Former MNS Player Sets School Record

Originally posted on the St. Louis Billikens website, April 9, 2013

ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis baseball team defeated the SIUE Cougars 7-5 Tuesday night at the Billiken Sports Center. Freshman RHP Joe Powell (3-0) gets the win, his second against SIUE this season. With the win, the Bills rise to 23-10 in their 2013 campaign. The contest was the 208th game played by senior 2B Mike Levine at Saint Louis, a school record for games played.

Saint Louis had a tough start with SIUE scoring in the top of the first inning. However, the Billikens quickly overcame the quick start, scoring four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. The Cougars responded to the Billiken run in the top of the second, scoring a run to trim the SLU lead to 4-2. Saint Louis then scored a run in each of the next three innings to bring the lead to 7-2, SLU through five innings.

In the sixth, SIUE woke up their offense. The Cougars scored two runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.  They drew within two runs in the eighth on an RBI single to right.

In the top of the ninth, senior LHP Jon Levin entered the game. He made quick work of the Cougar hitters, setting them down in order for his second save of the season. The save was the fifth of his career, tying him for fourth all-time at Saint Louis.

The Billiken lineup was led by senior outfielder Alex Kelly. He was three-for-five with two RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases. In all, the Billikens had six stolen bases in the contest: Kelly and Michael Bozarth had two apiece and Grant Nelson and Jordan Hammerman each had one.

Saint Louis will continue its homestand at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 when it takes on Milwaukee at the Billiken Sports Center.

2012 Verbal Commitments

Here is a list of the MNS players who will graduate in 2012 and have committed to play at the college level!

   Name  High School  College
Barrett, Kahli
Olathe South
William Jewel
Chirnside, Lauren
Blue Springs South
South Dakota State
Kneib, Laney
Webb CitySt Louis University
McDonald, Becca
Blue Valley
Drury University
Griffith, Joshua
Fort Scott Community College
Teague, Cannon
Iowa University
Buie, Morgan
Gardner EdgertonLamar University
Chirnside, Lauren
Blue Springs South
South Dakota State
Weiler, HenryRockhurstOklahoma
Fultz, MattLee’s Summit WestKansas State
Wodtke, JakeSt. James AcademyKansas State
Hall, MattLee’s Summit WestMissouri State
Williams, J.D.Liberty NorthSouthern Illinois Edwardsville
Buie, JessieSt. James AcademyUniversity of Nebraska- Omaha
Garton, MaddieBlue ValleyUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City
Parker, BrookeBlue Springs SouthUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City
Eckleman, MattSt. James AcademySt. Louis University
Schlatter, KyleBlue Valley WestAustin Peay State University
Wiles, CollinBlue Valley WestVanderbilt University
Alexander, JacobColumbia-HickmanUniversity of Central Missouri
Johnson, Haley
Northwest Missouri State
Rangel, Jenna
University of Missouri – Kansas City


2012 Letters of Intent

Four high school players from Mac-N-Seitz signed their collegiate letters of intent today!  Seated in front of Mac-N-Seitz co-owner, Mike Macfarlane, they are (left to right):

Matt Hall – Missouri State University
Jake Wodtke – Kansas State University
Matt Fultz – Kansas State University
Henry Weiler – University of Oklahoma

Stanek Selected For Collegiate National Team

FAYETTEVILLE – For the second straight summer, Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek will represent the United States as part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, it was announced on Wednesday.

“It’s an honor to be selected to play for the USA Collegiate National Team,” Stanek said. “Anytime you put the Team USA uniform on, it’s a special occasion. I’m excited to be able to play with and against some of the best collegiate players in the world.”

Stanek is the 11th Arkansas player to be selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Last summer, the Razorbacks were well represented on the team as DJ Baxendale, Dominic Ficociello and Matt Reynolds were part of the 22-man roster. Stanek was also with the team for a brief time as an alternate. Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn served as an assistant coach for the team last summer.

“Ryne is very deserving of being selected for the Collegiate National Team,” Coach Van Horn said. “He has been one of our top pitchers throughout the season. His experience with the Collegiate National Team last summer helped propel him to the success he’s enjoying this year and being able to play for Team USA this summer should continue his progression as a baseball player.”

A sophomore right-handed pitcher from Overland Park, Kan., Stanek has been one of the top pitchers in the Southeastern Conference and in the country in 2012. A third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America, Stanek has posted a 6-2 record with a 2.30 ERA in 10 starts this season. He ranks tied for third in the SEC in wins and his ERA is the fifth-lowest in the conference. Stanek has struck out 57 batters in 58.2 innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .238 batting average. Stanek is ninth in the SEC in innings pitched and is tied for eighth in strikeouts. Of his 10 starts, Stanek has turned in seven quality starts, throwing six or more innings and allowing three or fewer earned runs.

