Pierce ends career with second straight all-state honor

Houston senior Kirk Pierce earned all-state honors for this second consecutive year this week when he was named to Missouri Baseball Coaches Association’s second team.

Pierce, who was named to the coaches’ and writer’s first team last year, ended his four-year career with the Tigers with another standout season. He was among the conference’s top five hitters with a .458 batting mark and led Houston with nine doubles, four triples and 27 RBIs. He was second behind teammate Caleb Smith with 27 hits, 24 runs, 10 steals and a .577 on-base percentage.

Pierce, who was earlier named first team all-SCA for the third straight year, took on a new role his senior season as one of the Tigers’ top pitchers. He went 4-3 with a 4.28 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 34 1/3 innings.

Pierce will continue his career at Evangel University.


First team

Pitchers – David Gilley, jr, Blue Eye; Ryan Modglin, sr, Scott City; Austin Church, sr, Hallsville; Shae Simmons, jr, Scott City

Catchers – Cody Carlyle, sr, Scott City; Sam Adams, jr, Forsyth

Infielders – Anthony Keeley, sr, Blue Eye; Byron Richardson, jr, Forsyth; Kyle Henke, sr, Blair Oaks; Chance Alberswerth, jr, Lafayette County; Josh Baum, sr, Orchard Farm.

Outfielders – Justin Eiken, jr, Blair Oaks; Josh Taylor, jr, Harrisburg; Alex Boonyakiti, sr, El Dorado Springs; Kyle Nettles, soph., West County.

DH/Utility – Zach Pugh, sr, Orchard Farm; Andrew Pointer, sr, Blair Oaks; Bubba McGaughy, sr, Conway.

Second team

Pitchers – Jake Bax, jr, Fatima; Landon Jarrett, jr, Mansfield; Clint Horn, jr, Hartville; Matt Ritchie, soph, Lexington

Catchers – Trenton Miller, sr, Cole Camp; Drew Presly, sr, Marion C. Earley.

Infielders – Josh Henson, jr, Scott City; Justin McCarroll, jr, Lexington; Ethan Lueckenhoff, sr, Bishop Leblond; Steven Caudill, sr, El Dorado Springs; Jordan Rowden, sr, Iberia.

Outfielders – Andy Homefeld, sr, Lafeyette County; Jordan Fowler, sr, Twin Rivers; Darren Ralston, sr, Lexington; Garrett Gilbert, jr, Cole Camp.

DH/Utility – Kirk Pierce, sr, Houston; Dylan Stockton, sr, Twin Rivers; T.J. Jarvis, sr, Barstow.

Honorable mention

Pitchers – Seth Viet, sr, Fatima; Kelby Radar, sr, Conway; Corey Wacknov, jr, Barstow; Zach Davis, sr, Carrollton.

Catchers – Tony McGee, sr, Hallsville; Coulter Conner, sr, Sherwood.

Infielders – Zach Beringer, soph, Harrisburg; A.J. Brummond, jr, Linn; Brandon Baker, sr, Hallsville; Jamie Levin, sr, Barstow; Jessie Marks, soph, Conway.

Outfielders – Skyler Cobb, soph, Scott City; Brandon Wilson, sr, Marion C. Early; Wyatt Harper, jr, Marion C. Early; Damon Adrian, soph, Eugene.

DH/Utility – Andrew Nellenstein, soph, Bishopo Leblond; Tyler Stacy, jr, West County; Sam Caldwell, soph, Linn.

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