What stands out most about Bailey McMillen to Mark Twain baseball coach Ian Hatton is not the senior's impressive .514 batting average. Rather, it's his attitude.

What stands out most about Bailey McMillen to Mark Twain baseball coach Ian Hatton is not the senior's impressive .514 batting average.

Rather, it's his attitude.

McMillen used his "student of the game" mentality to earn spots on the Eastern Missouri All-Conference team and the Class 3 District 8 squad.

"Bailey definitely deserved it, especially as a first-team player," Hatton said of the first baseman. "He is one of the hardest-working kids I've seen baseball-wise as far as being a student of the game and wanting to learn the mental side of it and staying late after practice to get extra work in."

"The fact that he's a student of the game is what I think makes him such a great player — not just in the physical part of it but everything that goes into baseball before every pitch and before every play happens."

McMillen led the Tigers (6-11) in batting average as well as his .704 on-base percentage during the regular season. He batted an even .500 (11-for-22) with eight RBIs and 10 runs during Mark Twain's 10-game conference schedule.

The infielder committed just five errors in 50 chances and also pitched 12 2/3 innings.

"His numbers kind of speak for themselves," Hatton said.