Hendersonville High School Baseball: News and Standings
Thursday, April 19
DISTRICT 9AAA STANDINGS
|1. MT. JULIET
|2. WILSON CENTRAL
|5. STATION CAMP
Thursday, April 19
ARTICLE ON 2016 GRAD GRANT WILLIAMS
|Grant Williams on Signing Day in 2016|
Baseball: Blue Raiders find midweek starter in Williams
• March 23, 2018
Monday, April 9
TENNESSEAN ARTICLE ON CAMERON HANSEN
A good pitcher can help turn the tide of a game and almost single handedly win the contest for their team. Any squad that wants to find long-term success knows that they must have a solid pitching rotation to help them attain their goal.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are stacked from top to bottom with premier talent. Among the pitchers in their rotation, Sophomore righty Grant Williams stands out as a young stud.
His work ethic has won him praise from Head Coach Jim McGuire.
“He was a different pitcher when he came back from summer ball; he had been working on his breaking ball and making his fastball more consistent,” McGuire said. “He’s a good competitor that has progressively gotten better. He’s becoming more of what we thought he could be every week.”
Williams attended high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he was a star pitcher for his team. His list of accolades from his prep career are nothing short of impressive, including 2015 District 9-AAA MVP and Sumner County Player of the year.
During his time in high school, Williams was named to the All-State Team, the All-District Team and All-District Tournament Teams.
His junior year of school was when he really set himself apart from the pack. Williams posted a 1.31 ERA with 69 strikeouts, and held batters he faced to a .165 batting average.
Proving that he could also hit, Williams posted a .358 batting average to go along with three home runs and 32 RBIs. His batting average improved to .404 his senior year.
When he became a recruit, Williams was considered to be a top 1,000 prospect in the nation by perfectgame.org, and the 18th-ranked pitcher in the state.
Ultimately, his decision to come to Murfreesboro came down to how close it was to home and how comfortable he felt with the staff.
“It’s close to home, and it’s a school with quality coaches that care about their players,” Williams said. “That’s a big thing for me.”
From the beginning of his collegiate career, Williams has displayed flashes of his potential and posted some impressive stat lines. He appeared in 13 games as a freshman, including 7 starts, but posted a 0-3 record. Despite the lack of wins, those flashes showed his true ability.
So far for this season, Williams has shown tremendous progress as a college pitcher. He has two shut-out wins against Memphis and Austin Peay that saw him go for six innings in each those starts.
Williams is currently the midweek starter for the Raiders. He boasts a 4.02 ERA and opposing batters are only hitting for a .200 average against him.
Not only is Williams a good athlete, he is also an excellent student after making the Commissioner’s Honor Roll his freshman year.
He offered up some advice for up-and-coming high school athletes who are looking to continue their baseball career on the collegiate level.
“There’s a lot more to it than you think,” Williams said. “I came in here as a freshman thinking I knew it all. Come in here with an open mind, and be ready to get after it because it’s a grind.”
The Blue Raiders will play a three-game set against Charlotte this weekend, and will be looking for some revenge from when these teams played last season. Middle Tennessee dropped all three games to the 49ers last year, and will need to rely on their revamped roster to flip the script and win.
Cameron Hansen gives Hendersonville baseball dominant pitching depth
Monday, April 9
HHS SECOND IN LATEST PREP BASEBALL REPORT POLL
The arc, the placement and the speed — Hansen's out-pitch has it all.
"He's got one that can make a hitter look sick at the plate," said Hendrix, the Commandos' head man and a recent Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee.
Though attention is often pointed the way of fellow Hendersonville junior Hayden Mullins, Prep Baseball Report's No. 1 ranked left-handed pitcher in Tennessee for the class of 2019, Hansen may give the Commandos the best No. 2 option at pitcher in the state. The 6-foot-4 righty with a fastball that touches 90 has college scouts salivating and has drawn scholarship offers from around the SEC.
And the scary thing is he's only getting better.
Hansen, whom Prep Baseball Report ranks as the No. 2 RHP of 2019 in the state, spent the offseason working on his changeup to add a third plus pitch to his repertoire. He's found the confidence to deploy it when needed this season.
"More movement and more control, so I'm able to throw it for strikes," Hansen explained the changes to his changeup. "I've been working on improving my control all around this year over past years."
It's showing. In Hansen's first three starts, all wins, he's yet to allow an earned run. He's struck out 17 batters in 18 innings pitched overall with two complete games.
That's not to say his performances were sub-par a year ago. As a sophomore he posted a 1.22 ERA with 57 Ks in 45 2/3 innings pitched. That's when college programs really started to take notice.
Hansen could join his Hendersonville teammate Mullins — who rightfully catches headlines after his 83 strikeouts and 0.70 ERA last season — at Auburn in two years should he accept the program's offer. But he also holds offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Missouri.
Where Mullins announced his pick last November, Hansen is in no hurry to decide where he'll spend his college days. He'll wait until he's had a chance to take all his official visits this spring to make a decision.
He's looking for a place with a history of developing pitchers, but also a roster fit that would allow him to see the field soon.
"A good reputation for pitchers, but I also want to play early once I go there," he said. "I don't really want to sit. It'd be better for me to go to a juco than sit out for two years and start my junior year."
The righty has nearly two full seasons left in a Hendersonville uniform first though, giving him plenty of time snap off those dancing curves of coach Hendrix's liking.
April 9 - Tennessee Power 25
Mon April 9, 2018
Another week gone by, another update to the Power 25. To see the updated poll, you can click here or scroll below.
A couple of notes on the new poll:
- A new team has taken the top spot, as Independence continues to just win, improving to 16-0, including a 4-0 week this week w/ 2 wins by 10 runs.
- Gibbs is your biggest riser this week, going 3-0 to improve their overall record to 17-1 and jumping up 10 spots to 9th. The closest game they played this week was an 8 run decision, winning by 8, 9 and 10 runs this week.
- Davidson Academy is your top newcomer to the rankings, debuting at 18 after a 6-0 week and winning the Middle TN Classic.
- Clarksville Northwest and Webb are your other two teams debuting. Clarksville Northwest is 12-3 and coming off of a 5-1 week, which included a district 2-game sweep of Rossview. Webb is 8-2 and coming off of a 2 game sweep of Grace Christian - Knoxville.
Friday, April 6
TENNESSEAN ARTICLE ON MULLINS COMMITMENT TO AUBURN
Why Hendersonville’s Hayden Mullins committed to Auburn over Vanderbilt, Tennessee
Monday, April 2
COMMANDOS RANKED 2ND IN TENNESSEE BASEBALL REPORT POLL
The Commando left-handed pitcher chose to verbally commit to Auburn in August, despite offers to play collegiate baseball for local schools such as the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
“I grew up a Tennessee fan, but Auburn was the first school that ever recruited me,” Mullins said. “During my campus visit everything clicked. The whole atmosphere: coach (Butch) Thompson had convinced me and I loved it.”
Two full years of academic and athletic eligibility remaining didn’t slow the 17-year-old from planning his future.
“I just knew it was time,” Mullins said. “I had offers coming in for quite a while and I knew my options were open. I ended up saying to myself, ‘why not commit now?”
Mullins gained the attention of college coaches after his sophomore campaign, when he went 5-1 with an 0.70 ERA, threw 83 strikeouts and was named to the first team All-County.
Hendersonville coach, Mike Hendrix says he knows what he’s getting on the mound from Mullins on a nightly basis.
“I think if you get him some experience and time with the pitching coaches (at Auburn) he will keep improving from year to year,” Hendrix said. “He’s matured from year to year at Hendersonville and if he keeps developing he’ll have a good college career.”
So far this season the southpaw has an 1.55 earned run average with 29 strikeouts over 18 innings pitched.
Hendersonville's Hayden Mullins works against Station Camp on Tues. April 3, 2018. Photo by Dave Cardaciotto (Photo: David Cardaciotto / For The Tennessean)
But Mullins isn’t worried about his numbers, in large part because the Commandos have failed to exit the 9-AAA tournament for the past the three seasons.
“Our goal is to make it to state,” Mullins said. “That’s about it. We don’t keep any statistical goals, we only care about making it to state.”
For now, with the district heavy part of the 2018 season ahead, Hendrix plans to get the most out of his left-hander.
“Hayden is a very good high school pitcher,” Hendrix said. “He’s got good velocity and movement on his ball. I’d say 90 percent or more hitters in our league are righties and so they struggle to hit him.”
Reach Andrew Preston at APreston@tennessean.com or 615-259-8015 and on Twitter @AndrewPreston33
The Commandos come in to the week of April 2nd ranked 2nd in the first Tennessee Baseball Report All-Classification Poll.
Monday, April 2
FOUR COMMANDOS NAMED TO RAWLINGS PERFECT GAME PRE-SEASON TEAM
2018 First Poll
First All Class Poll of 2018
|| Union City
Congratulations to the following young men for being named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game Pre-season Underclass All-American Team for 2018...
2nd Team - Hayden Mullins
High Honorable Mention - Cameron Hansen
Honorable Mention - Hayden Layne and Gaylen Rutledge
This is a great honor for these young men and our program!
Monday, April 2
COMMANDOS RANKED 4th IN LATEST PBR POLL
Sunday, March 18
COMMANDOS SWEEP OPENING WEEK OF 2018
Another week gone by, another update to the Power 25.
A couple of notes on the new poll:
- A new team has taken the top spot, as Brighton continues to just win, improving to 15-0 after winning the Gulf Coast Classic this week. 7 of their 15 wins have come by 10 or more runs, with only one game being decided by 1 or 2 runs, a walk off win against Harding Academy on March 20th.
- Tennessee is your biggest riser this week, jumping from 20th to 8th on the strength of a 5-0 week. They have a huge 2 game district series this week again 20th ranked Science Hill, who is coming off of a 5-1 week themselves.
- Gibbs is your top debuting team, checking in at 19 after a 6-0 week, improving their overall record to 13-1. 9 of their 13 wins have been by 10 or more runs.
- First Assembly Christian School (FACS) and Grace Christian Academy - Knoxville also debut this week.
- FACS is coming off of a 2-0 week, which included the 2nd of back to back no hitters on Monday. They have a big 2 game series this week against 7th ranked USJ, who is currently 11-0.
- GCA-Knox is coming off of a 6-0 week to improve to 14-3. 7 of their wins have been by 10 or more runs. They will have a very intriguing matchup against Gibbs this week on Thursday.
The Commandos opened up the 2018 season with a sweep of Portland and then a sweep of the Grand Slam Challenge in Rutherford County. 2010 was the last time HHS went 4-0 in the Grand Slam Challenge. For full recaps of all games click under 2018 Game Summaries.
SMYRNA - The Hendersonville Commandos (6-0) remain undefeated after sweeping a double header in Smyrna, defeating Stewarts Creek (5-1) 16-5 and Siegel (4-3) 19-12 on Saturday.
Stewarts Creek pitcher Will Trapp held the Commandos in check during Game 1, staving off the hot bats of Hendersonville while the Red Hawks raced out to a 5-1 lead. However, in the top of the fifth inning, HHS put up an 11-spot, retaking the lead 12-5. They added four more in the top of the seventh for their fifth straight win.
Starting pitcher Hayden Layne had some struggles on the mound, allowing five runs in three innings. It wasn’t all gloom for Layne though, as we went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs.
“We’re counting on Hayden (Layne) on the mound and in the field this year,” HHS coach Mike Hendrix said. “So, he’s going to have to figure out what he’s doing differently on the mound this year than last year, and hopefully we can do that by watching some video. Right now, he’s not throwing the baseball like he did last year.”
Michael Waller was dominant in relief for Hendersonville. He held the Red Hawks offense to just five hits over four innings while striking out three. He allowed no runs, providing the Commando bats time to climb back in the game.
“Michael Waller did a great job out there today,” Hendrix said. “You come in and stop the bleeding. I know we can score runs, but the lefty they had out there to start did a good job of keeping us off balance. We were fortunate to win the game.
“A lot of teams don’t come back and score 11 runs in one inning. They made a couple of miscues in the infield that helped us and we’ll take a win any way we can get.”
Reid Nelson (3-for-5), Gabe Dalton (1-for-4), Brett Coker (3-for-5) and Hayden Mullins (1-for-3) all had two RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Commando bats came alive again, roughing up Siegel pitchers Gavin Davis (1 IP, 10 ER) and Cooper Moss (4 IP, 7 ER) en route to a 19-12 win.
Harrison Williams got the win, surrendering nine runs on six hits and walking five. Kobe Carter earned the save, pitching the final three innings and giving up just one run.
Layne and Nelson shined at the plate yet again. Layne was a perfect 3-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs, while Nelson went 3-for-4 and added five RBIs of his own. Dalton (2-for-5), Noah Owens (2-for-4) and Gaylen Rutledge (2-for-4) all contributed two RBIs.
“They’re pretty well veteraned right now, they make adjustments when they need to make them,” Hendrix said. “We’ve got a couple of guys who take over this team and go.”
Sunday, January 28
2018 FIRST PITCH BANQUET - A NIGHT OF BASEBALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Each year to kick off our season we gather to introduce our current team, honor our Hall of Fame Members, and gather with our Commando Baseball Family and Friends. This year we were honored to have Zac Curtis (Class of 2010 and current member of the Phillidelphia Phillies) as our guest speaker. Pictured are our class of 2018 Seniors and several Alumni and Hall of Fame Members. It was indeed a great way to kick off our 2018 season!
Sunday, January 28
BRETT COKER COMMITS TO ITTAWAMBA
Congratulations to Class of 2018 SS/OF Brett Coker on his recent committment to continue his baseball career at Itawamba CC in Mississippi. A great opportunity for Brett!
Thursday, November 9
INSTALLATION OF TURF MOUND HAS BEGUN
The Commandos will begin the 2018 Season with a newly constructed turf pitchers mound to match the rest of the infield. Installation has begun and will continue over the coming weeks.
Saturday, November 11
ZAC CURTIS HEADED TO THE PHILLIES
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added bullpen depth Monday when they claimed left-hander Zac Curtis off waivers from the Mariners.
Curtis, 25, allowed three unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings in three appearances this season with Seattle. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out two. He posted a 3.51 ERA in 41 appearances with Double-A Arkansas, striking out 60 and walking 19 in 51 1/3 innings.
Curtis had a 6.75 ERA in 21 appearances with the D-backs in 2016. Arizona traded him to Seattle in November in the Jean Segura/Taijuan Walker deal. Curtis will wear No. 52.
The Phillies placed right-hander Jesen Therrien on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Curtis on the 40-man roster. Therrien has an ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow. He could require surgery.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Phillies will promote Triple-A Lehigh Valley right-hander Henderson Alvarez. The Phillies recently signed Alvarez to pitch for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He posted a 2.84 ERA in three starts.
