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PREP BASEBALL: In lieu of naming a 2020 BHC player of the year, here's a salute to 155 seniors from 32 area schools who saw their season shortened due to the pandemic

PREP BASEBALL: In lieu of naming a 2020 BHC player of the year, here's a salute to 155 seniors from 32 area schools who saw their season shortened due to the pandemic

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Wise Central vs Lebanon Baseball

Wise Central starting pitcher Jordan Bishop

The Bristol Herald Courier has selected a baseball player of the year for decades and Lebanon High School left-handed pitcher Matthew Buchanan was the recipient of the 2019 award after a stellar sophomore season for the Pioneers.

However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shuttered the season in Southwest Virginia and only allowed Tennessee High (2-2), Sullivan Central (2-0) and Sullivan East (1-2) on the Northeast Tennessee side got a few games in before their season was also called.

So, in lieu of a traditional player of the year, the sports department decided to honor 155 seniors – from Chilhowie’s Logan Adams to Hurley’s Tyler Young – who were unable to complete a final season on the high school level they had worked so hard for.

The following is a list of the senior baseball players submitted by 32 schools:

Logan Adams, Chilhowie, OF

Austin Adkins, Hurley, OF

Zach Anderson, Tennessee High, P

Isaiah Artrip, Castlewood, OF

J.J. Ashby, Chilhowie, 2B/SS

Landon Atkins, Graham, C/3B

R.J. Bandrimer, Rural Retreat, 3B/P

Austin Barlow, Northwood, C/P

Mason Barnett, Gate City, P/1B

Cam Bartee, Union, P/SS

Ray Berry, Chilhowie, P/SS

Jordan Bishop, Wise County Central, P

Carson Blackburn, Holston, P/3B

Jalen Bledsoe, Rye Cove, OF

Corey Blodgett, Twin Springs, OF

Jacob Boardwine, Lebanon, 1B

Ethan Bombailey, Sullivan Central, 3B/P

Trey Booker, Graham, OF/P

Jadon Boothe, Abingdon, OF/P

Garett Bowman, John Battle, P/OF/1B

Michael Bradley, Virginia High, P/SS

Battle vs VHS baseball

Virginia High's Michael Bradley takes a cut on a Battle pitch Wednesday evening.

Tanner Branham, J.I. Burton, C

Zach Brown, Patrick Henry, OF

Mason Buckland, Sullivan Central, OF/P

Gabe Buckles, Graham, 2B/C/P

Isaiah Bush, Gate City, OF

Mason Caldwell, Union, Utility

Connor Cantrell, Grundy, P

Luke Carter, Northwood, SS/P

Sullivan Central vs Sullivan East

East starting pitcher Perry Casaday

Perry Casaday, Sullivan East, SS

Seth Chambers, Rye Cove, OF

Ethan Chapman, Rye Cove, OF

Wade Clevinger, Grundy, C

John Clifton, Virginia High, OF

Cole Cline, Graham, C

Jonah Cochrane, J.I. Burton, OF

JI Burton vs Twin Springs Baseball

JI Burton #11 Jonah Cochrane catches a fly ball as #7 Tyrell Ingram looks on to end the second inning against Twin Springs on Wednesday.

