Bauxite’s Tanner Bates named 4A All-State

Bauxite senior Tanner Bates was honored this week by being named by the Arkansas Activities Association to the 2011 All-State Team.
Two Lady Miners, seniors Elizabeth Harris and Haley Davis, were given All-Conference honors, as were three of Bates’ teammates: sophomores Tyler Willis and Chris Revas and junior Ryan Weng.
Bates, 18, the son of Robert and Lisa Bates, signed a letter of intent earlier this month to play at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock,
He was a member of the Miners’ 2010 3A Championship team, playing shortstop. This year he mostly played center field with a .506 batting average in 79 trips to the plate.
Head coach Michael Mattox said, “Tanner had a very good year for us. His average was above .500 all season long and was as high as .600 at one point.”
Bates scored 30 runs on 40 hits with 17 RBIs, 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Bates had a .772 slugging percentage and .589 on-base percentage. In five attempts, he stole five bases.
On defense, he had a .866 fielding percentage for the season, along with a 4.67 ERA on the mound.
“He was a team player and played anywhere we needed him to,” Mattox said. “His improvement from last season was a reflection of his maturity. He really grew up this year. He knew going into the season that the team was going to lean on him to be the big bat in the lineup, and so he worked really hard to make the necessary changes to his swing to fill that role.  
“I think he will carry his success from this season over to college baseball next year.”
Head softball coach Wes Mode said Harris is a “very athletic and unselfish player” and Davis is a “great outfielder.”
Harris had a .397 BA (and .588 SLG). In 68 at bats, she had 27 hits, including four doubles, three triples and one home run. She scored 21 times with 14 RBIs. With Harris’ five walks, she ended the season with a .438 OBP. Defensively, she had a .906 FP.
“She played seven different positions over the course of four seasons,” Mode said, adding that Harris is a “solid leadoff hitter and defender” and a “smart base runner.”
Mode said Davis started at all three outfield positions during the last three seasons, describing her as having a “strong and accurate arm” and being a “solid hitter” and “aggressive base runner.”
Davis had a .333 BA (and .373 SLG), hitting safely 17 times in 51 trips to the plate. She scored 19 runs with seven RBIs. With her 12 walks, she had an .460 OBP. Defensively, Davis had a .875 FP.