Thursday, November 9
CLASS OF 2019 LHP HAYDEN MULLINS COMMITS TO AUBURN
War Eagle! Auburn lands commitment from
Hendersonville’s Hayden Mullins
WOMBLE - HENDERSONVILLE STANDARD
Auburn Tigers added a gem to their 2019 baseball class this past week, as
Hendersonville left-handed hurler Hayden
Mullins committed to the Tigers, he announced via Twitter. Mullins, a
junior for the Commandos, says he has found the perfect fit with his Auburn
was the right fit all around for me both financially and baseball wise,” he
told the Hendersonville Standard. “It
was by far the best living situation with everything right next to the baseball
field. It’s a family there and excited about being able to compete for playing
time early in my college career.”
added his final three schools included Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Auburn.
are all very nice schools,” Mullins said. “I honestly have nothing bad to say
about any of them. Auburn just felt right. I wanted to stay in the SEC because
I feel like it’s the best ball. It’s almost like you’re facing AA competition
left-handed pitcher known for his fastball and curve, Mullins is a dime-a-dozen
and has been treated that way by his college recruiters.
a fastball that topped out at 91 this past summer, Mullins knows he has more
than one pitch he can count on to get an out.
throw four different pitches,” he said. “Fastball, change up, slider, and
curve. If I had to get an out, I’d throw the curve ball more often than not,
but if I need a strike I’m throwing my fastball; it’s what I’m most confident
that the 16-year-old from Hendersonville has one of the biggest decisions of
his life out of the way, he can focus on perfecting his craft.
focus on pitching and getting back in shape and ready for my high school
season,” Mullins stated. “I want to get better from last season.”
his sophomore campaign, Mullins garnered First Team All-County honors following
a nice season on the mound - 5-1 with 0.70 ERA and 83 strikeouts in
Mullins knows his hard work has put him in this position to succeed, he says he
couldn’t have done it without the love and support of those closest to him.
has played a huge role in my life; they have supported me all the way,” he
said. “Coaches are the ones who got me in contact and make this happen. I
couldn’t do this without the support of my high school and travel ball
fall, you can catch Mullins on the diamond giving his all for head coach Mike
Hendrix and the Commandos.
awesome playing for coach Hendrix,” he said. “We like to have fun on the field
but when we are out there it’s all work. He allows us to have fun playing the
has seen Mullins grow from a hopeful freshman to a guy that can be counted on
to get the big out.
of all, Hayden is a good person,” he said. “He is a very good student and he is
a very good left-handed pitcher. I think Auburn is getting a gem and I think he
will go down there and be a very good SEC pitcher.”
has worked hard to get where he is and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by his coaching
sat and watched him as a sophomore and in the field house and he just kept
working,” Hendrix added. “His command gets better and better on his fast ball
and he has a good breaking ball. He has worked his butt off in the weight room
and on the field to become the player he is and I think it’s paid off for him.”
Mullins gets to campus, he says he will stay in the business or marketing
want this game to take me as far as it can,” he said. “Whether that is pro ball
or college I want to play as long as I can.”
Thursday, June 22
COKER, MULLINS AND HANSEN NAMED TO TBCA SHOWCASE TEAM AS PLAYERS, GILLEY AS COACH
The Commandos had three young men and one coach and three players representing the program in the 2017 Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Showcase as a part of the Region 5/6 team.
Coach Andy Gilley was one of the four coaches selected to help guide the team.
Class of 2018 INF/OF Brett Coker, Class of 2019 LHP Hayden Mullins and RHP Cameron Hansen represented the Commandos as players.
All three Commandos performed well in the event. Coker was named to the all-tournament team which will represent the State of Tennessee in Troy AL in late June.
Thursday, May 25
MULTIPLE COMMANDOS NAMED TO MAIN STREET MEDIA ALL-COUNTY TEAM
BY: ZACH WOMBLE - HENDERSONVILLE STANDARD
The baseball season ended just a few weeks ago so it is time to release the 2017 Main Street Media of Tennessee All-Sumner County Baseball Team.
The team is made up of players from Gallatin, Station Camp, Hendersonville, Beech, Pope John Paul II, and Portland. (White House High School was included in the All-Area team for The Connection, our affiliate paper that covers Robertson County and White House.) Along with our first and second teams, we are honoring player of the year, pitcher of the year, coach of the year and team of the year.
The selections were made by the Main Street Media of Tennessee sports staff and included input from area coaches.
Player of the Year: Ben Brooks, Pope John Paul II - .418 BA, 39R, .532 OBP, 10 2B, 46 H - TBCA DII Mr. Baseball, MidTn Player of the Year, Division II Player of the Year.
Pitcher of the Year: Mason Hickman, Pope John Paul II, 8-3 W/L, 62 IP, 100 K, 1.49 ERA.
Coach of the Year: Jimmy Neal, Beech
Team of the Year: Beech (31-11) - District 9AAA Champion, Region 5-AAA Runner Up, Class AAA Sectional Champion, Final Eight.
Ryan Mortensen, Beech - 49 H, 18 R, .398 BA, .483 OBP, 5 HR, 30 RBI
Ty Sutley, Beech - .316 BA, 36 H, 20 RBI, 32 R, .406 OBP, 1 HR
Hunter Crawford Beech - 46 H, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 28 R, .393 BA, .482 OBP
Nelson Smith, Beech - .377 BA, .449 OBP, 47 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 26 R
Brett Coker, Hendersonville - .406 BA, .478 OBP, 39 H, 3 2B, 10 RBI, 8 SB
Hayden Layne, Hendersonville - .356 BA, .450 OBP, 32H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI
Andy Denning - Gallatin - .390 BA, 9 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR
Thomas Zazzaro - Station Camp - .385 BA, .493 OBP, 42 H, 22 RBI, 1 HR, 34 R, 25 BB
Tyler Thompson, Station Camp - .440 BA, .544 OBP, 51 H, 46 R, 24 RBI, 2 HR
FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Dalton Hall, Beech High School - 71 IP, 1.178 ERA, 114 K, 7-2 W/L, 2 save, 5ER
Hayden Mullins, Hendersonville - 49 1/3 IP, 0.70 ERA, 83 K, 5-1 W/L
Jake Rucker, Pope John Paul II - .377 BA, 26 R, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 46 H
Grayson Lang, Pope John Paul II - .323 BA, 32 H, 28 RBI, 25 R
Pace Dempsey, Pope John Paul II - .330 BA, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 33 R
Brandon Tucker, Portland - .348 BA, 23 H, 16 RBI, 1 4R
Sam Ayers, Beech - .340 BA, .437 OBP, 20 RBI, 28 R, 34 H
Matthew Jackson, Gallatin - .382 BA
Austin McWhirter, Gallatin - .362 B
Austin Mayes, Hendersonville - .284 BA, .387 OBP, 24 R
Zach Boze, Station Camp - .409 BA, .434 OBP, 52 H, 1 HR, 36 RBI, 20 R
SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Dominic Pianto, Pope John Paul II - 55.1 IP, 44 K, 2.15 ERA, 6-2 W/L
Cameron Hansen, Hendersonville - 45 2/3 IP, 57 K, 1.22 ERA, 8 ER, 5-2 W/L
Friday, May 5
5 COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT 9AAA TEAM
Congratulations to the following young men who were named to the District 9AAA All-District Team for 2017:
Hayden Mullins - LHP of the Year
Wednesday, March 8
ANDREW DORRIS RECEIVES OLD TIMERS SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Senior Andrew Dorris for becoming the next in a long line of Commandos to receive the Old Timers Scholarship for 2017. Andrew joins a long list of some of the best and brightest Commando Baseball Players to receive this award. He is pictured with MLB Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins who presented Andrew with the award! Thanks to the Old Timers Baseball Association for all that you all do for baseball in Middle Tennessee.
Wednesday, March 8
COACH MIKE HENDRIX INDUCTED INTO OLD TIMERS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to HHS Head Baseball Coach Mike Hendrix who was inducted into Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association Hall of Fame! This is a much deserved honor based on coach Hendrix playing and coaching career. See the news release below.
Mike graduated from Overton High School in 1971 where he was an All-Nashville catcher for the Bobcats. The previous summer Mike was the catcher for Shoetiques as they finished runner-up in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in Wellington, Kansas......after high school Mike was recruited to play at Motlow State and after two years there was recruited to play at Belmont University where he was the two year starting catcher for the Rebels ( career .332 batting avg. ) and a NAIA All-District 24 catcher.......now for the main reason that Mike is going into our Hall of Fame: After Mike’s freshman year at Motlow he came into the Nashville based Tri-State League and was the catcher for the Tennessee Pride Eggs ball club. The next summer ( 1973 ) Mike joined in with the Haury and Smith team that went on to win the Tri-State League regular season and qualified for the state Stan Musial tournament held in Knoxville, TN. where they prevailed as the STATE CHAMPION!....Mike and his Haury & Smith teammates went back to Knoxville the next week to play in the Musial Southeast Regional and finished with a 2-2 record while there.....the next year Mike led the Haury & Smith ball club to the Tri-state regular season championship again and on to Memphis for the Musial state tournament where they finished third......in 1975 and 1976 Mike was one of the main clogs for the Haury & Smith team as they qualified both years for the National Baseball Congress ( NBC ) Semi-Pro World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Both years the ball club had to fight through state and regional tournaments to get to Wichita. The games were played in the spacious Lawrence-Dumont Stadium where Wichita’s AAA team played. In the second game there in 1975 against St. Louis Mike hit a ball over the scoreboard in right center to give his team the win.
Mike has been teaching and coaching for 40 years and this year will mark Mike’s 34th year as the head baseball coach of the Hendersonville High School Commandos. This past year Mike was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association ( TBCA ) Hall of Fame. CONGRATULATIONS Mike and you are a welcome addition to our HOF group!
Thursday, December 1
DUGOUT CLUB NAMED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER OF THE WEEK
HHS Dugout Club Member of the Week
The Member of the Week program gives our Chamber members and also other citizens the opportunity to learn more about all the wonderful businesses, organizations, individuals and nonprofits that make up the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
1. What do you feel your biggest business accomplishment has been?
Our biggest accomplishment lies in two parts...our kids and our facility. We have been blessed to see kids that graduate from our program succeed not only personally but professionally in both the business world and in baseball. We have everything from bankers to professional baseball players as graduates and this gives us more pride than anything. Secondly the upgrading of our baseball facility at Drakes Creek Park has given our program a playing field that is second to none in our state and this is the work of many for many years. Currently, we have just signed on to build a state of the art hitting facility on the campus at HHS that will give our school, our program and our community something else to be very proud of in the coming year.
2. What do you love the most about your industry and what you do professionally?
Without question the relationships we build with our players, our parents and our community are what makes our job seem not like a job ever. We are rich with friendships and memories and that is something no one can ever take away.
3. How has the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce made a difference in your life and would you recommend the organization to others?
Through the Chamber speaking for myself personally it has enabled me to reconnect and stay connected with friends and businesses that I would have never been able to stay connected with. For our dugout club it is a tremendous avenue to keep relationships with our supporters who have been so good to us over the years in our community. I would highly recommend anyone that does any business with any type of relationship in Hendersonville to join!
4. If you had any advice for another business person, what would it be?
Tuesday, July 19
BRENNING SIGNS WITH BELMONT
My best advice is to not set any limits on what you and your business can accomplish. If you would have told me 15 years ago that we would have been to the State Tournament 5 times, had a player make it to the major leagues, have an artificial turf playing field, and a new indoor facility on the way I would have said absolutely no way. But we have attained all that and more by not limiting what we think is possible!
Congratulations to 2016 Grad Cooper Brenning who recently signed to further his baseball career at Belmont University. Cooper becomes the 4th Commando in the class of 2016 to sign. He joins a long list of former Commando players and Coaches to join the Belmont Bruins. Congratulations to Cooper and his family!
Baseball Adds Brenning
Tuesday, July 19
FULLER TO CONTINUE CAREER AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Baseball Head Coach Dave Jarvis and his staff are pleased to announce the addition of Cooper Brenning for the 2016-17 season.
Cooper was a four year starter for Hendersonville High School. He started a school record 126 games for HHS. The four-time 9AAA All-District Tournament team selection was named the 9AAA All-District catcher in his final season.
As a senior, his fielding percentage was .976, ranking him second all time in the state of Tennessee. Brenning also tallied 675 putouts, ranking him fifth all time in Tennessee.
A standout in the classroom, Brenning graduated with High Honors and a 3.89 from HHS this spring. He was also a member of NHS, DECA and the Beta clubs.
"We are excited about Coop being a part of our program and watching his development over the next four years," said Head Coach Dave Jarvis.
Fuller commits with Maryville College Scots
Brandon Fuller, a senior at Hendersonville High School, has committed to continue his education and collegiate baseball career at Maryville College.
The 5-foot-10, 194-pound pitcher comes to Maryville after earning a District 9-AAA Championship and a Regional Championship in 2015. This Hendersonville, Tenn. native earned a State Tournament appearance, before holding a 1.38 ERA during his senior campaign. Fuller earned All-District honors during his junior season.
"Brandon is another left handed arm that we are thrilled to have on board," Maryville College Head Coach Cody Church said. "He plays in a highly competitive league and has had a ton of success in his career. He brings a dynamic look to our staff. With his ability to compete and mix pitches, he will develop into a great pitcher."
Fuller is the son of Tracy and Trey Fuller.
He joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Church for the past two seasons. He will be part of a squad that finished with a school record 29 wins and a berth to the USA South Conference Tournament Championship game during the 2016 season.
"This is another talented group of freshmen we have joining our program," Church said. "Coach Clint Helton did a phenomenal job this year bringing this group onto campus. We are really excited to see these guys develop in their time here at Maryville College."
In only a pair of seasons, Church has elevated the Scots' program in recruiting, development and facilities, making Maryville an enticing spot for recruits across the South Region. They have compiled back-to-back 20-win seasons, while having Nick Dean become the first-ever MC player to be drafted to Major League Baseball. Dean was taken in the 32nd Round to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and became a Pioneer League All-Star in his first season.
Monday, May 2
ZAC CURTIS PROMOTED TO DIAMONDBACKS
Zac Curtis was heading out for a meal at In-N-Out Friday with some of his teammates at Class A Visalia when he got a text from pitching coach Jeff Bajenaru.
In the text, Bajenaru told Curtis that he needed to get back to the ballpark immediately because manager J.R. House is “really mad at you.”
“I didn’t know if they were serious or playing,” Curtis said. “House has a tipping scale where you really don’t know what’s going on.”
Curtis rushed back to the ballpark and found House, who stared at him for a moment. Then he gave Curtis the news: He was getting promoted.
“I’m thinking, ‘Cool, I get to go to Double-A,’ ” Curtis said. “He said, ‘That’s why (Saturday) morning you’re going to fly to Phoenix to meet the team.’ I sat there for a second and he said, ‘You’re going to the major leagues.’ I kept telling him, ‘Stop. No. Quit playing with me.' ”
It was no joke. The Diamondbacks called up Curtis, a 23-year-old left-hander from Visalia, the first time in franchise history Arizona has called up a player from below Double-A to make his major-league debut that wasn’t a Rule 5 player (catcher Oscar Hernandez).
“It still hasn’t hit me,” said Curtis, a sixth-round draft choice out of Middle Tennessee State in 2014 who had never been inside Chase Field before Saturday. “I’m just trying to take everything in.”
Curtis was 1-0 with two saves and a 5.23 ERA at Visalia. In three minor-league seasons he’s 7-5 with 49 saves and a 2.17 ERA. He was so far off the Diamondbacks radar even during spring training that manager Chip Hale had to call up some video Saturday to see what kind of pitcher the organization was sending him.
“What we’ve heard is he can get righties and lefties out and he’s got a workable breaking ball, which I’ve seen on video,” Hale said. “He’s a real tough competitor, which is great.”
Hale said Curtis likely will be used as a left-handed specialist.
“In a perfect world we’d like to be winning a game and he would pitch in situations to get one or two guys out at a time,” Hale said.
