Led the Jaguars with 10 victories and helped pitch them to the program’s second state final in the last five years before falling in Class 6 title game. Hargraves pitched 65 innings and picked up four complete games while posting a 1.72 earned run average. He held opponents to just a .185 batting average and collected 80 strikeouts. All-around standout also batted .324 with 10 RBI. Signed with Jefferson College.
P: Noah Hargraves, senior, Fort Zumwalt West
P: Nick Moten, senior, Westminster
The University of Arkansas signee was the only area pitcher who didn’t yield an earned run all season. He was the first area pitcher to achieve that feat since St. James’ Evan Grayson in 2017. In 34 1/3 innings, Moten posted a 5-1 record and picked up one complete game while leading the Wildcats in strikeouts with 66. He limited opponents to a .124 batting average and only walked 15. Co-Metro League player of the year.
C: Shea McGahan, senior, Lindbergh
The reliable backstop helped guide the Flyers to the Class 6 quarterfinal round. A University of Missouri signee, McGahan led Lindbergh in batting average (.527), on-base percentage (.636), slugging percentage (.769), runs scored (46), triples (4) and doubles (8). He also hit two home runs and collected 21 RBI while only committing three errors and allowing only three passed balls in 31 games.
IF: Eli Hill, junior, Freeburg
Stalwart at second base who helped the Midgets claim the Class 2A championship, the second state title in program history and first since 1989. He posted a .448 batting average with a .543 on-base percentage while slugging .705. He collected 37 RBI with two home runs, 13 doubles and four triples. He scored 44 times and stole 23 bases without being caught. In 39 games played, he only committed three errors. Verbally committed to Eastern Illinois University.
IF: Eli Hoerner, junior, Freeburg
Shortstop helped Freeburg close the season on a 15-game win streak to claim the Class 2A state championship. Hit for a .448 average and held a .500 on-base percentage with a .655 slugging clip. He scored 39 times and collected 37 RBI with one home run. Also swiped 45 bases and was not caught. In 40 games, only committed three errors. Selected to Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A all-state team.
IF: Tanner Perry, senior, Fort Zumwalt West
A standout on the field, on the mound and at the plate, Perry helped the Jaguars to their second state final appearance in five years. He batted .419 with a .538 on-base percentage and slugged .552. He collected 24 RBI and scored 38 runs. The future Jefferson College player also was a stalwart on the mound, going 6-3 with four complete games with a 1.63 ERA in 56 innings pitched. Perry led the Jaguars with 75 strikeouts and limited hitters to a 0.181 batting average. The GAC South Division co-player of the year.
IF: Jack Schark, senior, St. Louis Patriots
A key cog in the machine that won the Home School World Series, Schark was a dominant presence in the lineup as well as on the field for the Patriots. He batted .508, had an on-base percentage of .595 and slugged .815. He led the Patriots in RBI (48), triples (8), home runs (4), doubles (12), stolen bases (42) and runs scored (64). The University of Central Missouri signee only struck out seven times in 160 plate appearances.
OF: John Kramer, senior, Lafayette
The Lancers career home run record holder with 19 finished out his career with a bang. The University of Mississippi recruit tied the school’s single-season home run total with 11. Named Missouri’s Gatorade player of the year, Kramer led Lafayette with 33 RBI and scored 44 times and was tied for the team lead with eight doubles. He posted a .483 batting average with .625 on-base percentage and slugged .977. The dynamic outfielder swiped 11 bases while appearing in eight games on the mound. In 13 2/3 innings pitched, he posted a 1.54 ERA with 14 strikeouts.
OF: Sam Maddox, senior, Francis Howell
Signed with Western Illinois. Also a basketball standout, Maddox helped lead the Vikings to 29 victories, a GAC South Division title and appearance in the Class 6 quarterfinals. He posted a .387 batting average with a .510 on-base percentage. He also slugged .538 and led the Vikings in triples (5) and runs scored (45). Maddox also picked up 30 RBI for a high-powered Howell offense and led the team in stolen bases with 35. A first team Class 6 all-state pick by Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.
OF: Jackson Rodgers, sophomore, Father McGivney
Helped guide the Griffins to a Class 1A state runner-up appearance in the program’s second season of varsity existence. Posted a .337 batting average, a .518 on-base percentage and slugged .594. He collected 34 RBI and scored 33 times with four triples, 12 doubles and two home runs. He also was a nightmare for hitters on the mound. In 52 innings pitched he held a .94 ERA. He was one of two area pitchers to post nine victories as well as 90 or more strikeouts. He held opponents to a .147 batting average.
U: Connor Throneberry, senior, Marquette
Penn State signee did a little bit of everything for the Mustangs on the way to a Class 6 district final. Throneberry posted a .385 batting average, .491 on-base percentage and slugged .725. He led Marquette with seven home runs and drove in 27. He picked up eight doubles and scored 26 times. On the mound, he posted a 6-2 record with a 1.91 ERA in 51 1/3 innings pitched. He picked up five complete games and led Marquette with 63 strikeouts.
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