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Heath pitcher, first baseman Jake Thompson named first-team All-American

HEATH – The honors keep piling up for Rockwall-Heath pitcher and first baseman Jake Thompson, who was recently named a first team high school All-American by Baseball America and ESPN Rise, first team All-State by the Texas Sportswriters Association and first team by the Dallas Morning News SportsDay.

During the 2011 season, the 6’4″ 235 lb. junior hit .504 with 15 home runs, 17 doubles, 58 RBI and 45 runs, while compiling a 12-3 record, with a 1.90 ERA and 131 strikeouts for the Class 4A Region II finalists.

“Big Jake” also saved some of his best for the playoffs, winning several close games with clutch extra-base hits and pitching. Opposing teams purposely walked him numerous times.

“We’re very, very proud,” said his father, Keith Thompson, who is an administrator in the Garland school district and contributing sportswriter for TheRockwallNews.com.

“The Baseball America award is very, very prestigious. It’s a huge honor and accomplishment for a junior. I still cannot believe he made that one. He was only one of two juniors nationwide to make first team and one of only two Texans.”

After verbally committing last year to the University of Nebraska, Thompson recently switched that commitment to Texas Christian University. which has made the NCAA tournament for the past eight seasons in a row. After Nebraska fired their third-year coach May 22 for again failing to make the Big 12 tournament, Thompson said his son decided to switch.

“After Nebraska changed coaching staffs, Jake wanted to reconsider his options as he was quite fond of the coaches who recruited him at Nebraska. He settled on TCU after narrowing his choices to them and Oklahoma. The success of the TCU program in recent years and their track record of developing highly successful pitchers led Jake to choosing the Frogs. The fact that they are close to home is a bonus for family and friends who enjoy watching him play.”

Verbal commitments are non-binding. The earliest a baseball commit from the Class of 2012 can sign a National Letter of Intent is Nov. 9, 2011.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

 

 

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