June 7, 2012

Four Tigers Tabbed for MHSBCA Baseball All-Star Game

This will be a good summer for baseball fans in Missouri as the Show-Me State will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City later this summer.

High school baseball followers will get a sneak peak of some of the future big leaguers in St. Joseph next Saturday and Sunday. The Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) all-star game will be held June 9th and 10th on the campus of Missouri Western University in St,. Joseph.

Four SCR-I graduates were selected to participate in the program this season and represent the east in the east versus west format.

Andrew Mathes, Harley Stone, Ben Shannan and Drew Miller will team up in the all-star showdown on Sunday.

"We had a unique situation this spring," said MHSBCA executive director Bill Seamon. "Normally we take 18 kids per squad, but this year we had a larger than normal number of Class 2 school players nominated and fewer than normal Class 1 kids nominated. Instead of getting all caught up in the class breakdowns, we decided to merge the Class 1 and 2 players into four teams, to fill the rosters for the two games."

The contest will be played at 1 p.m. Professional and college scouts are expected to be on hand to watch the talent showcase.

The East squad in the Class 1/2 game will get some capable bats from Memphis, as well as a pair of top arms.

Miller led the Tigers with a .464 batting average on the year, including a pair of home runs. His defense behind the plate was equally impressive.

Mathes finished the year with a .426 batting average, second on the squad. The third baseman cracked three home runs on the year as the team's cleanup hitter.

Stone batted .434 for the Tigers with a team-high four long balls while playing shortstop when not on the mound. The senior compiled a 6-2 mark on the hill. Stone worked 43 2/3 innings, allowing 34 hits and 27 walks while striking out 86 en route to a 1.92 earned run average.

Shannan had an equally impressive two-way resume. Coming off an all-state performance his junior season, Shannan didn't disappoint on the mound, going 7-0 with a 1.49 ERA. He worked 47 innings, surrendering 29 hits and 25 walks while striking out 82 batters.

When he wasn't pitching, Shannan played shortstop. On the year he batted .385 with a pair of home runs.

The talented foursome led the Tigers to a 16-2 record and a second-consecutive Tri-Rivers Conference crown before bowing out to Schuyler County in the district championship game.

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