Described by Brent Hackney as one of the hardest-working players he’s coached, Kyle Williams earned the All-Ardmoreite Most Valuable Player award for the 2013-14 baseball season.
The Indians’ pitcher and infielder works on his craft year-round, Hackney said, a trait that helped him stand out on a Plainview squad that graduated 10 seniors on Saturday.
Williams also won Lake Country Conference MVP, as voted by the coaches.
“He’s a competitor,” Hackney said. “He lives the game. That’s all he does and that’s all he works on. It means the world to him.
“He’s always calling me to ask if I can loan him my keys or the baseballs so he can go up there and hit on his own, or take ground balls on his own. He’s just always willing to go the extra step to make himself better. That’s really what sets him apart.”
Taber Jordan, Carter Bowker, Gus Wells, Drake Harper, Tyler Lawrence, Vinny Martinez, Martel Jefferson, Tyler Lindsay, Dylan Grant and Jacob Mason comprised Plainview’s Class of 2014.
A majority of Williams’ improvement from his sophomore season — a good campaign in its own right, Hackney said — was due to his increased maturity.
“Even though he was a junior, he was still a leader on the field this year,” Hackney said. “I expect nothing but him to get even better and mature even that much more for next year, as well.”
Hackney said he won’t address specific areas for Williams to improve upon until he’s a senior, a policy that is not unique to Williams.
Nonetheless, Williams will have to carry a bigger leadership role next season.
A pitcher, Williams shut out Kingston on April 4 to reach the conference championship game. Once there, the Indians dispatched Davis, and Williams hit 2 for 3, with an RBI and a pair of runs scored as Plainview scored 10 runs in the opening inning.
When not on the bump, Williams played mainly at third base. He also spent some time at catcher, and second base toward the end of the season, Hackney said.
The Indians’ second season in Class 4A ended with a pair of losses in regional play.
Regardless of the opponent, Williams brings his best.
“If we play somebody that is, on paper, better than us, then he’s going to step up and still be Kyle Williams and play as good as he can play,” Hackney said. “That’s just the kind of kid he is. He’s not the type to play down to (our) competition.”
Williams struck out nine Dickson hitters in Plainview’s first district win on May 2.
Most Valuable Player: Kyle Williams, Plainview
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacson Beal, Kingston
Defensive Player of the Year: Tanner Vernon, Lone Grove
Pitcher of the Year: Ryan Rackley, Sulphur
Coach of the Year: Steve Pybas, Ringling
P: Drake Harper, Plainview
P: Chandler Smith, Dickson
C: Jacob Stewart, Lone Grove
1B: Chris Hall, Ardmore
2B: Tanner Watson, Sulphur
3B: Braden Ruth, Davis
SS: Taylor Pybas, Ringling
OF: Devante Lawson, Tishomingo
OF: Carter Bowker, Plainview
OF: Samuel Bond, Madill
P: Grant Harmon, Lone Grove
P: Justice Buckaloo, Thackerville
C: Bryar Burns, Dickson
1B: Hunter Goodson, Kingston
2B: Paden Hayes, Kingston
3B: Aaron Hamilton, Lone Grove
SS: Hunter Karlik, Davis
OF: Jake Patterson, Ardmore
OF: Nick Magruder, Sulphur
OF: Dillon Atkinson, Lone Grove
P: Ty Crenshaw, Sulphur
P: Lucas Lester, Ringling
C: Joe Avery, Madill
1B: Collin Sullivan, Tishomingo
2B: Tanner McCage, Thackerville
3B: Bodee Coffman, Ardmore
SS: Jonathon Escobedo, Marietta
OF: Terry Rowe, Lone Grove
OF: Jacoby Adkins, Kingston
OF: Rhontrey Burkhalter, Ardmore