Derrick Haworth is the sixth Durant Lion baseball player to be honored as an All-State starter in school history and only the second from the first base position. The other first baseman was Kevin Matthews who made All-State in 1990. Haworth will lend his talents to the East side.
He helped the Lions to a 30-12 record, their first Regional Championship since 1993 and first State Tournament victory since 1930. Haworth also grabbed the Co-Player of the Year in district and was a four-year starter.
This game isn’t just another game to Haworth, it’s a dream come true.
Knowing the honor and rarity of being chosen for the All-State team, Haworth has accomplished one of his life goals, “It has been a goal of mine since my freshman year, this is a huge honor for me.” said Haworth, “I expect to go out and have a lot of fun and try to help my team win. Not many people get chosen for the all state teams. This shows all the hard work has paid off.”
Head coach Ron Norman has watched Haworth develop into a force on the field, a force that will be greatly missed. “It’s a great honor for Derrick to be selected to the All-State team and it’s a big honor for the Durant Lions. He deserves this, he played at a high level throughout the season.” said Norman, “Derrick is one of the most intelligent baseball players that I have ever coached.”
This will be the last time Haworth will represent the Durant Lions. It’s a bittersweet thought that he tangles with, “I feel really good representing Durant at a big game, but kinda sad at the same time. It’s the last time I’ll play as a Durant Lion.” said Haworth.
All-State game is Tuesday night in Tulsa.
Derrick Haworth season stats: Batted .407 with 44 hits, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and team-high 37 RBI. Compiled a .522 on-base percentage while hitting a team-best .452 with runners in scoring position.
On the mound was 9-1 with three saves, 2.13 ERA, 2 complete games (including shutout of Coweta in regional finals). Notched 59 strikeouts and only six walks while holding opponents to a .206 batting average (best on the team).
Note: All stats and history furnished by Kevin Farr.