May 8, 2014

Baseball lands four on All-MIAA team

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team landed four players on the 2014 Baseball All-MIAA Team, the league announced today. 

Southern had three pitchers and an outfielder named to the league's post season award team. 

Senior David Reese was named a second-team selection this season. It is his second All-MIAA selection of his career. This year, Reese was the Lions' top pitcher and ranked 14th nationally in strikeout to walk ratio (74 k's - 12 bb's). He finished second in the MIAA in strikeouts with 74 and led the league in strikeouts looking with 25. He was second in the league with a 2.55 ERA and finished his career ranked second in single-season and career appearances in MSSU history, while ranking fifth in career strikeouts. 

Senior Logan Moon was a third-team selection this year, his first in a Lions' uniform. He led the team and ranked eighth in the MIAA in hitting, finishing the season with a .386 batting average. He was fifth in the MIAA in hits, while leading the league and ranking fifth nationally in triples with seven. 

Senior Stephen Vaughn was an honorable mention pick and had a record-setting two-year career for the Lions as the team's closer. This year, Vaughn appeared in 30 games, setting a new single-season record at MSSU. The righty was sixth in the MIAA in saves with six, while posting a 2.88 ERA and a 3-3 record in 40.2 innings pitched. He struck out 37 and walked just 15, limiting opposing hitters to a .188 average.  

Sophomore Payton Walker earns his second All-MIAA selection after leading the team with five wins this year. The Carl Junction native went 5-5 with a 3.41 ERA appearing in 11 games, all starts. He threw 68.2 innings and struck out 59, while walking just 21 and limiting batters to a .265 batting average. He ranked sixth in the MIAA in ERA and strikeouts. 

A complete list of the All-MIAA team is listed below.

2014 All-MIAA Baseball Team

Player of the Year: Phillip Wilson, SS/RP, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Pitcher of the Year: Rickey Reeves, Jr., Central Oklahoma
Freshman of the Year: Ryan Helsley, P, Northeastern State
Coach of the Year: Chris Martin, Southwest Baptist

First Team All-MIAA

Pitcher: Ricky Reeves, Jr., Central Oklahoma
Pitcher: Shawn Talkington, Jr, Emporia State
Pitcher: Kyle Gehrs, Sr., Central Missouri
Relief Pitcher: Breton Higgins, Sr., Emporia State
Catcher: David Gauntt, So., Washburn
First Base: Jake O' Brien, Jr., Central Oklahoma
Second Base: Levi Parker, Jr., Emporia State
Shortstop: Phillip Wilson, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Third Base: Spencer Blacksher, Jr., Southwest Baptist
Outfield: Cody Robinson, Sr., Northeastern State
Outfield: Anthony Pacheco, So., Nebraska-Kearney
Outfield: Brad Wilson, Sr., Central Missouri
Designated Hitter: Josh Ingram, Jr., Central Oklahoma
Utility: Danny Droll, Jr., Nebraska-Kearney

Second Team All-MIAA

Pitcher: Brett Ash, Sr., Washburn^
Pitcher: Jared Sterling, Jr., Central Oklahoma^
Pitcher: David Reese, Sr., Missouri Southern^
Pitcher: Ryan Hesley, Fr., Northeastern State^
Relief Pitcher: Zach Davis, Sr., Central Missouri
Catcher: Max Ayoub, Jr., Nebraska-Kearney
First Base: Mike Failoni, Sr., Lindenwood
Second Base: Cesar Wong, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Shortstop: Ross Wolfe, Jr., Southwest Baptist
Third Base: Dean Long, Jr., Emporia State
Outfield: Clayton Garland, Sr., Fort Hays State
Outfield: Justin Harris, Jr., Emporia State
Outfield: Ryan Degner, Jr., Missouri Western
Designated Hitter: Chance Wolfe, Fr., Southwest Baptist
Utility: Jake Alexander, So., Central Missouri
^= Four pitchers due to tie in the voting 

Third Team All-MIAA

Pitcher: Ricky Rivera, Jr., Central Missouri#
Pitcher: Logan Willard, Sr., Nebraska-Kearney#
Pitcher: Jarrod Miller, Jr., Emporia State#
Pitcher: Ryker Fox, Sr., Northwest Missouri#
Relief Pitcher: Phillip Wilson, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Catcher: Jake Schrader, Sr., Missouri Western
First Base: Horace Johnson, Sr., Fort Hays State*
First Base: Jake Vore, Jr., Southwest Baptist*
Second Base: Landon Young, Sr., Southwest Baptist
Shortstop: Toby Cornejo, Sr., Emporia State
Third Base: Matt Johnson, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Outfield: Brandon Landanger, Jr., Nebraska-Kearney%
Outfield: Logan Moon, Sr., Missouri Southern%
Outfield: Christian Binger, So., Southwest Baptist%
Outfield: Trevor Jones, Sr., Central Missouri%
Designated Hitter: Barrett Noirfalise, Sr., Central Missouri
Utility: David Weber, Sr., Northeastern State

#= Four pitchers due to tie in the voting
*= Two first basemen due to tie in the voting
%= Four outfielders due to tie in the voting 

Honorable Mention 

Pitcher: Kurtis Schuyler, Central Missouri; Dakota McKaskle, Emporia State; Payton Walker, Missouri Southern; Jake Jones, Missouri Western; Tyler Thompson, Pittsburg State; Cory Borsh, Southwest Baptist; Taylor Gentry, Washburn

Relief Pitcher: Stephen Vaughn, Missouri Southern; Mason Queen, Missouri Western; Joe Smidt, Nebraska-Kearney; Ryan McKay, PittsburgState; Sam Vergara, Southwest Baptist

Catcher: Seth Wheeler, Central Missouri; Brad Lamberti, Central Oklahoma.

First Base: Ryan Staggs, Northeastern State; Matt Jackson, Washburn

Second Base: Dylon Koch, Missouri Western; Corey Gragg, Washburn

Shortstop: Brad Jelinek, Central Missouri; Cody Childs, Missouri Western; Andrew Walker, Northeastern State

Third Base: Tony Sandifer, Central Missouri; Brad Foss, Pittsburg State; Kyle Carnahan, Washburn

Outfield: Kevin Gratza, Central Missouri; Tyler Crabtree, Central Oklahoma; Dillon Argo, Central Oklahoma; Price Jacobs, Emporia State; Marshall Vallandingham, Lindenwood; David Chew, Missouri Western; Jon Pomatto, Northwest Missouri; Cody Ball, Pittsburg State; Bo Helsel, Southwest Baptist; Wes Jones, Washburn; Parker Gibson, Washburn

Designated Hitter: Cooper Langley, Fort Hays State; Taylor Herrington, Washburn

Utility: Kevin Czarnecki, Fort hays State; Ben Stewart, Lincoln; Ben Courdret, Lindenwood; Jerry Roam, Lindenwood.