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ET Baseball: Kilgore's Pippen selected to THSBCA all-star game

George Whitley

By George Whitley
June 15, 2017 at 11:12 p.m.

Kilgore's Collin Pippen makes a throw to first, during their game with Liberty-Eylau in March in the Oil Belt Classic at Driller Park in Kilgore.

Collin Pippen doesn't know just yet where he'll play his college baseball. But he does know where he'll put the wraps on a brilliant high school career.

The Kilgore standout has been selected to represent the 2A/4A North squad in Saturday's 2017 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star contest at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

"I'm pretty excited about this opportunity. I didn't know if to believe it or not when I first found out I was selected," Pippen said. "But once I started filling out the paper work, it became real to me. I'm really looking forward to it."

Pippen was a catalyst for the Kilgore Bulldogs and their drive to the school's first district title in nearly 15 years.

Former Kilgore coach Charles Foshee shared his thoughts of the young Pippen and what he meant to the Bulldogs.

"Collin is a great competitor for us and was huge for us on the mound and in the field as well. We never missed a beat when he was on the mound," said Foshee. "He had a great year. I was so proud of how far he's come since his freshman season. We couldn't have got as far as we did without him that's for sure."

Pippen finished his senior season with an overall record of 11-1 and a 1.18 ERA. He struckout 83 over 71 and a third innings on the bump. Pippen registered five shutouts and went the distance nine times.

"The kid can pitch. He's not overpowering, but he has three pitches and good placement," Foshee explained. "Collin's not a thrower, he's pitcher. His change up has always been a great pitch for him. I think somebody needs to give him a chance."

Pippen said he's got planned visits at both East Texas Baptist University and Navarro College.

Not only did Pippen dominate on the hill, he was money at the plate, too. He finished the year with a .355 average, 19 RBI and 27 runs scored.

A four-tool player, Pippen spent time working the middle infield at both second and short, along with some time on the hot corner. Through it all, he only committed two errors in field all season.

"I'd rather be pitching," said Pippen, if given a choice. "Look at my record. I'm a competitor out there. I want to win every game I pitch."

The chance to play with some of the best players in the state of Texas excites Pippen.

"I'm looking forward to meeting some new people and competingwith some of the best players in Texas," Pippen said. "I'm listed on the roster as a utility player, but I'm going to pitch if I'm needed. I hope it works, I want to pitch."

(Follow George Whitley on Twitter @GPigskinprof)

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