Jared Ginter was feeling rotten.

Jared Ginter was feeling rotten.

The Blue Springs Post 499/Fike center fielder received a meningitis shot for college early in the week and suffered a reaction that put him flat on his back.

He was going to miss Tuesday night’s American Legion All-Star Game and was concerned about playing in this week’s Zone 2 Tournament in Sedalia, Mo.

“I was feeling pretty bad,” said Ginter, a graduate of Blue Springs South High School, “and then I got a call (from Blue Springs South baseball coach Ben Baier). He told me I made the (high school) all-state (second) team. I don’t know if it was the call or what, but I suddenly felt better. That was great news, like going out with a bang.

“At school, I’m known as the quiet kid, and I don’t do anything to attract attention. So getting news like that – especially this long after the (high school) season has been over is pretty cool.”

Ginter hit .425, scored 28 runs and had 19 stolen bases for the Jaguars. Baier was thrilled that his quiet leader was recognized by voting committee.

“Jared really deserves it,” Baier said. “He’s a team player, a great teammate and a leader. He does everything well. You couldn’t have a more deserving all-state player.”

Joining Ginter on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 4 team is Truman junior third baseman/pitcher J.T. Hayes, who garnered first-team honors. Oak Grove senior catcher Zach Morgan and junior outfielder Levi Harmon are members of the Class 3 first team.

While Ginter was recovering from his meningitis shot, Morgan was winning MVP honors at the American Legion All-Star Game, where he collected two hits and had three RBIs, including a bases-loaded walk, in a 17-7 East victory.

“A pretty good day,” said Morgan, who hit .439 with 24 RBIs for the Panthers. “I found out earlier that I’d made all-state and that’s always special. To be recognized by the people who cover high school baseball is pretty special.”

Truman coach John Eglich said Hayes, The Examiner’s 2012 Player of the Year, is one of those players, “You just enjoy being around. Whenever he says something, it’s worth listening to. He’s one of those kids you look forward to seeing every day.”

Hayes hit .457 and led the area with 33 RBIs. He also had a .671 slugging percentage, 1.267 on-base plus slugging percentage and was 5-2 as a pitcher.
Harmon, the lone junior among the group of all-state players, hit .453 with 32 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.