Seven make IHSBCA all-state baseball team

News-DemocratJune 10, 2013 

Belleville West senior shortstop Aaron Meyer was among seven metro-east player selected to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association's Class 3A-4A All-State Team.

Also earning all-state honors were Triad senior first baseman Keaton Wright, Edwardsville senior pitcher Cole Hagen, Alton senior catcher Brent Gibbs, Edwardsville senior first baseman Drew Curtis, Highland senior pitcher-third baseman Jake Haberer and Alton senior outfielder Ron Wisnasky.

Meyer, who hit .465 with 10 doubles, one homer and 16 RBIs, originally signed with John A. Logan junior college but on Monday picked up a scholarship offer from Missouri State.

Missouri State coach Keith Guttin was in town to watch Belleville's American Legion game that was rained out, but instead got to watch the players during a practice.

Meyer is scheduled to visit the Springfield, Mo., campus on Thursday. The Bears were 31-23 this season and had two players selected in the Major League Draft.

"It's a heck of a program nationwide, so it's a consideration," said Belleville West coach Lee Meyer, Aaron Meyer's father. "You can't make a wrong decision in my opinion, whether it be Logan or Missouri State."

Coach Meyer said Missouri State had an incoming shortstop recruit get drafted, creating a late opening the Bears hope to fill with Aaron Meyer.

"That's kind of the way things happen with college baseball sometimes, be in the right place at the right time and being on somebody's list," Coach Meyer said.

Gibbs (.412, 20 doubles, two homers, 33 RBIs) signed with Indiana and Haberer (.522, 13 doubles, eight homers, 49 RBIs; 6-1, 2.61 ERA) is headed to Eastern Illinois University.

Wright is a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recruit who hit .424 with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 38 RBIs. Curtis also put up big power numbers as the St. Louis University recruit hit .396 with 10 doubles, 10 homers and 46 RBIs).

Hagen was 7-1 for Edwardsville with a 0.74 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 57 innings. Wisnasky, headed for Lewis & Clark Community College, hit .496 for Alton with 14 doubles, four triples, one homer, 36 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and 49 runs scored.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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