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Braymer Baseball Players Named All-District

Although their season officially ended with a loss in the district semifinals, the Braymer Bobcat baseball team has garnered some post-season awards as the All-District Team #16, Class 1 was released Wednesday.

Coaches Tom Twyman and Tom Anderson announced that four members of their 2009 squad were chosen. Only Lone Jack, which won the district championship, placed more players on the ballot.

Senior team captain Jordan Smith was a unanimous selection to the 1st team. Jordan's selection was his third in three years and capped the end of a fine career at Braymer. Smith led the Bobcats in a number of offensive categories this season including: batting average-.629, on-base pct- .681, slugging pct- .800, hits - 22, and RBI's - 27. Among Class 1 players Jordan led the state in batting average and on-base percentage. He finished #6 in RBI's and #7 in slugging pct.

Joining Jordan on the 1st team was senior second baseman Kyle Anderson. This is Kyle's first selection to the team. Although overshadowed by his teammate for much of the season, Kyle put up some very impressive numbers in his own right. Kyle led the team in runs scored with 19 and stolen bases with 20. His batting average of .500 was the second highest in the district. He finished second on the team in batting average, on-base percentage - .633, hits -18, and walks - 13. Among Class 1 players in the state, Kyle finished the season 4th in on-base percentage, 7th in batting average and 9th in stolen bases.

A pair of juniors were selected by the coaches to the All-District 2nd team.  Caden Shonk, pitcher/outfielder missed selection to the 1st unit by the slimmest of margins (1 vote). Caden led the Bobcats in wins with 4 for the season. He also led the team in bases on balls with 14. His batting average of .471 and on-base percentage of .625 ranked third on the team and third among nominated district players. Caden banged out 16 hits and scored 16 runs, both third on the team. Caden finished among the Class 1 state leaders in on-base percentage (5th), wins (7th), and batting (12th).

Shortstop John Haley was the fourth Bobcat chosen for district honors. John went 5 for 6 with 5 runs scored and 4 RBI's in the two games at district to be picked to the 2nd team. For the season he hit .394 with an on-base percentage of .524. Haley finished 4th on the team in batting, OBP, hits - 13, runs - 13, RBI's - 12 and 3rd in stolen bases with 15.

Additionally, Jordan Smith finished the season as the leading hitter in Missouri with all classes included. His .629 average helped boost his on-base pct to .681, a number that finished 2nd among all classes.

With congratulations to the players who were voted onto the team, Coach Twyman feels that several others were also deserving. "I think it ended up as a 'numbers game'," said Twyman. "If you look at the stats, we had players who probably deserved to make the team ahead of some of the guys from other schools who did. Brett Clevenger and Caleb Shively had really good seasons. Steve Calton was our sparkplug at the top of the lineup and Trace Phillips did a heckuva job behind the plate for us. Any of them could have joined our four other guys on the team and it would have been well earned. On the other hand I'm a little predjudiced and I think they probably split too many votes among theirselves."

Twyman hopes that the postseason awards are not over for his Bobcats. Academic All-State teams and MHSBCA All-State Teams have not yet been chosen.

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