Although the season has been over for a month, the Boonville Pirates baseball team continued to reap the rewards after finishing fourth in the state in Class 4.
While closing out the season at 17-10 overall, the Pirates had two players selected to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-State Baseball team. Senior Jalen Poindexter was a first-team selection at the catcher position while Zach Nixon was selected to the second team as an infielder.
Of course Poindexter and Nixon weren’t the only selections from the area. New Franklin’s Tyler White, Tyler Hull and Tanner White were also selected to the all-state team in Class 1. Like Boonville, the Bulldogs made the post-season for the second year in a row but fell to the Sturgeon Bulldogs in the quarterfinals.
New Franklin closed out the season at 15-5 overall.
Tyler White was selected to the first team as an infielder while Hull was a first-team selected as a DH/utility player. As for Tanner White, he was selected to the second team as an outfielder.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Tim Edwards said Poindexter and Nixon are both very deserving of being all state. “I am very happy for both of them,” Edwards said. “They have both worked very hard at becoming good players and it paid off for both of them individually and for our program as well.”
Poindexter, a three-year starter for the Pirates, led the team in six categories while hitting .391 with 34 hits, 32 RBIs, 12 doubles and three home runs. He also finished the season with a team-leading .632 slugging percentage.
While playing in all 27 games, Poindexter finished the season with 12 multiple hits and had his best game against Duchesne while going 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and three RBIs. Poindexter also had six RBIs and two hits in the second game of a doubleheader against Moberly.
Edwards said Poindexter showed a lot of versatility for being a starting shortstop his sophomore year, starting third baseman his junior year and catcher his senior year. “He also hit the ball very well collecting 81 RBI and hitting .365 through his career,” Edwards said. “His quiet leadership and consistent play were instrumental to the success that we had while he was playing for us. His potential as a college player at John Wood Community College and then a four year school after that is limitless.”
As for Zach Nixon, he also led the team in two categories with 24 base on balls and an on-base percentage of .524. Nixon also hit .365 for the season with 27 hits in 74 at-bats with 20 singles, six doubles, one home run and 21 RBIs.
Nixon also finished the season with six multiple hit games and had his best game against Marshall, where he went 4-for-4 with a single, two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.
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“He was very consistent and had many big games producing many RBI’s,” Edwards said. “He finished his career with a .317 career batting average which is outstanding for a three year starter. He worked very hard at the game to become the best second baseman in the conference and one of the best in the state. He is an extremely smart player who understands the game very well and because of that he was like another coach on the field. He will be a tremendous player for Westminster College.”
As for New Franklin’s trio of White, White and Hull, they also put up some pretty good numbers for the season.
Tyler White, a dual threat for the Bulldogs at shortstop and pitcher, closed out the season hitting .438 with 28 hits in 64 at-bats with 20 singles, five doubles, two triples and one home run. As a pitcher, White was 5-2 with an ERA of 3.13. While logging 31.34 innings, White gave up 14 earned runs on 22 hits and 15 walks while striking out 41 batters.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said White’s leadership from the shortstop position and the leadoff spot was exemplary. “Leaving as our all-team leader on on-base percentage, he was a great table-setter and leader for us-it was metaphorical that he was our leadoff hitter,” Gerding said. “I’m happy I got the opportunity to coach him for two years-he’s one of my all-timers. He leaves some very big shoes to fill.”
Hull was also a dual threat for New Franklin while playing both pitcher and shortstop. While hitting .443 for the season, Hull also had 27 hits in 61 at-bats with 13 singles, nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 31 RBIs. Meanwhile, as a pitcher, Hull was 4-2 with an ERA of 1.12. In 43.66 innings pitched, Hull gave up seven earned runs on 22 hits and 16 walks while striking out 80 batters.
Gerding said Hull had a great all-around season for the Bulldogs and was deserving of a much better record on the mound. “He is a great competitor and leader by example,” Hull said. “He does whatever is asked of him whenever he is asked,” Gerding said. “He is all about winning. He was, as always, a pleasure to coach and watch compete. He is well deserving of this honor.”
As for Tanner White, he was one of the key contributors for the Bulldogs in the outfield. While playing left field for New Franklin, White finished the season hitting .404 with 23 hits in 57 at-bats with 15 singles, seven doubles, one triple and 19 RBIs.
Gerding said White worked his butt off and physically grew up, which allowed him to make huge strides this spring. “Not only did he play a great left field and first base, and have a great offensive year in the 2-hole, he was 4-0 on the mound and saved our sectional game,” Gerding said. “Hopefully, he can build on this and keep getting better and better. All in all, I am very proud of these guys and proud of our success as a team. Without the postseason success as a team, these individual honors do not happen.”