Curtis did just that Saturday, making his major-league debut in the ninth inning and getting Colorado's Gerardo Parra to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
Curtis said his favorite moment of the last 24 hours was breaking the news to his wife, Chelsea, who’s an X-ray technician in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
“She’s put up a lot,” Curtis said. “She’s raising our child (2-year-old Greyson), I’m gone all the time and she pushes me to get better. If I have a bad outing or even a good outing, she’s there to talk about it. She’s there to help me get through this.
“Getting to wake her up to tell her our dream, not just mine, came true, it was special.”
To make room for Curtis on the roster, the Diamondbacks designed left-handed reliever Keith Hessler for assignment.
Hale said one of the reasons Curtis was brought up was to give the Diamondbacks a second left-hander out of the bullpen. Andrew Chafin already has 12 appearances, although he’s thrown just 9 2/3 innings in those appearances. Last year Chafin threw 75 innings in 66 games.
“We don’t want to burn out Chafin,” Hale said
Friday, May 20
2016 ALL-DISTRICT PLAYERS NAMED; COACH HENDRIX NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Head Coach Mike Hendrix for being voted by his peers as the District 9AAA Coach of the Year for 2016. Also, congratulations to the following young men who were named to the All-District and All-District Tournament teams for 2016:
DISTRICT 9AAA ALL-DISTRICT 2016:
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER OF THE YEAR: WILL WACASER
DISTRICT 9AAA ALL-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Wednesday, April 27
HHS AND BEECH TEAMS HONOR RETIRED PARKS DIRECTOR
The Commandos and Buccaneers put their cross-town rivalry aside to honor retired Hendersonville Parks Director Dave LeMarbre on Tuesday April 26 before their game at Drakes Creek Park.
Mr. LeMarbre served as the Parks Director for over 35 years. His influence in our community goes generations and crosses all boundaries of schools. Both teams were present on the field and Mr LeMarbre and his wife Trish were present. The Beech squad presented Dave with an engraved bat and the HHS Dugout Club presented Mr. LeMarbre with a framed jersey.
Without the influence of Mr. LeMarbre our current facility at Field 3 would not look the way it does, we would not have a turf infield and our park would not be able to host such great events. We are all indebted to Mr LeMarbre for his years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.
Wednesday, April 27
COMMANDOS 6TH IN LATEST TBCA POLL
TBCA State Baseball Polls- April 27
Thursday, April 7
COMMANDOS MOVE UP TO 5TH IN TBCA POLL
The Commandos moved up to the 5th spot in the latest Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Poll...
TBCA State Baseball Polls- April 6
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Wednesday, March 16
HHS OPENS 2016 SEASON ON NEW FIELD
8. Mt. Juiliet
Thanks to the hard work of so many in our community we were able to open the 2016 Season on a new turf infield. A pre-game ceremony was held on Tuesday March 15 with many community leaders in attendance. Pictured are:
Front Row L-R: Christi Anglea with the Hendersonville Parks Department, HHS Athletic Director Ron Sarver, Alison Muncy and Amanda Foster with the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Sumner County Director of Schools Dr. Del Phillips, Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster, Hendersonville Parks Board Members Nathan White and Mike Pike, Hendersonville Parks Director Brandon Rogers, HHS Baseball Alumnus Chad Blanton
Back Row L-R: Hendersonville Raptors Director Cindy Hamblen, HHS Assistant Baseball Coach Andy Gilley, Retired Hendersonville Parks Director Dave LeMarbre, Michael Watkins and Bobby Fogerty with SportsTurf Solutions, Hendersonville High School Principal Bob Cotter, Hendersonville Baseball Alumni Joey Owens, Hendersonville Assistant Parks Director Keith Bruce, Hendersonville High School Baseball Alumni Matthew Osborne and Jeremy Townes.
Thursday, March 10
FIRST PITCH BANQUET A SUCCESS
|Zach Duke with the 2016 Commandos|
In January of 2016 the Commando Baseball Program held its 8th Annual First Pitch Banquet. We would like to thank the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville for again allowing us to use their fine facility.
Our players and parents were privaleged to her from MLB All-Star pitcher Zach Duke as he spoke to the team and we welcomed 4 new members to our Commando Baseball Hall of Fame, Mark McDaniel, Wilson Tucker, Les White and Frank Pinson.
Over 130 attended the banquet with many alumni and friends from the community in attendance. Thank you to everyone who helped make this annual event such a great night.
Wednesday, March 9
FIELD #3 RE-OPENING CEREMONY SET FOR TUESDAY MARCH 15
|2010 Grad Zac Curtis with MLB All-Star Zach Duke|
Hendersonville High School has announced that a Field Re-Opening Celebration at the newly renovated Field #3 at Drakes Creek Park will take place on March 15 at 6:30 pm.
The entire community is encouraged to attend.
Representatives from Hendersonville High School, the City of Hendersonville, the Hendersonville High School Baseball Program, and the Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball Team will be in attendance. Following the ceremony, the first game played on the renovated facility will take place between Hendersonville High School and Clarksville Northeast High School at 7 p.m.
In the fall of 2015, through the combined efforts of the Hendersonville High School Baseball program, the Hendersonville Parks Department, the City of Hendersonville, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Memorial Foundation, Field #3 at Drakes Creek Park had a full synthetic turf infield installed to be ready for the 2016 season. The project will benefit the hundreds of players who utilize the only full size regulation baseball field in the Hendersonville Parks system, including the Hendersonville High School Baseball program, which calls the field its home. It will also provide an outlet for the Hendersonville Raptors special needs league to complete games and league play.
Hendersonville High School previously announced the contribution from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) in the amount of $65,000 to aid in the completion of the project. BTF, a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, provided funding for installation of synthetic turf in the infield.
"This project brings our baseball facility in our city to a new level," said Andy Gilley, assistant baseball coach at Hendersonville High School. "We are blessed to have had, for the second time, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund contribute to our school and to our baseball program. This project gives our high school program and our players something that we can all be proud of and it brings to our city a state-of-the-art facility for kids to play on for years to come. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of so many people working together to make this a project that we will all be able to look back on with pride for years to come."
"On behalf of the Parks Department, we are very appreciative of the Memorial Foundation and the MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund," said Brandon Rogers, interim parks and recreation director for the city of Hendersonville. "Without these two groups, this wouldn't have been possible. We are also very appreciative of the work of Andy Gilley, who was a great help in securing some of the funding. This facility will be a great asset to the City of Hendersonville and the teams that utilize it. It will be especially helpful to our Raptors Baseball Program, which offers baseball to kids with special needs."
"When we started talking about doing this project 3 years ago, I got really excited about the possibility of having the only turf baseball field in a city park system in the entire state," said Dave LeMarbre, retired parks and recreation director for the city of Hendersonville. "This showcase field puts Hendersonville on the map as far as striving to have the finest park's facilities in the Southeast. I want to thank The Memorial Foundation, Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the City of Hendersonville Board of Alderman for believing in us to proceed with this great project. I look forward to seeing our youth using this fine facility."
In addition to the funding provided by Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the project also received funding in the form of a grant from The Memorial Foundation ($65,000) and the City of Hendersonville ($100,000). Without the funding from all three of these groups and the hard work and support of Marbre, Rogers, Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster, the members of the Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Ryan Morrarity with SportsTurf Solutions and Neil O'Donnell with FieldTurf, this project would not have been possible.
Wednesday, March 9
COACH HENDRIX INDUCTED INTO TBCA HALL OF FAME
Hendrix is still driven
Wednesday, March 9
PLAYERS, COACHES AND COLLEAGUES REFLECT ON HALL OF FAMER MIKE HENDRIX
Mike Hendrix had lofty aspirations at an early age.
“My goal growing up was like any other kid,” Hendrix said. “I wanted to play (baseball) in the major leagues. I found out real quick that there were more states in our country than just Tennessee, and those players were better than me. That’s where it ended.
“There’s life after athletics, and it’s called getting a good job. I always wanted to coach, and I jumped at the opportunity.”
A good job is what Hendrix professes to have. It has also been a stable profession for the teacher and coach of 39 years.
“I’m the luckiest guy in the world, because I get to work with good people every day,” the Hendersonville High head baseball coach said. “It’s not only the baseball coaches but the basketball coaches and football coaches and soccer coaches … guys I respect the heck out of.”
On Saturday, Hendrix will be inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Hall of Fame at a noon luncheon held at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the annual TBCA clinic, which will be held from Friday through Sunday.
“I am very happy to be honored for something that I love to do,” Hendrix said. “I coach baseball for the love. I was surprised to death. I had no idea that anybody would turn in anything about me. I’m just a dumb, little baseball coach from South Nashville who came to Hendersonville.
“I am thrilled. I am humbled. I don’t know what else to say. I’m excited that something good has happened to me, in something that I have given my life to and in the sport that I love.”
The long-time TBCA member is one-third of the induction class, which includes Franklin Road Academy’s George Weicker and Brentwood High’s Nick Waggoner. Wiecker’s program has won two state titles (in 1988 and 2000) and finished as the state runner-up three times (1999, 2001 and 2015), while Waggoner reached eight state tournaments and compiled 546 wins.
There will now be 58 members of the TBCA Hall of Fame, which began with the induction of Millington’s Babe Howard in 1992.
“It’s very fulfilling,” Hendrix said of his coaching career. “Not only has education been a job for me this long, but I’ve raised my kids this way. My wife (Helenmary) has done that. My mother-in-law (Mary Clouse) was a principal for 10 years or so at Beech High School. I’ve made a lot of friends.”
It rings true
He learned of the honor in an unconventional way, after TBCA executive director Pat Swallows sent Hendrix an e-mail requesting his ring size. A prior letter that was mailed to Hendrix detailing the forthcoming induction never arrived, leaving him wondering about the unique inquiry.
Hendrix will receive his size 12 on Saturday though.
“I’ve had good kids,” Hendrix said. “I’m only as good as the nine players I put on the field. When I have pretty good players, I’m a good coach. I tell them all the time, ‘y’all need to play (well) and make me a good coach.’
“I’m a has-been.”
The so-called has-been was actually a standout in his playing days too … and a quick learner.
“I pitched when I was 12 because I was the biggest guy on the team,” Hendrix said. “I knew that, by pitching, you only got to play every four or five days.”
As a result, Hendrix transformed into a catcher, helping Overton to its first state title in his senior season of 1971. The 6-foot, 175-pounder also started at center for the Bobcat football team.
Then, he played for two seasons at both Motlow State Community College and Belmont University, primarily serving as a catcher while also playing first base at times. In helping Belmont to a 54-21 record over those two seasons, Hendrix had a .332 career batting average and a .557 slugging percentage.
During his junior season, Hendrix posted a .370 batting average (second best on the team) with seven doubles, five triples, four home runs and 25 runs batted in (RBI). Hendrix hit .299 during his senior campaign with 11 doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI, and he was selected to the All-District 24 Team that season and earned the senior award at the Belmont All-Sport Banquet
After two years as a graduate assistant at Belmont, Hendrix was hired as the girls physical education teacher and a football coach at Knox Doss Junior High, which consisted of grades 7-9 at the time. He spent seven years there and served as an assistant football coach, the head football coach for the middle-school squad, the head freshman football coach and the head middle-school boys basketball coach, though he admits to getting cut from his middle-school basketball team during tryouts in the seventh grade.
“I knew nothing about Hendersonville,” Hendrix said. “I had only been to Hendersonville one time in my whole life. That’s when Coach (Dave) Whitten (the former Belmont head baseball coach) sent me there. He sent me to Hendersonville to watch Tommy Pinson play, and I think (Pinson) ended up going to Belmont.”
He moved on to Hendersonville High School in 1984, and he never managed to get away from the area he was initially unfamiliar with.
“I had a chance to go back to Overton one time, to go baback to where I graduated to coach,” Hendrix said. “I drove two or three times (to the school). One day, I left early in the morning, and the traffic and the drive there and the drive home wasn’t worth it to me. I already had a good job.
“It’s a good job, and I’m a firm believer in stability. I’m not one of these guys that jumps around from place to place. It’s good kids and good people … that’s why I’m still here.”
A black-and-gold family
He continued to serve as an assistant football coach through the 1980s – helping the Commando program to its deepest postseason run to that point by reaching the state semifinals in 1988 – and he later served as the Ellis Middle head football coach. In fact, he still serves as a Cougar assistant coach.
After serving as the assistant baseball coach under Bob White, Hendrix took over as the school’s head baseball coach in 1991. Success soon followed.
“Mr. (Paul) Decker was the principal, and I asked him one time, ‘do you mind if we go on a trip out of state to play, on spring break or whatever,” Hendrix said. “He looked at me and said, ‘ok, it’s your job.’ I said, ‘thanks.’ It worked out. His kids (Ty, Tommy and Joey) played for me.”
The Commandos made the first of their five state-tournament appearances in 1994, also reaching the state level in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2015.
Hendersonville High head baseball coach Mike Hendrix celebrates with center fielder Jarcques Wordlaw following the Commandos’ sectional victory over Centennial last May. (Photo: Craig Harris / Gallatin News Examiner)
“One of the most special times for me was ‘94, the first time we ever went to the state tournament in Chattanooga,” Hendrix said. “We got to play at Engel Stadium, where Babe Ruth played.
“My high-school coach, Bill Tucker, was dying of lung cancer. He took the time out of his day one evening to call me on the phone and congratulate me. We’re talking about a guy with not a long time to live. That was very special to me. It meant a lot to me that somebody that I played for still cared.”
Another special time for Hendrix was coaching his son, Ben, from 2006-09.
“The four years he played here were four of the greatest years I’ve been at this place,” Hendrix said. “To be around my kid … he wasn’t the best baseball player to ever come through this school, but he was mine. He did a good job, and it was four great years of having my kid play. He playing here was special, and it was special being able to teach at his school.”
In addition to 24-year-old Ben, Hendrix also has a 27-year-old daughter, Rachel. She was actually an agriculture teacher at Hendersonville High from 2012-15, and Helenmary Hendrix was the school’s long-time art teacher until she retired in November.
“I owe a lot to my wife for putting up with me, coaching and going out of town,” Hendrix said. “Nine times out of 10, she would drag the kids and go too. It’s not an easy life being a coach’s wife. You have to sit in the stands and listen to the complaining.
“It’s a family thing, and family means a lot to me.”
Commando coaching community
Hendrix points to former assistant coaches Steve Garner (who he coached with at Knox Doss prior to Garner served as Hendrix’s assistant baseball coach) and Randy Darnell, along with current assistant coaches Andy Gilley and Clay Sanders, as among those relationships that he covets.
“Those are good people who know baseball,” Hendrix said. “I let them coach. I fit in with them, and they fit in with me.
“I love the people I work with. I couldn’t ask for a better work partner than Stacia Dean (the head of the school’s physical education department). She takes care of me. She’s a good woman to work with.”
As for Hendrix’s approach in dealing with his players, it’s a simple one.
“With kids and people, I just try to be honest with them,” Hendrix said. “That’s the way I preach. My daddy always told me to do it right the first time, and you don’t have to do it again.”
Hendrix has coached 52 college baseball signees – 20 of which have signed with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs – and seven players who were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Hendersonville High head baseball coach Mike Hendrix reached the 500-win mark last season. (Photo: Craig Harris/Gallatin News Examiner)
Besides the on-field success, Hendrix has gained fulfillment as the program’s facility – a baseball field located off campus at Drakes Creek Park – has received numerous upgrades. The field was converted from a softball field to a baseball field prior to the 2001 season.
