2017 grad Clayton Aguilar, 1B from Deer Park, commits
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Clay Aguilar contained the Tigers’ explosive offense to three hits through 61⁄3 innings before reaching his pitch-count limit, leading the Deer to a 3-0 shutout victory in Game 2 of their Class 6A Region III final at Crosby High School.
Aguilar was also Honorable Mention at 1B
Deer Park senior pitcher Clay Aguilar and Rockwall senior outfielder Heath Canaan Smith shared player of the year honors on the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 6A All-State Baseball Team.
Aguilar, who signed with the University of Houston, helped Deer Park to the state title with a 9-1 record capped by being the winning pitcher in the 7-2 victory over San Antonio Reagan in the state championship game. Aguilar won a trio of elimination games to help Deer Park reach the state tournament.
Southpaw hurler Clay Aguilar, who garnered one big victory after another throughout the postseason campaign, was named co-MVP along with Rockwall High School outfielder Canaan Smith.
Aguilar had wins on the mound in the postseason against Summer Creek, Clear Springs, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Fort Bend Travis and the ultimate, a 7-2 victory over San Antonio Reagan in the state championship game on June 10th, His victories over Clear Springs, Ridge Point and Travis were all pressure cookers, games that meant elimination for the Deer had they not won. As an example of his work in those contests, Aguilar nearly went the distance against Travis in a 3-0 Game 2 Region III series victory. He took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and by time he departed the mound, he had limited Travis’ batters to a 1-for-9 effort with runners in scoring position.
But Aguilar landed on the all-state team for his offensive contributions as well. In the Southlake Carroll state semifinal game, he was 2-for-4, a game that some will say was the true Class 6A state championship contest.
In District 22-6A action, Aguilar hit .579 (22-of-38), a possible Deer Park record. He co-led the district in doubles with eight and he ranked second in RBIs with 17.
Aguilar was also selected as an honorable mention pick for his work at first base. He joined Sterling Malish of San Antonio O’Connor, Andrew Mills of Plano East and David Wilson of Austin Akins.
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