In spite of playing on a high school team with very few victories, Van-Far’s Kyle Decker finished his high school career with all-state honors after receiving recognition from the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Decker received honorable mention honors as an outfielder after compiling a .396 batting average with 13 RBIs, a .604 slugging percentage, and a .408 on-base percentage.
His best game of the year came in the regular season finale against MMA. Against the Colonels he went 5-for-6 with five RBIs.
“Kyle improved drastically from last year offensively,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “He was the epitome of a team player in that he took on a defensive position that was needed, as a catcher, while making a huge sacrifice in doing so instead of wanting to play the position that he was best at, which is outfield. He told me his only regret was that he did not play and work more in the summers when he was younger. Who knows how much better he could have been as a sophomore and a junior. But it is a well deserved honor for a well deserving young man.”
Other area players earning honors were those from Mexico in Class 4. They include Tyler Bracht, Frank Nickoley, Gavin Jones, and Cody Creed.