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Area baseball players stack award’s lists

Jackson baseball junior left fielder Cooper Rhodes was the only player in The Cash-Book Journal’s coverage area to be named all-state. Photo by Jay Forness

This spring season of baseball had plenty of excitement, with everything from high-scoring comebacks to low-scoring pitching duels. Here’s a look at how four team’s seasons turned out, and the players that led them along the way.

Jackson

For Jackson High School, its season was most-notably led by the lone all-state recipient on this list: junior left fielder Cooper Rhodes. While receiving all-state honors in his second straight season, Rhodes put up exceptional numbers at the top of a talented Jackson lineup.

As if getting through Rhodes wasn’t enough, opposing teams had to deal with Jackson’s multiple all-conference and all-district players. The list is as follows:

Senior pitcher John-Paul Sauer (all-conference and all-district, as well as SEMO Conference Pitcher of the Year), senior pitcher Carson McDaniel (all-conference and all-district), senior shortstop Jaiden Glency (all-conference and all-district), all-state senior left fielder Cooper Rhodes (all-conference and all-district), senior center fielder Garrison Brown (all-conference and all-district), senior second baseman Waylon Hale (all-conference and all-district), senior pitcher Brynson Garcia (all-conference) and senior pitcher/outfielder Adrian Fox (all-conference and all-district).

Managing this talented roster was SEMO Conference Coach of the Year Josh Roach with coaches Jeremy Smith and Jason Chavez. All in all, Jackson posted an amazing 25-8 record and made it to the semifinals of the Class 6 District 1 Tournament.

Notre Dame

In David Lawson’s first year as head coach, Notre Dame earned the first seed in their district tournament, before running into a red-hot Kelly team in the semifinals, who would go on to beat Scott City for the district championship.

Along the way, though, Notre Dame was led by seven all-conference and all-district players:

Senior pitcher/infielder Jack Evans (all-conference and all-district), senior catcher Brycen Clark (all-conference and all-district), junior first baseman Reid Morgan (all-conference and all-district as well as SEMO Conference All-Tournament Team), sophomore utilityman TJ Bolen (all-conference and all-district), junior shortstop Logan Landewee (all-conference and all-district), junior center fielder Brett Dohogne (all-district), and junior utility Channing Pattengill (all-district).

With multiple impact players on their roster, Notre Dame’s future looks bright as they aim for an even higher finish next year.

Oak Ridge

For an Oak Ridge team that finished with a 3-15 record in the regular season, they showed a lot of fight in the Class 1 District 3 Tournament. However, they would become the third team on this list to fall in the semifinals, as they ran into a Leopold squad that would eventually win the district championship.

Regular-season record aside, Oak Ridge showed that they are a competitive team, and with three all-conference and all-district players on their roster, they should be excited about things to come.

Senior Konnor Hobeck (all-conference and all-district), junior Kaden Borgfield (all-district), and sophomore Jayden McAlister (all-district) made up the dynamic outfield trio that usually batted two, three, and four in Oak Ridge’s lineup. With Borgfield and McAlister returning next year, Oak Ridge will have a good staff to build around for the coming 2025 season.

Saxony Lutheran

This year’s Saxony team brought an impressive 13-5 record in the regular season, but fell in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 3 Tournament to Meadow Heights. However, Saxony’s lineup and pitching staff was very productive, as they had eight players qualify for all-district:

Senior pitcher/infielder Owen Tarry, senior second-baseman Reid Bengston, junior centerfielder Brayden Moore, senior pitcher/right-fielder David Weinhold, sophomore pitcher/corner- infielder Korby Engert, junior shortstop Jake Sparks, senior leftfielder Blake Gaebler, and senior pitcher Mason Landewee.

With three of those players returning for next year’s 2025 season, Saxony hopes to build off of their recent success.

Overall, Jackson, Notre Dame, Oak Ridge and Saxony had very productive seasons, with multiple star players leading the way to their success.

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