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Gibson County Pioneers present baseball awards

PIONEERS BASEBALL AWARDS – Pioneers baseball players receiving individual awards during the baseball banquet were: Sam McKinney, Pitcher of the Year Award; Camron McMackin, Golden Glove Award and Play of the Year Award; Stephen Overstreet, Rookie of the Year Award; Noah Stafford, Most Improved Player Award and Mr. Clutch Award; Mac Hicks, Co-MVP Award; Alex Qualls, Versatility Player Award; Tyner Hughes, Co-MVP Award, Co-Mr. Slugger Award, and Rickey Henderson Award; and Josh London, Co-Mr. Slugger Award and Pioneer Award. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

by Lori Cathey

The Gibson County High School baseball program’s annual banquet was held last Friday night at Gibson County High School where members of the Pioneers baseball team were recognized. The banquet was held outdoors around the Pioneer home place.

Travis Little, Bullpen Club president, welcomed everyone to the banquet and thanked them for their continuing support of the Bull Pin Club and these young men. The banquet included a meal with Little giving the invocation.

This year’s seniors are Mac Hicks, Tyner Hughes, Josh London, Alex Qualls, Connor Reeves, Hunter Cooper, Caleb Branson and Travis Watkins. After dinner, Little went over the importance of the Bullpen Club to the baseball program and the need for participation.

Next, GC Coach Neil Papich and William Clayton, loan officer from Centennial Bank of Rutherford, gave each senior a personalized Louisville Slugger wooden bat engraved with their name.

Pioneer head coach Neil Papich started the awards presentation off by going over some highlights of the 2017 season. The Pioneers set a new program record of 25 wins in a season. They also went 4-0 to win the Final Flight Outfitter Tournament in Union City and went 4-0 in the Easter Slam Tournament. The Pioneers ended the 2107 season with a 25-8-1 record.

Gibson County players who received awards were: Sam McKinney, Pitcher of the Year Award; Camron McMackin, Golden Glove Award and Play of the Year Award; Stephen Overstreet, Rookie of the Year Award; Noah Stafford, Most Improved Player Award and Mr. Clutch Award; Mac Hicks, Co-MVP Award; Alex Qualls, Versatility Player Award; Tyner Hughes, Co-MVP Award, Co-Mr. Slugger Award, and Rickey Henderson Award; and Josh London, Co-Mr. Slugger Award and Pioneer Award. The event closed with Coach Papich thanking the seniors for their hard work and dedication and reminding the underclassmen that the new season has begun.

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