Prep Baseball

Four Panthers earn all-state baseball honors

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 25, 2019 12:20 am

BLAND, Mo. -- Opposing coaches showed their respect for Nolan Wosman's ability on and off the field.

They did the same for three of his teammates.

The Palmyra baseball team had four players earn all-state honors from the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association as Wosman and Peyton Abbott both earned Class 3 first-team accolades.

Wosman, a senior shortstop, was named the 2019 Herald-Whig Player of the Year after hitting .515 with 47 runs scored, 35 RBIs, 10 doubles and eight home runs to go along with 13 two-out RBIs. The University of Arkansas signee walked 28 times and struck out only six in 27 games. Defensively, he was part of 10 double plays as the Panthers won a Class 3 district championship.

Abbott, a senior who played second base and outfield, was named a first-team outfielder after hitting .409 with 38 runs scored. He had 16 RBIs and 11 doubles and went 10 for 10 on stolen bases. He had a .964 fielding percentage, committed just two errors and was part of six double plays.

Palmyra also had two second-team selections in senior catcher Brady Barnett and senior third baseman Caden Power, who was selected in a designated hitter/utility spot.

Barnett hit .387 with 37 RBIs and committed just one error, while Power hit .407 with five home runs and 28 RBIs. He also went 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA.

Scotland County and Canton were each represented with one second-team selection and one honorable mention pick in their respective classes.

In Class 2, Scotland County senior shortstop Will Fromm was a second-team infielder after hitting .509 with five doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBIs. He struck out just four times and walked 22.

The Truman State University signee also racked up a 9-1 pitching record with a 2.30 ERA in 421/3 innings. He struck out 64.

Scotland County junior Branton Burrus was an honorable mention selection at designated hitter/utility.

In Class 1, Canton's Carson Birck hit .464 with 21 RBIs and eight stolen bases to earn second-team designated hitter/utility honors. He went 5-2 with 44 strikeouts in 332/3 innings and committed just two errors defensively.

Canton sophomore Kegan Birck earned honorable mention on the infield.