Poplar Bluff's Hanner, Webb sign to play baseball with Three Rivers College
Carson Webb and Dawson Hanner have been playing baseball together since as long as they can remember. The Poplar Bluff seniors recently signed their National Letters of Intent to play together at Three Rivers College on the same day.
“We’ve been friends ever since we were born,” Webb said. “We have baby pictures together, so it’s kind of cool to sign with your best friend.”
Said Hanner, “He’s a good teammate to have. You can never go wrong having one of your best buddies by you.”
Webb, an outfielder and pitcher, and Hanner, an infielder and pitcher, have been leaders and mentors to the younger players, said Mules coach Steven Edwards.
“These guys come out here and work hard every day to make you better,” Hanner said of his coaches and teammates.
Said Webb, “Coach Edwards has always been pushing us to get better every day. Making us run, making us work out, all that stuff. So it’s really going to push me to be better in college.”
Both credit Raiders coach Stacey Burkey as a big reason why they chose Three Rivers.
“He helped me most of my life,” Webb said. “He taught me most of my mechanics because Noah (Burkey), we always play travel ball together. His dad always helped us ever since Day 1.”
Said Hanner, “He’s a great guy. He works hard. He’s going to do great things, really excited to get after it.”
Hanner made just three errors at second base all of last season and headed into his senior year with a .285 career average with 16 RBIs and 25 runs. An honorable mention All-SEMO Conference and All-District infielder last season, Hanner also has three saves and a 3.06 ERA in 16 innings, striking out 19 and walking seven.
“We’re looking for him to be able to come in and do the same on the mound, but also hold second base down and be that guy in the middle of the lineup this year with the left-handed stick,” Edwards said. “He has a lot of pop in his bat, runs well.”
Webb is a .358 career hitter prior to his senior year with three home runs, 38 RBIs and 37 runs. An honorable mention All-SEMO and All-District outfielder as a sophomore, Webb earned the same honors as an outfielder and pitcher as a junior. In 40-plus innings he has an ERA of 3.36 with 32 strike outs and 10 walks with a 4-1 record.
“It’s a big weapon to have and we’re honored to have him again,” Edwards said. “TRC is going to get a good hitter and possibly even a pitcher, whatever Coach Burkey chooses to do with him.”
Both said they will do whatever it takes to help the Raiders win next year.
“I’ll try my best but as long as I get to play, I don’t care (where),” Webb said.
Hanner said he will likely study business in college while Webb said he was undecided.