On Saturday, June 20, Ryan "Fred" Austin, a recent graduate of Hume High School and a future player for the Fort Scott Greyhounds, played in the 2009 East vs. West Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Series, held on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
Austin was a member of the West All Stars and was joined by players from Leeton, Lakeland, La Plata, Santa Fe, Braymer, North Shelby, New Franklin, and Concordia. The West was coached by Braymer head coach Tom Wyman.
The West squad defeated the East squad by a final score of 8-3. Austin started the game playing at second base and batted second in the lineup.
Offensively, he went 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI and was hit by a pitch.
Defensively, he played second, shortstop and came in to shut down the East team in the seventh on the mound. He gave up one hit and recorded three strikeouts in his one inning of work.
When asked what his favorite moment of the weekend was, he said, "I guess playing with other players that I didn't know," and also, "We Won!"
Austin also earned a second-team All-State selection by the Coaches Association and will continue to play baseball with the Nevada Red Sox American Legion team this summer before he heads to Fort Scott this fall. --Jason Irwin/Special to the Daily Mail