CLARKSVILLE — The Most Valuable Player of the 2A Arkansas State Championship baseball game and the MVP of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Baseball All-Star Game will be headed to the University of the Ozarks to continue their baseball careers.
They are Andrew Beck of St. Joseph and Derek Vickers of Mayflower.
Beck led St. Joseph to the 2013 state championship and was named the game’s MVP. He earned all-state honors after hitting .578 and posting a .634 on-base percentage his senior season. On the mound, the right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.30 ERA.
Beck, a shortstop, was conference MVP his senior season. The 6-foot, 180-pound two-sport standout earned all-atate honors and played in the AHSCA All-Star Game for basketball.
“Andrew is a great athlete and a guy who will be a two-way player for us,” said coach Jimmy Clark. “He threw a complete game in the state championship game and had the game-winning hit. He was the best player on the field that day. He is a competitor and has a chance to contribute immediately.”
He is a son of Gary and Natalie Beck and the grandson of George and Diane Beck of Morrilton and Richard and Cecilia DeSalvo of Center Ridge.
Vickers, who was named the MVP of the 2013 AHSCA All-Star Game, hit .386 with three home runs and 41 RBI at Mayflower High School his senior season.
He also recorded 10 doubles. On the mound, the right-hander finished 7-1 with a 1.13 ERA and had 51 strikeouts.
Vickers was named All-State and All-Conference his senior season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound third baseman finishes his prep career as a two-time all-conference player.
“Derek is a blue-collar guy that doesn’t mind getting his jersey dirty,” said Clark. “He is the type of player you like to have in your program. He is a scrappy kid and no one will have a more dirty jersey than him. He will pitch and push for time in the infield. He will find a way to contribute.”
He is the son of Monty and Dainta Vickers.