Edwardsville High seniors Kade Burns and Dylan Burris head the list of five players from the metro-east to be named to the All-State baseball team.
Burns and Burris are on the Class 4A team and were joined by Valmeyer senior Easton Wallace in Class 1A, Central senior Kolby Schulte in Class 2A and Freeburg senior Braeden Chandler in Class 3A. Schulte is a two-time first-team selection.
Burns, a right-handed pitcher, was 10-2 with a 1.77 ERA for the Tigers, who finished 34-8 and placed second in the state tournament. Burns walked 22 and struck out 98 in 75 innings and allowed just one home run. Burns, who also played shortstop, led the Tigers with 33 walks and had a .434 on-base percentage. He has signed with Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Burris, a center fielder, was the Tigers’ sparkplug at the top of the order. He batted .448 with 15 doubles, a single-season state-record 14 triples, five home runs and 35 RBIs. He led Edwardsville with 50 runs scored, a school-record 64 hits and 24 stolen bases. He has signed with Wabash Valley College, located in Mount Carmel.
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Wallace, a third baseman, led Valmeyer to second place in the Class 1A state tournament and became the first Pirates player to earn all-state recognition.
Wallace batted .450 (58-for-129) with 27 doubles, two triples, four homers and 46 RBIs as Valmeyer finished 28-10. Only two other players in Illinois history had more doubles in a season.
Wallace also scored a team-high 46 runs, posted a .520 on-base percentage and struck out just 10 times. He has signed with Kaskaskia College, which is in Centralia.
Schulte, a shortstop, batted .441 with 12 doubles, two triples, one home run and 29 RBIs for the Cougars (25-7), who won a regional title before losing in the sectional semifinals.
Schulte has signed to play at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
Chandler, a shortstop, batted .450 (36-for-80) with 11 doubles, four triples and team-leading totals in homers (seven) and RBIs (45). He had an on-base percentage of .581. Chandler has signed with Southwestern Illinois College.
Freeburg finished 24-10.
Unlike in many other sports, Illinois doesn’t announce second teams and honorable-mention teams in its All-State baseball balloting.
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