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SIGNING TO SAINT LOUIS: Payton Howard signs National Letter of Intent to Saint Louis University

Sikeston’s Payton Howard (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Saint Louis University, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Sikeston Field House.
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SIKESTON — Sikeston senior baseball player Payton Howard signed his National Letter of Intent with Saint Louis University on Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House.

Howard batted .308 for the Bulldogs in his junior season. He also scored 25 runs, had three triples, two home runs, and 11 RBIs.

Additionally, he was also a threat on the base paths, with 21 stolen bases.

Overall, from the moment he stepped foot on campus, Howard knew he wanted to be a Billiken.

“First of all, it’s a good school,” Howard said. “Baseball is my No. 1 choice, but it doesn’t last forever, so you got to have a backup plan, and SLU is a great school. They recruited me well and just formed a special bond. We’ve been talking for a while, and it’s a good bond altogether.”

Howard was a constant at the top of the batting order for Sikeston. He led off the game 10 times and batted second 14 times.

From the first at-bat he took to the last of his junior season, the overall growth has been one area that head coach Brett Kolons has admired.

“Payton has always been a phenomenal athlete,” Kolons said. “He has athletic ability oozing out of him, but he’s put in so much work on maximizing his athletic potential, and it’s shown throughout the years.”

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