Tag: Riley McKnight

Ten county baseball, softball players earn all-state honors

Two Oak Ridge War Eagles and a Splendora Wildcat headlined the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams that were recently released

Meanwhile, four area softball players also the Texas Girls Coaches Association softball All-State team.

Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Baseball America All-American Luken Baker, a War Eagles right-hander, was named first-team pitcher for 6A baseball. Baker is heading to TCU next season. His teammate Riley McKnight was a first team selection as well at second base. McKnight will stay nearby for college and play for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. click here for complete story

Baseball: Oak Ridge’s Baker named All-Montgomery County Player of the Year

Where do you start with The Courier’s All-County team for the 2015 baseball season?

It’s the final All-Montgomery County team we’ll be choosing until the fall sports arrive. When grass is being cut at dawn and bodies are being pushed virtually around the clock.

This 2015 All-County team, however, might be one of the greatest in this newspaper’s history. There have been plenty of outstanding all-star teams over the years in Montgomery County, but it’ll be tough to sell men on a better all-star team in ANY sport — top to bottom, especially — than The Courier’s 2015 All-County squad.

It all starts with the superlatives, and Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker, who was not only the county’s player of the year, but the state’s as well. Then, a few days before Oak Ridge faced Dallas Jesuit in the Region II-6A finals, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Baker learned he had been chosen as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

And what a year he had. click here for complete story

Baseball: Baker is 16-6A MVP; College Park leads with six selections

Oak Ridge's Luken Baker (33) throws a pitch during the high school baseball game against Conroe back in April.
Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker (33) throws a pitch during the high school baseball game against Conroe back in April.

Oak Ridge pitcher/first baseman Luken Baker was named a unanimous choice for the All-District 16-6A Most Valuable Player in all-district voting released Sunday by the league coaches.

Baker, the Gatorade National Player of the Year award winner, led the War Eagles to a 29-4 season that ended with a series loss to Dallas Jesuit in two games last week in the Region II-6A finals. click here for complete story

 

Baseball: Five questions with the War Eagles

Get to know the players behind the Oak Ridge War Eagle baseball team

Oak Ridge War Eagle, Riley McKnight. Pictured in second photo: Luken Baker
Oak Ridge War Eagle, Riley McKnight. Pictured in second photo: Luken Baker

In celebration of the Oak Ridge War Eagle baseball team reaching the UIL Region 2-6A final that will be played this week, we thought it would be nice if we all could get a look at the human side of these talented and classy players. Welcome to our first installment of War Eagle 5-Q (five questions with the War Eagles).

Our first player is future Sam Houston Bearkat baseball player, Riley McKnight. I pointed out baseball because he was given the option of playing both baseball and football by the powers that be in Sam-Land. However, Riley decided on just baseball.

Oak Ridge's Luken Baker
Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker

Our second War Eagle 5-Q subject is the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, Luken Baker. Most of us have heard all about all of Luken’s baseball honors, ad nauseam. It’s time you met Luken the person…and what a great person this young man is. click here for complete story

Baseball playoffs roundup: Frisco Wakeland and Jesuit advance; Rockwall ousted

Dallas Jesuit Kyle Muller celebrates after scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning during a 7-run rally that propelled Dallas Jesuit to the win during the Class 6A Region II semifinal game 2 of three between Austin Lake Travis and Dallas Jesuit at Dallas Jesuit High School in Dallas on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Dallas Jesuit Kyle Muller celebrates after scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning during a 7-run rally that propelled Dallas Jesuit to the win during the Class 6A Region II semifinal game 2 of three between Austin Lake Travis and Dallas Jesuit at Dallas Jesuit High School in Dallas on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Conroe Oak Ridge 6, Rockwall 2: Riley McKnight was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh to walk in the go-ahead run as Oak Ridge won Game 3 of the 6A Region II semifinal series. click here for complete story

Baseball: Lawson, Oak Ridge reach regional finals

Staring down a one-run deficit and having very little spark at the plate through five innings, the Oak Ridge War Eagles needed to calm down and just focus on every at-bat.

Oak Ridge tied Game 3 of the Region II-6A semifinals in the sixth and blew the game open in the seventh Saturday evening at Mumford High School. Michael Lawson’s bases-loaded triple put away Rockwell as the War Eagles advanced to the regional final, 6-2. click here for complete stort

Baseball: McKnight, War Eagles even series

Riley McKnight, a senior went 5 for 5 with four RBI.
Riley McKnight, a senior went 5 for 5 with four RBI.

It appears as if the Oak Ridge War Eagle baseball team’s Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde act was just a one night showing. Riley McKnight and his band of “team no ego” brothers were back to being themselves in dismantling the Rockwall Yellowjackets to the tune of an 8-3 victory Friday night at Baylor Ball Park to even the best of three Region 2-6A Semi-final series.

McKnight, a senior went 5 for 5 with four ribbies. The War Eagle second sacker plated Tyler Hicks and Zach Rollins on a seeing eye triple in the second inning to put Oak Ridge up early. click here for complete story