High school baseball season barely got off the ground before it ended, so recognizing the area’s best performers was out the window. But that didn’t mean there weren’t players to honor.
Never before in the history of the award have there been circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Ritz was the man who led Sullivan North to three straight Class AAA finals appearances from 1983-85, and he later took over the reins at Dobyns-Bennett.
It was going to be quite a race for baseball in the Watauga Valley Conference this season. Things didn’t get to play out because of the pandemic, but North Greene head coach Jason Lowe said his team — led by four key seniors — was one of several in the league with high hopes.
High school baseball teams didn’t get a chance to finish, but Watauga Valley Conference coaches stressed the high points of the truncated season.
Both teams now move on to Region 1-AAA play on Monday, when Science Hill hosts Jefferson County and Tennessee High (25-11) travels to Sevier County.
ELIZABETHTON — A wild elimination game in the District 1-AA baseball tournament on Thursday night at Joe O’Brien Field came down to a wild pitch and bounce.
KINGSPORT — D-B had its hands full against a solid Knoxville team, but the Indians came through when it counted.
Tennessee High’s Banks Presson, the Johnson City Press/Kingsport Times News Super 22 player of the year, was on the team as an infielder.
Crockett will be looking to replace both its baseball and soccer head coaches over the course of the summer.
In one of the best area high school baseball seasons in recent memory, Tennessee High’s Banks Presson stood above the crowd.
Winning pitcher Perry Casaday, who threw six solid innings, stood tall when the Cougars loaded the bases with two outs, down 6-3 in the fifth.
In the most pressure-packed situation he’s faced all season, Science Hill pitcher Brandon Feathers didn’t flinch.
On a historic night where county rivals Volunteer and Cherokee met for the first time on the baseball field as Big 7 foes, Chiefs pitcher Ethan Crowder put on quite the performance.
Science Hill senior Brandon Feathers struck out 17 batters in a perfect game and the Hilltoppers routed David Crockett 12-0 on Monday at Warren Miller Field.