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Local players honored with all-state

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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Paul Johnson
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released the high school all-state baseball teams for all classifications for the 2007 season today.

Five players from the area were represented on the team.

Oran had the most representation with three players making the list in Class 1.

Charleston had its first first-team selection in several years make the team and East Prairie continued its recent trend of all-state baseball players with another selection.

Charleston junior Paul Johnson was picked as a first-team outfielder in Class 2.

The speedster batted .524 with seven doubles, six triples, 35 runs scored, 25 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. He also carried a .660 on-base percentage.

"Offensively, I guarantee there's not a kid in the state that has the numbers P.J. had across the board," said Charleston coach Michael Minner. "He was our firestarter. The games that we won he was on base three or four times and did the little things to win. We're real excited that he was honored. It's an honor for our program as well as our community to be represented by such a fine young man.

"We're real proud of P.J. and his accomplishments. He's a coach's dream. He comes to practice every day and works his tail off. He's a leader."

Oran's final four string came to an end with a loss in the quarterfinals, but the team still had its share of talented players on a 24-5 team.

Making first-team catcher was junior Caleb Seyer, who put up monster numbers from his leadoff position in the batting order. He batted .382 with eight home runs and six doubles, 35 RBIs, 45 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. He also had a .719 slugging percentage and a .513 OBP.

"Caleb had a real good year for us," said Oran coach Mitch Wood. "He was pretty consistent all year long with the stick. He led off for us and usually if he started out with a bang then we started out with a bang as a team."

Junior pitcher Steven Dooley was picked as a second-team pitcher. He was an all-state pitcher last year while playing for Chaffee.

He made the transition to his new school nicely as he went 5-1 with a 1.83 earned run average. He led the team with 46 innings pitched, collecting 61 strikeouts to just 13 walks while allowing only 28 hits.

For good measure, he also led the Eagles in batting average with a .474 mark, including 27 RBIs, 26 runs and 10 stolen bases.

"Dooley really improved throughout the year for us," said Wood. "Towards the end of the year he was turning it on as a pitcher."

Also making second-team was junior infielder Tyler Beardslee, who batted .

442 with four home runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 42 RBIs and 38 runs scored. He also had a team-leading .726 slugging percentage while playing solid defense at shortstop.

"Beardslee is probably one of the most talented shortstops I've had play for me overall, as far as hands, hitting and his arm," said Wood. "He's got all the tools. A lot of times he's overlooked a little, but he's a great player."

East Prairie senior Zach Secoy was picked as a first-team infielder in Class 2.

Secoy batted. 452 with 30 RBIs and three home runs. He also went 5-1 on the mound for the Eagles.

"He's well-deserving," said East Prairie coach Gary Scott. "Zach's a kid that worked really hard in the offseason. He worked out a lot over the winter and he followed it up with a real good year for us.

"It gives some of our other kids something to work for and look forward to. It shows that hard work will pay off. All-state doesn't come easy. There's a lot of talented kids out there and to be first-team, you've got to be among the best."