Agan, Ridenhour earn All-State

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

In spite of seeing their respective baseball seasons end in the district semifinals, a pair of Maries County baseball players earned additional postseason recognition from the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA).

Voted on last week by member coaches, Vienna senior Logan Agan and Belle junior Jat Ridenhour both earned All-State honors in Classes 2 and 3 respectively.

Selected as a MHSBCA Class 2 All-State Second Team Infielder, Agan led Tyler Shalbot’s Eagles to an 18-8 season which included tournament and regular-season titles in the Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC).

Agan banged out 35 hits, 25 singles, a triple, four home runs, 27 runs batted in (RBI), 29 runs scored and 11 walks to lead the team in all of those statistical categories.

Also productive at the plate, Agan led the Eagles with a team high .449 batting average, .538 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage.

On the pitching mound, Agan was equally as productive.

Pitching a team-high 51 innings, Agan started 10 games and pitched in 12 overall compiling a 6-4 record to go along with 103 strikeouts and a miniscule 1.37 earned-run average (ERA).

Over in Tiger country, Ridenhour was selected to the MHSBCA Class 3 All-State Team as an honorable mention catcher.

Helping Chris Feeler’s Belle Tiger baseball team to a 15-8 record, Ridenhour also led his team in several offensive categories.

Batting a team-high .484, Ridenhour also posted team-leading numbers in hits (31), singles (15), doubles (12), triples (1), home runs (3) and runs scored (31).

Along with his batting average, Ridenhour led the team with a .600 on-base percentage and a .844 slugging percentage.

In three other categories, Ridenhour was second on the team in RBI’s (27), walks (17) and stolen bases (12).

Ridenhour’s three home runs came against Laquey on April 9 and in back-to-back games against Vienna and Bourbon on May 6 and May 7 respectively.

Also in that GVC showdown against Bourbon, Ridenhour posted season highs in hits (4) and runs batted in (5). He also drove in five runs against another GVC foe in Viburnum back on April 26.