Kirksville seniors lead team to 6 straight wins
The Kirksville Baseball team stumbled out of the gate losing 4 of their first five, but as the weather warmed up so did the tiger's bats as they've won their last 6 standing alone at the top of the conference with a 5-0 record.
The team has 12 seniors, the most in school history, and the experience has proved to be helping on the field and at the plate.
â??It means you have a lot of experience and obviously we have more leadership with 4 senior captains and those guys have all stepped up and a couple of those guys were all-conference, all-district and one of them an all-state player. Having been in these roles before it helps make a little easier transition and most importantly the little things that you don't see on the field the practice things where they drive the younger guys a bit, that's the big things,â?? said coach Andy Jackson.
Out of those 12 seniors, 4 have signed to play at the next level. Wednesday morning Zach Playle signed with Hannibal LaGrange University, an NAIA program. His talents behind the plate and in the classroom earned him both athletic and academic scholarships.
â??It's just the fact that I know people that have went there, heard a lot of good things about Hannibal LaGrange and when we went over there I liked the facilities and really liked coach Briggs,â?? said senior catcher Zach Playle.
Other Tiger baseball players are headed to Indian Hills and John Wood Community College.