The Royals recognized The Star’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year prior to Wednesday’s game, when Smithville’s Jacob Boyd and Summit Christian Academy’s Carlie Queen threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
For the record, both throws reached the catchers in the air.
Queen broke the Missouri high school high jump record Saturday, clearing the bar at 5 feet, 11 inches. It was her fourth straight high jump state title. She will attend Arkansas.
Boyd was a two-time wrestling state champion at Smithville and will attend Oklahoma on a scholarship.