We took a lot of chances,” Hendrix said. “Our facility has come a long way. It’s not because of me. It’s because a lot of people have supported our program. I talked to Mayor Hank Thompson back before he was ever elected mayor. He said, ‘we will do something with the baseball field down there.’ We finally got it done. We made it a lot better. It’ a softball field. But it had a yard, and we played.
“The people in Hendersonville who I’ve been around are good people. They’ve helped. A lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon. Dewayne White was a big contributor to help get our park upgraded when Hank Thompson was the mayor. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.”
Hendrix will begin his 26th season as the Commando head coach in March, and Hendersonville will be the first high-school program playing on a turf infield, which was recently installed.
“I still have a drive,” Hendrix – who won his 500th game last season – said. “I love it. Do I love getting out in 30-degree weather to come to open facilities now like I used to … no … but I still enjoy being around the kids. That’s why I’m still doing it. That’s why I’m still teaching school.
“I’m going to go as long as (Hendersonville High principal) Bob Cotter and the director of schools (Del Phillips) lets me go, or as long as I’m still healthy … but my time is coming (to an end).”
Besides the love of the game and being around the kids, one other variable has significantly impacted the longevity of his coaching career.
“In the spring of 1971, we won the state championship at Overton,” Hendrix said. “It’s been the drive to win one … my career is coming down to an end soon. Every year, the chances get shorter and shorter. It’s been the drive to do that … and I do love being around these kids. I’m 62 years old, and we still go to Gulf Shores (Ala., during spring break). I’d just still rather be out there with my kids.”
Reach Craig Harris at email@example.com or at 615-575-7138. Follow him on Twitter @HarrisGNESports.
What they’re saying about ...Mike Hendrix
Wednesday, March 9
ARIS WELDEN AND COOPER BRENNING RECEIVE OLD TIMERS SCHOLARSHIP
Hendersonville High head baseball coach Mike Hendrix is being inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Hall of Fame on Saturday. Feedback from his current and former players, assistant coaches, administrators, opposing coaches and other colleagues is as follows …
This honor speaks volumes as to the man Coach Hendrix is and the legacy and impact that he has had on the Hendersonville High School baseball program, baseball in the state of Tennessee and the thousands of ballplayers that he has coached. Coach Hendrix has the ability to allow his players to play loose no matter the situation, and that allows them to want to do anything for him. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without his guidance and friendship. He taught me how to be a good teammate and how to respect the game. (The substate win over McGavock on) May 20, 1994, will always be a turning point for the Commando program. I will always share that memory of making it to our first state tournament with coach, and he hasn’t looked back since. Congrats to Coach Hendrix and the program on the new field and the (TBCA) Hall of Fame induction. Go Commandos.
Jeremy Townes, former Hendersonville High pitcher/rightfielder and 1994 graduate
Mike has been someone I have respected since I started at Mt. Juliet in 2000. Our teams have always enjoyed competing against his teams. I feel that our programs have had a great rivalry for several years, and we have competed against each other for District 9-AAA championships several times. Mike has always shown class, and his induction into the (TBCA) Hall of Fame is well-deserved.
Mark Purvis, Mt. Juliet head baseball coach
The biggest thing I've noticed about Coach Hendrix is just how much he cares. He cares about each and every one of us, whether we hit .500 or never see the field. His main goal is to prepare us to be good men, husbands and fathers. If we turn out to become pretty good baseball players, that's just an extra. He is a great man and is truly deserving of being inducted in to the TBCA Hall of Fame.
Cooper Brenning, Hendersonville High senior catcher
Mike and I go back. He played at Overton as a player, and I played at the old Madison High School. We played against each other in high school. Then, he went to Belmont, and I went (to Vanderbilt). So, we played against each other again. First of all, Mike is an outstanding person. Second, Mike was an outstanding player at Overton and Belmont. Third, he’s been an outstanding high-school baseball coach. He’s dedicated his whole life to teaching and coaching. I have the utmost respect for Mike as a person, as a player and as a coach.
Gene Menees, TSSAA assistant executive director over baseball
Mike is a class act. He cares about the game of baseball and his players. He treated me like a son. He kept it loose and let me be myself as a player, and it made me better. He loves the game of baseball, and it shows in his coaching. I appreciate the time I had playing for him, and he deserves this honor.
Wilson Tucker, former Hendersonville High rightfielder and 2003 graduate
First and foremost, Mike Hendrix is a person who loves working with young people. He found that calling through teaching and coaching of baseball. He has had a positive effect on the lives of countless young people over the course of his 39-year career here at Hendersonville High School. His passion for the game of baseball and the young men he coaches is undeniable. In addition, he has worked tirelessly with the community of Hendersonville to promote baseball to all age levels of children. In addition, he has worked with the parks department to continually improve the facilities for youth baseball.
Bob Cotter, Hendersonville High School principal
I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to play for Coach Hendrix. A lot of my fondest baseball memories are from the years that I spent playing for him. He has had a lot of great teams and helped several guys develop their talents so that they might continue their careers at the next level.
Jeff Parsons, former Hendersonville High pitcher/rightfielder and 1996 graduate
I have had the good fortune of knowing Coach Hendrix from both sides of the field. I played against his teams in high school, coached against them later and now enjoy working alongside him. Two things stand out about him and his teams. One, as an opponent, you tend to look at other programs, especially rivals, to see what they are doing that is successful and to see how what you are doing compares. In all those years playing and coaching against his teams, I heard a lot of people describe him as unorthodox, but one thing I always noticed about every one of his teams was how his players loved playing for him. His guys played hard, enjoyed playing and subsequently performed at a high level. Now that I work for him, there is another thing that really stands out to me. He allows people to do what it is they are best suited to do. He lets players play and coaches coach. He puts people in a position to do what they can do and be successful, then let's them do it without micro-managing or over-coaching or interfering unnecessarily. He creates an environment where people are free to perform without a feeling of looking over their shoulder all the time.
lay Sanders, Hendersonville High assistant baseball coach
Mike Hendrix is a baseball man and very deserving of this honor, and I am very glad for him. I have known Mike since I got my start in coaching over 30 years ago, as we coached together for three years (at Knox Doss Junior High), and our teams have played over the years, including in the state tournament. Mike is a hard worker, and his teams have always play hard and with a lot of class, which is a true reflection of him. Congratulations Mike.
Mack Hawks, Oakland High head baseball coach
Mike and I grew up in South Nashville, and I watched him play football and baseball at Overton High School and baseball at Belmont. Baseball has been a passion for him, and we were fortunate to have him lead our program at HHS. My three sons (Ty, Tommy and Joey) all played for him, and he had an impact on them and our family. He is certainly deserving of this prestigious recognition. He has impacted many lives in his career.
Paul Decker, former Hendersonville High principal
Coach Hendrix is not only a coach to his players but treats them as family. He was always there for me in my four years at Hendersonville, and to this day, I still can say he is a role model to me. He being inducted to the (TBCA) Hall of Fame is more than deserved. He's one of if not the best coach in the state of Tennessee, not only for his achievements in baseball but for helping young men grow into adults on and off the field.
Zac Curtis, former Hendersonville High pitcher and 2010 graduate
Coach Hendrix is the true meaning of what coach stands for. In a society where successful coaches are sold to the highest bidder, he has remained loyal to the Commandos through the best and worst times of our program. His career of 26 years is a testament to his loyalty and dedication to HHS and all of the young men whose lives have been touched by such a wonderful person. There is not a day that goes by that he is not excited about coaching baseball and making a difference in the lives of each and every young man on the team. I have known Coach Hendrix for 16 years in the many roles that I have served at HHS. The biggest compliment I can give him is the fact that no matter where I go or where I’ve been, someone always has something positive to say about him. He is one of the most respected coaches in the state of Tennessee. What I admire the most about Coach Hendrix is how much he loves his family. He has always kept a balance between what is important at home and on the field. He is a wonderful person who I am honored to call my colleague, but most of all, one of my best friends.
Stacia Dean, Hendersonville High physical education department head
Mike Hendrix is solid. As a player, you always knew what he expected out of you, and you knew you could always count on the best from him. His consistency has kept him competitive in the toughest district in the state, year in and year out. He loves the game, and he loves his players. I am thankful I had the chance to play for Coach Hendrix, and I want to congratulate him on such a great honor.
Brandon McClurg, former Hendersonville High pitcher/centerfielder and 2005 graduate
Mike’s a great person to be around, and it rubs off on the kids. He’s always positive. Mike teaches them what to do. If they make a mistake, he would hold them accountable, but he always does it in a positive way. He’s never negative. That’s his most positive attribute. He’s a great personality. I heard (long-time Los Angeles Dodgers manager) Tommy Lasorda say one time that you get better milk from contented cows. That’s what happens. They play hard for him, because they like him.
Steve Garner, former Hendersonville High assistant baseball coach for 12 seasons
I will always be indebted to Coach Hendrix for providing me the opportunity to play baseball at Hendersonville. He grew the program into a brotherhood and family atmosphere that helped shape me into the person I am today. Some of my best high-school memories are with friends and teammates competing for a state championship. Our seniors actually held our graduation ceremony in Williamson Medical Center after we beat Franklin in our substate game in 2000. Our catcher Chris Roach was injured, and we wanted to graduate with him at the hospital. Coach Hendrix created the atmosphere that always made the games and practice fun while keeping our competitive edge. I know that many players from our class and others have grown to be successful in many different industries, and I think it’s a testament to Coach Hendrix’s leadership.
Worth Scott, formerHendersonville High pitcher/centerfielder and 2000 graduate
I believe that Mike Hendrix is very deserving of being inducted into the TBCA Hall of Fame. He is an outstanding coach and an even better person. He coaches his teams to play the game the right way and always puts a competitive team on the field. I have nothing but respect for Mike and the program that he has at Hendersonville High School in the 19 years that I have coached against him.
Barry Vetter, current assistant coach at Blackman High and former head coach at Shelbyville and Smyrna
Coach Hendrix won me over back in high school when we had a great group of guys in P.E. (physical education class), and he would get in and play and make us a bracket and tournament for every sport. I knew I loved him then and told him this. Now, after playing for him for six years, coaching under him for three years and coaching with him for five years, I reflect on how he has impacted me as a coach and person. First, it would have to be his love of family. He will do anything for his kids and routinely meets with his mother and stepfather. Without a doubt, his first priority is family. Next, is his love of life. If you want to smile, see Coach Hendrix. There is not a day I see him when he doesn’t put a smile on my face. He loves life and what he does in this world. Lastly, it is coaching. Being an intense coach, he always eases me back to the reality that you should do your best but remember that it is just a game. Every year I ask him if he is coming back, and so far it has been yes. I hope it stays that way, because I greatly appreciate him in my life.
Lawson Watson, Ellis Middle head football coach, former junior-varsity baseball coach at Hendersonville High, former Hendersonville baseball player and 2004 graduate
I think that if I had to sum him up in one word, it would be class. He is a class guy, runs a class program, and is well-respected by his peers. His record speaks for itself – 519 wins, five times to state tournament … and one thing he is proud of is that over 50 of his kids have gone on to play college baseball, and seven played professionally.
Pat Swallows, TBCA executive director
I don't even know where to begin about Coach Hendrix. He was my eighth-grade basketball coach. We competed against his teams when I was a player at Beech wanting to beat them as bad as we could. He hired me to be a junior-varsity baseball coach 16 years ago when I had about one year of coaching experience, and he had one of the best young classes of players we had ever had. He's put faith in me and all his assistant coaches and allowed us to be along for a great ride with some of the best baseball experiences that anyone can imagine all over the country. He was the driving force behind our field first getting rebuilt 15 years ago. He has been a major influence over countless players and students at Hendersonville. He has been a father-type figure when I needed it, a brother-type figure when I needed it, and most of all, he has been my friend. I can say with all certainty that Hendersonville High School has been blessed to have Mike Hendrix as its head baseball coach, and personally, I have been blessed to known one of the greatest baseball men that we all know. To me, that is the highest compliment we can give someone in our game. Mike Hendrix is a true baseball man and an even finer gentleman of the game.
Andy Gilley, Assistant Baseball Coach Hendersonville High School
Congratulations to Seniors Cooper Brenning and Aris Welden for receiving the 2016 Old Timers Baseball Association Scholarship. They join a long list of former Commandos who have received the prestigious award. We are very grateful to the Old Timers Association for all that they do for baseball in Middle Tennessee and for continuing to recognize so many players for their efforts on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Pictured are Welden and Brenning along with Caid Sanders, son of Coach Clay Sanders. Caid was honored at the same event as the MVP of the Sandlotter 14U league this past summer. Congratulations to all these young men for their hard work!
Friday, January 8
TURF INFIELD READY FOR OPENING DAY!
1/8/16 NEW TURF INFIELD TO BE READY FOR OPENING DAY....
HHS baseball program gets its own 'Field of Dreams'
They were coming before it was built.
Still, Hendersonville High School’s baseball coaches have dubbed their newly installed turf infield – the first one in the state for a high school team – their own “Field of Dreams.”
Located in Hendersonville’s Drakes Creek Park, baseball field No. 3 – a regulation baseball field – is shared between the school and the city, along with other parks facilities.
With 30 to 40 home high school games a year as well as around 150 middle school, recreational and tournament games, the field sees a lot of wear and tear, says HHS assistant baseball coach Andy Gilley.
That’s why he first proposed the idea of a turf infield to then-Parks Director Dave LeMarbre back in 2012. The two secured a grant from the Memorial Foundation for $65,000 but still three times that amount was needed.
Through the HHS Dugout Club, Gilley received a $47,000 grant in 2011 from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund for renovations to the field after the May 2010 flood. He decided to apply again to the program.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund came through once again, matching the $65,000 from the Memorial Foundation. Gilley and LeMarbre, who has since retired, approached city leaders for the rest of the funding.
“We were fortunate enough to be included in the current bond issue that the city has approved for $100,000 to complete funding for the project,” Gilley said.
Installation of the turf, a three-week process, was completed just before Christmas.
Head Coach Mike Hendrix admits the new field is a highlight of his 26 years at HHS.
“It’s good for the whole community and all the kids that will get to play here,” he said. “If the kids can’t enjoy playing here, they’re not going to enjoy playing anywhere.”
Interim Parks Director Brandon Rogers says the new field will benefit the city as well.
“We’ll be able to play in almost any weather,” said Rogers. “It will help us stay consistent with our scheduling.”
Rogers said the new field will also help draw more tournaments to the city. The biggest benefit, he added, will be the savings in maintenance costs.
“Due to the large number of games each year, the field is shut down from July to September for yearly upkeep including sod replacement, edging, over seeding, and fertilizing at an average cost of $10,000,” he said.
In addition, a complete renovation of the natural grass infield is recommended every 10 to 15 years at a cost of $30,000. The artificial turf will reduce annual expenses by nearly 80 percent, Gilley noted, allowing money to be spent on other things for the field.
It will also give his team more practice time – making weather less of a factor. Last year, the team didn’t practice outside during the whole month of February due to the weather.
Every other baseball program in Sumner County has its own indoor facility dedicated solely to baseball, except White House, Gilley noted. Hendersonville has to share its indoor facility with other sports.
Another plus Gilley said helped get the Memorial Foundation on board is that the city’s league for youth with special needs will be able to use the field when possible.
The Raptors baseball program enrolled around 35 players last spring, according to Cindy Hamblen who organizes the program.