Logan Cole, Grundy, 2B

Jon Compton, Gate City, C

Jack Cooper, Grundy, OF

Brody Counts, Ridgeview, 1B

Dylan Cunningham, John Battle, OF

Isaac Dalton, Graham, 3B/OF/P

Lukas Deel, Ridgeview, 2B/P

Colin Dixon, Graham, 1B/3B

Lucas Doss, Chilhowie, OF

Channing Estep, Hurley, P

Jacob Fields, Sullivan Central, 1B

Levi Fields, Union, OF

Junior Francisco, George Wythe, OF

Seth Freeman, Hurley, OF

Wesley Gilman, Rural Retreat, P/SS/2B

Jared Goins, Honaker, DH/Infielder

Tyler Grizzle, Grundy, P/1B

Austin Hagy, Hurley, 1B

Christian Hall, Lebanon, OF

Dylan Hall, Hurley, 1B

Ethan Hall, Union, OF

Tyler Hamm, Gate City, P/OF

Dustin Hardin, Hurley, 2B

Matthew Hardin, Rye Cove, 3B

Alex Hawk, Sullivan East, P

Timmy Hess, Ridgeview, OF/P

Daniel Hicks, Tennessee High, 1B

Isaac Hood, Sullivan Central, SS/P

Tielor Horne, John Battle, Utility/DH

Nolan Hoss, Virginia High, P/3B

Isaac Hudlow, Sullivan East, 2B

Bryce Hughes, Castlewood, P/OF

Holden Hunnicutt, J.I. Burton, OF

Jonathan Hurley, Hurley, 3B

Shade Johnson, Northwood, Utility

Jett Jones, Sullivan East, C

Isaiah Justice, Graham, P/OF

John A. Justus, Hurley, C

Corbin Kilgore, Twin Springs, OF

Brandon Kyle, Hurley, OF

Jonas Lane, Abingdon, C

Braxton Langston, Marion, SS

Ty Larimer, Tazewell, 3B

Canaan Stacy Lawson, J.I. Burton, OF

Daemai Lester, J.I. Burton, OF

Devin Lester, Graham, OF/2B/P

Chandler Long, Castlewood, 3B/SS

Avery Mabe

Avery Mabe

Avery Mabe, George Wythe, P/SS

D’Andre Mack, Gate City, OF

Clay Maggard, J.I. Burton, OF

Kade Martin, Lee High, OF

Ethan Mayo, John Battle, 1B/P

Jacob McClanahan, Hurley, DH

Jake McCoy, Grundy, P/SS

E.J. McDaniel, Wise County Central, OF

Dayson McMillian, George Wythe, OF

Gibson McPeek, Holston, OF

Alex Meadows, Twin Valley, 1B

Blake Meadows, Grundy, OF/P

Colton Medley, Richlands, Utility

Mason Menefee, Graham, OF/SS/P

Lucas Messer, Wise County Central, OF

Drew Meyers, Gate City, P/OF

Casey Michael, Thomas Walker, 3B/P

Levi Miller, Honaker, OF

Ryan Millinger, Holston, SS/P

Devin Millsaps, Chilhowie, OF

Hayden Morgan, Graham, P/OF

Cole Mullins, Union, C

Kent Musick, Lebanon, OF

Cade Myers, Tazewell, SS

Colton Null, Richlands, OF

Justin Olinger, Marion, 1B

Ethan Phipps, Richlands, P

Zane Poe, John Battle, OF/SS/P

Levi Price, Holston, 1B/P

Izaiah Pritt, Lebanon, 1B

Reece Proffitt, Tennessee High, OF

Tyler Puckett, Tazewell, OF

Justin Reed, Twin Springs, P/SS


Justin Reed was 6-2 with a 1.02 ERA last season for Twin Springs.

Kolby Reed, Lee High, P/Infielder

Chris Rouse, Holston, P/SS

Chase Salyers, Ridgeview, OF

Central vs East baseball

Central's Trey Sells pitches to an East batter Tuesday afternoon.

Trey Sells, Sullivan Central, OF/P

Justin Sexton, Eastside, 3B/P

Jordan Shelton, Twin Valley, P/3B

Cade Simmons, Richlands, SS/P

Cole Simmons, George Wythe, SS/OF

Jackson Slone, Hurley, OF

Cody Smith, Patrick Henry, OF

Logan Smith, Lebanon, OF


Lebanon slugger Logan Smith. 

Kasey Snead, Holston, OF

Tyler Spriggs, J.I. Burton, 1B

Colby Sprouse, Rural Retreat, P/SS

Randall Stacy, Hurley, P

Holston vs Chilhowie

Holston catcher Mason Steele stumbles backwards as he makes the catch on a foul ball that was staight up behind homeplate.

Mason Steele, Holston, C

Tyler Tabor, Lee High, SS/P

Will Tarter, Richlands, 2B

Cam Taylor, Tazewell, 1B

Chase Taylor, Holston, DH/1B/OF

Colby Taylor, Patrick Henry, P/SS

Jacob Taylor, Northwood, DH

Tyler Thompson, Chilhowie, OF

Shawn Tiller, Honaker, 3B/P

Landon Trent, Eastside, SS/P

Lance Tudor, Tennessee High, P/OF

VHS-THS baseball

Tennessee High's Lance Tudor gets dirty as he reaches for second base Tuesday night.

Jacob Vance, Castlewood, OF

Grayson Waddle, Abingdon, 1B/P

Sam Webb, Graham, 1B/C

Casey White, Lebanon, 1B/3B/P

Dylan White, Sullivan East, OF/P

VHS-Battle baseball

John Battle's Micah Whitt.

Micah Whitt, John Battle, 3B/SS/P

Noah Willis, George Wythe, 2B

Tyler Wilson, Richlands, OF/P

Colton Wimmer, Graham, SS/P

Zac Winstead, Sullivan Central, OF/P

Jay Wolfe, Twin Springs, OF

Devan Young, Union, 1B

Tyler Young, Hurley, OF

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