Four players make all-state teams

Published 12:51 am Sunday, May 29, 2011

The individual accolades keep rolling in for county baseball players, as four local players were named to all-state teams.

Warren Central senior shortstop/pitcher Beau Wallace, a Hinds Community College signee, was selected by a vote of the state’s baseball coaches to the Class 6A All-State first team.

Vicksburg junior outfielder Lamar Anthony was named to the Class 6A second team, while St. Aloysius infielder/pitcher Judson Gatling made the Class 1A second team.

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In the MAIS ranks, Porters Chapel senior shortstop/pitcher Montana McDaniel, also a Hinds signee, was named to the Class A first team.

Wallace started every game for WC, hitting a county-best .513 with four home runs, four triples and eight doubles with 16 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. On the mound, he went 3-2 with 60 strikeouts in 46 innings. Opposing hitters batted only .226 against him.

Anthony was a force for the Gators, both defensively and offensively. The junior led the team with .449 average and 4 home runs. He stole 24 bases, scored 33 runs and drove in 23 more. In Game 3 of a first-round playoff series against South Panola, Anthony went 3-for-3 with seven RBIs, hitting a three-run homer and a grand slam.

Gatling was one of the few bright spots for St. Aloysius. He finished with a .405 average and drove in six runs in a playoff win over French Camp.

McDaniel, a four-year starter, on the mound went 5-1 as a senior, with 3.74 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.

He earned a spot on the first team as an infielder, with .370 average, 12 doubles and 27 RBIs.