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June 2, 2014

Five locals make Sophomore Sunbelt

WILBURTON — While local juniors need to wait just three more days before they can represent Oklahoma in the Jr. Sunbelt Classic baseball tournament, the Sophomore Sunbelt is still a little over three weeks away.

Once it arrives, six athletes from this area will get to represent their towns and the state of Oklahoma.

McAlester’s Andrew McBride, Hartshorne’s Dru Barrier and Kiowa’s Braeten Anders all made one of Oklahoma’s three Sophomore Sunbelt teams. Stuart’s Grady Brewer and Jacob Stopp and Eufaula’s Bailey Breedlove also made it.

The tournament will take place June 27-29 at Dolese Youth Park in Oklahoma City.

One of the Buffs’ starting outfielders during the 2014 spring season, McBride batted .316 in 35 games according to stats available on Gamechanger.io. He scored 21 runs, drove in 16 and belted out five doubles to post a .363 on-base percentage and a .731 on-base plus slugging average.

McBride was also the most patient hitter in McAlester’s starting lineup, seeing a team-high 3.515 pitches per plate appearance. He also saw six or more pitches in 15 of his 103 total at bats, doing so 16.7 of the time to lead all starters.

McBride will play for the Oklahoma Blue team, as will Breedlove and Stopp. Barrier, Anders and Brewer will all play for Oklahoma White.

Barrier was the starting second baseman and two-hole hitter for the Miners this season, Hartshorne coach Justin James said Saturday. Barrier batted .348, scoring 28 runs, driving in 20, stealing nine bases and belting four doubles.

Oklahoma will also field a Royal team that has no local players. All three teams will field 20 or 21 players total.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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