“For one thing the field won’t be as muddy,” she said. “Some of our players have physical ailments. Some don’t see well. With the contrast between the green and the dirt, they’ll be able to follow the bases better. This will be a little bit safer for them. I also think it will make them feel more important being in a brand new stadium.”
Gilley said the new field will put Hendersonville on par with cities like Atlanta, Ga., who hosts events for athletes with special needs.
“Hopefully this will be another step in our goal of making our program and our field a place that every kid in Hendersonville wants to play on,” Gilley said. “There are literally hundreds of kids who will benefit from the new field.”
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Friday, January 8
GRANT WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH MTSU
MURFREESBORO – Three student-athletes officially joined the Middle Tennessee baseball program Wednesday. Head coach Jim McGuire announced the signings of Aaron Antonini, Elliott Curtis and Grant Williams to national letters of intent during the first day of the early signing period.
Antonini is a switch-hitting catcher who will join the Blue Raiders from Hollywood, Fla., where he currently plays at North Broward Prep. As a junior at Chaminade-Madonna College Prep he hit .326 with 12 doubles, one home run and 24 RBIs while also playing with the Elite Squad travel team.
Antonini also competed in the Perfect Game Wood Bat 17U National Championship, where he hit .400 with three doubles and a home run on his way to being named to the all-tournament team. He moved to Hollywood from Caracas, Venezuela in the fall of 2014.
"Aaron can really catch and throw and that's what we need," McGuire stated. "We needed to bring in a freshman that's a defensive guy first. Being a switch-hitter is a plus and he swings the bat good from both sides."
Curtis is an infielder who played for the Ontario Terriers travel team. He hit .370 last season with an on-base percentage of .498 and drove in 34 runs. He also scored 54 runs for the Terriers and stole 26 bases in 28 attempts.
A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Curtis is a two-year member of the Team Canada Junior Sunbelt team and made the All-Sunbelt Tournament team as a sophomore. He is the top-ranked shortstop in Ontario by Prep Baseball Report.
"Elliott is a left-handed hitting infielder and we really like his hands," McGuire said. "The way he moves around he projects as a second baseman or third baseman. With our shortage of left-handed bats he'll have an opportunity to swing the bat for us right away."
Williams hails from Hendersonville, Tenn., where he pitched for Hendersonville High School. After a 5-0 sophomore campaign, the tall righty went 9-1 in his junior season with a 1.31 ERA and .165 BAA. He struck out 69 batters in 69 1/3 innings and can handle the bat as well, hitting .358 with 32 runs batted in as a junior.
The in-state signee was the District 9-AAA MVP in 2015, was named TBCA All-State and was selected to the Team Tennessee Junior Sunbelt team. He has also competed for the Hendersonville Shooters and Knights 17U Elite Baseball travel teams.
"Grant is a big, strong right-hander who throws strikes," McGuire stated. "He's been able to locate his pitches in a lot of big games. We've recruited him as a pitcher, but he'll get a chance to swing the bat and we think he has huge upside."
With only three of the five available spots filled in this year's signing class, McGuire may not be done yet. The Blue Raiders can still add two more recruits in the early signing period or fill out the class in the spring.
6-0 // 180 lb // C
Bats: S // Throws: R
Hollywood, Fla./North Broward Prep
6-0 // 190 lb // IF
Bats: L // Throws: R
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada/St. David CSS
6-4 // 235 lb // RHP
Bats: R // Throws: R
Hendersonville, Tenn./Hendersonville HS
Friday, January 8
WILL WACASER SIGNS WITH AUSTIN PEAY
Baseball November 17, 2015 By Cody Bush
Govs add midstate right-hander Wacaser to 2017 squad
Friday, November 13
9 COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-SUMNER COUNTY TEAM
CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University's baseball team continued its stretch of signing Tennessee products, as midstate right-hander Will Wacaser has signed a letter of intent during the early signing period.
Wacaser, a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher, is preparing for his senior campaign at Hendersonville High School with head coach Mike Hendrix. He was the Commandos starting pitcher in the opening game of their TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament appearance and struck out seven while walking one in six innings of a no decision.
As a junior, Wacaser compiled a 5-3 record with 2.40 earned-run average. He struck out 40 in 46.2 innings pitched and was named to the Class AAA 9-AAA All-District Tournament team. Wacaser also was an All-Sumner County team selection.
"When Coach [Derrick] Dunbar saw Will, he liked his competitiveness and demeanor on the mound," said Governors head coach Travis Janssen. "He will be a guy who throws in the upper 80's guy with a really solid slider. He's another young arm that will have a chance to contribute early in his career. He has a quiet demeanor off of the field, but very competitive on the field. He'll have a chance to be a big part of our pitching staffs in the future."
Wacaser also played during the summer for the Nashville Knights 17U Elite team coached by Ryan Walsh. That squad played in the TopTenn Summer Championships, posting a 5-0 record. Wacaser was part of a pitching staff that surrendered just two runs in those five outings
After a 2015 campaign which saw the Commandos win 31 games and advance to the AAA State tournament for the 5th time in the program's history 9 Commandos were recognized as All-County performers!
Catcher Jacob Telli, Sr., Pope John Paul II
First Baseman Ben Smith, Sr., Hendersonville
Second Baseman Bryson Glover, Sr., Station Camp
Shortstop Ben Brooks, Soph., Pope John Paul II
Third Baseman Connor Fischer, Sr., Hendersonville
Outfielder Austin Brown, Sr., Hendersonville
Outfielder Jacob Jenkins, Jr., Beech
Outfielder Isaac Robertson, Jr., Beech
Outfielder Jarcques Wordlaw, Sr., Hendersonville
Designated Hitter Nick Lingo, Jr., Portland
Athlete Noah Burden, Jr., White House
Athlete Kemper Dixon, Jr., Portland
Athlete Ryan Hatten, Jr., Pope John Paul II
Athlete Jordan Mason, Soph., Gallatin
Athlete Tyler Thompson, Soph., Station Camp
All-Purpose Player Andy Denning, Soph., Gallatin
All-Purpose Player Jake Perry, Sr., OF, Westmoreland
All-Purpose Player Logan Taylor, Sr., Pope John Paul II
All-Purpose Player Kody Timmons, Jr., Beech
All-Purpose Player A.J. Weed, Jr., Station Camp
Pitcher Dalton Hall, Soph., Beech
Pitcher Mason Hickman, Soph., Pope John Paul II
Pitcher Grant Oliver, Sr., Westmoreland
Pitcher Will Wacaser, Jr., Hendersonville
Pitcher Jacob Wiseman, Sr., White House
Player of the Year Grant Williams, Jr., P-DH, Hendersonville
Catcher Dylan Pottorff, Soph., Station Camp
First Baseman Jordan Holmes, Sr., Westmoreland
Second Baseman Drew Richard, Sr., Hendersonville
Shortstop Ty Maskill, Jr., Beech
Third Baseman Jacob Reed, Sr., Pope John Paul II
Outfielder Billy Campbell, Jr., Gallatin
Outfielder Jesse McCoy, Jr., Beech
Outfielder Hunter Read, Jr., Portland
Outfielder Braden Schwerdt, Sr., Hendersonville
Designated Hitter Jackson Bryant, Sr., Station Camp
Athlete Luke Hopkins, Jr., White House
Athlete Thomas Zazzaro, Soph., Station Camp
All-Purpose Player Isaac Norman, Sr., Portland
All-Purpose Player Jared Riesterer, Sr., Gallatin
Pitcher Bradley Crafton, Jr., Beech
Pitcher Brandon Fuller, Jr., Hendersonville
Pitcher Michael Neely, Sr., Station Camp
Pitcher Cole Hughes, Sr., Hendersonville Christian Academy
Drew Davis, Sr., 3B-P, White House
Pace Dempsey, Soph., OF, Pope John Paul II
Dach Diseker, Sr., 1B-P, Portland
Jordan Durham, Sr., 1B-P, Gallatin
Cody Gentile, Jr., C, White House
Billy Graves, Jr., 3B, Westmoreland
Dalton Heath, Jr., P, Pope John Paul II
Jake Jarvis, Jr., DH-P, White House
Daniel Lankster, Sr., 2B, Beech
Tyler McLoughlin, Jr., OF-P, Westmoreland
Ian McWilliams, Soph., P, Beech
Ryan Mortensen, Soph., C, Beech
Ben Pinkerman, Jr., 1B-P, Hendersonville Christian Academy
James Rockwell, Jr., SS-P, Gallatin
Dalton Smith, Sr., 2B, Pope John Paul II
Nick Tuck, Sr., OF, Gallatin
Jordan Weems, Soph., OF, Pope John Paul II
Austin Windsor, Sr., 1B, Station Camp
Friday, November 13
WILLIAMS NAMED SUMNER COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hendersonville's Williams is a winner
Friday, November 13
WILLIAMS COMMITS TO MTSU
Grant Williams arrived at Hendersonville High School prior to his sophomore year.
It was as a junior that he made his mark.
The Commandos relied on the right arm of the 6-foot-4, 225-pound standout heavily in their postseason run to the Class AAA State Tournament. Williams picked up four pitching victories in the postseason, including a win over Wilson Central in the District 9-AAA Tournament championship game, a victory over Clarksville and Vanderbilt University signee Donny Everett in the Region 5-AAA Tournament semifinal round, and then in the team's sectional victory over visiting Centennial.
Hendersonville equaled a program record with 33 wins, won the District 9-AAA North Division championship, won the District 9-AAA Tournament title and won the Region 5-AAA Tournament championship.
On the mound, Williams had a 9-1 record and a 1.31 ERA, with opposing hitters batting just .165 against him. Over 69 and 1/3 innings, Williams allowed 41 hits, issued 20 base on balls and struck out 69 hitters.
At the plate, Williams had a .358 batting average with 10 doubles, three home runs, 29 runs scored and 32 runs batted in. His on-base percentage was .478.
Williams was selected as the District 9-AAA Co-Most Valuable Player.
He was recently one of the 20 rising sophomores and juniors who competed for Team Tennessee in the Junior Sunbelt National Championship, helping the state's top underclassmen to a runner-up finish in the event.
Williams also participated in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Showcase at Middle Tennessee State University last month, one of 100 standouts selected. Williams was also among the top 25 of those players, earning him an opportunity to represent the state in Border Wars (in which the Tennessee players compete against players from Alabama and Georgia).
As a result of his efforts during the high-school season, Williams has been named the Sumner County Player of the Year on the All-County Baseball Team.
We recently sat down with Williams and discussed a variety of subjects. His feedback is as follows …
Talk about the differences between your previous home of West Monroe, La., and Hendersonville? The pitchers are actually a lot better here than they are in Louisiana. The schools are a little bit harder here than in Louisiana, considering we're on block schedule. There's a lot more to do here. I feel like I've grown closer to friends here than back there.
Was relocating tough?
At first, I was like 'mom, I'm going to give you 30 days to get me to like it. If I don't like it, I'm moving back.' I ended up liking it.
Have you played other sports in the past?
I played football up until my freshman year. I played basketball up to eighth grade. I played soccer in first grade. It was a little too much running. Basketball was just kind of a tough sport for me. I didn't have a great shot. I liked football until my sophomore year. It just fell down because of the coaches (in West Monroe).
What did you expect baseball-wise when you arrived at Hendersonville High?
I didn't know anything about (Hendersonville). Heading north, I thought baseball was going to be worse than down south. I was definitely wrong.
Was your level of success this season surprising?
There were times I surprised myself. I wouldn't have been 9-1 without an infield and an outfield and the rest of my team hitting like that. When we went to Hoover (Ala., for the Hoover Buccaneer Classic), I was surprised I did pretty well there, though I did get my one loss. But that was to a good team (Hoover High School).
What was your most memorable moment this season?
When I beat Donny Everett. It was pretty awesome. The atmosphere was definitely crazy. There was a lot of hype on the game. We knew I was on the mound. We knew he was on the mound. We were like, 'maybe it will be a pitcher's duel.' It was. It was a hectic game. It was pretty fun to pitch in.
When did your recruiting interest really pick up?
After that (Clarksville) game, I got a call from Middle (Tennessee State University). I went on an unofficial visit over there. A month or two later, I got a call from Trevecca and Belmont and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Before the Clarksville game, I got a call from Samford (Ala., University).
Do you have any scholarship offers on the table, and do you have a timetable for deciding on where you'd like to play college baseball?
I only have one offer right now (MTSU). I wasn't really planning on where I decided to go until after this summer. Hopefully, I'll pick up more (offers). I'm pretty open right now.
What parts of your game need to improve?
I need to bump up my velocity a little bit. I need to get it up probably two or three or four miles per hour. I'm sitting 85-87 typically. That (increase) would be high 80s to low 90s.
What was the experience of playing for Team Tennessee like?
It was awesome. The level of players I got to play with was unreal. The competition was also really good. We didn't see anybody (pitchers) probably below 87 (miles per hour). Everybody was upper 80s to low 90s. Realizing you can throw the ball and feel that your guys are going to make a play every single time, it feels good.
You were almost exclusively a pitcher and designated hitter this spring. Will we see you as an everyday, position player in 2016?
I think I'll be our first baseman this year. I practiced a little last year at first. I played a couple innings at third this year, but it was pretty much all Connor (Fischer, the team's everyday third baseman).
Who is the toughest pitcher that you've faced?
It was probably Donny. You don't see many guys throwing high 90s at the high-school level. It puts stress on the rest of the team trying to hit on him. You can't allow many baserunners (as the opposing pitcher). You have to kind of shut down their whole team basically. It just happened to work out against Donny.
Who is the toughest hitter that you faced?
Probably Cullen Smith from Wilson Central. He doesn't strike out. He puts the ball in play. He's a patient hitter. I walked him once. He squared one up on me, but he still got out.
How disappointing was the state tournament, losing your first two games?
It was pretty disappointing. It's tough going into the seventh inning (in the opening-game loss to Soddy-Daisy), realizing that we have this game. It's right there. We just kind of blow the first game. It's a tough situation in the second game (an eight-inning loss to Bartlett), going into the bottom of the eighth inning after having loaded the bases (in the top of the inning).
How big of a challenge will next season be after losing 10 seniors?
It's going to be tough, filling seven positions. Other than our pitching staff, we'll be trying to find places for everyone to play, other than the catcher (returning starter Cooper Brenning). Everything is open. We can still make a run. We just have to find the right players for the right positions. We have the talent. We have 11 seniors.
As the team went through the postseason, did you receive a lot more attention based on how well you performed?
I had people in my school like, 'are you pitching tonight?' If I said yes, they would be like, 'I think we'll win.' It was good encouragement from my school. Even Will (Wacaser, the team's No. 2 pitcher and his classmate) would be encouraging. He'd be like, 'you're throwing some gas tonight.'
What is the funniest moment with the team that you can recall?
After the Centennial game, Ben shaved his beard into a mustache like you'd see on a cop on a TV show. After we beat Centennial, one of the dads in the stands was like, 'get this 30-year-old off the field.' We were like get off his back. Ben does look old though.
Another funny thing that happened … one day we're at practice. It's last summer. Cooper Brenning is letting Jon Swindle drive his car. He didn't realize the back of his (Chevrolet) Tahoe is open. Jon floors it in reverse. He hits the basketball goal (in the parking lot). They paid for it obviously. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen.
Who is your biggest fan and why?
