Bryant’s Ben Wells and Garrett Bock have been voted to the American Baseball Coaches Association all-Region team for Region 6, one of eight regions which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
In addition, Wells was named to the all-American second team and Bock was included among the nine players (one per position) in the country named to the Rawlings High School Gold Glove team.[more]
Wells, the State Tournament MVP and all-State performer for the Class 7A State champion Hornets, was 9-2 with a 1.20 earned run average and 113 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings during his senior season this spring. He signed a letter of intent to pitch at the University of Arkansas then was drafted in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft in early June. He is reportedly close to signing with the Cubs.
Bock, an all-State outfielder, hit .330 during his senior season and led the team with 31 runs scored. He was second on the team with 21 runs batted in while playing error-free defense that was highlighted by a handful of spectacular plays.
Thirteen players are named to each of eight all-Region teams and from those three all-America teams are chosen, according to Bryant head coach Kirk Bock.
“Tyler Sawyer made that all-Region team last year,” Coach Bock noted. “I’ve only had one other kid, Curtis Clark at Harrison, that won a Gold Glove. I had a few kids at Harrison make an all-Region team but (Wells) is the first all-American.”