The awards for baseball stars Gerrion Grim and Jake Henson.
Henson, a catcher for Francis Howell Central, and Grim, a pitcher/utility player for Fort Zumwalt South, were recently named to the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4 All-State second team. Howell Central junior Ryan Howard was named an honorable mention.
The awards cap off quite a season, and career, for the two stars of the diamond.
Grim was sensational during his senior season for the Bulldogs. He was named the GAC North player of the year and was first-team All-Conference as a first baseman. With the bat, Grim led the GAC North in homers (4), triples (5) and RBIs (33). He was also tops in slugging percentage (.680), on-base percentage (.529) and walks (22). His .423 averages was good enough for third in the GAC North. From the mound, Grim (3-5) compiled a 2.90 ERA and led the GAC North conference in strikeouts (94—the second-place finisher had just 50) and innings pitched (72.3). He also had five complete games and two saves.
Henson found his way on the All-GAC South team, earning first-team honors as the Spartans' backstop. Henson also excelled on the diamond for the Spartans. The senior hit a team-best .398 and got on base at a .481 clip while having plenty of pop. He led the GAC South with six homers and 12 doubles to compiled a league-leading .763 slugging percentage. He added two triples, 25 RBIs, and 22 runs scored for the Spartans.
The duo were also recently selected to join Team Missouri in the 2012 PNC Bank Baseball Showcase. The duo helped the squad beat up on Illinois with a 14-1 win.
Howard, a first-team infield for the All-GAC South team, hit .352 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging percentage this season for Howell Central. He had a team-high 31 RBIs and whalloped four homers and nine doubles for the Spartans.