Baseball Player of the Week (4/10): Lovejoy RHP Jack Livingstone

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Lovejoy’s Jack Livingstone

What he did: Livingstone pitched a seven-inning tie against Prosper Rock Hill on Tuesday. Rock Hill (14-10, 6-2 District 10-5A) is ranked 17th in the state and sixth in the Dallas area among 5A schools. Livingstone struck out 10 and helped second-ranked Lovejoy (14-8, 7-1 District 10-5A) skip Rock Hill for the District’s top spot.

Who is he: A 6-4 senior right-hander, Livingstone has signed up to play baseball at Texas Tech. Livingstone first played baseball at age 3 and focused on pitching at age 14. His father, Brad, played high school baseball at Pearce and college baseball at Stephen F. Austin.

Lovejoy’s Jack Livingstone(Courtesy of Dustin Warren)

Statistics : Livingstone has an 0.81 ERA this season and struck out 39 batters. Lovejoy has won seven of its last eight games with its only loss a 7-6 loss to Prosper, a 6A-rated school.

He said it : “Everything was working [in the leadoff] at bat. It was like, ‘That’s it, it’s over for them.’ I wasn’t really aware of the no-hitter until about fifth, and I looked over my shoulder and looked at the scoreboard and was like, ‘Oh damn, something’s going on here.’ …at the top of the seventh, I started getting a little nervous like, ‘Oh gosh, that’s it.’ It’s do or die here. Three more withdrawals, and we’ll see what happens.

The coach said it: “You could tell with Jack from the first inning that he was locked in. He pulled out [Texas signee] Brenner Cox to start the game, then he hit another guy in the first, and from there you knew he was locked in. It doesn’t take him long to figure it out. He’s the kind of guy, he always has the ability to do that. When he’s locked up, he’s able to do this consistently. After the second or third round, I said to myself: ‘He understood, he is in the zone’. He’s going to be tough to hit tonight. ‘” – Lovejoy’s trainer, Ryan Gros

Did you know? Livingstone had been signed to Temple College, but Texas Tech offered him on Monday — a day before his no-hitter. He signed with the Red Raiders on Wednesday. He hopes to play professional baseball…Livingstone had never pitched a complete no-hitter before Tuesday…His middle brother, Parker, is a standout catcher for Lovejoy’s football team. Jack caught 52 passes for 913 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Pearce, but said baseball has always been his love…His favorite school subject is science, although if a fighter lesson was offered, he would would choose. An avid hunter, Livingstone said he hunted “every chance I got.” …His favorite food is chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, and his favorite musical artist is George Strait.

Honorable mention

Player school Classroom pos. Notable
Brody Boushey Prosper Sr. OF .727 BA, 3 2G, 4 runs, 5 RBIs as Prosper went 1-2
Kolby Branch lovejoy Sr. IF .750 BA, 3 HR as Lovejoy went 2-1
Caleb Hoove Rockwall Heath So. IF 600 BA, 4 RBI, 4 BB as Heath went 2-0
Dylan Krause Denton Braswell Sr. P 7 IP, 14 K, 3 H, 1 ER in victory over McKinney
Joseph Martinez Carrollton Newman Smith Sr. P 6.2 IP, 17 K, 0 H win over Bryan Adams
Cade McGarh Frisco Liberty Sr. DE/P .375 BA, 4 SB, 1-0, 16 K, 0 R as Liberty went 2-0
Nathan Miller Carrollton Creekview Sr. DE/P 1,000 BA, 1 3B, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 4 IP, 0H, 5K as Creekview went 2-0
Brayden Randle Stone wall Sr. IF .889 BA, 2 2B, 2 RBI as Rockwall went 3-0
AJ Ripley Richardson Pearce So. P 7 IP, 16 K, 3 H, 1 ER loss to Richardson
Dylan Slyter Sunnyvale Sr. VS .666 BA, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI as Sunnyvale went 2-0
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