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HHS grad Carriger breaks records to finish career at Maryville

Maryville University senior center fielder Mitch Carriger, a Highland High School graduate, was recently named to the 2017 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Second Team.

Carriger finished his career in a Maryville uniform as the program’s top hitter as he set records for runs batted in, runs scored and home runs

In his senior season, Carriger batted .309 and smashed a team-high 11 home runs, which is a single-season record. He also recorded nine doubles, 47 runs batted in, 41 walks to log a .452 on-base percentage. He racked up 15 multiple-hit games

In the field, Carriger was credited with 105 putouts, five assists and three errors on the year to give him a .973 fielding percentage.

Some of Carriger’s biggest games this spring were as follows:

  • Going 4-for-6 with two home runs, one triple, four RBIs, four runs scored and one sacrifice against Union University on Feb. 11
  • Going 4-for-4 with two doubles, one home run, one walk, five RBIs and five runs against Saginaw Valley State on Feb. 24
  • Going 2-for-3 with one home run, two walks, three RBIs and two runs against Christian Brothers College on Feb. 28
  • Going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one triple, one walk, five RBIs and one run against Missouri Southern on March 14

As a junior in 2016, Carriger finished the year hitting .258 while starting 47 of the 48 games he played in. He led the team with eight home runs and 36 RBI while tying Zack Ruckman for a program record with 35 runs scored. His 31 walks set a school record. Carriger added nine doubles and one triple while having an on-base percentage of .394. He entered his senior season as the program’s career record holder in home runs and walks while in the top five offensively in several other categories.

His grand slam against UMSL helped lead the Saints to a road victory on 3/25. 4/16 had a 4 for 5 day at the plate with three runs and three RBI helping lead the Saints to a series sweep of William Jewell.

2015: Carriger led the team offensively in batting average at .393, total bases, and on base percentage in 44 games adding 25 runs and 23 RBI while fielding .984....Named second team all-conference…. Summer program Lima Locos finished ranked in top 25 in college baseball summer while Carriger was named to the All-Star team and named first-team All-Great Lakes ... 2/14 went 2 for 2 with two walks and three RBI… 3/7 went 2 for 3 with three RBI in a 10-7 win over Hillsdale… 4/1 went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored in win against UMSL… 4/10-4/11 went 8 for 14 with four runs and three RBI in series against Rockhurst.