Brady Brashers, P, Branson

Brashers emerged as the Pirates’ most effective and consistent pitcher this spring, earning half of Branson’s victories with a 3-3 record. In 42 2/3 innings of work, he struck out 23 against 11 walks, finishing with a 4.10 ERA.

 

Justin Locke, P, Reeds Spring

Locke was the top pitching threat for the Wolves, going 5-3 in nine starts and 11 appearances. 

He struck out 49 and walked only 15 in 46 1/3 innings, finishing with a 1.66 ERA. At the plate, Locke hit .306 with 15 hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored.

 

Garrett Moody, P, Hollister

Moody was a two-way standout for the Tigers, finishing with 27 hits, 13 runs scored and 24 RBIs, part of a season when he finished with a .318 batting average. The high point came when he pitched a complete-game beauty in Hollister’s victory over two-time reigning state champion Aurora in the district semifinals. 

His season line for pitching included a 3-1 record and 2.89 ERA.

 

Cole Watson, C, Reeds Spring

Watson was a stud behind the plate for the Wolves, playing in all 19 games and finishing with only one error, for a .994 fielding percentage. He compiled a .382 batting average, with 21 hits – seven for extra bases – to go with 17 RBIs and 18 runs scored. 

 

Layton Morgan, IF, Hollister

Morgan was the most dominant player in the area this spring, playing on the best team in the Tri-Lakes area. He finished with a .404 batting average and 1.225 OPS, with 38 hits, 12 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 44 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

He dabbled on the mound, too, pitching 23 2/3 innings and finishing with a 2-0 record and a 2.66 ERA.

 

Logan Armitage, IF, Hollister

Armitage closed his career with a bang, belting a two-run homer that briefly tied the Class 4 District 11 Tournament title game against Springfield Catholic. 

The Tigers lost the game, but Armitage’s final season stats are worth revisiting: 27 hits, nine doubles, two triples, two homers, 20 RBIs, 39 runs scored and a .310 batting average. 

He displayed impressive range and a great throwing arm at shortstop, too.

 

Seth Stamps, IF, Reeds Spring

Stamps was an effective shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Wolves during his senior season, finishing with a team-high .440 batting average to go with 22 hits, four home runs and 17 RBIs. He drew 21 walks and was hit by six pitches, leading to a .636 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.516.

 

Avery Weber, IF, Hollister

Weber made an impact at third base and pitcher as a senior for the 17-10 Tigers. He finished with 18 hits, scored eight runs and drove in eight, compiling a .265 batting average. On the mound, the right-hander worked 46 innings, striking out 30 while finishing with a 5-2 record and 2.44 ERA.

 

Kaleb Etheridge, IF, Forsyth

Etheridge was the top player on a Forsyth team that made a run to the Class 3 District 12 Tournament finals before losing to Clever. He finished with a .328 average with 17 RBIs, 15 runs scored, and compiled a 4.59 ERA in limited action on the mound.

 

Graham Funderburk, OF, Branson

Funderburk was the top two-way player for the Pirates as a senior, able to make an impact on the mound or in left field. 

He finished with a .414 batting average, with two doubles, 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored. He struck out 43 in 36 2/3 innings of work, with a 5.54 ERA.

 

Konner Hatfield, OF, Hollister

Hatfield patrolled center field for the Tigers, using his speed to rob opposing hitters of extra-base hits throughout the season. 

Offensively, he finished with 30 hits, six doubles, one home run, 15 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Hatfield drew 23 walks and finished with a .361 batting average.

 

Kelly Henson, OF, Branson

Henson was a standout defensive specialist in center field for the Pirates, with 47 putouts, one assist, a .952 fielding percentage and the ability to make highlight-reel plays. He added six RBIs and seven runs scored offensively.

 

Sam Lemley, utility, Branson

Lemley started the season as a pitcher for the Pirates, but quickly moved back behind the plate as a catcher. He was a steadying force behind the plate, finishing with four errors and a .967 fielding percentage. 

He added a .247 batting average with six RBIs and nine runs scored.

 

Jake Jordan, utility, Forsyth

Jordan helped the Panthers make a late-season run, winning three of their final four games to finish 8-15 overall. He had 23 hits, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored, finishing with a .307 average. He also worked 15 innings on the mound, striking out 14 and finishing with a 3.27 ERA.

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