The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 30, 2013

Noirfalise wraps up productive summer for Topeka Golden Giants

Joplin High School graduate Barrett Noirfalise naturally is hoping a productive summer with the Topeka Golden Giants will lead to steady work with the University of Central Missouri.

Noirfalise, who was voted the most valuable player by coaches in the Walter Johnson League, averaged .374 on 65 of 174 with 35 runs scored, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 46 RBI. He hit third in the order most of the time.

The Golden Giants, coached by former Wichita State standout pitcher John Tetuan, finished 33-16 overall and atop the North Division of the WJL at 14-4. They declined an invitation to the National Baseball Congress World Series at Wichita.

The left-handed batting Noirfalise, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, was idle in the 2012 summer after surgery (an ulnar nerve was moved in his left elbow).

Noirfalise, this past spring at NCAA Division II Central Missouri, started 15 games for Tom Myers’ 36-13 edition. The Warrensburg-based Mules were 28-8 in the MIAA and 1-2 in regional competition.

Noirfalise, who started several late games, averaged .328 on 20 of 61. He had seven doubles and two homers.

Noirfalise, whose Golden Giants lost to South Division champion Valley Center in a best-of-3 series to decide the overall WJL title, said he “swung the bat pretty well” during the season.

“My arm is healthy,” Noirfalise said. “I’m good to go. I’m not sure what position I’ll be playing.”

Noirfalise, a Class 4 all-stater at Joplin High School as a senior in 2009 for Kirk Harryman, attended Missouri State for two years before transferring to Central Missouri and red-shirting a year because of the arm injury.

“I made a few pitching appearances at Missouri State,” Noirfalise said. “But mainly it was as a pinch hitter or designated hitter.”

Barrett, the son of Jill and Jerry Welch and Brenda and Harold Noirfalise, turns 23 on Aug. 31.

Noirfalise is majoring in business agriculture and has been on the dean’s list each semester at Central Missouri.

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