Prep Baseball & Softball

Local players earn IBCA All-State recognition

The Illinois Baseball Coaches Association released its Class 3A and 4A All-State baseball teams which were well populated by metro-east players.

Freeburg catcher Keegan Baxmeyer and Columbia outfielder Cameron Touchette made the Class 3A list. The 4A team includes O’Fallon pitcher Chris Holba, Alton pitcher Bryan Hudson, Edwardsville infielder Jordan Hovey, O’Fallon outfielder Bradley Harrison, Granite City outfielder DJ Miller and Edwardsville outfielder Matthew Zielonko.

Hudson finished with a 0.50 ERA in 71 innings pitched, averaging 15.13 strikeouts per game. He finished the season 10-2 having allowed just five earned runs all year. He was just as dangerous at the dish. He batted .436 with 14 doubles, six triples, and four home runs, all team highs. His 49 runs batted in were tops in the St. Louis region.

Hudson was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the MLB draft on Tuesday.

Holba, a senior, finished his season 8-2, including a hard loss in a Class 4A super-sectional game Tuesday. He had an ERA of 0.67, while striking out 106 batters in 83 innings pitched.

Harrison had an exceptional junior season for the Panthers. He batted .429 with four home runs and 48 RBIs, which ranked second in the bi-state region.

The Edwardsville Tigers were sectional champions with Hovey in the middle of their lineup. The senior led the area with 11 home runs. He also had 12 doubles, 32 RBIs and a slugging average of .882. His 42 runs scored were tops in the region.

Hovey’s teammate, Zielonko, his .418 with four home runs and 33 RBIs.

Miller was the bright spot of a tough season for Granite City. He hit .414 with an on-base percentage of .517. He also stole 10 bases and scored 35 runs.

The 3A All-State selections from the metro-east are both just juniors.

Baxmeyer led the Freeburg Midgets to a 27-6 season by batting .480 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 27 RBIs.

Touchette helped lead the Columbia Eagles to 21 wins by batting .556, which was tops in the metro-east and second in St. Louis, as was his .654 on-base percentage. His 46 stolen bases led the St. Louis area.