Last summer with Team USA, Stanek pitched in two games, including one start, and had a 1-0 record with a 1.00 ERA. In nine innings of work, Stanek struck out 12 and gave up just one run. Stanek started against the USA U18 National Team and threw 6.1 shutout innings, scattering eight hits and striking out six.

In his Razorback career, Stanek has pitched in 25 games, including 22 starts, and has a 10-4 record with a 3.15 ERA. He has thrown 122.2 innings pitched, giving up just 100 hits and striking out 98 batters.

Stanek will be part of Team USA’s 22-man roster, which will convene on June 23, 2012. The highlight of the team’s schedule this summer is a five-game series against Cuba, scheduled for July 5-9. The series, which will take place at Latin American Stadium in Havana, will mark the first meeting between the U.S. and Cuba Collegiate National Teams since 1996. Following the series against Cuba, the team will travel to Haarlem, the Netherlands for the Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week, which will be held July 14-22.


Written by Chad Crunk, Athletic Media Relations,  Photo by Walt Beezley

2012 MLB Draft

Congratulations to the former Mac-N-Seitz players who were selected on the first day of this year’s MLB Draft. Ty Hensley formerly of Mac-N-Seitz who finished his High School Career in Oklahoma and Colin Wiles who was a member of your 17U Indians team coached by Jeff Foster. Congrats and best of luck in your professional career!


MNS players selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft

Player’s NameDrafted ByPick #RoundSchool
Ty HensleyNew York Yankees#301stEdmond Santa Fe HS, OK
Colin WilesTexas Rangers#531st SuppBlue Valley West HS, KS
Michael MorinLA Angels#41713thUniversity of North Carolina
Adam GiacoloneMilwaukee Brewers#51516thNeosho County CC
Josh SmithPitsburgh Pirates#76625thWichita State University
Blake HolovachSeattle Mariners#82127thUniversity of Missouri
Dan KleinToronto Blue Jays#86528thKansas State University
Keaton SteeleTampa Bay Rays#90229thIowa Western CC
Matt FultzCleveland Indians#104334thLees Summit West HS

Collin Wiles – Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year

Contact:  Ashley Ginascol (312-729-3622)

CHICAGO (May 30, 2012) — In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Collin Wiles of Blue Valley West High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year. Wiles is the second Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Blue Valley West High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Wiles as Kansas’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May, Wiles joins an elite alumni association of past state baseball award winners, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman HS, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior right-handed pitcher and shortstop led the Jaguars (21-3) to the Class 6A state final this past season. He posted an 8-0 record on the mound with a 0.10 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Wiles also batted .375 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Wiles has maintained a 3.08 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has assisted in relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti.

“Collin Wiles is a very talented pitcher,” said Lorne Parks, head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High. “He is very aggressive and he mixes up his pitches well to keep hitters off balance. He always has great mound presence and carries himself in a positive manner.”

Wiles has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Wiles joins recent Gatorade Kansas Baseball Players of the Year Conner Knight (2010-11, Maize High School), Cody Kukuk (2009-10, Free State), Garrett Gould (2008-09; Maize), Lee Ridenhour (2007-08, Shawnee Mission West), and Derek Norris (2006-07, Goddard), among the state’s list of former award winners.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit

MSU’s Cheray Settles Into Role

Originally published 5:20 AM, Mar. 27, 2012 on

Cheray2012As a rookie playing arguably the most demanding position on the field, Missouri State shortstop Eric Cheray had a rough introduction to college baseball.

Five errors in his first 11 games had Cheray down, but not out.

“The beginning was a struggle, but I was kind of expecting it,” Cheray said. “You just have to constantly make adjustments and try to get better every day.

“I think that I’ve been doing a pretty good job of that.”

With only one error in the Bears’ last nine games, the freshman has settled in nicely — and in time for his first meeting with his “hometown” team.

Kansas, which is about 26 miles from Cheray’s hometown of Topeka, visits Hammons Field tonight. MSU, ranked 30th in Monday’s USA TODAY coaches poll, will be aiming for its eighth straight victory.

Right-hander Cody Schumacher (2-0) is scheduled to start for the Bears with a rested bullpen behind him.

Cheray also looks to continue his momentum from a weekend sweep of Creighton in which he had a single, double and triple while scoring two runs and driving in a pair. He is 13-for-42 (.310) over his last 14 starts, to raise his average from .125 to .242.

“He had a competitive weekend offensively and handled the bat pretty good,” Bears coach Keith Guttin said, noting that it’s important to have a No. 9 hitter capable of putting the bat on the ball.

Cheray, who got his shot at shortstop when senior Travis McComack was declared academically ineligible, shares the team lead with five sacrifice bunts.

