Coach Joshua Hughes of Purdy has announced that both Mason Roller and Trent Goetz of the Eagles' baseball squad have been selected to the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams. Roller was selected to the Class 2 All-State first team as an infielder, and Goetz received honorable mention recognition as an infielder.
Roller, already named the Player of the Year of the Ozark 7 Conference, powered the Eagles into the Class 2 state quarterfinals with a staggering .603 batting average for the 2009 season. He collected 38 hits and drove in 44 runs, smashing seven home runs along the way. He also received 28 walks from opposing pitchers.
Roller has already signed to play baseball next year for Drury University in Springfield.
Trent Goetz, "Gator" to the Purdy faithful, was named to the honorable mention Class 2 All-State team as an infielder. Known for his steady play on defense, Goetz also hit to the tune of .456 during the season, with two homers and 25 walks.
Both Roller and Goetz are clutch performers and contributed to the team's success in a variety of ways. Lost in the restrictive wording of their All-State classifications is the fact that both pitched extensively for the Eagles this year. Roller posted a 3-3 win-loss record as a starter, and Goetz earned five saves out of the bullpen while posting a 2.52 ERA.
In Class 3, Cassville's Aaron Jamieson received honorable mention All-State recognition. The senior, who will be play football at Central Missouri State University in the fall, earned the honors as a utility player.