It was no coincidence that the Sanger baseball team matched its deepest playoff run, as well as the best win total in program history, in 2014.
The Indians had a solid core group of leaders under coach Steve Ford and used an aggressive style of offense to run wild on opponents and put up a load of runs.
The biggest reason for that was senior shortstop Ted Wisdom, a four-year starter who did a little bit of everything for Sanger while putting up career numbers in his final high school season.
“It’s always fun scoring a lot of runs and putting up big numbers,” Wisdom said. “It’s fun to have close games every now and then, but it’s really fun winning big and scoring lots of runs.”
Wisdom had a monster season for the Indians, leading them to the third round of the Class 3A playoffs, where they fell to eventual runner-up and archrival Argyle.
Wisdom, who moved to shortstop this year after starting the previous three seasons at first base, hit .524 with a .603 on-base percentage and a Ruthian 1.400 on-base plus slugging mark. Wisdom hit 15 doubles, three triples and three home runs and drove in 36 runs.
On the bases, Wisdom was a terror, scoring 42 runs while going a perfect 31-for-31 on stolen-base attempts. At the plate, he struck out just twice all year. In his four-year career, he started all but three games for the Indians.
Those numbers made Wisdom an obvious pick for Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Baseball Team MVP honors.
“Without a doubt, he’s the MVP of the team, in more than just numbers and his baseball ability,” Ford said in May. “His character, his integrity, his academics, his spirituality, his leadership — every quality that you could come up with that you would want for a player in a program, he exemplifies.”
Wisdom, who hit .450 last season with 19 RBIs, 25 steals and 25 runs, got into a zone early in 2014 and seemingly never left it.
“I just went out and controlled what I can control, and that’s just hitting the ball hard and putting a good swing on it,” Wisdom said. “Luckily, I found some more holes this year.”
Echoing Ford’s sentiments, Wisdom said he hopes to see his influence carry over to the Indians in the future while he’s playing at Northern Oklahoma College, a two-year school.
“I really enjoyed my time here,” Wisdom said. “I hope myself and the other seniors set an example of how to win and do it right and be good character guys. Hopefully, the people behind us follow.”