by: Perry Phillips, perryphillipssports.com
(Note: This is another story in a series of articles highlighting Lakes Area Athletes that have signed to continue their education and athletic careers. Today, Perry Phillips highlights signings in Hollister and Reeds Spring)
Payton Weber did not take long to make an impact on the baseball program at Hollister High School. He stepped right in and played a vital role for the Tigers last season. He hopes to continue that success this spring and in the future playing College Baseball.
Weber has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career and his academic future at Columbia College in Missouri. His current and future coaches, along with a large group of teammates, family and friends were on hand for the occasion.
Weber stated that the Cougars plan to use him in a utility role. From his numbers, you can see why they want to get his bat in the lineup. As a Junior, for Coach John Burgi’s Tigers, he hit .341 with 9 doubles and a triple. He hopes to improve on those numbers in his senior campaign this spring.
Columbia is a new baseball program but has had early success. Coach Darren Munns led them to a 34-17 mark last year as a first year program.
Click below for interview with Payton Webber conducted by Perry Phillips and Jim Connell of the Branson Tri-Lakes News.
There is no mistaking the personality of Asa Baker. The big guy draws people around him. His smile and go happy demeanor are uniquely Asa! You would never guess that he has been in the Reeds Spring school system his whole life.
The offensive/defensive lineman made the move to Reeds Spring from Owensville. There is no doubt that the Dutchmen loss was Reeds Spring’s gain. He helped pave the way for the most prolific rusher in Reeds Spring history. He and his linemates consistently owned the line of scrimmage week in and week out.
On Thursday, he signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. The Lion Coaches expect to use him on the defensive side of the ball.
Interview with Asa Baker: