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McCoin, Ballinger make coaches all-state teams

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By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com

In the eyes of their coaches, hard work paid off for Cade McCoin and Spencer Ballinger with their selections to the coaches’ All-State baseball teams.

Mississinewa senior McCoin was selected to the Class 3A team, while Oak Hill senior Ballinger was bestowed the honor in 2A. Golden Eagles senior Wes Transier was accorded honorable mention in 2A.

McCoin, a two-time Chronicle-Tribune Player of the Year, batted an even .500 for the Indians this spring (32-for-64) and produced seven home runs and 27 RBIs. The centerfielder also delivered nine doubles and four triples for a 1.093 slugging percentage.

“Most definitely, first team for him is a testament to all the hard work he put in not only during the season but the offseason as well,” Indians coach Mike Scott said. “He is deserving off (first team all-state).”

After earning 2A all-state honors as a freshman, Ballinger slumped the previous two years before breaking out with a .330 batting average, four home runs and 36 RBIs. Eagles coach Shane Edwards credited Ballinger’s perseverance in regaining all-state status.

“I’m super proud of Spencer,” Edwards said. “The kid was first team all-state as a freshman, struggled as a sophomore and came back a little bit last year. It speaks to his character and desire to come back the way that he did this year.”

During his high school career, McCoin was three-time all-Central Indiana Conference and helped the Indians to a share of the CIC championship and a Grant Four title in 2017. He was a four-year starter for the Indians and also played second base and third base before settling into center field.

“He was a difference maker for our team,” Scott said of McCoin. “We do not come close to having the type of success we had without Cade on the team. The offseason work and dedication Cade has allowed him to put up those numbers.”

While McCoin has committed to play baseball at Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, he also was a standout quarterback for the football team and helped lead the Indians to their first sectional title since 1988. He will play in the Indiana North-South All-Star Classic on Friday evening at North Central High School, Indianapolis.

Ballinger previously earned coaches’ Class 2A all-state honors in basketball where he helped the Eagles win their first state championship. He will play basketball beginning in 2018-19 at Huntington University.

Transier was recognized as a catcher and led the Eagles with a .364 batting average and 11 doubles while also collecting 15 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. A versatile player, Transier played all nine positions in his final regular season game.

Transier was selected to the North-South All-Star Series July 21-22 in South Bend and plans to attend Ivy Tech-Fort Wayne and play for its second-year baseball team.

Ballinger is the sixth Oak Hill first team all-state player and just the second to be honored multiple times, joining Ryan Spaulding.