MONROE CITY, Mo. (WGEM) -- They are considered some of the best seniors the area has to offer when it comes to high school baseball.
Now they get the unique opportunity to represent their state in the inaugural Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game this weekend.
For the Show-Me State squad there's plenty at stake, including pride.
The team that wins at Clemens Field will be able to say 'We won the first ever game in that series.'
Win or lose the Missouri players say it's quite an honor to be selected.
"It feels really good and it's just nice to be playing in front of my home crowd once again," said Hannibal's Brandon Scott.
According to Missouri head coach and Monroe City's Mike Crager, "They are all All-Stars and they're just all phenomenal kids. You couldn't ask for a better group of hard working kids and they will represent our communities well."
South Shelby's Wyatt Proper is ready to roll.
"It's a pretty big honor. I'm hoping we can come out, do good, and keep this (game) going."
Missouri has plenty of talent to win with All-State and All-Conference players on the roster, and they're completely aware of what the opposition brings to the table.
However, there's no intimidation factor.
The Show-Me State All-Stars claim if they can execute, they can win.
"I've played a lot of the Illinois boys coming up and I know they have a lot of good guys over there," claimed Canton's Austin Hoewing.
"Hopefully we can hang with them."
Crager added: "We told the boys that mistakes will be the key to (winning) the game. If they limit their mistakes to just a very few we have a chance to beat (Illinois), and vice versa for those guys. It's just a matter of good pitching, spot the ball where you need to spot it, and good defense."
Scott knows Illinois will be a fierce opponent.
"I've actually played with a lot of their guys all summer. The game plan, hopefully, is to know everything they're going to do."
Saturday's contest in Hannibal is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
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