S-C’s Pannier Signs to Play Baseball at SFCC
Senior Brice Pannier, a three-sport standout at Smith-Cotton High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at State Fair Community College.
An outfielder and first baseman for the Tigers, Pannier hit .425 last season with 14 doubles, two triples, and one home run. He had 15 RBI and 27 runs scored on the year. Pannier also has a career fielding percentage of .993.
A varsity baseball starter since his freshman year, Pannier helped lead S-C to three consecutive West Central Conference baseball titles while being selected to the All-Conference team his freshman and junior seasons. He was a member of the Sedalia team that won the American Legion State Championship in 2015 and the Team Missouri squad that was crowned National Junior Sun Belt champions in 2017.
He also has played varsity basketball and football for the Tigers, earning All-Conference and All-District recognition in football as an inside linebacker multiple times.
Pannier was Smith-Cotton’s male recipient of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award in 2017.
Smith-Cotton baseball Head Coach Kyle Zimmerman said, "Brice has been a consistent presence in the top half of our lineup and our outfield since his freshman year. His work ethic and desire to be great has been a tremendous example for our younger guys to look up to. I'm very excited for him to get this opportunity to play at the next level. I have no doubt that he will continue to be successful on and off the field."
Jud Kindle, baseball head coach for SFCC, is excited to add Pannier to the Roadrunners’ roster because of the outfielder’s current skill level, potential for improvement and the fact that he is a local standout.
“Our Number 1 goal right now is to really hone in on local talent,” Kindle said. “(Pannier) is probably the best in the area right now. … It’s going to be a good fit for him."
Kindle said Pannier will benefit from working with SFCC Assistant Coach Ty White, who has much in common with Pannier: both are left-handed hitting outfielders, are about the same size and have similar abilities.
Pannier joins S-C pitcher Tyler Abney in SFCC’s current recruiting class; S-C alums Chase Pymell, Steven Bradbury, Joel Blosser and Gavin Jones are on the Roadrunners’ current roster.
“We’re extremely excited to get (Pannier),” Kindle said. “We’ve had good signings this year at Smith-Cotton and we are really happy with the classes that are coming through."
In the photos:
SIGNINGGROUP: Smith-Cotton High School senior Brice Pannier on Monday, Jan. 8, signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at State Fair Community College. Seated with him are his parents, Darren and Sara Pannier. Standing, from left, are Smith-Cotton Athletic Director Rob Davis, Coach Bill Dey, SFCC baseball Assistant Coach Nick Petree, SFCC baseball Head Coach Jud Kindle, S-C baseball Head Coach Kyle Zimmerman, grandfather Roger Schroeder, sister Kiser Pannier, grandmother Judy Schroeder, SFCC baseball Assistant Coach Ty White, and S-C High Principal Wade Norton.
SIGNINGNLI: With his parents, Darren and Sara Pannier, watching, Smith-Cotton outfielder Brice Pannier signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at State Fair Community College.
ACTION: Smith-Cotton outfielder Brice Pannier rounds second base during S-C's home win over Warrensburg on April 24 at Liberty Park Stadium. Pannier has signed a Naitonal Letter of Intent to play baseball at State Fair Community College.