Probably my mom (Marion Williams). She always tells me what I did wrong and will tell me a way I can correct it. It's usually a win-win for me. She'll tell me everything I need to know. My papaw and nana (Dale and Janet Sandifer) are big fans. They came up (from Louisiana) for the district tournament.
Do you have any superstitions?
Don't step on the line (baseline during the game). Whenever I come off the field, I'll make sure I don't step on the line. I always hang my bag on the same hook in the dugout. It's beside the Gatorade container. Whenever I'm in the bullpen, I'll throw four pitches – the first round – of each pitch out of the windup. Then, (it will be) curveball, curveball, curveball. Then, I'll do two pitches out of that pitch out the stretch. Then, I'll do two of each pitch out of the windup. Then, I'll do one of each pitch out of the stretch. Then, I'll go curveball, change-up, fastball … I have to end on the fastball.
What is something that people don't know about Grant Williams?
I'll watch Netflix. Once I get hooked on a show, I'll finish it in like a week. Even if it's a nine-season show, I'll finish it in a week. "Friday Night Lights" … it's so good.
Which players are you closest to on the team?
My three closest friends are Ian (MacMaster), Will (Wacaser) and Cooper (Brenning). We're pretty much a little clique. We hang out a lot.
Hendersonville head coach Mike Hendrix on Grant Williams …. "He's very competitive. He's a hard worker. The biggest thing is that he wants the ball. During that regional-tournament week, when he beat Clarksville (on Monday) and pitched on Friday (against Centennial), I went out and talked to him in the seventh inning (of the sectional win). He said, 'I want to finish.' That's all I needed to hear. He was very relaxed when I went out there. When he said what he said, that's all I needed to hear.
"Going into summer ball that first year (he was in Hendersonville), we were over at Trevecca (Nazarene University) playing in a tournament. He started off well and got tired. Then, he got stronger and stronger. Going into our offseason program, he got himself physically in shape. He can still add some bulk and muscle to that frame."
Hendersonville's Williams to be a Blue Raider
Friday, November 13
WILLIAMS NAMED TO TSWA ALL-STATE TEAM
Hendersonville High senior baseball standout Grant Williams verbally committed to continue his education and playing career at Middle Tennessee State University last Saturday.
"They tell me that I'll come in and may be a weekday (starting) pitcher my freshman or sophomore year," Williams said. "I really like the coaching staff. The coaching staff is really nice. They didn't pressure me in the process."
Williams also had an offer from Walters State Community College (which finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association JUCO World Series), and he received heavy recruiting interest from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Virginia Military Institute.
"I didn't feel like anybody was going to beat Middle's offer," Williams said. "It's a good baseball school. It's a nice campus. They actually care about the student-athlete, to help them through school. Academics always come first. That's a big deal. They actually take it (seriously)."
MTSU had a 32-27 overall record in 2015 and a 19-11 mark in Conference USA play, placing fourth in the conference during the regular season after sitting atop the league standings for a portion of the season.
Former Hendersonville High standout Zac Curtis played at MTSU, leading the nation in strikeouts through the regular season of his senior season. Curtis – a First Team All-Conference USA selection and a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award (which is given to the top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season) – was the 180th pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, selected in the sixth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Williams led the Commandos to the Class AAA State Tournament in May before helping Team Tennessee (comprised of the state's top underclassmen) finish as the runner-up in the Junior Sunbelt National Championship.
The TSWA All-State selection and 2015 Sumner County Player of the Year stood out as a pitcher this spring and also served as the Commandos' designated hitter, helping the 2015 team equal a program record with 33 victories.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander compiled a 9-1 pitching record and a 1.31 earned-run average, with opposing hitters batting just .165 against him. Williams struck out 69 hitters over 69 and 1/3 innings, allowing 41 hits and 20 base on balls.
At the plate, Williams – the District 9-AAA Co-Most Valuable Player – had with a .358 batting average, 10 doubles, three home runs, 29 runs scored, 32 RBI and a .478 on-base percentage.
However, Williams was recruited as a pitcher.
"They told me they are going to give me an opportunity to earn a spot as a position player in the fall (of his freshman season)," Williams said.
The 18-year-old participated in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Showcase at Middle Tennessee State University in June, one of 100 standouts selected. Williams was also among the top 25 of those players, earning him an opportunity to represent the state in Border Wars (in which the Tennessee players competed against players from Alabama and Georgia).
MTSU is under the direction of third-year head coach Jim McGuire, who is in his 23rd season with the Blue Raider program after 20 years as an assistant coach and then as the associate head coach.
"Whenever I called him (McGuire) yesterday, I was pretty stoked when I got off the phone," Williams said.
Sports reporter Craig Harris can be contacted at 575-7138 and can be followed on Twitter at @HarrisGNESports.
Congratulations to Grant Williams who was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers All-State Team for 2015
P: Donny Everett, Clarksville, Sr.
P: Dylan King, Riverdale, Sr.
P: Will Neely, Hardin Valley, Sr.
P: Patrick Raby, Farragut, Sr.
C: Truman Brown, Rossview, Sr.
C: Alex Webb, Columbia, Sr.
INF: Blake Benefield, Siegel, Sr.
INF: Bryce Denton, Ravenwood, Sr.
INF: Jacob Edgington, Cookeville, Sr.
INF: Duncan Pence, Farragut, Jr.
INF: Hunter Wolfe, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.
OF: Tre Carter, Soddy Daisy, Jr.
OF: Dylan Harris, Hardin Valley, Jr.
OF: Jared Schmidt, Houston, Sr.
UTIL: Landon Knack, Science Hill, Sr.
UTIL: Grant Williams, Hendersonville, Jr.
Monday, June 22
GRANT WILLIAMS NAMED TO TENNESSEAN ALL-MIDSTATE FIRST TEAM
P, Goodpasture, Sr.
Why chosen: Class A Mr. Baseball winner had a 12-1 record with a 0.49 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 85 innings.
C, Columbia, Sr.
Why chosen: Alabama signee hit .330 with 13 home runs and 34 RBIs.
INF, Ravenwood, Sr.
Why chosen: Vanderbilt signee and second-round draft pick hit .476 with 34 RBIs, 21 extra-base hits and a .596 on-base percentage.
INF, Forrest, Jr.
Why chosen: Vanderbilt commitment and District 9-A MVP hit .444 with a .556 on-base percentage and 36 runs.
INF, Riverdale, Jr.
Why chosen: The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder hit .404 with 36 RBIs and a district-leading seven home runs.
INF, Summertown, Jr.
Why chosen: Leadoff man batted .461 with 23 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs for the Class A runner-up Eagles.
OF, Siegel, Sr.
Why chosen: MTSU signee and District 7-AAA player of the year hit .429 with five homers, 34 RBIs and 11 doubles.
OF, Ravenwood, Sr.
Why chosen: MTSU signee and All-District 11-AAA selection hit .321 with 35 RBIs and 15 extra-base hits, including seven homers.
OF, Pope John Paul II, Sr.
Why chosen: Volunteer State signee hit .425 with 17 extra-base hits, 36 RBIs and 32 runs.
UTIL, Hendersonville, Jr.
Why chosen: District 9-AAA co-MVP went 9-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 69 strikeouts while hitting .358 with 32 RBIs.
Saturday, June 20
WILLLIAMS GETS TEAM TN A WIN IN OKLAHOMA
Hendersonville High junior Grant Williams picked up the complete-game victory as Team Tennessee clinched the top seed and earned a spot in the championship game of the Junior Sunbelt National Championship with Tuesday afternoon's 3-2 victory over Colorado at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
With the win, the Tennessee squad concluded pool play with an 8-1 record and advanced to face Texas in Wednesday evening's championship game. Texas had a 7-2 record in pool play, as did third-place Arizona.
Tennessee claimed a 4-1 victory over Texas in pool-play action last Saturday.
Team Tennessee advanced to the championship game for the fifth time over the last six seasons, winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 and finishing as the runner-up in 2010 and 2014.
On Tuesday, Williams tossed a five-hitter, allowing two earned runs. The right-hander issued two base on balls and struck out five hitters.
Colorado scored single runs in the first and second innings.
Then, Williams retired 18 of the final 20 hitters he faced, striking out the first two hitters in the seventh before retiring the game's final hitter with an infield groundout.
Team Tennessee scored all of its runs in the first inning.
Colorado began the day in a three-way tie for second place but dropped both of its contests on Tuesday, including an 8-0 loss to Texas at McAlester High School earlier in the day.
The Tennessee squad bounced back from a 4-2 setback to Arizona on Tuesday afternoon in another game played at Eastern Oklahoma.
Team Tennessee didn't score until its final at-bat, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Tennessee squad rolled to a 9-2 victory over Mississippi on Monday morning at McAlester High.
Then, Team Tennessee rolled to a 12-2, five-inning victory over the Oklahoma Gold squad on Monday evening at Eastern Oklahoma.
Williams doubled in a run during the six-run third inning.
Saturday, June 20
AUSTIN BROWN AND BEN SMITH NAMED TO SENIOR ALL-STAR GAME
Congratulations to seniors Austin Brown and Ben Smith who have been named to represent the middle TN AAA squad in the upcoming senior All-Star Classic at Cumberland University. Click on the link to read the full article.
Saturday, June 20
GRANT WILLIAMS SELECTED TO PLAY FOR TEAM TENNESSEE
Congratulations to Grant Williams (JR) who was selected to represent Team Tennessee in the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma this summer. Click on the link for a full article.
Saturday, June 20
SEVERAL COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT 9AAA TEAM
District 9-AAA has become one of the state's most talented baseball districts. With two of its members reaching the Class AAA state tournament (Hendersonville and Wilson Central), District 9-AAA is second to none in talent. At the conclusion of this year's season, District 9-AAA announced its All-District team and Most Valuable Players.
2015 9-AAA All-District Team
Coach of the Year:
Eric Vetetoe (Lebanon)
Most Valuable Player:
Grant Williams (Jr - Hendersonville)
Isaac Robertson (Jr - Beech)
Right-handed Pitcher of the Year:
Kyle Schmitt (Sr - Wilson Central)
Left-handed Pitcher of the Year:
A.J. Franklin (Sr - Wilson Central)
Jacob Jenkins (Jr)
Daniel Lankster (Sr)
Tyler Maskill (Jr)
Kody Timmons (Jr)
Andy Denning (So)
Jordan Mason (So)
Connor Fischer (Sr)
Drew Richard (Sr)
Austin Brown (Sr)
Ben Smith (Sr)
Jarcques Wordlaw (Sr)
Brandon Fuller (Jr)
Bryce Lester (Jr)
Tristan Warden (So)
Jackson Arnold (Sr)
Zach Ehrhart (Sr)
Tyler Warmath (Sr)
Jacob Cole (Jr)
Aaron Brown (So)
Dach Diseker (Sr)
Kemper Dixon (Jr)
Bryson Glover (Sr)
Michael Neely (Sr)
Ben Spradley (Sr)
Tony Pfefferle (Sr)
Monday, June 22
COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TEAM
Several Commandos were rewarded for their play in the District 9AAA Tournament by being named to the District 9AAA All-Tournament team:
Braden Schwerdt (SR)
Connor Fischer (SR)
Ben Smith (SR)
Austin Brown (SR)
Jarcques Wordlaw (SR)
Grant Williams (JR)
Saturday, June 20
HHS ENDS 2015 7TH IN STATE POLL
TBCA Final State Poll 2015
Class AAA Class AA
1. Hardin Valley 1. CPA
2. Farragut 2. Knoxville Catholic
3. Bartlett 3. Cascade
4. Houston 4. Crockett Co.
5. Ravenwood 5. Lexington
6. Soddy Daisy 6. Loudon
7. Hendersonville 7. Sullivan South
8. East Hamilton 8. CAK
9. Sevier Co. 9. Murfreesboro Central
10. Columbia 10. Pigeon Forge
Thursday, May 7
HHS WINS DISTRICT 9AAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Commandos defeated Wilson Central 2-0 on May 6, 2015 to win the District 9AAA Championship!
Monday, April 27
JV ENDS SEASON WITH CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Coach Herman and our 2015 JV Commandos who ended their season with a 13-6 win over Mt Juliet in the City by the Lake Invitational. The JV squad ended their season with a record of 11-9-2. We are proud of the efforts of Coach Herman and all these young men.
Wednesday, May 6
HHS UP TO 5TH IN LATEST COACHES POLL
TBCA Coaches Poll for April 29, 2015
TBCA State Poll Week 6 April 20-25
3. Sevier Co.
Friday, April 10
COACH HENDRIX GETS WIN #500
With a 4-1 win over Rossview on March 28, 2015 Coach Mike Hendrix picked up his 500th win as head coach of the HHS Commandos. The program recognized Coach Hendrix before a game with Portland on April 8, 2015. Pictured are members of the 2015 Hendersonville Varsity Baseball team and Coach Hendrix. He was presented with his #19 jersey which he wore for many years as Head Coach.
Tuesday, March 10
GRANT WILLIAMS NAMED 2014 SANDLOTT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MVP
1/23/15 GRANT WILLIAMS NAMED MVP OF SANDLOTT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Junior RHP/DH Grant Williams who was honored along with our summer team at the 77th Old Timers Baseball Association Banquet for his play during the 2014 Sandlott Wood Bat World Series. It was a great night for baseball in Middle TN which saw several local high school players receive scholarships, former Atlanta Brave great Dale Murphy was the guest speaker. Congratulations to Grant and all the honorees!
Thursday, May 15
COMMANDOS RECEIVE POST-SEASON HONORS
5/15/14 WACASER AND BROWN NAMED 9AAA PITCHERS OF THE YEAR
CONGRATULATIONS TO WILL WACASER WHO WAS NAMED DISTRICT 9AAA RHP OF TH YEAR FOR 2014 AND MICHAEL BROWN WHO WAS NAMED LHP OF THE YEAR IN DISTRICT 9AAA. BOTH WELL DESERVED HONORS.
5/15/14 THREE COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS FOR BEING SELCECTED TO THE 2014 DISTRICT 9AAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
5/15/14 FIVE COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT 9AAA TEAM
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS FOR BEING NAMED TO THE 2014 DISTRICT 9AAA ALL-DISTRICT TEAM:
Tuesday, May 21
THREE COMMANDOS NAMED TO 2013 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Congratulations to the following Commandos for collecting Post-Season Awards for the 2013 Season:
7/11/13 - EIGHT COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-COUNTY TEAM
First Team: Ben Smith and Matt Osborne
Second Team: Cooper Brenning, Jarcques Wordlaw and Matthew Slaton
Honorable Mention: Connor Fischer, Justin Long and Drew Richard
5/29/13 BEN SMITH NAMED TO ALL DISTRICT TEAM
Congratulations to Sophomore Ben Smith who was voted to the 2013 All-District 9AAA Team!
5/29/13 BROWN, SLATON, OSBORNE NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Congratulations to Senior Matthew Slaton and Sophomores Austin Brown and Matthew Osborne who were named to the 2013 All-Tournament team for District 9AAA!
Slaton pitched probably the best game of his Commando career in an 8-inning loss to Mt Juliet in the first round of the tournament. Brown hit .600 for the tournament with a HR and 5 RBI, while Osborne tossed a no-hitter in the second round game against Gallatin.
Tuesday, May 21
BEN SMITH NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Congratulations to Ben Smith (SO) who was named to the 2013 District 9AAA All-District team!
Thursday, March 22
LEGENDARY OAK RIDGE BOY DUANE ALLEN OPENS 2012 WITH NATIONAL ANTHEM!
