Recent McDonald County High graduates Jamie Hanke and Tyler Sellers inked their letters of intent to play baseball at Crowder.

Recent McDonald County High graduates Jamie Hanke and Tyler Sellers inked their letters of intent to play baseball at Crowder.
Hanke and Sellers have been key arms for the Mustangs and now they move on to a baseball program with a long tradition of developing arms.
Just recently, in the 2017 MLB Draft, one former and two current Crowder pitchers were selected, Missouri State’s Trey Turner in the 10th round by the Washington Nationals, Aaron Ashby in the 25th round by the Texas Rangers, and Kyle Wilson in the 35th round by the New York Mets. Turner already signed his professional contract.
Hanke, McDonald County’s No. 1 arm for the past couple seasons, finished his senior year with a 4-5 record and a 2.04 ERA, striking out 51 and walking 20 over 48 innings. At the plate, Hanke totaled a .413 average (31 hits in 75 at-bats) with eight runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, and 17 RBI. Hanke walked nine times, struck out five, and was hit by a pitch seven times.
As a junior, Hanke batted .261 (24-92) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, two homers, and 15 RBI and on the mound, he recorded a 7-2 mark with a 1.61 ERA and 50 strikeouts and 15 walks balanced over 56 2/3 innings.
Hanke played for the Midwest Nationals in the 2015 Premier Junior World Series, an opportunity that afforded him and fellow Nationals pitcher Bryce Slavens an opportunity to be scouted for college ball.
That was after Hanke’s sophomore season, during which he collected 16 RBI and struck out 46 in 52 1/3 innings.
“It will be a lot of good experience to see where I’m at,” Hanke said in 2015. “I’ll have a lot of confidence after playing against all this good competition.”
Sellers, No. 2 starter for the Mustangs, showed a lot of potential for the strikeout during his time at McDonald County, but also battled walks.
For example, in one of his best outings his senior season, Sellers struck out 10 and walked three over six innings against the Riverton (Kansas) Rams.
In a 4-0 loss to East Newton, Sellers struck out 10, walked four and surrendered a mere three hits. None of the four runs scored by the Patriots were earned.
Sellers fanned 10 and walked seven over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-2 loss to Lamar. He also struck out seven and walked seven over 4 1/3 against Webb City.
Both Hanke and Sellers have an opportunity to develop at Crowder.
The Roughriders are fresh off one of their best seasons in program history, a 54-14 overall record and sixth place in the JUCO World Series.
Collectively, Crowder pitchers finished with a 3.84 ERA and struck out 574 and walked 244 batters over 508 2/3 innings.
Freshman pitcher Zach Jackson matched a school record with 12 wins and sophomore Joey Cooner — who earned All-American third team — finished not far behind with 11 wins.
Crowder’s team ERA ranked 30th in NJCAA Division I and its 10.16 Ks per nine innings ranked 14th, behind high-strikeout pitchers like Cooner, Ashby and Wilson.