The big righty also had 13 doubles and a triple. He also stole 39 bases on the year. He was only thrown out once.
“For a 2A hitter, Shannon is probably one of the most dangerous hitters I have seen at this level,” Hart said.
“His ability to hit the ball on the fat part of the bat and consistently drive the ball to the opposite field was very impressive.”
Taylor will continue his athletic career by playing football and baseball at Friends University of Wichita, Kan., while Epperson has chosen to represent his country by going into the military.
“I am very blessed to know these kids as individuals and as athletes,” Hart said.
“They deserve all the awards and accolades they get. They laid it all on the line for the George West Longhorns and proved that if you put in the work there is always people watching out there. They are like my kids and I am a proud papa,” said Hart.