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LBJ's .500 hitter

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Baseball legend Ted Williams once said "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."

Given that time-tested baseball logic, LBJ's Zach Johnson is great.

The Jaguars' third baseman has actually succeeded more than he's failed this season by hitting a jaw-dropping .543. The senior led all Central Texas players in hitting, and was the only one to finish in the rare .500 club.

"I've been around some good baseball," said LBJ baseball coach Ruben Covarrubias. "This is my 15th year teaching. I've seen some good ones, trust me, and this is…this is remarkable"!

Johnson says the ball is looking even bigger than the proverbial grapefruit hot hitters usually talk about.

"Yeah it looks like a soccer ball!" said Johnson. "It looks a little bit bigger. It doesn't matter what people are throwing me right now - off speed - everything looks good"!

While a .543 batting average is impressive, Johnson also likes talking about the number 26. That's the number of years LBJ went without a district title before last season - Zach's junior year.

"It's an awesome feeling being a part of this," said Johnson. "You know, I came in - we weren't too great - but it definitely was the first generation of kids that turned this program around".

Johnson will root on next year's Jags from Millsaps College in Jacksonville, Mississippi. The A-student at LBJ's magnet school (Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin) plans on starting as a freshman, while pursuing a business degree.

"I'd love to see him down the road just to find out what kind of great he's doing," said Covarrubias. "He's going to be doing something good somewhere."

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