Several players — as well as a coach — from Lawton and Comanche County were honored when the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association released the rosters for its 2nd annual All-State Game on Thursday, recognizing the accomplishments of the top senior baseball players in the state. And while the status of the game itself is questionable due to the current situation, the recognition is still permanent.
In the large school division, the West squad will feature MacArthur standout Racer Felter, who is listed as an outfielder, but played shortstop and pitched for the Highlanders. A starter since he was a freshman, Felter was a key piece of the Highlanders’ run to three consecutive state tournaments. Joining Felter is Eisenhower catcher Ryan Shows, who became one of the more consistent players in the area in his position.
Provided the game is played, Shows will get to play one more time for his high school coach, as Ike’s Jay Vermillion was one of the two coaches selected to lead the West squad, an honor Vermillion said he is grateful for.
“It was something I wasn’t expecting,” Vermillion said. “We weren’t really sure how this was all going to work with there not really being a season. But this game and this organization means a lot to me, with my dad having been an all-state coach and me looking up to him.”
At the small school level, Fletcher catcher Keegan Amparan and Fort Cobb-Broxton outfielder Brennan Phy represent the area on the West team.