By David Sharp
Knox County R-I infielder Daniel McMahon has been selected to the 2007 Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 1 All-State Baseball First Team. McMahon joins Canton junior shortstop Ethan Baker and LaPlata sophomore Curtiss Bunch on the Class 1 first team infield.
Atlanta senior Josey Garnett earned Class 1 first team all state honors at DH/Utility. Palmyra senior Jacob Buckwalter was the fifth local athlete honored with first team consideration. Buckwalter made the Class 2 first team all-state outfield.
Daniel McMahon led the 6-8 Eagles with a .619 batting average. Wet spring weather limited all Northeast Missouri baseball teams. Daniel McMahon drove in a team leading 14 runs in 42 at bats.
Three more official at bats would have put Daniel McMahon on the MSHSAA all time record list in third place for highest documented batting average in a single season.
Daniel McMahon was previously named to the 2007 Tri-Rivers Conference baseball first team, where he shared league MVP honors with Schuyler County's Nathan Stock. He was also tabbed to the Class 1 All-District 11 baseball team. Knox County finished in the district championship game, losing to Canton during a six run Tiger sixth inning.
Three local baseball players earned Class 1 second team consideration. Atlanta senior catcher Justin Miller, North Shelby senior catcher Tyler Otto along with Paris sophomore William Ransdell made the 2007 MSSA all state list. Ransdell was picked in the DH/Utility position.
Jonas McBride of Mark Twain was named to the Class 2 second team as a pitcher. Four area players made the Class 3 second team all-state baseball team.
Kirksville sophomore pitcher Cody King, Bowling Green senior catcher Adam Coleman, Macon senior infielder Tyler Belt and Hannibal sophomore DH/Utility Neil Hugenberg were Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 3 second team all-state baseball players in 2007.