KAHS' McCord named All-State

Pitching ace Skubal named to second team

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Kingman Academy catcher Westin McCord looks to back up first base against River Valley April 15 at Southside Park. McCord was selected to the Division III All-State First Team.

SHAWN BYRNE/Miner<BR> Kingman Academy catcher Westin McCord looks to back up first base against River Valley April 15 at Southside Park. McCord was selected to the Division III All-State First Team.

KINGMAN - Kingman Academy catcher Westin McCord was named to The American Family Insurance Division III All-State First Team as selected by azcentral sports. McCord was the only catcher selected to the team.

At the plate, McCord hit a sizzling .533 in 119 plate appearances for the Tigers, who finished the season 22-7-1 with a trip to the D-III state playoffs. He spanked 57 base hits, including 10 doubles, three triples and four home runs. He drove in 27 runs and scored 50. He also had 37 stolen bases on the season.

Defensively, McCord recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on 239 chances. He made 213 putouts and had 26 assists.

McCord has signed to play for Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont., a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I school.

Tarik Skubal, the ace of the Kingman Academy pitching staff, earned D-III All-State Second Team honors. Skubal pitched 71-1/3 innings on the season with a 1.37 earned run average. Skubal struck out 118 batters and issued 31 walks. He held opponents to a .165 batting average. Skubal threw a perfect game in the first round of the state tournament against Willcox for a 1-0 win.

Skubal has signed to pitch for NCAA Division I Seattle University of the Western Athletic Conference.

According to azcentral sports, "the All-State teams represent the best players in each division. The staff consulted coaches and used statisitcs and observations in making their selections."