HLGU signs a trio of baseball players

HLGU signs a trio of baseball players
By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Aug. 11, 2020 8:42 am Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 8:44 am

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal-LaGrange University baseball team signed a trio of baseball players for the spring 2021 season.

The three players signing with HLGU include Zachery Ballard, Nick Tanner and River Thompson.

Ballard is a first baseman and right-handed pitcher from Lake St. Louis. He attended Timberland High School and played in the summer league with the Midwest Rebels.

At HLGU, Ballard plans on majoring in business and his favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23.

HLGU baseball head coach Ben Strother said Ballard is a solid pitcher and first baseman.

“He established himself as one of the hardest workers on his high school teams, and we expect him to carry us forward as a hard-working Trojan,” Strother said. “He has a great attitude and will be a great teammate. We are excited to see him get some great opportunities as a Trojan next year.”

Tanner is an outfielder from Washington, Ill., who was a three-sport athlete at Washington Community High School that also played football and ran track.

Once at HLGU, Tanner plans on majoring in business administration. He is the son of Audrey Tanner and Tim Kirchner.

Strother said Tanner is a great addition to the HLGU baseball family and is looking forward to seeing him in a Trojan uniform next season.

“Nick is a fundamentally sound player who has a lot of utility ability,” Strother said. “We see him patrolling the outfield next year and expect to see a ton of growth and added strength as a freshman.”

Thompson is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Independence, Mo., and is the son of Ellen and Matthew Thompson. He attended Raytown High School and played summer baseball for the Diamond Masterz and the KC Commissioner's Cup Team.

Thompson plans on majoring in computer information systems at HLGU. Both Thompson and Tanner sighted Philippians 4:13 as their favorite Bible verse.

Strother said Thompson will be a big part of the positive momentum coming from the 2020 recruiting class.

“River is a phenomenal addition to our team,” Strother said. “He has a great bat, speed in the outfield and on the bases and is a go-getter. He also has good stuff on the mound.”

The Trojans finished with a 7-12 record in an abbreviated 2020 season that ended in mid-March. The 2021 schedule for HLGU has yet to be released.

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