The Commando Baseball Program was honored and humbled to say the least to have the lead singer for the award-winning and legendary Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Allen to sing the National Anthem at our home opener for the 2012 season. We are sincerely thankful to have one of the greatest voices in music industry history not only as a member of our Hendersonville Community but as a fan of our baseball program. Pictured above is Duane with our 2012 Baseball Team!
Friday, March 23
HHS CELEBRATES 2012 HOME OPENER WITH HELP FROM COMMUNITY
|HENDERSONVILLE CELEBRATES REOPENING OF BASEBALL FIELD
| Thursday, March 22, 2012
The festivities at Drakes Creek Park Monday night were the final realization for Andy Gilley that his shot in the dark actually came true.
The Hendersonville High School assistant baseball coach put in for a grant that would help fund the renovation of the school’s home field after the floods of 2010 damaged it. The $47,366 grant was awarded by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the renovations were made and the field officially had its grand re-opening Monday night.
With representatives of the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Department, the Nashville Sounds, BTF Senior Grant Coordinator Meghan Chisholm, the school itself — both administration and baseball alumni — and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys there to sing the National Anthem, the field officially re-opened for the Commandos’ home opener against White House.
“It’s overwhelming and humbling really,” Gilley said. “Humbling in that all these people would want to come out here to see what’s going on, and just overwhelming that we have something this nice. We had a nice place to play before, but for a city park this is as good as anybody’s going to get.”
The grant provided funds for the restoration of the outfield, including the installation of an automatic irrigation system, warning track and outfield fence. The completion of the project will allow play on the newly restored field for 200 players from the high school varsity and junior varsity teams, as well as the Babe Ruth Recreational League, middle school spring league and various travel teams.
“I sit out here and look at what we’ve got … it’s come a long way,” said longtime Commandos coach Mike Hendrix, who leaned on the dugout fence gazing at the renovations prior to the ceremonies. “I sit here and look and think about how good these kids have it and I hope they appreciate what they’ve got.”
Gilley thinks they do.
“I think our kids have now learned to take pride in their place as well. They feel like this is home,” he said. “It’s good for them and all the guys in our baseball hall of fame that came back here tonight. “
Chihsolm was all smiles as she entered the field for the first time, seeing first hand what grants like these mean to a community.
“It’s always a delight and amazing experience to walk into a renovated baseball or softball facility that the Baseball Tomorrow Fund funded,” said Chihsolm, who came from the league offices in New York for the ceremony.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.
Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, BTF has awarded approximately 600 grants totaling more than $21 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
“After the flood, our community was extremely concerned as to how we were to re-establish the facility,” Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Director Dave LeMarbre said in a release. “With the support of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, we were able to exceed expectations and create a first-class facility. Our community is extremely grateful and we look forward to many players using our fields for years to come.”
Approximately 300,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics.
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to assist in funding the renovation of a baseball field that is so integral to the Hendersonville baseball community,” Cathy Bradley, executive director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, said in a release. “We know the flooding devastated the lives of so many in this area, and we are happy to help with the restoration effort where we can.”
— Corby A. Yarbrough, Sports Editor
@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter
Thursday, March 22
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH OF 2012
It was an exciting time at Drakes Creek Park as we welcomed back several members of our Baseball Hall of Fame to throw out the first pitch of the 2012 home opener on March 19. Hall of Fame Members in attendence and pictured above are: Tommy Stamps, Gary Williams, Jeff Parsons, Johnny Angell and Kent Snyder. They threw out the first pitch to five of our current seniors in a fitting way to open a renovated field and a new baseball season!
Thursday, March 22
RENOVATED FIELD #3 TO OPEN MARCH 19, 2012 VS WHITE HOUSE
Hendersonville High School will host a grand re-opening of its home baseball field at Drakes Creek Park on Monday evening to celebrate the completion of renovations made to the field after it was damaged by the flood in May 2010.
The renovations, which were completed with the help of a grant worth $47,366 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association established in 1999, designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world.
“I know it means a whole to lot our baseball program,” Hendersonville baseball coach Mike Hendrix said. “I can’t really speak on behalf of the parks department, but I think it means a whole lot to them as well to be able to upgrade our facilities even more. It has been a joint effort by us, Major League Baseball and the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Department.”
Mayor of Hendersonville Scott Foster; Nashville Sounds General Manager Brad Tammen; Nashville Sounds Assistant General Manager Doug Scopel; Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Director Dave LeMarbe and BTF Senior Grant Coordinator Meghan Chisholm will be in attendance at the ceremony along with representatives from Hendersonville High School.
The ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m., and will precede the Commandos’ home-opener against White House High, which begins at 7.
“It’s been very important because of the flood damage that we had, and we didn’t have the funds to replace the damage, not only with the baseball program, but with some of the other sports as well,” Hendersonville Principal Joni Worsham said. “We had some insurance money that did come in, but it didn’t even come close to covering the things that we’ve been able to do with this grant.”
Hendersonville first learned that it had received the funding in the spring of 2011, after originally applying for the grant in December 2010.
“(Assistant) coach Andy Gilley first saw it on the internet, and he was the one that wrote them and applied for the grant,” Hendrix said. “The flood a couple years ago really helped us get it because it just tore up everything we had down there.”
The flood destroyed the field’s batting cages, pitching screens and caused flood damage to both dugouts, and countless batting practice baseballs were also amongst the long list of ruined equipment.
“To other people that might not mean a whole lot,” Hendrix added.
Renovations to the field include restoration of the outfield, installation of an automatic irrigation system, warning track and new outfield fence.
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to assist in funding the renovation of a baseball field that is so integral to the Hendersonville baseball community,” Executive Director of the BTF said. “We know the flooding devastated the lives of so many in this area, and we are happy to help with the restoration effort where we can.”
Sports reporter Michael Murphy can be reached at 575-7118 or email@example.com.
Thursday, March 22
HHS RECEIVES GRANT FROM BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND!
|BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND BRINGS MAJOR CHANGES TODAY
Monday, November 14
2011 POST SEASON AWARDS
| Friday, June 17, 2011
By Chris Lynn
Last fall Hendersonville Assistant Baseball Coach Andy Gilley was combing the internet, looking at different sites when he happened upon the website of Liberty Tech High School in Jackson Tennessee.
Gilley wanted to check out the facilities of the new school, but instead of marveling at the new facilities he saw something that would impact the Commandos facility more than anything else had in over 10 years.
“I guess you could say that I stumbled on everything because I wasn’t looking for anything in particular when I found the information,” said Gilley. “I saw that Liberty Tech’s baseball team had gotten a grant for their lights, so from there I went to the website of the group that made the grant and I did a little investigating.”
The website Gilley ended up on was the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint venture between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association put in place to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball.
Gilley thought it was a long shot, but after careful investigation, he downloaded the 20 plus page application and began a process that would end up taking months to complete, but ended with a $47,366 check that will transform Hendersonville’s baseball facility forever.
“I’ll be honest, I didn’t think this was going to be something we were going to qualify for, but I thought we’d have no chance if we didn’t at least give it a shot,” said Gilley. “I knew there was going to be some work involved on our part, but all that work paid off in a big way for our kids and community after it was all over with.”
Gilley was right because there was a lot of work that had to be done before he could even send in the paperwork.
First, Gilley had to get a demographics report from not only Hendersonville, but also from the surrounding cities of Goodlettsville and Gallatin.
Then he had to show how the grant would promote the game of baseball in Hendersonville, and had to explain what the grant would be going to, and how those upgrades would help a field that is used by so many different teams.
“Hendersonville’s field is used by two other high schools (Merrol Hyde and Hendersonville Christian Academy), travel teams, 11 or 12 middle schools, and some recreation teams,” said Parks and Recreation Director Dave LeMarbre. “There are probably about 45-50 total teams that use that field along with any baseball tournaments that are held because that’s really our only true baseball field.
“I think the field is in good shape for a park field, but the upgrades are going to make this a field Hendersonville and the Hendersonville community can be proud of, and it will be a field that teams love to play on.”
Once Gilley presented the application, showed how many teams actually used the field on a regular basis, and presented the proposal in person to a representative from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund the grant was approved and the check was deposited just earlier this month.
“I’ve never been as nervous as I was the day I deposited that check because I’ve never held that much money in my hand at once,” said Gilley. “Once it was in though and I had time to think of everything that money was going to go for, and what the end result was going to look like I was really overcome.
“I remember what this field used to look like, and how far it’s already come, but what this field is about to look like is probably far beyond what anyone could anticipate. I think we’re going to have the best field in our district, and probably one of the nicest in the state when everything is done, and it’s definitely going to be something the community can be proud of.”
The upgrades, which are scheduled to begin just days after the Fourth of July Celebration at the park, will include installing a new metal wall from one dugout to the other, in-ground automated irrigation in the outfield, a warning track, and the entire outfield will be redone, and will include laser grading and new grass.
All these upgrades will take time and result in the field being closed until the Commandos start practice for the next preseason in early February.
“The fall league baseball will end up being played on field 13 or field 6 while the upgrades are made, but that’s going to be best for everyone involved because the last thing we want to do is let anyone on the field before everything is ready,” said LeMarbre. “Our department will be doing the labor as part of the match program, and will end up saving $8-10,000, but we felt like that was the least we could do after everything Coach Gilley has done. We really appreciate all his efforts because we know there was a lot of time and work that went into it on his end, but he wants what’s best for Hendersonville and the community because he grew up and played here too.”
Hendersonville Baseball Coach Mike Hendrix also said he appreciated all of Gilley’s efforts and is looking forward to the upgrades.
“This is going to be a great thing for Hendersonville Baseball, and the community as a whole,” said Hendrix. “This will benefit everyone because this field is used by so many in the community.
“If you’ve played baseball in a competitive setting chances are you’ve played on our field, or you will, and that’s why this project is so important. This is going to be the biggest undertaking since we turned this from a softball field into a baseball field, but I think the changes will be just as dramatic.”
8/1/11 JORDAN HOLLAND NAMED SUMNER COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Junior Jordan Holland who was named by the Gallatin News Examiner and the Hendersonville Star News as the 2011 Co-Player of the Year. Holland joins a long list of Commandos who acheived this honor but becomes the first since 2005 when Brandon McClurg was named player of the year. Click under "News and Standings" to see the full article from the Hendersonville Star News. Congratulations to Jordan.
8/1/11 HOLLAND AND BROWN NAMED TO TWO-WAY TEAM
Congratulations to Ryan Brown and Jordan Holland who were named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association All-Two-Way Team for players who play a position and pitch. Go to www.tbca.org to view the whole team.
7/8/11 EIGHT COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-COUNTY TEAM
The 2011 Commando Baseball Squad led Sumner County with 8 players named to the All-County Team by the Gallatin News Examiner/Hendersonville Star News. Joining County Player of the Year Jordan Holland on the First Team were JR Catcher Alex Aubrey, JR P/INF Ryan Brown, SR P Logan Nash. Named to the Second Team was JR INF Seth Nolan and JR INF Jason Hasty as well as SR P Adam Dorris. SO OF Kevin Key was named Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all these young men for an outstanding season and representing our baseball program so well.
7/4/11 RYAN BROWN NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
Congratulations to Junior Ryan Brown who was named to the 2011 Region 5 TBCA All-Region Team. The All-Region team is voted on by the coaches of each Region for teams in that region regardless of classification. Visit www.tbca.org to see a list of the full All-Region team.
6/16/11 RYAN BROWN NAMED TO ALL-MIDSTATE 2ND TEAM
Congratulations to Junior Ryan Brown who was named to the Tennessean's All-MidState Baseball team on Wednesday. He was the only player from Sumner County on the list for 2011.
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:56 AM
2011 ALL-MIDSTATE BASEBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BRIAN MILLER Pitcher Independence, Sr. FIRST TEAM
WILL HAYNIE Catcher Brentwood Academy, So.
MOOKIE BETTS Infielder Overton, Sr.
TYLER FULLERTON Infielder Siegel, Sr.
DAVID HORNE Infielder Columbia, Sr.
ZANDER WIEL Infielder Blackman, Sr.
AUSTIN ATWELL Outfielder Rossview, Sr.
DEVIN FISH Outfielder Wilson Central, Sr.
KEITH SMITH Outfielder David Lipscomb, Sr.
DYLAN BOSHEERS Utility Lawrence Co., Sr.
5/19/11 COMMANDOS BEGIN TO COLLECT POSTSEASON AWARDS
Several Commandos received post-season honors at the 2011 Year-End Banquet on Wednesday night.
Ryan Brown was named to the 2011 USA Classic All-Tournament Team
Kevin Key, Ryan Brown, Jordan Holland and Alex Aubrey were named All-District 9AAA
Logan Nash was named LHP of the Year for District 9AAA
Jordan Holland was named to the District 9AAA All-Tournament team
Also, Mrs Shellie Tucker, our Dugout Club President was awarded the W.orth Scott Award for her long-term dedication to our baseball program
Friday, July 8
JORDAN HOLLAND NAMED 2011 SUMNER COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tuesday, November 30
2010 POST SEASON AWARDS AND COLLEGE SIGNINGS
Hendersonville High’s Jordan Holland had an impressive junior season. It came as a surprise to many, including himself. The junior struggled with a knee injury before the season, but that didn’t stop Holland from being named the 2011 Gallatin News Examiner Sumner County Baseball Co-Player of the Year. “Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it,” Holland said. “I missed the whole preseason with a knee injury. I played in one scrimmage game and didn’t practice at all, so it was kind of rough. But I guess it just came from working hard.”
Holland, who hit .370 with five home runs and 21 runs batted in for Hendersonville, said that the injury nagged him for much of the early season, but he did not allow it to effect his play. “It kind of lingered a little bit, but I played through it,” he said. “You just play each day without worrying about it.” Holland’s resiliency proved imperative. “I thought Jordan helped carry us this year,” Hendersonville coach Mike Hendrix said. “He had a lot of good at-bats and a lot of big hits. He was like the catalyst of our team. We kind of went as Jordan went.” Hendersonville had just three seniors in 2011, and one of them - pitcher Adam Dorris - missed time early in the season due to an injury.
Holland filled in for the injured Dorris on the hill, and the Commandos barely missed a beat. “When Adam got hurt at the beginning of the year, we used Jordan a lot on the mound,” Hendrix said. “He was a great asset to our pitching staff.” Holland finished the season with a 4-3 record and 34 strikeouts, posting a 3.72 earned-run average. “He meant a lot to our baseball team,” Hendrix said. “Whether it’s a junior, a sophomore or a freshman who comes in and picks us up, it really doesn’t make a difference. When you don’t have a lot of seniors, somebody has got to come in and pick up the slack, and that’s what Jordan did.”
With his junior season behind him, Holland said that he is using this summer to improve his game and his leadership role for the Commandos in 2012. “I’ve just been trying to get in better shape and add some more muscle,” Holland said. “It was kind of weird this year because we only had three seniors, so I kind of grew into (a leadership role). I’m looking forward to being a leader, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to get better.”
To Hendrix, however, Holland is already there. “He’s a leader on our team, and the kids look up to him,” Hendrix said. “It puts a lot of pressure on you, but he was able to handle a lot of it this year. We’ll see what happens. “We’re going to be expecting big things out of him next year.” Hendrix said that Holland’s role on the mound would likely increase as well . “I think looking at us right now, we’re going to have to find some guys that can go out there and give us some innings,” he said. “I think Jordan will go into next spring as our No. 1. If I had the pencil right now, he’d be the No. 1 going into next year. “But you never know what young kids will do, or what some of the older kids coming back can do.”