“Mainly the pitching has been the biggest adjustment,” Cheray said. “You don’t see pitching like this on the summer circuit or on your high school circuit.

“The leaders on the team have been great in helping me, guys like (Brett) Marshall, (Luke) Voit and (Kevin) Medrano. They’re real influential through the game and throughout practice in getting everybody together.”

Guttin is most pleased with Cheray’s defense, which he called “steady” after the rough start.

“He’s a pretty good-sized shortstop (6-foot-3) and has good range,” Guttin said.

Especially for a shortstop who’s also listed as catcher, something Guttin admits “you don’t see very often.”

Cheray played shortstop at Seaman High (the same school of former MSU slugger Ben Carlson) and spent last summer catching for the Kansas-based Midwest Bruins (coached by former Kansas City Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane).

“He’s kind of like our version of Buster Posey,” center fielder Spiker Helms said, referencing the former LSU All-American who played both positions in college.

Guttin said playing both positions takes good hands and a quick release. Cheray said he considers himself a shortstop, for now, but would gladly catch if needed.

“I’m pretty comfortable with either,” Cheray said. “Whichever one’s open is fine with me.”
Honor roll

Junior right-hander Pierce Johnson was named Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the week and Collegiate Baseball national pitcher of the week after a complete-game, five-hit shutout of Creighton in which he struck out 16.

His MSU teammate, Nick Petree, won the award last week.

The Bears’ staff was named national staff of the week. While going 4-0, MSU allowed only four runs (two earned) in 36 innings with 7 walks and 44 strikeouts.

Missouri Pitcher Earns Big 12 Honors

Originally publised on Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7:11 p.m. CDT – BY Missourian staff

Holovach2012COLUMBIA — Missouri pitcher Blake Holovach, a left-handed junior, has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

Holovach was the starter Saturday in the Tigers’ second game of their Big 12 Conference series against Oklahoma State. He finished one out away from his second consecutive complete game, going 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks. He extended his shutout streak to 15.2 innings before the Cowboys scored an unearned run in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 4-1 win at Taylor Stadium. He struck out four batters.

After struggling in the bullpen to start the season, Holovach has been one of the nation’s top pitchers. He is 4-0 with a 0.61 ERA in four starts since being moved to the weekend rotation. He is holding opposing batters to a .163 batting average as a starter and has allowed just 17 hits in 29.1 innings of work.

Burgess Off To Stellar Start

Story originally published on on March 13, 2012

TylerBurgess2012MSU freshman reliever already making an impact

Draw up a near-perfect introduction to college baseball and it might look like this — six pitching appearances with three victories, three saves and no runs allowed.

Welcome to Division I, Tyler Burgess.

“You just hope you can get a chance to get out there and pitch and, when you do, hope that you can take advantage of those chances,” Missouri State’s freshman left-hander said.

Burgess and the Bears’ pitching staff could get its biggest challenge so far tonight, when hard-hitting and 24h-ranked Purdue visits Hammons Field.

Purdue (12-1) has won seven in a row, including wins over traditional southern powers Auburn and Southern Mississippi. The Boilermakers just outscored Murray State 40-5 in a three-game weekend sweep.

“It’s an older club and they’ve been building toward this year,” MSU coach Keith Guttin said.

Burgess, who set a Missouri high school record with 11 shutouts for Webb City, will be waiting in the bullpen if needed. He’s made a smooth transition to relief in his rookie season.

“He throws a ton of strikes and is so even-keeled; he rarely gets rattled,” Bears pitching coach Paul Evans said.

Burgess’ second career game came at Texas Tech before 2,419 fans. He worked three hitless innings to earn the victory. Opponents are hitting .110 off him so far.

“He’s come into tough, pressure situations and shut guys down,” catcher Luke Voit said. “He’s definitely show poise.”

Evans said Burgess is not overpowering, with a fastball that ranges from 84-97 miles per hour. But his location, combined with timely use of off-speed pitches, has led to impressive results.

Relief pitching has been a mental adjustment, though Burgess said he got a taste of it in the fall and liked it.

“It’s a little different when it gets to the sixth, seventh or eighth inning and know that any time, (Guttin) might send you to the bullpen.

“I just try to be ready and go right at them.”

Junior right-hander Clay Murphy is tonight’s likely MSU starter. Murphy (2-0, 0.71 ERA) threw a complete-game victory one week ago over Oklahoma State

2011 MLB Draft

MNS players selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft


Player’s NameDrafted ByPick #Round
Bubba StarlingKansas City Royals#51st Round
Cody KukukBoston Red Sox#2327th Round
Cameron SeitzerTampa Bay Rays#36011th Round
Adam SchemenauerKansas City Royals#36612th Round
Colton MurrayPhiladelphia Phillies#42113th Round