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Hayden Barnes is a senior at Collinsville High School, where he competes on the Cardinals baseball team. Barnes enters his final season as a three-year starter, playing either center field or catcher. Barnes was All-District his sophomore season due in part to being an all-around type player for coach Tony Reeder.

“He is a true team player,” Reeder said. “He is the unquestioned leader of our baseball team. There isn’t anything on the field he doesn’t do well. He can roll out of bed and hit with just about anyone.”

“He is a plus defender in center and behind the plate at catcher,” he continued. “He is also an above-average runner and has a strong arm.”

In his first two seasons, Barnes and the Cardinals combined for a 58-18 record and made back-to-back state tournament appearances. Last season, the Cardinals jumped out to a 7-1 start in Class 5A before the season was canceled.

Barnes has signed to play baseball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami next year where he will join a few familiar faces.

“My summer coach’s brother is the pitching coach up there,” Barnes said. “Two former Collinsville players also play at NEO. I just love the school and love the environment up there.”

While at NEO, Barnes plans to study to become a chiropractor. Barnes credits all of his coaches for the success he’s had on the baseball field.

“Coach Toby Anglen got me into baseball,” Barnes said. “He taught me when I was really young and just showed me to love the game. I’d like to thank all my coaches throughout my years of playing. I’ve been really lucky with the coaches I’ve gotten, and I’d like to thank all of them.”

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