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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Four local players named All-State in baseball

  • One Diamond Wildcat and three Seneca Indians have been selected All-State in baseball by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA).
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  • One Diamond Wildcat and three Seneca Indians have been selected All-State in baseball by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA).
    Diamond’s Ryan Jinks made the list in Class 3 as an honorable mention infielder. Jinks, a senior, led the Wildcats’ successful campaign by hitting a robust .458 in 19 games with 27 hits, including eight doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs.
    Though he wasn’t recognized for pitching, Jinks also had a solid year on the mound, where he went 4-3 with a 2.12 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.
    Meanwhile, Seneca senior Colton Webber was named Class 4 first team All-State as a designated hitter/utility player. In his final campaign with the Indians, Webber carried a .390 batting average, .560 on base percentage and slugged .611. The lefty drew 26 walks and scored 34 runs while knocking in 25 runs on 28 hits with six doubles, two triples and two homers. On the mound, the southpaw went 8-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.
    Also making the team for the Indians were second team selections Dalan Merriman and Payton Rawlins. Both juniors, Merriman made the squad as an infielder while Rawlins was selected for the designated hitter/utility role.
    Merriman had a huge season at the plate where he hit .476 with a .587 on base percentage and slugged .683. His 39 hits were a school record, as he finished with eight doubles, three triples, a home run and 16 RBIs. He scored 39 runs while also stealing 20 bases.
    While Merriman was recognized for his prowess as a position player, he also was sharp on the mound, where he carried a 2.61 ERA with 61 strikeouts and four saves while going 5-1 over 43 innings in 13 appearances.
    Rawlins also had a monster year as he carried a slash line of .423/.515/.731 with 28 runs scored, 34 RBIs, 33 hits, nine doubles, three triples and three home runs. On the mound he went 6-2 with a 2.71 ERA with 57 strikeouts and two saves.

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