Boonville's Jones wins Gatorade award
CHICAGO -- Boonville senior Chuckie Jones has been named the Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound outfielder led the Pirates (20-5) to the NCMC and District 13 titles and quarterfinals of the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships -- batting .525 with 10 homers, 46 runs scored and 46 runs batted in while compiling a .638 on-base percentage and 1.088 slugging percentage for an impressive 1.726 OPS.
A two-time all-state first-team selection, Jones hit .461 with seven homers and 30 runs scored last season. Also an all-NCMC performer in football, Jones is expected to play baseball at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City -- the alma mater of Cardinals all-star Albert Pujols.
The Gatorade program annual honors the top players in each state and the District of Columbia, with an impressive alumni roll which includes the Yankee's Derek Jeter, Phillies' Roy Halladay, Braves' Chipper Jones and Cubs' Derrek Lee.
"Chuckie has tremendous athleticism, strength and speed," remarked Boonville head coach Tim Edwards. "He possesses all the tools necessary to play at the highest level.
"He works hard and is a positive role model for his peers and young players in our community," Edwards said about Jones, who maintained a B average in the classroom and has volunteered as a youth sports instructor.