Fresh off a sensational postseason run to their second state tournament in the past three years, the Durant Lions have picked up several individual honors.
Leading that group were seniors Alex Brooks and Austin Joines, who were each selected for the Choctaw Nation, Southeastern Oklahoma and Southeast Oklahoma Coaches Association all-stars teams. Brooks was also a Kiamichi All-Star and named to the All-Region squad.
The Lions’ senior catalysts were also first team All-District 5A-4 choices in a vote by district coaches, with Brooks being named at first base and Joines as an infielder. Brooks finished the season hitting .358 with 13 extra-base hits and a team-best 30 runs batted in. Joines compiled a .353 average at the plate with a team-high 42 hits, 13 extra-base hits along with 25 RBI. Joines also posted a 5-4 pitching record that included four complete games and a solid 2.75 earned-run average.
Junior Denton Comer had a strong late-season surge to capture first-team honors at designated hitter. He finished with a team-leading .373 batting average with eight extra-base hits, 24 runs scored, 16 batted in along with a team-best .488 on-base percentage.
Durant also had four players selected to the second team in the vote of district coaches.
Southpaw Brandon Robison picked up one of those honors despite some tough luck in which he garnered only one pitching victory with a 4.72 ERA, but that win came at an opportune time with a complete-game regional victory over district runner-up McAlester. Opponents hit only .228 against Robison, who also posted a .295 batting average and 12 runs batted in.
Tyler Stovall, Matthew Knox and Cody Jones were also second-team selections for the Lions.
Stovall had another push late in the year to end with a .286 batting average and 13 runs batted in. Knox had a solid freshman campaign with a .294 average at the plate in addition to a team-high 27 runs scored, five extra-base hits and 13 stolen bases. Jones steadily improved at the catching position throughout the season, wrapping up with a .947 fielding percentage.