Seymour High School's baseball team finished second in Class 2  at the Missouri State Baseball Championship

Seymour High School's baseball team finished second in Class 2 last Friday at the Missouri State Baseball Championships after a 21-8 spring record include, from left, Will Spencer, Bryson Owens, Scott Helms, Brock Pearce, Nathaniel Hosiner, Payton Bryant, Caleb Cook and Felix Cantrell; back row — Tiger assistant coach Scott Nicholson, Brandon Young, Levi Lansdown, Carson Sturdefant, Truman Hosiner, Brady Brooke, Eric Helms, Keaton Owens, Larry Benson, Nathan Baker, head coach Jason Duey and student assistant coach Ben Campbell.

Next Monday, the Elliott Lodging Sports Commission Awards presented by Blevins Asphalt will be given in Springfield.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in downtown Springfield.

The local significance?

Seymour is in the running for an award.

Specifically, the Seymour High School baseball team, under the leadership of head coach Jason Duey, is one of five finalists for the Boys Team Of The Year.

This spring, the Tigers finished with a 21-8 record and finished second in Class 2 at the Missouri State Baseball Championships in O’Fallon.

It was the first time the Tiger baseball team had won a district tourney.

It also was the highest-ever fi nish by a Tiger team in a state competition.

Other teams in the running for the Boys Team Of The Year include the Springfield Greenwood boys’ basketball team, the Monett High School wresting team, the Neosho High School wrestling team and the Springfield Catholic boys’ basketball team.

“Finalists are chosen by a selection committee, and most categories cover the top-five teams in each sport or category,” explained Kary Booher of the Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame in Springfield.

“In some cases, there are six finalists if two finalists are from the same school.”

Individual tickets are $30 for Monday’s event.

A table of eight is $350.

Booher said Seymour baseball fans who want to attend can call him directly for tickets at 417-241-1551, as he is handling all of Seymour’s ticket orders.

The Seymour R-II School District is covering ticket cost for all 17 members of the Tigers’ baseball team and its three coaches.

Doors for Monday’s event, as stated earlier, open at 6 p.m., and Booher said the actual program (introductions of each category) begin at 7 p.m.

 “This is an amazing honor just to be considered for the area’s top boys’ sports team of the 2018-19 school year,” Duey said. “I know that the boys are excited about attending this awards ceremony. This has been a special season that just keeps getting better.”

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