PEARL - Two Tippah County baseball players received a high honor last week as coaches convened to vote on All-State selections.

Ripley's Ben Fryar was named as a Class 4A All-State first team infielder by the Mississippi Associations of Coaches (MAC). Walnut's Riley Robinson earned second team honors in Class 2A as a utility player.

Fryar's selection comes off a stellar season at the plate. Fryar batted .386 with 32 RBI, six home runs, 12 doubles and only one strikeout all season. 

"It's a well deserved final touch to a great high school career," said Ripley head coach Joel Gafford of Fryar. "Making the first team two years in a row speaks to the caliber of hitter he is."

Robinson notched the second team utility honor with his performance this season from the mound and in center field. Robinson won five games with a ERA of 1.53, striking out 84 batters in 59.1 innings pitched. The Wildcat junior batted .392 with 15 RBI, 23 runs scored and an OPS of 1.043. Robinson is just the second Wildcat in program history to be named All-State.

"It was really no surprise to us" stated Walnut head coach Ben Wallis. "Riley is a very talented, hard-working kid. We are very happy he is getting recognized in this way. He is such a great competitor who does so much for our team."

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