8/25/10 MATT GRIGGS TO PITCH AT LAMBUTH
Congratulations to 2010 Graduate Matt Griggs who will become a member of the Lambuth Eagles baseball team this fall. Griggs becomes the 7th Commando from the class of 2010 to be playing college baseball this fall. Congratulations to Matt and his family!
8/25/10 BRITTE UNDERWOOD HEADED TO AUSTIN PEAY
Congratulations to 2010 Grad Britte Underwood who will be playing this fall for Austin Peay State University! Britte becomes the 6th Commando from the graduating class of 2010 to be headed to college to play this fall. Congratulations to Britte and his family.
7/15/10 SETH OWENS SIGNS WITH VOL STATE
Congratulations to 2010 Grad Seth Owens who signed Monday to continue his career at Volunteer State Community College. He will join fellow classmates Dennis Jones and Zac Curtis on coach Mike Crossland's team this fall. Congratulations to Seth and his family!
7/8/10 EBINGER PROMOTED TO SINGLE-A BOISE IN CUBS ORGANIZATION
2006 Grad Brent Ebinger was promoted Thursday from Rookie League Arizona Cubs to Single-A Boise, the short season A affiliate in the Cubs organization. Congratulations to Brent and you can follow him by going to www.boisehawks.com!
7/7/10 13 COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-COUNTY TEAM
HHS leads all schools in Sumner County with 13 Commandos named to the 2010 All-Sumner County Baseball Team. Congratulations to these young men...
Zac Curtis (Sr. LHP), Dennis Jones (Sr. LHP), Austin Harris (Sr. 2B), Daniel Tucker (Sr. SS), Britte Underwood (Sr. C), Wes Warren (Sr. OF)
Ryan Brown (Soph 1B)
Matt Griggs (Sr. RHP), Jordan Holland (Soph. DH), Colton Mansfield (Sr. OF), Seth Nolan (Soph 3B), Adam Dorris (Jr. RHP), Seth Owens (Sr. OF)
7/1/10 BROWN NAMED TO TBCA SUPER SOPHOMORE TEAM
Congratulations to Sophomore Ryan Brown who was named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Super Sophomore team.
6/29/10 CURTIS AND HARRIS NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
Congratulations to 2010 Seniors Zac Curtis and Austin Harris who were named Tuesday to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Region 5AAA All-Region Team. To view the complete All-Region team go to www.tbca.org
6/23/10 UNDERWOOD NAMED TO ALL-MIDSTATE TEAM
Congratulations to 2010 Senior Britte Underwood who was named to The Tennessean's All-Midstate Baseball Team for the spring of 2010!
6/9/2010 BRENT EBINGER DRAFTED BY CHICAGO CUBS
Congratulations to 2006 HHS Graduate Brent Ebinger who was drafted today in the 32nd round of the MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs. We will update Brent's progress throughout the summer here on our website. Brent becomes the fourth Commando since 2000 to be drafted joining Worth Scott, B.J. Jenkins 2004 and Wilson Tucker 2007. Congratulations to Brent and his family on reaching this incredible goal!!!
5/25/2010 FIVE COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Congratulations to the following Commandos who were selected to the District 9AAA All-Tournament team:
5/25/2010 SIX COMMANDOS NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT 9AAA TEAM
Congratulations to the following Commandos who were chosen by the coaches of District 9AAA to the Regular Season All-District Team:
Zac Curtis -- Left Handed Pitcher of the Year
2/23/10 DENNIS JONES SIGNS WITH VOL STATE
Dennis Jones became the fourth Commando Senior to make his college decision this year by signing with Volunteer State Community College. Congratulations to Dennis and his family!!!
2/3/10 CURTIS SIGNS WITH VOL STATE
Zac Curtis became the third Commando Senior to make his college decision this year by signing with Volunteer State Community College. Congratulations to Zac and his family!!!
1/21/10 TUCKER AND WARREN SIGN
Congratulations to seniors Daniel Tucker and Wes Warren who recently made their college decisions. Tucker will join the Walters State Senators next fall and Warren will play for the Murray State Racers. Congratulations to both these young men and thier families!
Monday, April 20
HHS BASEBALL RAISES MONEY FOR SMYRNA ASSISTANT COACH
Thanks to many donations from our parents, players, family members and the Hendersonville Community we were able to present Smyrna Coach Shawn Middleton a check for over $2000 following the destruction of his house in the recent Rutherford County Tornados. Click here for the article written by Chris Lynn of the Hendersonville Star News.
Thursday, November 13
Brandon Hall signs with MTSU
Senior Brandon Hall signed on 11/12/08 to continue his baseball career with MTSU in the fall of 2009. Click here to read the press release from the MTSU Blue Raiders website!
Tuesday, April 22
2005 Grad Drew Denton Earns Player of the Week Honors
Andrew Denton (Hendersonville, TN) earned his first Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honor of the season for the week of April 21st. Denton played in all three of the Patriots’ games this past week, going 7-13 at the plate for a batting average of .538. Denton collected 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 runs batted in, and a stolen base while the team went 2-1 on the week. Click here to read the full story from the University website!
Sunday, April 6
EBINGER THROWS NO-HITTER FOR LAMBUTH UNIVERSITY
2005 Graduate Brent Ebinger no-hit Mid-Continent University on Saturday April 6, 2008 to improve to 8-1 on the year for Lambuth University. Click here to read the full press release from Lambuth University.
Saturday, March 29
McClurg Throws no-hitter in Lipscomb win
2005 Graduate Brandon McClurg threw a no-hitter against Kennesaw Sate on Saturday March 29. Click here to read the full news story from David Lipscomb's website.
Tuesday, March 18
2005 Graduate Brandon McClurg Named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week
Brandon McClurg, a 2005 HHS graduate was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the week for his work against Jacksonville for Lipscomb University. The Junior tossed seven shutout innings against the #1 ranked offense in the conference, striking out 9 and giving up only three hits. Click here to read the full press release from Lipscomb University.
Sunday, March 9
2008 Season Preview
Click here to read the 2008 Preview from Star News Reporter Chris Lynn!
Saturday, September 1
Tucker named Burlington Royals Player of the Year
Click here to read the full press release from the Kansas City Royals announcing Wilson Tucker as the 2007 Player of the Year for single-A Burlington Royals
Wednesday, April 25
HHS Defeats Gallatin 6-5 in 8 Innings
The Commandos defeated Gallatin 6-5 in 8 innings on Monday April 23. Click here to read the full article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Thursday, April 12
2003 Grad Tucker Rewriting the Record Books at Belmont
2003 Graduate Wilson Tucker is on pace to set several career records at Belmont this year. Click hear to read the full article from the Nashville City Paper detailing Tucker's and and the Bruins 2007 season.
Friday, March 23
HHS Defeats Staion Camp 13-9
HHS won the first ever meeting with Station Camp High School 13-9 on Tuesday March 20. Click here to read the full story from the Hendersonville Star News.
Tuesday, May 9
Commandos end season with 2-1 Loss to Gallatin in District Tournament
The Commandos saw their 2006 season come to an end with a loss to Gallatin in the District Tournament. Click here to read the full article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the game.
Monday, May 1
HHS rallies for 5-4 win over Gallatin on Senior Night
The Commandos defeated Gallatin in come from behind fashion 5-4 on a night when eight seniors were honored for their services. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Friday, April 28
Five run first inning propels Commandos to win over Beech 5-2
HHS used a five run first inning and the arm of Sophomore Joey Walker to defeat Beech 5-2 on April 26th. Click here to read the full article from the Hendersonville Star News.
Wednesday, April 26
HHS Defeats Smyrna 3-2
HHS defeated Smyrna behind a complete game from Chad Blanton and two runs scored from Stick Sinyrard including a straight steal of home in a 3-2 win for the Commandos. Click here to read the full story from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Sunday, April 9
HHS defeats Mt. Juliet 1-0 behind shut-out from Ebinger
HHS defeated Mt. Juliet 1-0 on April 4th at Drakes Creek Park. Click here to read the full story from the Hendersonville Star News.
HHS falls in district tourney finals to Wilson Central 2-1
The Commandos were defeated in the finals of the district 9AAA tournament by Wilson Central 2-1...click here to read the full article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS advances to region tournament with 2-1 win over Beech
The Commandos defeated Beech 2-1 on May 9 to advance to the District 9AAA championship game and the Region 5AAA tournament...click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS defeats White House 5-0 to advance in district tourney
The Commandos defeated White House 5-0 in the first round of the district tournament on May 6...click here to read the article.
HHS advances in district tournament with win over Smyrna 3-2
The Commandos defeated Smyrna in the district tournament 3-2 on May 7...click here to read the full article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
7-run Seventh Inning propels HHS to 9-2 win over White House
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the Commandos' 9-2 win over White House.
Extra Inning Commandos win in 9 over Gallatin 8-5
HHS defeated Gallatin 8-5 in nine innings on May 4...click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
|Brandon McClurg tosses a complete game shut-out to defeat White House 5-0|
Ebinger 10 K's, leads HHS past Mt. Juliet 1-0
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the Commandos' 1-0 win over Mt. Juilet on April 27.
|Landon Hollins takes a cut against Mt. Juilet. Hollins drove in the the GW RBI!|
McClurg complete game and 2 Homers help defeat Beech 8-2
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the Commandos' 8-2 win over Beech on April 20.
HHS Defeats Gallatin 7-4 behind 5 first inning runs
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the Commmandos' 7-4 win over Gallatin on 4/18/05.
Down 8-0 in the 7th, HHS rallies to beat WH 10-9 in 12!
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner detailing the Commandos' 12-inning come-from behind win over White House.
HHS Finishes 2nd in USA Classic
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner about The Commandos run to 2nd place in the 2005 USA Classic.
McClurg complete game shutout defeats Beech 2-0
Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner of the Commandos win against Beech on April 4.
Friday, March 18
HHS Defeats Brentwood 5-3
Click here to read the article from The Gallatin News Examiner about HHS' 5-3 win over Brentwood on March 15, 2005.
B. J. Jenkins climbs Padres ladder
Click here to read an article from Ethan Greer and the Gallatin News Examiner highlighting 2001 graduate B.J. Jenkins and his climb through the San Diego Padres Spring Training Camp.
B.J. Jenkins drafted by Padres
Congratulations to B.J. Jenkins who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Click here to read the full article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Wilson Tucker named Sumner County Co-Player of the Year
Wilson Tucker was named Co-Player of the Year for Sumner County, sharing the honor with teammate Matt Reynolds. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Matt Reynolds named Sumner County Co-Player of the Year
Matt Reynolds was named Sumner County Co-Player of the Year sharing the honor with teammate Wilson Tucker. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
Thirteen Commandos make All-county Baseball
All nine position players and four pitchers from the 2003 Hendersonville Baseball team made the All-Sumner County baseball team. Click here to see the list in the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS bows out of State with loss to Farragut
HHS gave the 4th ranked team in the nation all it wanted but eventually fell to Farragut 10-9 to end the 2003 season for the Commandos. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner article.
HHS defeats Houston to stay alive in State Touranment
HHS defeated Germantown Houston in a wild game to stay alive and set up a rematch with Nationally Ranked Farragut in the 2003 State Tournament. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
"SC" kept Commandos Motivated
Click here to read sportswriter Craig Harris of the Gallatin News Examiner's thoughts on HHS' 2003 season and seniors.
HHS falls to Farragut in winner's bracket final
HHS scored two runs early, but Farragut rallied and held on for a 8-2 win in the winner's bracket finals of the state tournament. Click here to read the article from the News Examiner.
HHS defeats Riverdale 4-0
HHS opened play in the 2003 TSSAA State Touranment by defeating Riverdale 4-0. Click here to read the article from the Tennessean.
Former Commando Worth Scott sends Vandy to SEC Tournament
Worth Scott hit a walk-off homerun on Sunday afternoon in Vanderbilt's last regular season game to send the Commodores to the SEC Touranment for the first time since 1996. Click here to read all about the game. That's Worth diving into home plate at the bottom of the picture.
Saturday, May 17
HHS State bound after defeating Brentwood
HHS defeated Brentwood in the State Sectional game on May 16th 7-0. Click here to read the article from The Tennessean.
2003 AAA State Touranment Bracket
Click here to see the 2003 TSSAA State Touranment bracket.
HHS defeats Rossview to advance to Region 5AAA Finals
HHS defeated Rossview 13-5 on May 12. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS defeats Mt. Juliet to claim District 9AAA Title
HHS defeated Mt. Juliet 8-1 on Friday May 9th to win the District 9AAA Tournament. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS advances to Region Tournament with win over LaVergne
HHS beat defending State Champion LaVergne for the fourth time this year on Thursday May 8 at White House High School. The win sends HHS to the championship game of the district 9AAA tournament and to the region tournament. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner Article.
HHS advances in District 9AAA tournament
HHS defeated LaVergne and White House in the first two rounds of the District 9AAA Tournament. Click here to read the article from the Gallatin News Examiner.
HHS claims share of Title with win over Mt. Juliet
HHS defeated Mt. Juliet 6-2 on April 30th. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner Article.
9AAA District Tournament Bracket
Click here to see the District 9AAA tournament bracket
Steen dominant as HHS beats White House 5-1
Ryan Steen threw a two-hitter as HHS defeated White House on April 28th. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner Article.
Meador No-Hitter leads HHS past Smyrna
Ben Meador threw a no-hitter against Smyrna on April 24th. Click here to read the Hendersonville Star News article.
HHS defeats LaVergne 9-3
HHS defeated LaVergne 9-3 on Friday April 18. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner Article.
HHS Avenges Loss to Wilson Central
HHS defeated Wilson Central 11-1 on April 15. Click here to read the Gallatin News Examiner article
HHS defeats White House 5-1
HHS defeated White House 5-1 on Friday April 11. Click here to read the Hendersonville Star News Article.
Wednesday, April 9
Cizmarik 1-Hitter, HHS 3 Homers downs Gallatin
HHS defeated Gallatin 9-1 on April 8....click here for the News Examiner article
Wednesday, April 9
Whitaker/Meador lead HHS over Buccaneers
HHS defeated Beech 4-0 on April 4....click here to read the Hendersonville Star News Article
2003 Tennessean Baseball Preview
Click here to read the Tennessean's 2003 High School Baseball Preview. Kevin Cizmarik was named one of the top 5 pitchers in the mid-state and Matt Reynolds was named one of the top 5 fielders. Congratulations to both these guys!
Matt Reynolds Receives Old Timers Scholarship
Tennessean Article on Meador, Cizmarik and Tucker
Click here to read an article in the Tennessean by Bryan Mullen on Ben Meador, Kevin Cizmarik and Wilson Tucker.
Kevin Cizmarik signs with Tennessee Tech
Click Here to read the Tennessee Tech press release on the signing of HHS Baseball Player Kevin Cizmarik. Congratulations!
Wilson Tucker signs with Belmont University
Click here to read the Belmont University press release announcing the signing of HHS Baseball Player Wilson Tucker. Congratulations!
District 9AAA Previews
Click here to read the Tennessee Baseball Report's preview of District 9AAA. You can also read about high school and college baseball all over the state of Tennessee by visiting this website (www.tbca.org).
|Brandon McClurg Homers Twice Against Beech|