After a season in which he threw both a no-hitter and a perfect game Scott City's Skylar Cobb had been named the 2010 Standard Democrat Baseball Player of the Year.
"It feels great just to have all the hard work pay off," Cobb said.
An anchor on a Scott City Rams team that went 17-5 on the season while making a run to Class 2 Sectionals, Cobb always came up big when his team needed him the most.
In both his starts for the Rams during their Class 2, District 3 Championship run, he failed to surrender a run while pitching a complete game in both contest including his perfect game against Kelly in the opening round.
"He's was pretty much the heart and soul of our team this year," Scott City coach Lance Amick said. "Our No.1 pitcher and batted three in the line-up so that's a pretty fair combination."
Though the accolades didn't start piling up until the season began, Amick said Cobb has been preparing for this year since the end of last season.
"We knew early on that he was probably going to have to be the man and take the ball in key games and he took that responsibility last year in May," Amick said. "As soon as the season was over with that's when he started worrying about it.
"A lot of kids don't start worrying about baseball until March comes around. It's not like that if you want to be a top level player. You have to live the part and it starts in the summer building strength."
Amick said it was Cobb's commitment to the weight room this past off season that set this year apart from what was already a solid high school career.
"He added probably 40 pounds of muscle in the off season," he said. "His bench press went from the beginning of last summer being around 180 pounds to 215 pounds now.
"I know that's just one lift, but if you make that big of a jump there obviously everything is going to get stronger."
The results of his off season preparation are the best numbers of Cobb's four-year varsity career. On the mound he posted a 1.10 ERA while compiling a 8-1 record as a starter.
In 50 2/3 innings he struck out 95 batters while allowing 28 hits and eight earned runs.
Playing first base or in the outfield when not pitching his bat was equally as important to Scott City's success.
He hit for a .423 average finishing second on the team with 26 runs batted in while hitting six doubles, three triples and three home runs. A tough out, he also drew 20 walks while only striking out only three times all season.
Being named Standard Democrat Player of the Year is one more award to add to an already impressive list. Some of the others he has already garnered this year include being named to the to the all-state team by the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association as well the Class 2, District 3 all-district team. He was also Scott-Mississippi Conference Player of the Year, Academic all-state and won the MSHSAA citizenship award.
When asked for some highlights from this season his no hitter against East Prairie and perfect game against Kelly were obviously very high on Cobb's list.
"It was unbelievable," he said. "Those games my pitches were working. When everything is working it makes it a lot more fun.
"You can go out there and you know if you make your pitch that they're not going to hit it and it's just a great feeling."
This year was just the cap to what was a pretty remarkable high school career in which the Rams were 70-23 in Cobbs' four years. Cobb was also a starter on Scott City's 2008 Class 2 State Championship team.
While his high school career may be at a close his time at the collegiate is just getting ready to begin.
Before this past high school season had began Cobb had already received and accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Three Rivers Community College Raiders.
"I'm really excited about it," Cobb said. "Coach Stacey Burkey is a great coach and I'm just really excited to go over there and help them win games."
Crediting Cobb's makeup for his success, Amick said you don't see many like him come along.
"He's a competitive kid by nature," Amick said. "He's one of the few dying breeds anymore that is not a video game junkie. He wants to play something with a real ball and a real bat. To get up and move around and use a little energy.
"You just don't find kids like that anymore that don't, as they get older, grow up too soon. He's a perfect example of that."
School: Scott City
On the mound: The left-handed Cobb went 8-1 with a 1.10 ERA over 50 2/3 innings. He struck out 95 and tossed a no-hitter against East Prairie and a perfect game against Kelly in the Class 2, District 3 Tournament.
At the plate: Cobb batted .423 with three home runs. He had 26 RBIs and 22 runs scored.
Post-season honors: Cobb was named the Scott-Mississippi Conference Player of the Year while being named first-team all conference. He was also named to the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association first team as a utility player and was also an Academic All-Stater.
Future: The senior has already signed to play at Three Rivers Community College next season.
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