Every week, we take a look at a few interesting statistics from our coverage of Republic athletics in a feature we call By the Numbers.

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Baseball

The number of consecutive winning seasons by the Republic baseball team. The Tigers finished 16-14 this year. That’s the second-most wins by Republic in the past decade, after last season’s record 21-win campaign.

15

Tyler Burks 2

The final number of times Tyler Burks was plunked by a pitch this season. He was hit one last time during the district tournament, in a quarterfinal win over Joplin. That moved him into a tie for 12th place all time in Missouri, according to the MSHSAA record book.

2.98

Gavyn Beckner

The earned run average of Gavyn Beckner, who finished the season as the team leader in that category among pitchers with a minimum number of innings pitched. Beckner also struck out 50 batters, leading the team in that category, in 47 innings pitched.

.405

Ace

The season batting average for senior Ace McWatters. McWatters led the team in batting average and in on-base percentage (tied with Beckner at .483 in that category). 

5

Btn lester

The number of players who finished with on-base percentages over .400 this season for the Tigers. Besides McWatters and Beckner, three others reached base at least 40% of the time: Garrett Lester (.480), Drew Schroeder (.431), and Tyler Burks (.407).

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